A new client calls and describes a problem that she has encountered. Could it be a class action? A panel of experienced class action litigators explain the mechanics of class action practice and help you to recognize the benefits of class action litigation for your clients.
This seminar will benefit attorneys seeking to enhance their knowledge of class action lawsuits. Experts in this field will highlight nuts and bolts of class action practice, using real life examples for demonstration. The day will continue with discussions that focus on various types of class actions, including consumer, securities fraud, antitrust, mass tort, products liability, and employment law class actions, issues surrounding the settlement of class actions, and ethical issues every class action attorney should keep in mind.
Topics to be discussed:
- Nuts and bolts of the class action practice
- How real life situations become class actions
- Class action settlements and communicating with the members of the class
- Ethical issues faced by class action practitioners
9:00 a.m. - 9:05 a.m.
9:05 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
II. The Nuts And Bolts Of The Class
A. What Is A Class Action?
B. What Are The Requirements For Litigating A Class Action In Federal Court And In The New York State Courts?
C. Practical Issues In Managing Class Actions
9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
III. Consumer Class Actions
A. What Is A Consumer Class Action, And How Do I Know If I Have One?
B. Can I Bring A Nationwide Class Action In State Court?
C. Good And Bad Consumer Class Actions Knowing The Difference Before You File
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
IV. Securities Fraud Class Actions
A. What Makes For A Good Securities Fraud Suit?
B. What Is The Role Of The Individual Investor In Securities Fraud Suits?
C. Why Don't All Stock Drops Lead To Securities Fraud Suits?
11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
V. Antitrust Class Actions Price
Fixing And Market Allocation
A. What Is Price Fixing And Market Allocation?
B. How To Detect Collusive Behavior
C. Indentifying Whether Your Clients Have Been Victimized
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (On Your Own)
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
VI. Mass Tort/Product Liability Class
A. Your Client Is Injured By A Defective Product Is A Class Action Appropriate?
B. Is Class Certification A Thing Of The Past?
C. The Use Of Class Actions And The MDL Process As Efficient Management Tools In Mass Tort Litigation
D. Lessons Learned In Sulzer, Firestone, Baycol, Propulsid, And Rezulin
2:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
VII. Employment Class Actions
A. Discrimination In The Workplace
B. Overtime Pay, Retirement Benefits, And Other Issues Effecting Groups Of Employees
C. My Division Was Sold And My New Employer Reduced My Benefits Am I Entitled To Severance Pay?
2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.
VIII. Settlement From A - Z
A. Positioning A Case To Maximize Its Settlement Value
B. Mediation: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
C. Communicating With The Class Members And Other Administrative Issues
D. Attorneys' Fees, Distributing Proceeds To The Class, And Cy Pres Payments
3:40 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
IX. Ethical Issues In Class Actions
(Question And Answer Session)
A. To Whom Does Class Counsel Owe A Duty The Class Representative Or The Class?
B. Can Class Counsel Represent Individuals And A Class In The Same Litigation?
C. When And How Can Class Counsel Negotiate Its Compensation With Defendants?
D. Recognizing And Resolving Conflicts Among Members Of The Class