The Hilsee Group analyzes the adequacy of mass communication legal notifications for judges, special masters and lawyers.
Class Action Notice Experts
“I want to tell you how much we collectively appreciate your working with the Federal Judicial Center to improve the quality of the model notices that they’re developing. That’s a tremendous contribution and we appreciate that very much . . . You raised three points that are criteria for good noticing, and I was interested in your thoughts on how the rule itself that we’ve proposed could better support the creation of those or the insistence on those kinds of notices . . .
– Judge Lee Rosenthal, Advisory Committee on Civil Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States, (Jan. 22, 2002), addressing Mr. Hilsee in a public hearing on proposed changes to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23
The Hilsee Group principals
Todd B. Hilsee
Todd Bruce Hilsee was the first person judicially recognized as an expert on class action notice in published decisions in the United States and in Canada. Mr. Hilsee has authored and co-authored numerous articles on notice and due process.
Barbara C. Hilsee
With 25 years of professional media advertising experience, she is the leading expert in efforts requiring international notice, dissemination among highly targeted, hard-to-reach audiences, and broadcast media.
A Blueprint for good notice
The Hilsee Group collaborated with the Federal Judicial Center to create a judges’ checklist for class action notice campaigns.
Key topics include:
Will notice effectively reach a high percentage of the class?
Will the notices come to the attention of the class?
Are the notices informative and in plain, easy to understand language?
Are all of the rights and options easy to act upon?
Coming on the heels of the FJC’s Model Plain Language Notices, which Todd Hilsee collaborated to write and design, the FJC’s Judges’ Class Action Notice and Claims Process Checklist and Plain Language.