Can an individual who is a member of a class action law suit "settle" independently of the suit coming to conclusion for the entire class?
A: Yes, but only if the individual formally notifies the court in a timely manner of the decision to opt out of the class action and sue in the individual's own name.
What type of concessions would the plaintiff typically make if such a early settlement were possible?
A: There is no uniform answer to this question. A competent answer would require a complete evaluation of the individual's unique circumstances.
Is this a common practice?
A: No. Very few litigants opt out of a class action, because the cost of trying to separately litigate is too great, as is the risk of loss. The only time that an opt out occurs is where the litigant's unique facts would give him/her a very
large award, and the litigant is highly likely to prevail based upon the strength of the available evidence.
Does the defendant not appear to be admitting fault if such early settlements take place?
A: If a settlement occurs, it is confidential, so there is no public admission of liability. What the public may perceive is legally irrelevant -- though typically the perception is that a settlement means the defendant must have had some curability -- otherwise there would be no reason to settle.
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