According to the 2019 Carlton Fields Class Action Survey, affirmative claim requirements remain the most widely used condition of class action settlements. Nearly 79% of companies required an affirmative claim for payment as a class action settlement condition in 2018, a percentage that has incrementally, but steadily, increased over the last several years. Companies also were more likely in 2018 to differentiate among categories of class members, require a showing of actual injury, and include cy pres provisions in class action settlements. Non-monetary elements of compensation and structured payouts are reported as the least-used settlement conditions.
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