Resolving Large, Complex Disputes
As a global ADR provider, JAMS has decades of experience in resolving large, complex disputes such as class actions and mass torts, including multidistrict litigation (MDL). JAMS and our respected neutrals are experts at efficiently handling the complexities and substantial administrative details that are the hallmark of large, complicated actions. These cases frequently include hundreds of parties, large groups of lawyers, multiple jurisdictions and hundreds of millions of dollars.
The JAMS Class Action and Mass Tort Practice has proven immensely successful. The Courts and lawyers have consistently recognized JAMS neutrals for their outstanding contributions to the process. We help optimize outcomes by designing common sense settlement and distribution plans based on practical business considerations, due process, respect for all parties and a commitment to swiftly achieving finality.
JAMS Class Action and Mass Tort Dispute Resolution
Coordinated Team of Professionals Dedicated to Providing a Tailored Approach
The JAMS Class Action and Mass Tort Practice offers comprehensive, customized service. JAMS sets the standard among providers because of our flexibility in designing a process that meets both the needs of the parties and the unique requirements of each case.
Our experienced neutrals and case managers can address many of the issues that arise during complex litigation, from case management, the discovery process and eDiscovery, to settlement, post-settlement process design, administration and claims administration. No matter the size of the matter or breadth of the case, JAMS provides neutrals with relevant background and experience customized for each case. The neutrals also work in teams as necessary to provide an efficient operating protocol with centralized management and administration.
Partnership with the Courts and Both Sides of the Bar
Courts and judges have consistently chosen and trust JAMS and our neutrals to engineer sound, enforceable and expedient settlements. In addition, leading plaintiff and defense attorneys have remarked that selecting the services of the JAMS Class Action and Mass Tort Practice is "just good business." They choose JAMS repeatedly because they know they will be working with dedicated, trustworthy neutrals who have proven track records and offer the highest level of skill in the ADR industry.
Practice Area Expertise
We have neutrals with extensive experience in virtually every practice area, including antitrust, banking, civil rights, consumer actions, employment, environmental/toxic tort, healthcare, insurance coverage, intellectual property, product liability/torts, pharmaceutical/medical devices, securities, and unfair business practices.
An Efficient Process
- Convening the Case
Our neutrals consult with the courts and counsel at the outset of a case to structure a process that will increase the likelihood of resolution. JAMS neutrals are fully committed to understanding the nuances and intricacies of complicated matters and are expert in managing multiple parties so all voices are heard at the outset and throughout the process.
- Ongoing case management and discovery management
Highly organized and supported by our expert case management team, JAMS neutrals convene scheduling hearings at the outset and develop mechanisms for maintaining constant and continued communication with the courts and counsel. JAMS neutrals are sophisticated in tightly managing the discovery process, including eDiscovery.
- Post-settlement work
Post-settlement, JAMS neutrals allocate settlement proceeds among claimants. JAMS neutrals have experience in the design, implementation and management of such processes, ensuring that settlement dollars are allocated as fairly and efficiently as possible.
Class Action & Mass Tort Dispute Resolution Services
- Case Management Special Master
- Appointment of Neutral(s)
- Negotiation and adoption of final plan of allocation
- Establishment and enforcement of deadlines
- Elimination of invalid claims
- Consistent application of allocation standards throughout the entire settlement process
- Settlement Special Master
- Selection of appropriate neutrals to adjudicate individual claims
- Design of allocation matrix to evaluate and compensate claimants with or without a hearing
- Adjudication of settlement-related motions, minors' compromises, multiple representation and related fee issues
- Preservation of individual's rights of due process, including right of appeal
- Oversight of Data Management and Payment
- Development, distribution and collection of settlement questionnaires
- Systematic application of core database
- Establishment of audit procedures to eliminate invalid claims
- Periodic reporting and analysis to designated counsel and parties
- Prompt payment upon receipt of approved and properly executed releases
January 17, 2018JAMS Panelist Cathy Yanni Named as a Special Master in Opioid MDL
JAMS Panelist Cathy Yanni Named as a Special Master in Opioid MDL
March 24, 2017Hon. Marina Corodemus (Ret.) and JAMS Host Mass Torts Conference
Hon. Marina Corodemus (Ret.) and JAMS Host Mass Torts Conference
March 16, 2017JAMS Panelist Cathy Yanni Named Settlement Special Master in Abilify MDL
JAMS Panelist Cathy Yanni Named Settlement Special Master in Abilify MDL
February 22, 2017JAMS Panelist Hon. Richard A. Levie (Ret.) Appointed Special Master for Airline Price-Fix MDL
JAMS Panelist Hon. Richard A. Levie (Ret.) Appointed Special Master for Airline Price-Fix MDL
January 17, 2017JAMS Panelist Hon. Diane Welsh (Ret.) Appointed Master in Amtrak Allocation
JAMS Panelist Hon. Diane Welsh (Ret.) Appointed Master in Amtrak Allocation
December 2, 2013JAMS Neutrals Named Special Masters for Hip Replacement Settlement
JAMS Neutrals Named Special Masters for Hip Replacement Settlement
November 12, 2013Retired Federal Judge Irma E. Gonzalez Joins JAMS in San Diego
Retired Federal Judge Irma E. Gonzalez Joins JAMS in San Diego
June 26, 2013JAMS Seattle Panelist Hon. Sharon Armstrong (Ret.) Honored with Outstanding Jurist Award
JAMS Seattle Panelist Hon. Sharon Armstrong (Ret.) Honored with Outstanding Jurist Award
May 2, 2013JAMS Seattle Panelist Hon. Thomas McPhee (Ret.) Honored with Judge of the Year Award
JAMS Seattle Panelist Hon. Thomas McPhee (Ret.) Honored with Judge of the Year Award
May 1, 2013Hon. Sharon Armstrong (Ret.) Joins JAMS in Seattle
Hon. Sharon Armstrong (Ret.) Joins JAMS in Seattle
March 18, 2013JAMS Panelist Shelley Rossoff Olsen, Esq., Appointed Special Master for Asbestos Litigation
JAMS Panelist Shelley Rossoff Olsen, Esq., Appointed Special Master for Asbestos Litigation
March 5, 2013Hon. Thomas McPhee (Ret.) Joins JAMS in Seattle
Hon. Thomas McPhee (Ret.) Joins JAMS in Seattle
February 27, 2013Hon. Benson Everett Legg (Ret.), former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Joins JAMS
Hon. Benson Everett Legg (Ret.), former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Joins JAMS
February 7, 2013Ted E. Bandstra (Retired Chief US Magistrate Judge) Joins JAMS in Miami
Ted E. Bandstra (Retired Chief US Magistrate Judge) Joins JAMS in Miami
February 2017Louis Marlin's Class Action Mediation Checklist
Louis Marlin's Class Action Mediation Checklist
May 13, 2016Who decides if class arbitration is allowed?
