Exploring Latest Trends in Defending and Managing Automotive Class Actions

March 6, 2024 11:00am

Carlos Lazatin
O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Terri Reiskin
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Jacqueline Seidel
King & Spalding LLP

Christopher Dalton
Shareholder, Class Actions Practice Group Leader


Michael Gallub
Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Automotive innovation is accelerating at an unprecedented pace, and so is the complexity of the legal challenges accompanying this growth. This session will detail the latest developments in automotive product liability, class actions, and MDLs, offering deep insights and strategies to not only respond to these changes but to anticipate and prepare for the legal road ahead.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • Identifying litigation trends influenced by new technologies and regulatory changes 
  • Developing strategies to proactively address litigation risks before they escalate
  • Comparing the complexities of managing MDLs versus class actions across various jurisdictions
  • Implementing effective approaches for streamlining proceedings and minimizing litigation exposure
  • Exploring effective defense strategies and the role of expert witnesses in deconstructing class action claims
  • Examining case studies where defense strategies and expert testimony have significantly influenced outcomes
  • Analyzing recent case law and trends in class action settlements
  • Piggy-backing Class Actions on Vehicle Recalls or Service Campaigns
    • Ways to avoid or minimize piggy-backing class actions
    • Rights and remedies of the OEN 
    • Law of prudential mootness and related defenses
    • Strategies to combat and neutralize liability and damage theories 
    • Potential creative resolutions