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Defense Can Contact Members Of Proposed Class

Ethics panel opinion levels playing field, may promote settlements

, The Connecticut Law Tribune

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The Connecticut Bar Association Professional Ethics Committee recently released an important opinion clarifying the strategic options available to class action defense counsel. For the first time in Connecticut history, the committee stated that defense counsel can directly contact members of a putative class without fearing ethical violations. (CBA Informal Op. 2011-09). Until now, Connecticut offered no clear guidance on this important issue.

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