Claim handlers from eight different entities have been ordered by the Federal Trade Commission to provide the government with data illustrating the way they notify class members about settlement agreements and other developments related to their cases.

Government officials insist the heightened measures are all part of their concentrated effort to provide consumers with the strongest protections, as well as gauge the overall effectiveness and response rates of varying forms of notification.

With federal authorities growing increasingly concerned about the perceived fairness of class action settlements, it's widely believed that such data will show only a nominal percentage of potential class members meet the claim-filing requirements needed to participate in a settlement fund.

"I think all the federal regulatory agencies are following the lead of the (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) in the way they are cracking down on things," Scott Pearson, partner with Ballard Spahr LLP, told Legal Newsline. "This is an issue that the FTC has taken a much greater interest in."