3rd National In-House Counsel Conference on

Defending & Managing Complex Litigation

Thursday, March 30, 2006

About

Ensure Your Complex Litigation Strategy Is in Line with Legislative and Judicial Reform

While the Class Action Fairness Act may be seen as a gift to the defense bar because it provides for greater access to federal courts in complex litigation, your company remains susceptible to creative plaintiffs' theories that may be taken to a national level. The threat can come from any and all areas of substantive law, including employment, consumer finance and fraud, securities and ERISA, product liability, and medical monitoring. You must be able to mount rigorous and complete defenses in the midst of such threats, all while the uncertainty of evolving CAFA case law looms, so as to avoid the large damage awards and the accompanying negative publicity that could lead to financial ruin.

Also, mounting defenses is just not enough. You must work efficiently to manage your company's expectations, which includes containing paper and electronic discovery time and costs, as well as all the other litigation costs. How to strike the right balance of mounting defenses and managing company expectations is a problem that will only continue. The solution is alertness to ongoing developments and meticulous preparation in how you manage and monitor your complex litigation strategy, including class actions and MDL.

American Conference Institute's Defending & Managing Complex Litigation publication will provide you with thoughtful, targeted, and in-depth analysis and commentary on the tactics and strategies you need to defend a complex suit.

Get firsthand, practical and comprehensive information on:
  • Litigating through CAFA ambiguities
  • Ensuring compliance in your review, retention, and production policies
  • Precluding expert testimony at the certification stage
  • Knowing if and when to file a petition before the MDL panel
  • Properly trying a case when punitive damages have been certified for class treatment
  • Staying current on international class action developments and standards

Contents & Contributors

About

Ensure Your Complex Litigation Strategy Is in Line with Legislative and Judicial Reform

While the Class Action Fairness Act may be seen as a gift to the defense bar because it provides for greater access to federal courts in complex litigation, your company remains susceptible to creative plaintiffs' theories that may be taken to a national level. The threat can come from any and all areas of substantive law, including employment, consumer finance and fraud, securities and ERISA, product liability, and medical monitoring. You must be able to mount rigorous and complete defenses in the midst of such threats, all while the uncertainty of evolving CAFA case law looms, so as to avoid the large damage awards and the accompanying negative publicity that could lead to financial ruin.

Also, mounting defenses is just not enough. You must work efficiently to manage your company's expectations, which includes containing paper and electronic discovery time and costs, as well as all the other litigation costs. How to strike the right balance of mounting defenses and managing company expectations is a problem that will only continue. The solution is alertness to ongoing developments and meticulous preparation in how you manage and monitor your complex litigation strategy, including class actions and MDL.

American Conference Institute's Defending & Managing Complex Litigation publication will provide you with thoughtful, targeted, and in-depth analysis and commentary on the tactics and strategies you need to defend a complex suit.

Get firsthand, practical and comprehensive information on:
  • Litigating through CAFA ambiguities
  • Ensuring compliance in your review, retention, and production policies
  • Precluding expert testimony at the certification stage
  • Knowing if and when to file a petition before the MDL panel
  • Properly trying a case when punitive damages have been certified for class treatment
  • Staying current on international class action developments and standards

Contents & Contributors


THE CLASS ACTION FAIRNESS ACT: USING EVOLVING INTERPRETATIONS TO YOUR ADVANTAGE "A YEAR IN THE SEVENTH CIRCUIT"
Paul E. Benson, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

STRATEGIES FOR DEFEATING CLASS CERTIFICATION
Will Barnette, The Home Depot
Francis A. Citera, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Cari Dawson, Alston & Bird

DEFENSE ISSUES FOR ASSESSING AND ADDRESSING EMPLOYMENT - RELATED CLASS ACTIONS: REVIEW OF 2005-2006 DEVELOPMENTS AND TRENDS
Linda U. Feuss, C. H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.
Joseph M. Henslee, Jr., United Parcel Service, Inc.
Gerald L. Maatman, Jr., Seyfarth Shaw

WHAT'S HOT AND WHAT'S NOT IN CONSUMER CLASS ACTIONS
John F. Schultz, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

MINIMIZING LITIGATION AND ENFORCEMENT RISKS ARISING FROM PRIVACY LEGISLATION
Kobi Kennedy Brinson, Wachovia Corporation

ASSESSING RISK, DEVELOPING DEFENSE STRATEGY AND ALLOCATING RESOURCES IN CONSUMER CLASS ACTIONS
John J. Mulderig, Altria Corporate Services, Inc.

EVOLVING TRENDS IN PREDATORY LENDING LITIGATION
Matthew P. McGuire, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

ERISA AND SECURITIES CLASS ACTIONS
H. Douglas Hinson, Alston & Bird

ANTITRUST, RICO, & CONSPIRACY
Brent Austin, Wildman Harrold

CLASS ACTIONS IN PRODUCT LIABILITY ON MASS TORT DEFECT CASES MICHAEL K. BROWN, REED SMITH LLP
Mildred Segura, Reed Smith LLP

COORDINATING YOUR DEFENSE: MDL TACTICS AND STRATEGIES
Joseph M. Rebein, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

COORDINATING YOUR DEFENSE: MDL TACTICS AND STRATEGIES
Dan Dunham, Pfizer Inc.

MDL LITIGATION: AN OVERVIEW
Deena R. Bernstein, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
Brian D. Boone, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

MASTERING REMOVAL UNDER CAFA
Michael R. Nelson, Nelson Levine de Luca & Horst
Theresa Barone, Nelson Levine de Luca & Horst

ALMOST THREE YEARS AFTER BAZZLE, WHERE ARE WE ON CLASS ACTION ARBITRATIONS?
Peter Schneider, Primerica Financial Services

STRUCTURING CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENTS
Lisa S. Simmons, Wildman Harrold

ATTORNEY'S FEES IN CLASS ACTION LITIGATION
Perry A. Napolitano, Reed Smith LLP
K. Issac deVyver, Reed Smith LLP

PRACTICAL STRATEGIES FOR DEFENDING CLASS ACTIONS: FROM FILING TO CERTIFICATION
Christopher J. Willis, Rogers & Hardin



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