Class Action for Attorneys: Hot Topics in 2012
The continuous development in class action cases continues to challenge attorneys in 2012.Join us in this LIVE two-hour webcast as our key thought leaders and practitioners provide timely overview on significant developments in class action litigation with key updates on class action law, certification standards, settlement principles and a lot more. The panel will also share us their best litigation practices and will answer your questions during our Q&A session.
Tiffany Cheung , Partner,
Morrison & Foerster LLP
- Increase in class actions involving privacy issues, including use of personal information for behavioral advertising and other marketing
- Whether plaintiffs can show injury has been significant focus of privacy litigation
- Violations of statutory obligations have been highlighted in attempt to avoid any requirement of showing injury
- For example, class actions involving alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), where plaintiff often has suffered no tangible injury, have been on the rise
- Recent decisions in TCPA cases have addressed jurisdictional and vicarious liability issues
Luanne Sacks, Partner,
Important Issues Impacting Court Approval of Class Action Settlements:
- How do courts view settlements proposing cy pres and revisionary benefit structures
- What role do fee applications play in court approval of settlements
- How best to structure a settlement to minimize successful objections
- The scope of the res judicata effect of a class action settlement
Daniel P. Shapiro, Partner,
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
I will cover recent trends in class action litigation in the health care industry. Several factors conspire to make a significant increase in class action activity in this space probable. In fact, it is already increasing. First, the size of the health care industry is so vast – 17 per cent of GDP – that it includes a huge number of the consumer transactions in our economy. Second, the nature of the industry is such that there is a great deal of uniform conduct covering large numbers of potential plaintiffs. For example, privacy, collection, insurance and doctor’s rights are all areas where class action activity is beginning to surge. Third, other areas where there have traditionally been large numbers of class actions have become less hospitable to class action filings due to recent US Supreme Court decisions. Wal Mart; Concepcion. As a result of all of this we can observe the health care industry experience as it evolves, both to understand that industry and to understand how it may inform other industries both in terms of class action trends and preventative measures that may be taken to decrease defendants’ potential exposure to class action liability.
Eric Y. Kizirian , Partner,
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
- The viability of nationwide class actions in the wake of Mazza v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
- Has Mazza proven to be “devastating to consumers” as the dissent predicted?
- How has Mazza impacted class actions at (1) the pleading stage, (2) on certification, and (3) in efforts to decertify previously certified nationwide classes?
- Will Mazza change how multi-state class actions are pled and litigated?
Christopher M. Murphy, Partner,
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
- Certification of products liability class actions: The common design defect theory
- Class certification under Fed.R.Civ.P. 23(c)(4)
Who Should Attend:
- Attorneys defending class actions
- In-House Counsel
- General Counsel
- Legal Consultants
- Legal Executive
- Legal Officers
Tiffany Cheung is a partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP. Her practice is concentrated in federal, state, and multidistrict complex litigation, with a focus on consumer class actions. Ms. Cheung has successfully defended clients in disputes involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and various unfair competition, consumer fraud, and antitrust laws in federal and state courts throughout the United States. In addition, she has represented clients in investigations and actions brought by government officials, including the Federal Communications Commission and various state Attorneys General. Her clients span a wide range of industries, including the pharmaceutical, retail, and insurance industries, with an emphasis on telecommunications companies. Ms. Cheung is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law.
Tiffany Cheung is a partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP. Her practice is concentrated in federal, state, and multidistrict complex …
Luanne Sacks concentrates in consumer and employment class action defense. She is also a skilled trial lawyer and has handled diverse complex commercial litigation matters. Ms. Sacks provides both litigation and counseling services to clients in many industries, including computer hardware and software, consumer retail sales, medical devices and manufacturing. She has also advised and represented financial institutions and consulting companies regarding litigation matters related to mergers and acquisitions and privacy matters. She is co-chair of DLA Piper’s Class Action.The respected research publication Legal 500 recommends Ms. Sacks, noting that she is regarded as an “accomplished lawyer” for class action cases. Ms. Sacks has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer in every year since 2005 as the result of a joint research project conducted by Law & Politics and San Francisco magazines. She has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America from 2007 to 2009 and again in 2012.
Luanne Sacks concentrates in consumer and employment class action defense. She is also a skilled trial lawyer and has handled …
Daniel P. Shapiro is national co-head of the Commercial Litigation Practice. He is co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Consumer Law Class Actions and Derivative Suits Subcommittee and is a member of the advisory board for the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. publication Class Action Litigation Report. Mr. Shapiro has extensive experience litigating complex class actions in courts around the country including class action litigation brought under federal (’33 Act and ’34 Act) and state securities laws, RICO, the Truth in Lending Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act and numerous other state and federal consumer protection laws. Mr. Shapiro also has litigated significant business disputes of virtually all types, including disputes arising out of the purchase and sale of businesses and securities, disputes regarding business valuations, the negotiation and formation of contracts, the enforcement of representations and warranties in contracts related to a sale, and product liability defense.
Daniel P. Shapiro is national co-head of the Commercial Litigation Practice. He is co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Consumer …
Eric Y. Kizirian is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith LLP and is the Vice-Chair of the firm’s Class Acton and Mass Torts group. Eric has broad experience in the defense of purported class actions and other complex litigation in state and federal courts seeking relief under California’s Unfair Competition Laws (Bus. & Prof. Code Sec. 17200), California’s Consumer Legal Remedies Act (Cal. Civ. Code 1750 et seq.), and for various consumer product liability claims. His clients include various automotive manufacturers, medical product manufacturers, makers of children’s clothing, and other consumer products. He has been selected as a Southern California “Rising Star” by Law & Politics Media Inc. in 2006, 2007 and 2012. Eric received his J.D. from Southwestern Law School with high honors, and his B.S. from University of California, Los Angeles.
Eric Y. Kizirian is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith LLP and is …
Christopher M. Murphy is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in the Firm’s Chicago office. He focuses his practice in the areas of class actions and complex commercial litigation. He heads the Firm’s Class Action group. He also heads the Chicago Trial Department.Chris has substantial experience defending clients in class action and multi-party lawsuits in state and federal courts, including consumer fraud, securities and RICO class actions. He has obtained dismissals of class allegations and defeated motions for class certification in both state and federal courts. He has also successfully argued appeals of class action decisions in state and federal appellate courts. Chris has argued before the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation.
Christopher M. Murphy is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in …
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About Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
Established in 1979, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP is a national, full-service law firm with more than 800 attorneys and 24 offices, in 11 states from coast-to-coast. In 2012, Lewis Brisbois was ranked #1 in thenation by American Lawyer Media in its Diversity Scorecard. We are ranked #1 in the State of California for diversity in a recent survey published by California Lawyer magazine. Lewis Brisbois has consistently ranked in the top 50 of these diversity surveys since 2005.
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McDermott Will & Emery is a premier international law firm with a diversified business practice. Numbering more than 1,000 lawyers, McDermott has over 75 years of serving a broad range of client interests.Established in 1934 as a tax practice in Chicago, Illinois, McDermott has grown its core practices and offices around the globe. The expansion of McDermott’s international platform has supported numerous cross-border transactions and litigation matters, while providing the experience necessary to offer corporate and commercial, international and domestic tax, labor and benefits, competition, intellectual property and regulatory counsel to clients across all industries. In the years to come, McDermott will continue to expand geographically and enhance its existing practices and industry – focused strengths. McDermott is committed to building from these strengths in order to best serve its clients and communities.