Defending Consumer Protection Class Actions

Advanced Strategies For Early And Advantageous Disposition Of Product Liability Cases

Monday, May 21, 2007

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Easy Targets...High Stakes...Class Actions...
Meeting the Challenges of Defending Consumer Protection Claims

As the plaintiff's bar increasingly seizes on state consumer protection statutes as the latest vehicle for bringing high-stakes, high-publicity litigation against corporations, it is critical to your company's reputation and financial well-being that you stay abreast of these developments. How do you beat class certification in no-injury cases? Get to the merits before the case is certified? Manage the case through trial? Both in a court of law and in the court of public opinion? Especially when the product has been recalled?

Defending against claims brought under state consumer protection statutes is no small task ? you must manage public media attacks while developing creative arguments to combat the case on the merits. You also must mine discovery to your client's advantage and develop a settlement strategy that will minimize risk and foreclose future liability. The task is an ominous one.

With all this in mind, the American Conference Institute brings you this publication from ourDefending Consumer Protection Class Actions. Providing you with the best strategies for early disposition of cases, tips for defeating broad claims, and tactics for managing parallel civil and government proceedings, this conference will tell you what's going on -- and where -- with the plaintiff's bar, as well as how to prepare for your next consumer product claim.

Contents & Contributors

About

Easy Targets...High Stakes...Class Actions...
Meeting the Challenges of Defending Consumer Protection Claims

As the plaintiff's bar increasingly seizes on state consumer protection statutes as the latest vehicle for bringing high-stakes, high-publicity litigation against corporations, it is critical to your company's reputation and financial well-being that you stay abreast of these developments. How do you beat class certification in no-injury cases? Get to the merits before the case is certified? Manage the case through trial? Both in a court of law and in the court of public opinion? Especially when the product has been recalled?

Defending against claims brought under state consumer protection statutes is no small task ? you must manage public media attacks while developing creative arguments to combat the case on the merits. You also must mine discovery to your client's advantage and develop a settlement strategy that will minimize risk and foreclose future liability. The task is an ominous one.

With all this in mind, the American Conference Institute brings you this publication from ourDefending Consumer Protection Class Actions. Providing you with the best strategies for early disposition of cases, tips for defeating broad claims, and tactics for managing parallel civil and government proceedings, this conference will tell you what's going on -- and where -- with the plaintiff's bar, as well as how to prepare for your next consumer product claim.

Contents & Contributors

Novel Defenses for Conquering the Class on The Merits: Perspectives From the Trenches
Christopher J. Michie, Dechert LLP (Princeton, NJ)
John J. Mulderig, Altria Corporate Services Inc. (New York, NY)

Closing Down the Case: Advanced Tactics For Defeating Class Certification
Steven B. Weisburd, Dechert LLP (Austin, TX)

Highlighting Differential Class Characteristics as a Means of Opposing Class Certification
Robb W. Patryk, Hughes Hubbard Reed LLP (New York, NY)

Class Action Defense – Up-To-Date Information on Class Actions
Michael Hassen, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro LLP (San Francisco, CA)

Taking the Case to Trial – and Winning – After Class Certification Has Been Granted
Matthew M. Neumeier, Howrey LLP (Chicago, IL)

Taking the Case to Trial – and Winning – After Class Certification Has Been Granted
Gregory P. Stone, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP (Los Angeles, CA)

Framing Discovery to Control Case Outcome
Elizabeth V. McNulty, Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. (Costa Mesa, CA)
Evan Burkholder, Wright Robinson Osthimer & Tatum (Detroit, MI)

Electronic Discovery
Timothy Devine, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP (Detroit, MI)
Michael B. Minton, Thompson Coburn LLP (St. Louis, MO)

Defending “Individual” Claims With Class Consequences
Neal Walters, Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP (Voorhees, NJ)

Recent Developments in State SG Enforcement Actions
Adam B. Siegel, Covington & Burling LLP (New York, NY)

The Role of the Federal Trade Commission
Christopher R. Brewster, Kaye Scholer LLP (Washington, DC)

Dealing With Product Recalls and Government-Initiated Consumer Protection Actions: Select Advertising Developments
Jeffrey A. Greenbaum, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC (New York, NY)

Settling Consumer Protection Cases: Minimizing Liability and Foreclosing Future Claims
Brian Anderson, O’Melveny & Myers LLP (Washington, DC)



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