Positioning the

Class Action Defense

for Early Success

Monday, October 27, 2008

About

Since CAFA was enacted, there has been a 72% increase in overall federal class action activity for comparable periods in 2001 and 2007, including a dramatic increase in the number of diversity class actions filed (reported in the Federal Judicial Center’s 4th Interim Report to the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules). This surge in activity comes at a time when class action litigation had already been established as one of the most debilitating attacks on corporate America. In addition to the direct costs of the litigation, there is also a huge collateral impact on company resources and public image as the case drags on.

In spite of this, many companies have been slow to realize that a combative strategy may be the best possible recourse. In order to counter the ongoing attacks by plaintiff attorneys, taking an uncompromising approach to winning the case is the best strategy for defendants and their counsel.

To aid you in creating the defense strategy that works best for your client, American Conference Institute assembled the nation’s top class action defense litigators to provide you with specific, tactical strategies for achieving early and advantageous disposition of class action litigation in this publication from ACI’s 2nd Annual Defense Counsel Summit on POSITIONING THE CLASS ACTION DEFENSE FOR EARLY SUCCESS.

Contents & Contributors

About

Since CAFA was enacted, there has been a 72% increase in overall federal class action activity for comparable periods in 2001 and 2007, including a dramatic increase in the number of diversity class actions filed (reported in the Federal Judicial Center’s 4th Interim Report to the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules). This surge in activity comes at a time when class action litigation had already been established as one of the most debilitating attacks on corporate America. In addition to the direct costs of the litigation, there is also a huge collateral impact on company resources and public image as the case drags on.

In spite of this, many companies have been slow to realize that a combative strategy may be the best possible recourse. In order to counter the ongoing attacks by plaintiff attorneys, taking an uncompromising approach to winning the case is the best strategy for defendants and their counsel.

To aid you in creating the defense strategy that works best for your client, American Conference Institute assembled the nation’s top class action defense litigators to provide you with specific, tactical strategies for achieving early and advantageous disposition of class action litigation in this publication from ACI’s 2nd Annual Defense Counsel Summit on POSITIONING THE CLASS ACTION DEFENSE FOR EARLY SUCCESS.

Contents & Contributors

NEW DEVELOPMENTS AND TRENDS IN CLASS ACTION LITIGATION
John Beisner, O’Melveny & Myers LLP (Washington, DC)

FACTORING NEW DEVELOPMENTS AND TRENDS IN CLASS CERTIFICATION INTO DEFENSE STRATEGIES
Charles B. Casper, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads LLP (Philadelphia, PA)

VIGOROUSLY CHALLENGING AND DEFEATING CLASS CERTIFICATION
Daniel M. McClure, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. (Houston, TX)
Christopher M. Murphy, McDermott Will & Emery LLP (Chicago, IL)
William L. Stern, Morrison & Foerster LLP (San Francisco, CA)

CALIFORNIA’S UNFAIR COMPETITION LAW AND CONSUMER LEGAL REMEDIES ACT
William L. Stern, Morrison & Foerster LLP (San Francisco, CA)

MANAGING DATA AND RESPONDING TO AND PURSUING DISCOVERY IN THE MOST EFFICIENT AND COST-EFFECTIVE WAY FOR YOUR CLIENT
Daniel M. Blouin, Seyfarth Shaw LLP (Chicago, IL)
Todd A. Noteboom, Leonard, Street and Deinard (Minneapolis, MN)

NAVIGATING ETHICAL GREY AREAS IN CLASS ACTION LITIGATION
Anthony J. Anscombe, Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP (Chicago, IL)

SAFELY NAVIGATING ETHICAL GRAY AREAS IN CLASS ACTION LITIGATION
Angel A. Garganta, Arnold & Porter LLP (San Francisco, CA)

ADVANTAGES OF THE EARLY MEDIATION STRATEGY
Keith C. Hult, Littler Mendelson P.C. (Chicago, IL)

ARBITRATION AND CLASS ACTIONS
James M. Schurz, Morrison & Foerster LLP (San Francisco, CA)

THE CLASS ACTION FAIRNESS ACT OF 2005: OUTLINE OF HIGHLIGHTS
Marci A. Eisenstein, Schiff Hardin LLP (Chicago, IL)

