Study questions on class actions

  1. What is a class action?  What is a class?  What is a class representative?  
  2. What are the purposes of class actions?  What are their benefits?  Dangers?
  3. Suppose everybody in section 4 wanted to sue everyone in section 1.  Would a class action be necessary?  Why or why not?
  4. Can there be a class of plaintiffs?  A class of defendants?
  5. How are class actions similar to or different from 19(a)?  20(a)?  22/1335?  24(a)?  
  6. What is the purpose of 23(a)?  Is satisfying 23(a) enough for class certification?
  7. What types of class actions are permitted?  See Rule 23(b).
  8. Which type of class action is the most difficult to pursue?  Why?
  9. Is notice required under all types of class actions?  See 23(c)(2).
  10. Who decides whether a case can proceed as a class action?  See 23(c)(1).  Why is this so?
  11. Who gets the final word on the settlement or dismissal of a class action?  See 23(e).  
  12. If “Joe” is the class representative of a class action, can he choose the class lawyer?  See 23(g).

Added Jan. 2, 2015