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.
Resolving Large, Complex Disputes
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.
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 experts 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
JAMS Class Action Resources
JAMS successfully resolves business and legal disputes by providing efficient, cost-effective and impartial ways of overcoming barriers at any stage of conflict. JAMS offers customized, in-person, virtual and hybrid dispute resolution services through a combination of first class client service, the latest technology, top-notch facilities, and highly trained mediators and arbitrators.
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Arbitrators & Arbitration Services
In an era of unprecedented business disruptions, timely dispute resolution is critical. In-person, virtual or hybrid arbitration with an experienced JAMS arbitrator provides an effective alternative to protracted litigation.
Mediators & Mediation Services
Rigorous preparation. Creative solutions. Persistent follow-up. We work diligently every step of the way-from pre-mediation calls to post-mediation follow-up to help all parties arrive at the best possible outcome to their dispute.