ASSESSING STRATEGIC VENUE CONSIDERATIONS TRIGGERED BY CAFA AND ADDRESSING THE STILL-UNRESOLVED CAFA ISSUES IMPACTING CLASS ACTIONS TODAY
Anthony Rollo, CAFA Law Blog
Marci A. Eisenstein, Schiff Hardin LLP (Chicago, IL)
Holly E. Loiseau, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (Washington, DC)

USING SUBSTANTIVE DEFENSES IN CLASS ACTION LITIGATION
Cari K. Dawson, Alston & Bird LLP (Atlanta, GA)
Dana J. Dunwoody, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP (CA, NY, DC and Shanghai)
Charles Lifland, O’Melveny & Myers LLP (Los Angeles, CA)
Andrew J. McGuinness, Dykema (Ann Arbor, MI)
Gail E. Lees, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP (Los Angeles, CA)



DOCUMENT TYPES: PPT DOC PDF PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE: 23

12:15
Registration Opens
13:00
Co-Chairs' Opening Remarks
Mr. John Beisner
Partner
O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Ms. Sheila L. Birnbaum
Partner
Skadden‚ Arps‚ Slate‚ Meagher & Flom
13:15
Factoring New Developments and Trends in Class Action Certification into Defense Strategies
Mr. John Beisner
Partner
O'Melveny & Myers LLP
1 file
New Developments And Trends In Class Action Litigation
454 KB 34 pages Presentation
PPT - New Developments And Trends In Class Action Litigation
Mr. Charles B. Casper
Chair‚ Class Action Defense Practice
Montgomery McCracken
1 file
Factoring New Developments and Trends in Class Certification into Defense Strategies
531.5 KB 21 pages Presentation
PPT - Factoring New Developments and Trends in Class Certification into Defense Strategies
14:15
Vigorously Challenging and Defeating Class Certification: Strategies for Showing that Plaintiffs Have Not Met Their Burden
Mr. Daniel M. McClure
Partner
Fulbright & Jaworski
1 file
Vigorously Challenging and Defeating Class Certification
190.5 KB 22 pages Presentation
PPT - Vigorously Challenging and Defeating Class Certification
Mr. Christopher M. Murphy
Partner
McDermott Will & Emery
William L. Stern
Partner
Morrison & Foerster LLP
2 files
CALIFORNIA’S UNFAIR COMPETITION LAW AND CONSUMER LEGAL REMEDIES ACT
192 KB 23 pages Presentation
DOC - CALIFORNIA’S UNFAIR COMPETITION LAW AND CONSUMER LEGAL REMEDIES ACT
Is Reliance the New Arbitration?
105 KB 9 pages Presentation
DOC - Is Reliance the New Arbitration?
15:25
Afternoon Refreshment Break
15:40
Managing Data and Responding To and Pursuing Discovery in the Most Efficient and Cost-Effective Way for Your Client
Mr. Daniel M. Blouin
National Chair Practice Group
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Mr. Todd A. Noteboom
Chair‚ Class Action Practice Group
Leonard Street & Deinard
1 file
Managing Data and Responding To and Pursing Discovery In The Most Efficient and Cost-effective Way For Your Client
3.1 MB 77 pages Presentation
PPT - Managing Data and Responding To and Pursing Discovery In The Most Efficient and Cost-effective Way For Your Client
16:40
Navigating Ethical Grey Areas in Class Action Litigation
Anthony Anscombe
Partner
Sedgwick LLP (Chicago, IL)
1 file
Navigating Ethical Gray Areas
216.5 KB 36 pages Presentation
PPT - Navigating Ethical Gray Areas
- Mr. Angel A. Garganta
Partner
Arnold & Porter
1 file
Safely Navigating Ethical Gray Areas in Class Action Litigation
373 KB 28 pages Presentation
PPT - Safely Navigating Ethical Gray Areas in Class Action Litigation
17:45
Conference Adjourns to Day 2
7:45
Continental Breakfast
8:15
Co-Chairs' Opening Remarks
Mr. John Beisner
Partner
O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Ms. Sheila L. Birnbaum
Partner
Skadden‚ Arps‚ Slate‚ Meagher & Flom
8:25
A View From the Bench: Judicial Perspectives on Class Actions
The Honorable Gerald Bard Tjoflat
U.S. Circuit Judge
United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
The Honorable Arthur J. Boylan

