The 3rd Annual Litigator's Advanced Guide to

Consumer Finance Class Actions

Winning Strategies for Preventing and Defending Claims

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

About

Are you armed with the up-to-the-minute information and strategies you need to prevail in your next class action?

This is a critical time for those who have exposure to consumer finance class actions. Changes to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the addition of the FACT Act to FCRA, and the uncertain future of the pending Class Action Fairness Act have added to the complexity of these claims.

Now more than ever, it is imperative that both corporate counsel as well as litigators for consumer lenders are equipped with the tools necessary to effectively defend an action in a class context.

American Conference Institute developed The 3rd Annual Litigators Advanced Guide to Consumer Finance Class Actions to provide the strategies and tactics you need to manage, defend, and avoid these high stakes cases.

This new and updated publication will bring you the latest defense strategies and tactics. With claimants aiming for the high-water mark in awards, can you afford to miss it?

Contents & Contributors

About

Are you armed with the up-to-the-minute information and strategies you need to prevail in your next class action?

This is a critical time for those who have exposure to consumer finance class actions. Changes to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the addition of the FACT Act to FCRA, and the uncertain future of the pending Class Action Fairness Act have added to the complexity of these claims.

Now more than ever, it is imperative that both corporate counsel as well as litigators for consumer lenders are equipped with the tools necessary to effectively defend an action in a class context.

American Conference Institute developed The 3rd Annual Litigators Advanced Guide to Consumer Finance Class Actions to provide the strategies and tactics you need to manage, defend, and avoid these high stakes cases.

This new and updated publication will bring you the latest defense strategies and tactics. With claimants aiming for the high-water mark in awards, can you afford to miss it?

Contents & Contributors

WHAT'S DRIVING THE LATEST CLASS ACTION CLAIMS? NEW DEVELOPMENTS AND EMERGING THEORIES
Robert E. Cook, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

SOME DEVELOPMENTS IN CREDIT CARD CLASS ACTIONS
Chris Lipsett, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

SUMMARY AND ANALYSIS OF RECENT AMENDMENTS TO FEDERAL RULE 23, AND THE PROPOSED CLASS ACTION FAIRNESS ACT
Anthony Rollo, McGlinchey Stafford LLP
Gabriel A. Crowson, McGlinchey Stafford LLP

OVERVIEW OF THE FCRA AND FACT ACT EMERGING PRIVACY ISSUES FOR RESOLUTION
Frank Hirsch, Hunton & Williams LLP

FCRA LITIGATION: UPDATE AND CURRENT TRENDS
Thomas M. Hefferon, Goodwin Procter LLP

FAIR CREDIT REPORTING ACT DEVELOPMENTS
Joan Warrington, Morrison & Foerster LLP
L. Richard Fischer, Morrison & Foerster LLP

RECENT EFFORTS TO EXPAND CREDIT DISCLOSURE LIABILITY UNDER TILA AND STATE UDAP STATUTES
Jay Fastow, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP

AUTOMOBILE FINANCE AND LEASING CLASS ACTIONS
Peter N. Cubita, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP
Mark Lonergan, Severson & Werson LLP

CONSUMER FINANCE CLASS ACTIONS: VARIOUS ISSUES IN CLASS ACTIONS IN CONSUMER BANKRUPTCY
Philip Anker, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Carol J. Banta, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

2004 CONSUMER BANKRUPTCY CLASS ACTIONS DECISIONS
Gary Caplan, Sachnoff & Weaver Ltd.

2004 UPDATE CALIFORNIA'S UNFAIR COMPETITION LAW BUS. & PROF. CODE 17200
Mark Lonergan, Severson & Werson LLP

ENFORCEMENT OF ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS BY OR AGAINST NONPARTIES
Jay Fastow, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP

CONSUMER ARBITRATION: THE UNCONSCIONABILITY WAVE
Thomas M. Byrne, Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan LLP

CLASS CERTIFICATION IN ARBITRATION
Joseph McLaughlin, Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP

PRE-TRIAL AND TRIAL DEFENSE TACTICS AN IN-HOUSE PERSPECTIVE
Debra Lee Hovatter, CitiFinancial, Consumer Finance N.A.

AGGRESSIVE CLASS ACTION DEFENSE: STRATEGIES FOR PREVAILING IN CLASS ACTION LITIGATION BEFORE TRIAL
Lewis Goldfarb, Hogan & Hartson LLP

PRE-TRIAL AND TRIAL DEFENSE TACTICS
Alan Maclin, Briggs & Morgan PA

PRACTICAL THOUGHTS ON TOUGH JURISDICTIONS
C. Vance Beck, Wachovia Corporation

UNIQUE THEORIES FOR REMOVING CLASS AND MULTI-PARTY ACTIONS FROM DANGEROUS STATE COURT JURISDICTIONS
Rik S. Tozzi, Starnes & Atchison LLP

PARITY ACT PREEMPTION UPHELD: NEW JERSEY SUPREME COURT REVERSES APPELLATE DIVISION, REINSTATES TRIAL COURT DISMISSAL OF PREPAYMENT FEE CLASS ACTION
Leonard C. Bernstein, Reed Smith LLP

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE FEDERAL RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURES
Anthony Rollo, McGlinchey Stafford LLP



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