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In a class-action suit, where there is a settlement, can it be agreed upon that the specifics are kept confidential, e.g.

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settlement amount, and that there is no admission of wrongdoing on behalf of the defendant? What other agreements are common in settlements? Thank you

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Very little can be kept confidential in the settlement of a class action. This is because class actions require court approval to become binding and enforceable. And the extensive documents that are filed with the court in order to obtain court approval are accessible to the public. In general, these documents describe all material terms of the settlement, as well as the attorneys' fees and litigation expenses, which also must be approved by the court.

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Its possible. Various language releasing all liability, liens, medical expenses, claims, and pretty much waiving each and every possible way to coming back after the same defendant are generally contained within the agreements. Each agreement is unique though.

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I agree with Eric and only add that in a settlement posture there will almost always be a denial of all liability by the defendants.

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