U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
The Honorable Mark Davidson
Asbestos Multidistrict Litigation Court
Harris County Civil Courthouse, Houston, Texas
Hon. Richard Kramer
San Francisco Superior Ct.
Moderator: Ms. Irene C. Freidel
Partner
K & L Gates
10:00
Morning Coffee Break
10:15
Examining the Benefits and Risks of Class Arbitration and Negotiating/Structuring Effective Settlements Before Exorbitant Fees Are Incurred
Ms. Sheila L. Birnbaum
Partner
Skadden‚ Arps‚ Slate‚ Meagher & Flom
Mr. Keith C. Hult
Co-Chair Class Action Group
Littler Mendelson
1 file
Advantages of the Early Mediation Strategy
4 MB 4 pages Presentation
PPT - Advantages of the Early Mediation Strategy
Mr. James M. Schurz
Partner
Morrison & Foerster
2 files
Notice and Claim: The New Arbitration
183 KB 6 pages Presentation
PPT - Notice and Claim: The New Arbitration
Arbitration and Class Actions
185 KB 9 pages Presentation
PPT - Arbitration and Class Actions
11:25
Assessing Strategic Venue Considerations Triggered by CAFA and Addressing the Still-Unresolved CAFA Issues Impacting Class Actions Today
Ms. Marci A. Eisenstein
Co-Leader‚ Class Action Practice Group
Schiff Hardin LLP
1 file
THE CLASS ACTION FAIRNESS ACT OF 2005: OUTLINE OF HIGHLIGHTS
168.8 KB 52 pages Presentation
PDF - THE CLASS ACTION FAIRNESS ACT OF 2005: OUTLINE OF HIGHLIGHTS
Ms. Holly E. Loiseau
Partner
Weil Gotshal
2 files
Corporate Counsel Article Part 1
1006.5 KB 2 pages Presentation
PDF - Corporate Counsel Article Part 1
Corporate Counsel Ariticle Part 2
177.5 KB 2 pages Presentation
PDF - Corporate Counsel Ariticle Part 2
Anthony Rollo
Member
McGlinchey Stafford PLLC
5 files
Abstention Procedure
118.6 KB 4 pages Presentation
PDF - Abstention Procedure
Burden of Proof
3.2 MB 61 pages Presentation
PDF - Burden of Proof
CAFA Legal History Article
145.5 KB 4 pages Presentation
PDF - CAFA Legal History Article
Mapping a Class Action Frontier
1.4 MB 13 pages Presentation
PDF - Mapping a Class Action Frontier
ASSESSING STRATEGIC VENUE CONSIDERATIONS TRIGGERED BY CAFA AND ADDRESSING THE STILL-UNRESOLVED CAFA ISSUES IMPACTING CLASS ACTIONS TODAY
8.4 MB 82 pages Presentation
PPT - ASSESSING STRATEGIC VENUE CONSIDERATIONS TRIGGERED BY CAFA AND ADDRESSING THE STILL-UNRESOLVED CAFA ISSUES IMPACTING CLASS ACTIONS TODAY
12:35
Networking Luncheon for Speakers and Delegates
13:45
Foregoing Settlement and Taking the Class Action to Trial
Mr. Gary R. Long
Partner
Shook‚ Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.
Stuart M. Richter

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Mr. Andrew R.C. Gaddes
Partner
Dechert LLP
1 file
Taking The Class Action Case To Trial
1.3 MB 20 pages Presentation
PPT - Taking The Class Action Case To Trial
14:55
Utilizing Defenses in Major Substantive Areas Subject to Active Class Action Litigation
Ms. Cari K. Dawson
Chair‚ Class Action Practice Team
Alston Bird
1 file
CLASS ACTION LITIGATION ISSUES UNDER THE FAIR CREDIT REPORTING ACT
105.5 KB 24 pages Presentation
DOC - CLASS ACTION LITIGATION ISSUES UNDER  THE FAIR CREDIT REPORTING ACT
Mr. Dana J. Dunwoody
Partner
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
Mr. Charles Lifland
Partner
O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Mr. Andrew J. McGuinness
Partner
Dykema
Moderator: Ms. Gail E. Lees
Partner
Gibson‚ Dunn & Crutcher LLP
2 files
Using Substantive Defenses in Class Action Litigation
287 KB 43 pages Presentation
PPT - Using Substantive Defenses in Class Action Litigation
OUTLINE OF DEFENSES TO PRIVATE AND GOVERNMENTAL UNFAIR COMPETITION LAW CLAIMS
575.3 KB 132 pages Presentation
PDF - OUTLINE OF DEFENSES TO PRIVATE AND GOVERNMENTAL UNFAIR COMPETITION LAW CLAIMS
16:25
Conference Concludes