Report on the ABA Task Force on Class Actions
July 25, 2002Stewart Greenleaf
In the Fall of 2001 ABA President Robert Hirshon convened a task force on class action litigation. In general, ABA task forces are created to "explore emerging issues in the practice of litigation and work to strengthen the profession." The task force on class actions was created specifically to examine class action jurisdictional issues and review proposed federal legislation that will expand federal jurisdiction over class actions. The task force is to make recommendations to the House of Delegates concerning these jurisdictional issues and other class action matters. Its mission, according to task force chairman Edward Sherman, is to find common ground between the defense and trial bars.