Do consumers notice consumer class action notices? That’s one of the topics that experts will discuss at an upcoming FTC workshop on issues related to communicating with consumers about class actions.
Set for October 29, 2019, in Washington, DC, Consumers and Class Action Notices: An FTC Workshop will feature panelists from a wide range of perspectives exploring what the research suggests about notice methods, claims rates, and redress – and what can be done to improve consumer participation in class action settlements.
To enhance our understanding of the issues, FTC staff just released a report summarizing the findings of two studies involving consumer class actions. In the first study, we looked at a sample of more than 140 cases and analyzed how variables like notice methods and compensation amounts affected consumer claims and check-cashing rates. A second staff study explored consumer perceptions of class action notices, including whether people understood their options.
Consumer class actions have been an issue of long-standing interest to the FTC. For more than a decade, the agency’s Class Action Fairness Project has worked to ensure that settlements in consumer protection and competition matters provide appropriate benefits to consumers. To that end, the FTC has coordinated with state, federal, and private groups to gather information; looked at the impact of legislative and class action rule changes; and – where appropriate – filed amicus briefs.
Free and open to the public, Consumers and Class Action Notices will take place at the FTC’s Constitution Center conference facility, 400 7th Street, S.W., in Washington. We’ll post the agenda soon, but in the meantime, we welcome your comments, including additional consumer perception evidence. We’ll keep the record open until November 22, 2019.
Can’t make it to DC on October 29th? The event will be webcast.