By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. and Lorie Almon

CQ recently published an analysis of key issues in workplace class actions.

The analysis focuses on a myriad of cutting-edge issues that impact employers, including the major Rule 23 issues at the heart of cases like Dukes v. Wal-Mart, the impact of the class action jury verdict of $253 million in Velez v. Novartis; the future of class arbitration in light of AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion; and how certification rulings in major class actions influence settlement numbers and amounts.

The CQ study also includes pieces on the history of class action litigation from the 1960’s to the present, and a set of pro and con viewpoint articles on whether federal courts should cut down on class action litigation. It also contains interviews of several of the leadings class action practitioners on the plaintiffs’ side regarding their goals and strategies in litigating major cases against corporations.

We confess another reason why we like it – CQ relies on our Annual Workplace Class Action Report, cites to our annual analysis of major settlements in workplace class actions, quotes our views on the cutting-edge issues currently before the Supreme Court in Dukes v. Wal-Mart, and lists our blog as an authoritative source for class action litigation issues.

All in all, the CQ study makes for interesting reading for class action practitioners and decision-makers at corporations. We recommend it for corporate counsel as a good  source for key information on current issues in workplace class actions.