Class Action Litigation: Trends to Look for in 2017
Over the years, class action is considered as an efficient tool in litigating multiple claims covering common issues. However, with its vast and complex landscape coupled with the recent court decisions and emerging trends, fast class action settlements are hardly attained. Thus, it is important for companies to keep themselves abreast with the recent regulatory developments and trends to successfully resolve class actions and avoid litigation risks.
In this two-hour LIVE Webcast, a panel of distinguished professionals and thought leaders assembled by The Knowledge Group will provide the audience with an overview of the latest trends; critical issues and best practices with respect to Class Action Litigation. Speakers will also offer best practices in developing and implementing effective risk mitigation strategies while ensuring compliance with applicable laws.
Some of the major topics that will be covered in this course are:
- Class Action Litigation – An Overview
- Recent Court Decisions
- Possible Implications and Potential Pitfalls
- Latest Developments in Class Action Settlements
- Trends to Look for in 2017
Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP
- What factual showing is required on a motion for class certification; how much of your case do you need to prove?
- Continuing post-Concepcion developments concerning the enforceability of arbitration and class action waiver clauses
- Developments on the question of whether a securities claim is properly a class claim as opposed to a derivative claim.
Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C.
Individualized vs. Class-Wide Damages:
- Almost three years later, what impact has the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend (2013) had on the lower courts regarding damages?
- Does the potential existence of individualized damages preclude class certification?
- Are plaintiffs required to provide a methodology or model for calculating damages on a class-wide basis before a class can be certified? Is expert testimony needed to support such a model?
Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C.
- Standing & Spokeo :
- Standing has become an increasingly important issue in class action litigation, particularly since the Supreme Court’s decision this year in Spokeo. How have the courts been interpreting Spokeo and the standing requirements, particularly where the only alleged injuries are statutory damages?
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
- There is a split among the circuits on the ascertainability requirement for class certification. How do the circuits differ on what is required to establish ascertainability, and what are the implications for practitioners? When is the appropriate time to raise an ascertainability defense – as a motion to strike class allegations or at the class certification stage?
Who Should Attend:
- Labor and Employment Lawyers
- Class Action Lawyers
- Board Members and Directors
- In-house Counsel
- HR Executives
- Top Level Management
- Private Companies
- Other interested/related Professionals and Organizations
Lawrence P. Kolker, a partner of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP, has acted as lead counsel in numerous class and derivative actions asserting the rights of investors. He also counsels investment firms in transactional and securities matters and represents them in corporate and business litigation. Mr. Kolker has often represented investors in direct investments, such as REITs and limited partnerships, including the Empire State Realty Trust consolidation. He has tried several securities class actions to verdict. He has been named a New York Super Lawyer numerous times. Mr. Kolker was an Assistant Corporation Counsel of the City of New York from 1983 to 1987. Mr. Kolker obtained his J.D. at Brooklyn Law School, where he was the Business Editor of the Brooklyn Law Review.
Lawrence P. Kolker, a partner of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP, has acted as lead counsel in numerous …
Sandberg Phoenix Shareholder Natalie Kussart joined the firm in 2007 and works with the Business Litigation and Products Liability Practice Groups. Natalie specializes in class actions and personal injury/products liabilitydefense,. Throughout her career, she has represented trucking and bus companies, hospitals, physicians, banks, mortgage providers, and manufacturers of automobiles, consumer products, heavy machinery, medical devices, recreational products, and drugs/pharmaceuticals. Sharing Sandberg Phoenix’s focus on superior client service, Natalie prides herself on responding to client inquiries quickly and achieving the best possible result for her clients. She is committed to defending her clients effectively and efficiently.
Sandberg Phoenix Shareholder Natalie Kussart joined the firm in 2007 and works with the Business Litigation and Products Liability Practice …
Andrew R. Kasnetz is a shareholder of Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard and focuses his practice in the area of business litigation. He has handled a wide variety of contract and business tort matters including shareholder disputes, commercial fraud, employment, construction, real estate, manufacturing and distribution, banking and software development. Andy has vast trial and appellate experience and has successfully litigated cases in state and federal courts in many jurisdictions including Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, South Carolina, Colorado, California, New York and Washington. In the past ten years, Andy has worked extensively in defense of class actions with particular emphasis on lender liability, antitrust, FCRA, and employment matters. After years of participating as an advocate in mediations, Andy has recently completed comprehensive training to begin serving as a mediator. In recognition of his outstanding service to clients in the area of Commercial Litigation, Andy has been named a Best Lawyer in America from 2015 to 2017.
Andrew R. Kasnetz is a shareholder of Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard and focuses his practice in the area of …
David E. Sellinger focuses his practice on complex civil litigation matters, including class action defense, trial in federal and state courts, and in arbitrations. He has over thirty years of litigation experience in which he has represented corporate and individual clients in a broad array of lawsuits. David has represented corporations sued in class actions brought in both state and federal courts involving claims for consumer fraud, product liability, and violations of various state and federal statutes. He has handled cases in multi-district litigation (MDL) proceedings. In addition, he is currently involved in overseeing consumer class actions throughout the country for a national retailer as a member of GT's team serving as the client's national coordinating counsel for class actions. In the past, David also has represented institutional investors as plaintiffs in class actions involving claims of securities fraud and breach of fiduciary duty.
David has handled an array of shareholder disputes and business torts matters, as well as patent damages litigation. As a trial lawyer, David is willing to try cases where the client's interests call for trial but has also resolved and narrowed litigation before trial. David brings his experience to bear in finding cost-effective resolutions of litigation matters. A former Assistant United States Attorney, he also represents clients in white-collar criminal matters, including parallel criminal, civil, administrative proceedings and internal investigations. He has written and spoken on various litigation topics, including the defense of class action litigation.
David E. Sellinger focuses his practice on complex civil litigation matters, including class action defense, trial in federal and state courts, …
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NASBA Field of Study:
Business Law - Technical
NY Category of CLE Credit:
Law Practice Management
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About Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP
Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP is one of the most prominent class action firms in the United States. Its Class Action Litigation Group has been recognized by courts throughout the country as “exemplary” and experienced in securities, consumer, ERISA and antitrust class actions, shareholder rights litigation, and prosecution of improper copyright practices such as the “Happy Birthday to You” litigation. Wolf Haldenstein’s performance in representative litigation has repeatedly resulted in favorable results for its clients. The Firm has helped recover approximately seven billion dollars on behalf of its clients.
About Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C.
Established in 1979, and with more than 100 attorneys across seven offices serving Kansas, Missouri and Illinois, our work at Sandberg Phoenix is concentrated in the areas of Business, Business Litigation, Health Law and Products Liability. Consistently rated as one of the top firms in our region, we are regularly called upon to work with in-house corporate counsel and various independent firms, as well as business owners and individuals. Sandberg Phoenix stands behind our promise to provide extraordinary client service with a rare client service guarantee, ensuring that every client receives timely, responsive and cost-effective legal services.
About Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Greenberg Traurig is an international law firm with approximately 1900 attorneys and governmental affairs professionals in 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Greenberg Traurig provides integrated, business-focused legal services for clients ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to innovative start-ups. The firm’s multidisciplinary teams include senior lawyers who have served as chief legal officers at major multinational companies and have spent years solving real-world problems in the business, political and legal arenas. GT attorneys are at the forefront of class litigation in federal and state courts throughout the United States, at both the trial and appellate levels. GT’s Class Action Practice brings together more than 70 trial lawyers from across the country with class action experience spanning a wide variety of substantive areas and industries, including privacy.