Washington State Superior Court Rules

New language in Rule 23 on Class Actions (emphasis added)

(f) Disposition of Residual Funds.

          (1) “Residual Funds” are funds that remain after the payment of all approved class member claims, expenses, litigation costs, attorneys’ fees, and other court-approved disbursements to implement the relief granted.  Nothing in this rule is intended to limit the parties to a class action from suggesting, or the trial court from approving, a settlement that does not create residual funds.