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DRI Class Action Seminar 2014

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The Defense Research Institute (DRI) is planning another excellent class action seminar to be held in Washington, DC on July 24 and 25, 2014 (see the seminar website).  I’m on the committee that has been planning the seminar.  Last year’s seminar was excellent, for some highlights see my July 31, 2013 and August 1, 2013… Continue Reading

Insights from the ABA National Institute on Class Actions – Part 2

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Here is the second installment of my insights from the ABA National Institute on Class Actions: Arbitration:  Paul Bland’s comments on arbitration were, well, anything but bland.  He commented that plaintiffs are being “run over like a lawn mower” with arbitration clauses containing class-action waivers, and that arbitration clauses can basically prevent any class action. … Continue Reading

CLE International Class Action Conference 2013

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CLE International is holding its 9th annual conference on class actions on October 3-4, in Washington, DC.  The top-notch program includes presentations on the Supreme Court’s 2013 decisions in Genesis Healthcare, Comcast v. Behrend, Standard Fire v. Knowles, as well as panels on standing in class actions, trying a class action, arbitration, settlement, etc.  Most… Continue Reading

DRI 2013 Class Action Seminar

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I’ve had the pleasure of serving on a committee of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) that has put together another blockbuster national class action seminar, being held on July 25, 2013 at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C (see the seminar website for details and the brochure). I attended DRI’s last class action seminar… Continue Reading

Are Insurance Class Action Filings Down After Wal-Mart v. Dukes? Available Data Reflects Only A Small Decrease

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One question I’ve received from readers is whether class action filings against the insurance industry have decreased after the Supreme Court’s decision in Wal-Mart v. Dukes, which was issued in June of 2011.  Anecdotally some people in the industry seem to have perceived a decrease in filings, at least against their companies.  Interestingly, however, the… Continue Reading

Insights from the ABA National Institute on E-Discovery – Part 2

Posted in Discovery, Seminars/Programs

Here is the second installment of insights I gleaned from the ABA National Institute on E-Discovery:  Federal Rules Amendment Process:  Judge Koeltl of the Southern District of New York led a panel that provided a thorough update on potential amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.  Consideration is being given to making the proportionality… Continue Reading

Insights from the ABA National Institute on E-Discovery – Part 1

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Last week I attended the ABA National Institute on E-Discovery in New York.  Here is part one of my summary of some key insights from the conference:  Use of Social Media by Company Employees:  When companies allow their employees to access social media websites from corporate computers and information regarding company business is posted on… Continue Reading

Sedona Conference on Class Actions – May 2012

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The Sedona Conference on Complex Litigation this year is focusing on class actions and will be held on May 3-4.  I will be attending.  The faculty includes a number of prominent judges and plaintiffs’ and defense lawyers, see the program for more details.  The topics for discussion include the Class Action Fairness Act, MDLs, managing… Continue Reading

ABA Premier Speaker Series Webinar on Class Actions

Posted in Arbitration/Appraisal, Class Certification Standards, Seminars/Programs

Earlier this week I attended the ABA’s national webinar entitled “The Future of Class Actions,” part of its Premier Speaker Series.  The panelists were Paul Bland of Public Justice, Mark Perry of Gibson Dunn and Judge Lee Rosenthal of the Southern District of Texas.  Here is what I found most interesting:  Paul Bland, the plaintiffs-side… Continue Reading

ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar in Tuscon — March 2012

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I thought I’d let you know about an upcoming CLE seminar sponsored by the ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, to be held in Tuscon, Arizona from March 1-3, 2012. In years past, this seminar has had very strong attendance by in-house and outside counsel handling insurance litigation on both sides, and I’m told this year… Continue Reading

FDCC Insurance Industry Institute 2011

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I recently attended the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel’s 2011 Insurance Industry Institute.  Insurance class actions were not a significant focus of the program, but there were a few points worthy of mention: The Insurance Regulatory Landscape: There was a panel discussion on the changing regulatory landscape impacting the industry.  The panelists included representatives… Continue Reading

Due Process Issues in State Court Insurance Class Action Are Raised By Petition for Certiorari in Farmers Insurance Company of Oregon v. Strawn

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Back in June, I posted about the Oregon Supreme Court’s decision in Strawn v. Farmers Insurance Company of Oregon.  This class action involved payments for personal injury protection (PIP) coverage under auto insurance policies.  Farmers used software to analyze claimed medical expenses in comparison with a database of charges for particular medical services in the… Continue Reading

Insights from the ABA 2011 National Institute on Class Actions – Part 3

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Here is the third and final installment of my insights from the recent ABA conference.   Class Action Trials:  There was a very interesting panel discussion on class action trials with some lawyers and a judge who have tried class actions.  The panel included Andrew McGuiness, Judge Weinstein of the Eastern District of New York, James… Continue Reading

Insights from the ABA 2011 National Institute on Class Actions – Part 2

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This is the second installment of my insights from the recent ABA conference.   Concepcion:  During the discussion of the Supreme Court’s decision in AT&T Mobility, LLC v. Concepcion, which upheld the use of arbitration clauses with class action waivers, Paul Bland of Public Justice (who filed an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs) made… Continue Reading