Who decides if class arbitration is allowed?Daily Journal
April 12, 2016ADR Swiftly Compensates Parties in Mass Actions and Toxic Tort Cases
ADR Swiftly Compensates Parties in Mass Actions and Toxic Tort CasesNew Jersey Law Journal
February 5, 2016Making the Most of a Matrix-Driven Mass Tort Mediation Session
Making the Most of a Matrix-Driven Mass Tort Mediation SessionMass Torts Litigation, Winter 2016, Vol. 14 No. 2
August 22, 2014Avoiding Class Settlement Nightmares
Avoiding Class Settlement NightmaresDaily Journal
July 10, 2014Ethical Challenges of Aggregate Settlement Agreements
Ethical Challenges of Aggregate Settlement AgreementsLaw.com
July 7, 2014Checklists to Save Clients Time and Money in a Big Case
Checklists to Save Clients Time and Money in a Big CaseLaw.com
June 5, 2014Best Practices for Settling MDLs
Best Practices for Settling MDLsLaw.com
June 3, 2014Electronic Discovery: Are We Competent?
Electronic Discovery: Are We Competent?Law.com
April 15, 2014E-Discovery Neutrals – Four Questions
E-Discovery Neutrals – Four QuestionsLaw.com
Spring 2014JAMS Class Action and Mass Tort Video
JAMS Class Action and Mass Tort VideoJAMS (video)
April 3, 2014Role of the E-discovery Liaison
Role of the E-discovery LiaisonLaw.com
March 26, 2014Introduction to the MDL Settlement Process
Introduction to the MDL Settlement ProcessLaw.com
Winter 2014Discovery Special Masters Can Streamline the Discovery Process
Discovery Special Masters Can Streamline the Discovery ProcessJAMS Washington State Newsletter
March 4, 2014The PEMEX Case: The Ghost of Chromalloy Past?
The PEMEX Case: The Ghost of Chromalloy Past?Law.com
June 26, 2013Why Mediation Succeeds in Environmental Cleanup and Mass Tort Cases
Why Mediation Succeeds in Environmental Cleanup and Mass Tort CasesWestlaw Journal
June 24, 2013Are seating cases the next wave in California wage and hour class actions?
Are seating cases the next wave in California wage and hour class actions?Inside Counsel
June 12, 2013Pharmaceutical and Medical Device MDLs And Mass Torts: Avenues to Settlement
Pharmaceutical and Medical Device MDLs And Mass Torts: Avenues to SettlementBloomberg BNA
June, 2013Special Masters and e-Discovery
Special Masters and e-DiscoveryDaily Journal (video)
Spring 2013How ADR Can be Used to Resolve Mass Disaster and Insurance Claims
How ADR Can be Used to Resolve Mass Disaster and Insurance ClaimsInternational In-house Counsel Journal
March 15, 2013Neutrals create streamlined process for resolving natural disaster cases
Neutrals create streamlined process for resolving natural disaster casesDaily Journal
April 4, 2012Settling Multidistrict Litigation
Settling Multidistrict LitigationInside Counsel
March 2012Is Staying at Work an Agreement to Arbitrate?
Is Staying at Work an Agreement to Arbitrate?California Labor & Employment Law Review
Spring 2008The Mediation of Securities Class Action Suits
The Mediation of Securities Class Action SuitsCardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution
April 4 - 7, 20182018 ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference
2018 ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring ConferenceWashington, DC
May 4 - 5, 2017PLI 22nd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute
PLI 22nd Annual Consumer Financial Services InstituteChicago, IL
April 27 - 28, 2017The 13th Annual Conference on Litigating Class Actions
The 13th Annual Conference on Litigating Class ActionsSeattle, WA
April 3, 20172017 Mass Torts Judicial Forum with Judge Corodemus & JAMS
2017 Mass Torts Judicial Forum with Judge Corodemus & JAMSNew York, NY
March 6, 2017Boston Bar Association: Advanced Issues in Mediating Business Disputes
Boston Bar Association: Advanced Issues in Mediating Business DisputesBoston, MA
November 4 - 7, 20159th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference
9th Annual Labor and Employment Law ConferencePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
JAMS mediators and arbitrators successfully resolve cases ranging in size, industry and complexity, typically achieving results more efficiently and cost effectively than through litigation. JAMS neutrals are skilled in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes including mediation, arbitration, special master, discovery referee, project neutral, and dispute review board work.
JAMS Class Action Resources
- Class Action & Mass Tort Neutrals ›
- JAMS Class Action Procedures ›
- Class Action Practice Brochure (PDF) ›
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