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Class Action Lawsuits and Settlements: 2019 Outlook

Live Webcast Date: Thursday, December 06, 2018 from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm (ET)
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In this Webcast, a panel of thought leaders and professionals brought together by The Knowledge Group will provide the audience with an in-depth analysis of the fundamentals as well as recent developments in Class Action Lawsuits and Settlements. Speakers will identify significant issues and trends affecting the class action litigation landscape and provide practical tips and strategies in bringing out the best in these lawsuits in a rapidly evolving legal climate.

They will go beyond the basics and discuss the following key topics:

  • Notable Class Action Lawsuits and Settlements in 2018
  • Litigation Strategies and Practical Tips
  • Legal Issues, Trends and Updates in 2018
  • Recent Court Decisions
  • What Lies Ahead

Who Should Attend

  • Class Action Lawyers
  • Class Action Litigators
  • General Counsel
  • Top Level Management
  • Private Companies
  • Legal Consultants
  • Legal Executives


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Sean A. Commons
Sidley Austin LLP
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Peter A. Bellacosa
Phillips Lytle LLP
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Megan Oliver Thompson
Hanson Bridgett LLP

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Peter A. Bellacosa, Partner
Phillips Lytle LLP

Standing v. Jurisdiction - Limiting out-of-state plaintiffs in class actions

  • Discussion of Langan v. Johnson & Johnson Consumer Co., Inc., 897 F.3d 88 (2d Cir. 2018)
  • Compare Langan with recent decisions on jurisdiction over out-of-state plaintiffs, such as Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Ct. of Cal. San Francisco Cty., 137 S.Ct. 1773 (2017)

Sean A. Commons, Partner
Sidley Austin LLP

Tolling Rule 23(f) Petitions

  • Background re appealability of class certification ruling.
  • Rule 23(f) Creates An Interlocutory Avenue To Revisit Class Certification
  • Rule 23(f) often the last practical opportunity to save a case for both sides
  • Rule 23(f) far from a guarantee of immediate relief
  • Rule 23(f) versus motion for reconsideration
  • Does a motion for reconsideration toll the deadline to seek Rule 23(f) review?
  • The Supreme Court has granted review from the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Lambert

Admissibility of Expert Evidence at Rule 23(f)

  • Quick Daubert 101
  • WalMart comments on Daubert

Megan Oliver Thompson, Partner
Hanson Bridgett LLP

Class action settlement issues:

  • In re Hyundai:  Status and potential impact on nationwide settlements
  • Frank v. Gaos:  Status and potential impact on cy pres awards
  • Proposed amendments to Rule 23 that impact class settlements, slated to become effective Dec 1, 2018 if no action taken by Congress
  • Northern District of California new procedural guidance for class action settlements effective Nov 1, 2018 as example of one district court’s approach



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Sean A. CommonsPartnerSidley Austin LLP

SEAN A. COMMONS is a partner in Sidley’s Los Angeles office and member of the commercial litigation and disputes practice. Sean has more than 15 years of experience litigating complex matters including class actions and qui tam claims. He has assisted clients faced with class actions, mass actions and coordinated proceedings brought under state and federal consumer protection, unfair business practices and usury statutes, including the UCL, CLRA, EFTA, FCRA, FDCPA, the “Holder Rule,” RICO and TCPA. Sean has successfully handled class actions and qui tam complaints in state and federal courts, including through appeal, on behalf of clients in the automotive, banking, consumer electronics, insurance, food supplement, food product, pharmaceutical, software and defense industries.

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Peter A. BellacosaPartnerPhillips Lytle LLP

Mr. Bellacosa is a Partner in the Litigation Practice Group at Phillips Lytle LLP, a law firm with offices located throughout New York State, Washington, D.C. and Canada.  Prior to joining Phillips Lytle, Mr. Bellacosa spent twenty-five years in the Litigation Practice Group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP with over twenty-one of those years as a Partner.  He concentrates his practice in the areas of class action defense, product liability, mass torts, ERISA, securities, and commercial disputes.  He also has extensive experience with criminal and regulatory investigations.  He has represented a diverse group of leading U.S. and international companies in complex, high-stakes disputes in federal and state courts and in arbitrations, including the defense of insurance, tobacco, cell phone, petroleum, chemical, automobile, and securities companies in class action cases across the country.  He has complemented his private law practice with significant pro bono publico service, including serving by appointment to highly sensitive public Boards with wide-ranging duties and responsibilities by New York State Governors and Chief Judges.

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Megan Oliver ThompsonPartnerHanson Bridgett LLP

Megan’s litigation practice is focused on defending consumer class actions, civil rights class actions, and other complex business litigation. Megan litigates and counsels her clients regarding diverse claims including unfair business practices, false advertising, fraud, California’s Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA), the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), California’s Automatic Renewal Law (ARL), contract disputes, regulatory matters, and disability access. Megan also has substantial experience litigating class claims regarding the use of the term “natural” on food product labeling. She has represented clients in a wide range of industries including food, restaurant, dairy, retail, technology, franchising, and financial.  Megan leads Hanson Bridgett’s Class Action Practice Group, as well as the firm’s Women’s Impact Network.

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Advance Preparation:
   Print and review course materials

Method Of Presentation:
   On-demand Webcast

   Basic Knowledge in Civil Litigation

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NY Category of CLE Credit:
   Areas of Professional Practice

Total Credits:
    1.5 CLE

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The Knowledge Group

The Knowledge Group has been a leading global provider of Continuing Education (CLE, CPE) for over 13 Years. We produce over 450 LIVE webcasts annually and have a catalog of over 4,000 on-demand courses.

About the Knowledge Group

The Knowledge Group

The Knowledge Group has been a leading global provider of Continuing Education (CLE, CPE) for over 13 Years. We produce over 450 LIVE webcasts annually and have a catalog of over 4,000 on-demand courses.

Sidley Austin LLP is a premier law firm, with 2,000 lawyers in 20 offices worldwide. We provide a broad range of litigation, regulatory and transactional services to meet the needs of businesses across a multitude of industries. Sidley has a dedicated insurance disputes practice, which represents clients in a range of litigation including life/annuity and ERISA class actions; insurance regulatory investigations; state attorney general, Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission inquiries; and reinsurance or retrocessional claims, among others.

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Phillips Lytle LLP is a premier regional law firm that is recognized nationally for its legal excellence. With offices in New York State, Washington, DC, and Canada, our attorneys serve a multinational client base including FORTUNE 1000 companies, global and regional financial institutions, not-for-profit organizations, middle market companies, startups, entrepreneurs and individuals on important matters affecting their businesses and personal wealth.

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Hanson Bridgett is a law firm with more than 160 attorneys in offices throughout San Francisco, Sacramento, the North Bay, the East Bay and Los Angeles. Serving clients since 1958, we are well known in California and have earned a national reputation in many practice areas.

Our diverse client list includes large national and global companies as well as governmental entities, regional businesses and individuals. While our offices are located throughout California, our attorneys frequently work on matters that cross domestic and international borders. To ensure our clients receive flawless service and top notch legal counsel wherever located, we have forged alliances with firms in national and international legal networks.

We are a certified B Corp and socially responsible members of our communities. Our firm is driven by a commitment to diversity, charitable giving, pro bono legal work and hands-on service.

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