Comparatively little controversy attended the semi-annual meeting of the Civil Rules Advisory Committee which was held in late November, 1991. During that meeting, however, the Committee preliminarily considered the prospect of amending Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23, which governs class actions.

The Advisory Committee is now contemplating possible revision of Rule 23 governing class actions. If that effort proceeds, the Committee should seriously consider reexamining Rules 19 and 24(a)(2), the other two party joinder provisions that were simultaneously changed and integrated with Rule 23 more than a quarter-century ago. This would enable the Committee to propose an integrated package of amendments responsive to civil litigation in the twenty-first century.

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