Workplace Class Action Litigation: Navigating Trends, Developments, and Issues
Employment-related class action litigation has been continuously escalating and remains to be the topmost challenge pursued by the plaintiffs’ bar. Over the past years, significant court rulings has successfully shaped and influenced the prosecution and defense of a class action litigation creating a positive impact on the defendants while presenting an opposite effect to the plaintiffs’ bar, and, a dramatic decline in the 2018’s overall settlement numbers compared to the impressive rate in 2017.
As these issues continue to proliferate, companies are in the midst of facing profound litigation hurdles. Thus, they should keep themselves in the know with the recent developments, policies and risk mitigation strategies to overcome potential class litigation challenges and pitfalls.
In this LIVE Webcast, a panel of key thought leaders and professionals assembled by The Knowledge Group will provide the audience with an in-depth analysis of the significant trends and developments in workplace class action litigation. Speakers will also discuss potential implication of the developments, and identify best litigation practices to mitigate risks.
Some of the major topics that will be covered in this course are:
- Workplace Class Action Litigation – A Legal Primer
- Recent Trends and Developments
- Notable Court Rulings
- Practical Litigation Tips and Strategies
- What Lies Ahead
Jennifer Riley, Partner
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
- Key class action trends in 2018-19
- The impact of U.S. Supreme Court decisions & cases to watch for in 2019
- Key class action rulings and their impact
- Noteworthy settlements and their implications
Edward Bierhanzl, Director
Resolution Economics Group LLC
- The role of economic and statistical experts in class action discrimination and FLSA matters
- The sources of information experts rely upon
- How experts address class certification issues
- Best practices to use experts in a cost-effective manner
Who Should Attend:
- Employment and Labor Law Related Lawyers
- Class Action Lawyers
- In-house Counsel
Ms. Riley is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. She is a member of the Firm’s Labor & Employment Department and a member of the Firm’s Complex Discrimination Litigation and Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Groups.
Ms. Riley practices in the employment litigation area, with a particular emphasis on complex collective and class action proceedings. She regularly represents companies facing class actions, collective actions, pattern or practice lawsuits, and systemic investigations, involving hundreds to thousands of putative class members. Ms. Riley counsels and defends employers from a range of employment law theories, including claims of race, age, gender, and disability discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, and alleged wage and hour violations.
Ms. Riley is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. She is a member of the Firm’s …
Edward Bierhanzl is a Director at Resolution Economics, LLC, an economic consulting firm with offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York.
Dr. Bierhanzl has extensive experience in economic modeling and statistical analysis in the areas of labor and employment. He has worked on engagements involving allegations of age, race, and gender discrimination in compensation, hiring, termination, performance, promotion and other employment decisions. In wage and hour matters Dr. Bierhanzl has provided analysis and expertise addressing both FLSA and state law issues of overtime pay, missed meals and breaks, off-the-clock work and employee misclassification. The scope of projects he has worked on has ranged from large class action matters and multi-district litigation to small single-plaintiff cases.
Dr. Bierhanzl holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Economics from Florida State University.
Edward Bierhanzl is a Director at Resolution Economics, LLC, an economic consulting firm with offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, …
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About Resolution Economics Group LLC
Resolution Economics provides sophisticated economic, statistical and financial analyses, forensic investigations, forensic technology, dispute advisory, expert testimony, and specialized technology and analytic solutions to leading law firms, Fortune 500 companies, and government agencies.
Founded in 1998, Resolution Economics is a leading provider of litigation consulting services in employment class action matters. We have provided expert testimony across the nation in class-action, multi-plaintiff and single-plaintiff matters alleging discrimination on the basis of age, race, gender, and national origin/ethnicity, in recruitment and hiring, promotion, pay, termination, and other employment practices. Resolution Economics' Labor and Employment team also regularly consult to clients involved in many types of regulatory settings, such as EEOC, OFCCP, and DOL investigations.