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Mark Chalos Testifies About Proposed Class Action Rule Changes Before Federal Rules Advisory Committee

Mark Chalos Testifies About Proposed Class Action Rule Changes Before Federal Rules Advisory Committee

Mark P. Chalos, the managing partner of Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office, testified today at the Federal Rules Advisory Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., regarding proposed amendments to class action litigation rules in federal courts.

The Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, which formulates rules and procedures for U.S. federal courts, published proposed amendments to existing rules in August 2016.

Mark P. Chalos

Mr. Chalos provided testimony about certain changes proposed for Federal Rule 23, which determines guidelines as to how people can join a class action case, how they can object to resolutions of class action matters, and how appeals are to be raised and conducted. Mr. Chalos focused his testimony on the proposed amendments relating to objectors to class action settlements.

The Federal Rules Advisory Committee formulates and proposes revisions to the federal rules periodically, inviting input from judges, attorneys, legal scholars, and the general public.

Comments to the proposed amendments will be considered by the Advisory Committee, which includes experienced trial and appellate lawyers, judges, and prominent legal scholars. Comments are included in the official record and are available to the public. The proposed amendments, Advisory Committee reports, and other information can be viewed at the judiciary’s website. The public study and comment period is ongoing and continues through February 15, 2017.

About Mark Chalos

The managing partner of Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office, Mark Chalos represents individuals who have suffered catastrophic personal injuries and families whose loved ones died due to the negligence or misconduct of others.

Mr. Chalos has held wrong-doers accountable through the civil justice system, in individual and class cases, including serving in court-appointed national leadership in litigation resulting in a more than $150 million settlement for victims of a deadly fungal meningitis catastrophe, representing 32 school children who were videotaped undressing in their school locker room ($1.28 million jury verdict) and a young woman who suffered a severe brain injury in a car wreck (nearly $4 million jury verdict). He also obtained an $8 million arbitration award on behalf of a business client.