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Class Actions Litigation Medical Malpractice

Increased Scrutiny for Cy Pres Provisions in Class Action Settlements

Lawsuits against pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers often come in the form of class actions, and sometimes the settlement or award amount exceeds the identified class members' claim amounts. In such cases, the excess funds may be distributed to a cy pres recipient, but courts are starting to question such moves more thoroughly.

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Editor’s note: Lawsuits against pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers often come in the form of class actions, and sometimes the settlement or award amount exceeds the identified class members’ claim amounts. In such cases, the excess funds may be distributed to a cy pres recipient, but courts are starting to question such moves more thoroughly.

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