Practising Law Institute's Class Action Litigation 2009: Prosecution and Defense Strategies

This program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the Continuing Legal Education Board. CLE Credit will be granted to attorneys.

Click here for the official seminar website and registration form. (New York, NY)

Why You Should Attend:

Class action lawsuits persist as the focal point of high stakes litigation, yet the applicable standards are rapidly changing. How has the current economic crisis affected the class action landscape? What are the most effective strategies to use in mediation? What is the future of the class action lawsuit? What arguments will maximize your ability to obtain or defeat class certification? How can you increase your chances for a successful settlement or verdict? This year’s program will answer these questions and many more.

Our outstanding faculty of federal court judges, plaintiffs’ and defense attorneys, and noted law professors will bring you up-to-date on important developments in class action litigation. You and your clients will benefit from this program whether your practice focuses on employment law, products liability, toxic tort, securities, consumer fraud, or civil rights. The course also includes practical tips on settlement and litigation strategies designed to improve your skills and your chances for success in the courtroom.

What You Will Learn:

- The important role of mediation in class actions
- How to strategically litigate the class certification motion
- Considerations and strategies on settlement
- Judicial perspectives on class actions
- Best litigation practices
- Ethical issues in class action litigation: a roundtable discussion

Who Should Attend:

This program will benefit experienced outside attorneys who are defending or prosecuting class actions, as well as in-house counsel who want to gain a competitive edge in this fast-moving field.

Julia B. Strickland, Partner
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) Update: Four Years Later
- The impact of four years of precedent on litigating class actions
- What does CAFA say about which party bears the burden of proving federal court jurisdiction?
- What does CAFA say about the evidence necessary to establish federal jurisdiction?
- The impact of CAFA on coupon settlements and attorneys’ fee requests

Roundtable Discussion on Ethical Issues in Class Action Litigation
- Attorneys’ fees, coupon settlements, and settlements resulting in a net loss to class members
- Communication with person represented by counsel
- Disclosure to the court about the representative plaintiff
- Conflicts of interest in the class