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Annika K. Martin Testifies About Proposed Class Action Rule Changes Before Federal Rules Advisory Committee

Annika K. Martin Testifies About Proposed Class Action Rule Changes Before Federal Rules Advisory Committee

Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin testified yesterday at the Federal Rules Advisory Committee hearing in Phoenix, Arizona, 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.

Ms. Martin provided testimony with respect to 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. Ms. Martin focused her testimony on the proposed amendments relating to class action notice and 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 Annika K. Martin

A partner in Lieff Cabraser’s New York office, Annika K. Martin represents plaintiffs in class action and mass tort litigation, including plaintiffs with physical and economic injuries arising from GM vehicles sold with defective ignition switches, and patients nationwide suffering from the widespread outbreak of meningitis and other serious maladies caused by contaminated medication. For the past six years, Ms. Martin has represented individuals, property owners, and business owners across the Gulf Coast in class action litigation against BP, Transocean, Halliburton, and other companies responsible for the 2010 blowout on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig which resulted in the worst oil spill in U.S. history. She was deeply involved in negotiating, implementing, and gaining court approval for the economic and medical settlements with BP that are compensating hundreds of thousands of victims of the tragedy. The settlement has delivered over $9.3 billion to compensate claimants’ losses. Ms. Martin also serves on the Steering Committee of the Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum.