The In-house Counsel Forum on

Defending & Managing Class Actions

And Other Complex Litigation

Monday, March 08, 2004

About

Today's litigious environment and intense scrutiny of business practices leaves every corporation open to costly attacks. The threat of litigation brought by multiple plaintiffs throughout the country is constant and real as the tobacco, pharmaceutical, auto, consumer finance and numerous other industries have discovered.

They've also discovered that preparing to defend a class action or other complex suit once it has been filed leaves in-house counsel seriously behind at the outset. Success and minimization of loss come when a company is alert and well prepared for the strong likelihood of defending a major lawsuit.

American Conference Institute has developed The In-house Counsel Forum on Defending and Managing Class Actions and Other Complex Litigation publication in order to give in-house counsel and the outside attorneys they work with, the latest tactics and techniques for defending, managing and defeating class actions and other complex litigation.

An expert faculty of leading in-house counsel, senior government representatives, judges and experienced complex litigation defense attorneys provided the latest information and thoughtful analysis on:

  • Getting it right at the start: tips for defeating class certification
  • The New Rule 23: maximizing its utility
  • Reducing exposure to consumer fraud and unfair business practices suits
  • Crafting settlements to meet your client's needs
  • Getting the most bang for your buck: budget-friendly information management and settlement administration
  • Light at the end of the tunnel: minimizing exposure to punitives
  • And much more!

Contents & Contributors

About

Today's litigious environment and intense scrutiny of business practices leaves every corporation open to costly attacks. The threat of litigation brought by multiple plaintiffs throughout the country is constant and real as the tobacco, pharmaceutical, auto, consumer finance and numerous other industries have discovered.

They've also discovered that preparing to defend a class action or other complex suit once it has been filed leaves in-house counsel seriously behind at the outset. Success and minimization of loss come when a company is alert and well prepared for the strong likelihood of defending a major lawsuit.

American Conference Institute has developed The In-house Counsel Forum on Defending and Managing Class Actions and Other Complex Litigation publication in order to give in-house counsel and the outside attorneys they work with, the latest tactics and techniques for defending, managing and defeating class actions and other complex litigation.

An expert faculty of leading in-house counsel, senior government representatives, judges and experienced complex litigation defense attorneys provided the latest information and thoughtful analysis on:

  • Getting it right at the start: tips for defeating class certification
  • The New Rule 23: maximizing its utility
  • Reducing exposure to consumer fraud and unfair business practices suits
  • Crafting settlements to meet your client's needs
  • Getting the most bang for your buck: budget-friendly information management and settlement administration
  • Light at the end of the tunnel: minimizing exposure to punitives
  • And much more!

Contents & Contributors

RULE 23 AND ITS IMPACT ON YOUR PRACTICE
John H. Beisner, O'Melveny & Myers LLP

RULE 23 AND ITS IMPACT ON YOUR PRACTICE: DEVELOPMENTS IN CLASS ACTION PRACTICE FROM AMENDED RULE 23 AND THE NEW EDITION OF THE MANUAL FOR COMPLEX LITIGATION
David F. Herr, Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP
Haley Schaffer, Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP

HOW NOT TO BUY A CLASS ACTION
Katharine Braid, Formerly with AMEC

TACTICS AND TECHNIQUES FOR EFFECTIVE INFORMATION ACQUISITION AND MANAGEMENT
Laurel Thurston, Republic Indemnity Company

TALKING POINTS FOR WINNING STRATEGIES FOR DEFEATING CLASS CERTIFICATION
Cari K. Dawson, Alston & Bird LLP

HOT TOPICS IN CLASS CERTIFICATION
John K. Sherk, III, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P.

CLASS ACTION TRENDS AND ISSUES IN THE DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS AND FIDUCIARY LIABILITY INSURANCE MARKET
Keith Thomas, Zurich North America Specialties

PERSONAL INJURY PRODUCTS LIABILITY: THE LATEST CASELAW AND CERTIFICATION TRENDS
Michael K. Brown, Reed Smith LLP
Brett L. McClure, Reed Smith LLP
Robert E. Norton, II, DaimlerChrysler Corporation

DEFEATING CLASS CERTIFICATION IN EMPLOYMENT ACTIONS: CRITICAL DISCOVERY TACTICS
C. Geoffrey Weirich, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP

CLASS ACTION LITIGATION "DO NOT REINVENT THE WHEEL"
Milton L. Williams, Jr., Time Inc.

THE ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE AND WORK PRODUCT IMMUNITY FOR IN-HOUSE COUNSEL
Clifford M. Greene, Greene Espel LLP
John M. Baker, Greene Espel LLP
H. Allen Blair, Greene Espel LLP

AGGREGATED CONSUMER FRAUD ACTIONS: THE THIRD-PARTY PLAINTIFF
Anne E. Cohen, Debevoise & Plimpton

PREPARING FOR AND DEFENDING CONSUMER FRAUD CLASS ACTIONS
Peter W. Herzog, III, Bryan Cave LLP

SETTLEMENT ISSUES
Richard A. Lockridge, Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P.
Yvonne M. Flaherty, Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P.
David J. Zoll, Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P.

SUCCESSFUL STRATEGIES FOR STRUCTURING COMPLEX SETTLEMENTS
Jeffrey S. Lichtman, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

CONTRACTUAL ARBITRATION PROVISIONS
The Honorable Charles Clark, Watkins & Eager PLLC

TRENDS AND INNOVATIONS IN COMPLEX SETTLEMENT ADMINISTRATION
Sharon Taulman, LECG

PUNITIVE DAMAGES AFTER CAMPBELL: PRACTICAL ISSUES AND PROBLEMS
Christina J. Imre, Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold, LLP

COMPLEX LITIGATION IN 2004: THE NEXT WAVE
Robert T. Horst, Nelson, Levine, deLuca and Horst, LLC
Mark Rosenberg, Nelson, Levine, deLuca and Horst, LLC



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