Class Action Lawsuits and Settlements: Uncovering the Things You Need to Know
Trends in class action suits and settlements from 2017 continue to ripple through the court system this 2018. Top litigation issues include false advertisements, settlement scrutiny, data breaches, and opioid epidemic cases. As legal developments like these, continue to emerge, the laws dealing with class actions also evolve. It is, therefore, of paramount importance that businesses and their counsel keep themselves abreast of the recent litigation updates to proactively manage class action cases.
Join a panel of key thought leaders and professionals assembled by The Knowledge Group as they bring the audience to a road beyond the basics of handling class action lawsuits and settlements, and, as they delve into an in-depth analysis of the current trends and recent court rulings surrounding this significant topic. Speakers will also provide the audience with practical strategies in bringing out the best in these lawsuits in a rapidly evolving legal climate.
Key topics include:
- Class Action Lawsuits and Settlements: Top Trends and Issues
- Notable Court Rulings
- Effective Management of Class Action Lawsuits
- Common Pitfalls and Risk Issues
- Practical Litigation Strategies
Paul G. Karlsgodt, Partner
- The impact of defense fees eroding an insurance policy
- Increasing court scrutiny over settlements
- Dealing with situations in which the plaintiffs’ fees are worth more than the case Claims-made versus common fund settlements.
- Direct payments versus claims programs under either structure.
- What motivates a defendant to settle?
- When is the right time to talk settlement?
Cari Campen Laufenberg, Partner
Keller Rohrback LLP
- The “third phase” of settlement review: judges are beginning to track class action settlements after granting final approval.
- What are judges seeking to achieve?
- What are judges requiring from class counsel?
- What can counsel do to prepare for this heightened judicial scrutiny?
- How can this impact the relationship between class counsel and the settlement administrator?
- What are the impacts of this trend?
- Could there be changes to Rule 23 to reflect this trend?
Julie Green, Senior VP of Operations
As corporations and retailers face increasing volumes of class action lawsuits, a settlement administrator provides valuable and strategic solutions that will contribute to the overall success of a settlement.
CPT Group, Inc., has been a third-party administrator for over 30 years, and brings a unique perspective to the process. Presenter, Julie Green has extensive experience in the class action industry and has been with CPT for 13 years. In her career at CPT, she has been responsible for the oversight, supervision and evaluation of all departments and positions related to the administration of Class Action matters and settlements.
CPT understands the needs and challenges the parties face during all facets of the settlement. From engaging early on during negotiations, to considering all angles of notification to the class, and finally planning for effective payment distribution, the settlement administrator plays a key role.
With our focused experience on claims in Wage & Hour and Consumer-related class actions, including but not limited to mislabeling, false advertising, data breach, TCPA, and Beverly Song; topics covered during this session will include the following:
- When to engage a Settlement Administrator and what to consider.
- CAFA Notification
- Legal Notice Planning
- How the various stages of administration come together.
- Data Management
- Cyber Security
- Claims Validation
- Disbursement Process Considerations
- How to ensure for a smooth settlement administration
- Avoiding issues
Who Should Attend:
- Class Action Lawyers
- Class Action Litigators
- In-house Counsel
- General Counsel
- Top Level Management
- Private Companies
- Legal Consultants
- Legal Executives
- Top Level Management
- Other interested/related Professionals and Organizations
With almost 14 years at CPT Group, as Senior Vice President of Operations, Julie Green is a driving force behind the company’s ongoing success. With oversight responsibilities for the Case Management and Administrative teams, she has an expert hand in all aspects of the claims administration program and demands quality and success for each step of the complex settlement process. Making informed recommendations to meet the goals of complex and unique settlements, Julie consistently understands and implements the necessary mechanics to ensure that neutrality and client confidentiality is continually maintained. She regularly identifies critical business development opportunities to strengthen the company’s core growth objectives by collaborating closely with CPT’s Management Team. Additionally, she actively participates in strategic planning and solves for potential business-critical issues by making both short and long-term decisions that guide the organization.
Julie holds a BA each in Drama and Psychology & Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine.
Outside the office, she’s a married, active mother of two energetic little girls. Music is Julie’s life-long passion, and she’s a gifted singer, songwriter, stage performer, and guitar player. And, perhaps most rewarding, also manages to carve out time to serve as a music therapist for young children and has participated for the last 4 years as a cast member in the Children’s Hospital of Orange County’s annual fundraiser, CHOC Follies!
With almost 14 years at CPT Group, as Senior Vice President of Operations, Julie Green is a driving force behind …
Paul Karlsgodt is the leader of BakerHostetler’s national class action defense practice team. He knows and understands the intricacies of the class action process and is strategic in his work, not only looking at a case from all angles but also knowing which aspects require the most focus and attention. Clients turn to Paul for representation and advice, trusting his experience and knowing that he will be a strong advocate who will keep their long-term business goals in mind.
Paul is the Denver office Litigation group coordinator. He is also the editor of and primary contributor to www.ClassActionBlawg.com, which covers global and national class action-related issues such as decisions, trends, best practices, news and reform.
