Blawgletter got back this week from our first annual meeting as a member of the American Law Institute, in San Francisco. One session in the four-day gathering focused on a second "discussion draft" of Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation. And it fascinated Blawgletter.
The Principles project concerns not only class actions but also mass actions (lots of people asserting individual claims in one lawsuit or through one lawyer or firm) and even aggregate claims outside litigation. The current draft reflects brilliant ideas for improving aggregate litigation, not least in its settlement. One gets the impression that ALI aims to restore the fundamental sense of litigating and resolving similar claims together.
Blawgletter wishes the drafters Godspeed.