Paul Karlsgodt is the leader of BakerHostetler’s national class action defense practice team. He knows and understands the intricacies of …
As a partner in Keller Rohrback’s nationally recognized Complex Litigation Group, Cari Laufenberg maintains a national practice representing consumers, employees, and institutions in complex consumer and employee class actions involving corporate fraud, privacy and data breach issues, breach of fiduciary duty, and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”). Since joining Keller Rohrback, she has played a key role in obtaining multi-million dollar recoveries for consumers, employees, and shareholders in many of the firm’s largest and most complex cases, including cases involving Anthem Inc., Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., Marsh McLennan Companies, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., and HealthSouth Corporation.
Cari has been appointed to numerous leadership positions in federal courts across the country and serves as Co-Lead Counsel for over 2 million data breach victims in In Re: 21st Century Oncology Customer Data Security Breach Litigation in the Middle District of Florida. She also serves as an appointed member of several leadership committees including: In Re: Experian Data Breach Litigation in the Central District of California, In Re: VTech Data Breach Litigation, and In Re: 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, both in the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division.
Over the past 15 years, Cari’s background in nonprofit management and public administration has served her clients well. She is adept at organizing large complex cases, working collaboratively with other counsel, and developing a cogent strategy which achieves short-term goals and long-term successes. Before joining Keller Rohrback in 2003, Cari served as a judicial extern for Judge Barbara Jacobs Rothstein of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. She is a frequent speaker at national conferences on class actions, identity theft and privacy, and other complex litigation topics.
As a partner in Keller Rohrback’s nationally recognized Complex Litigation Group, Cari Laufenberg maintains a national practice representing consumers, employees, …
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About CPT Group
CPT Group, Inc., founded in 1984, is a leading provider of notice and settlement class action administration services and has been appointed as the third-party administrator by all major courts in the State of California and numerous United States District Courts. Located in Irvine, CA, CPT’s client base includes over 10,500 attorneys, both local and nationwide, that have entrusted CPT to bring their experience, expertise and proven excellence to their settlements for administration. Throughout our history, CPT has disbursed billions of dollars in Settlement funds, and serviced over 65,000,000 class members and administrated approximately 4,000 cases. CPT offers a wide range of class action administrative services for developing, managing and executing all stages of integrated settlement plans. This includes pre-certification and discovery mailings, class-certification mailings, claims processing and administration, data management, data reporting, settlement fund administration, legal noticing campaigns, website design and web hosting. Experienced CPT staff currently handles the following types of class action cases: Wage and Hour, FLSA, Employment/ADA, Consumer/Product, Insurance, Securities, Finance, Antitrust, and ERISA.
Once designated by the parties and approved by the court as the third-party administrator, CPT assumes full responsibility in overseeing management of the class database, notification to the class members, claims processing, and disbursement of settlement payments. The operations, IT and production facilities are all located at the corporate headquarters in Irvine. The integrity of CPT’s work is strengthened by the staff’s ability to work in close proximity and keep the work handled in-house. The IT data center is accessible 24/7/365 to authorized CPT personnel. CPT uses internal IT expertise, and follows internal business as well as IT policies and procedures to support its daily administration and service operations.
CPT prides itself on being the industry’s premier class action administrator, offering comprehensive and cost-effective class action administration services, utilizing leverages that decades of personal insight and firsthand knowledge from multiple disciplines and legal arenas have provided. CPT is NIST SP 800-171 compliant, administrates hundreds of cases per year, and has disbursed over a billion dollars in settlement funds. With a structured service platform and practice-area expertise, CPT can effectuate the services it provides accurately and expeditiously.
Recognized as one of the top firms for client service, BakerHostetler is a leading national law firm that helps clients around the world to address their most complex and critical business and regulatory issues. With five core national practice groups – Business, Employment, Intellectual Property, Litigation and Tax – the firm has more than 940 lawyers located in 14 offices coast to coast. BakerHostetler is widely regarded as having one of the country’s top 10 tax practices, a nationally recognized litigation practice, an award-winning data privacy practice and an industry-leading business practice. The firm is also recognized internationally for its groundbreaking work recovering more than $12 billion in the Madoff Recovery Initiative, representing the SIPA Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. Visit bakerlaw.com.
About Keller Rohrback LLP
Keller Rohrback’s Complex Litigation Group has a national reputation as the go-to plaintiffs’ firm for large-scale, complex individual and class action cases. We represent public and private investors, businesses, governments and individuals in a wide range of actions, including securities fraud, fiduciary breach, antitrust, whistleblower, environmental and product liability cases. Our approach is straightforward—we represent clients who have been harmed by conduct that is wrong, and we litigate with passion and integrity to obtain the best results possible. Every case is different, but we win for the same reason: we are persuasive. When you hire us, you hire smart, creative lawyers who are skilled in court and in negotiations.
Founded in 1919, Keller Rohrback’s over 70 attorneys and about 100 staff members are based in six offices across the country in Seattle, Oakland, Santa Barbara, Phoenix, New York, and Missoula. Over the past century, our firm has built a distinguished reputation by providing top-notch representation. We offer exceptional service and a comprehensive understanding of federal and state law nationwide. We also are well known for our abilities to collaborate with co-counsel and to work together to achieve outstanding results—essential skills in large-scale cases in which several firms represent the plaintiffs. We pride ourselves on our reputation for working smartly with opposing counsel, and we are comfortable and experienced in coordinating high-stakes cases with simultaneous state and federal government investigations. Keller Rohrback attorneys earn the respect of our colleagues and our opponents through our deft handling of the array of complex issues and obstacles our clients face.