Challenges and Opportunities for Class Actions

Session Chairs

Blythe Chandler

Daniel Schlanger

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Why You Should Attend This Workshop

On May 2 and 3, we will be offering a two-day pre-conference workshop for attorneys who want to go in-depth about class actions practice.

The class action landscape is changing dramatically. Proving standing and dealing with ubiquitous arbitration clauses remain major hurdles in bringing justice for consumers. There are lots of opportunities to bring federal claims in state courts, filing mass arbitrations, and focusing on cases where arbitration is not an issue. Learn how to navigate the fault lines of a class action practice during this workshop.

What You Will Learn

  • How to overcome arbitration and standing challenges
  • How to become a stronger class action litigator
  • How to take advantage of growth areas for class actions



Tuesday, May 2, 2023
8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.Ramirez and State Courts

Become familiar with the impact of Ramirez on a class action practice and how to build a state law practice for class claims.

  • Blythe Chandler
  • Sophia Rios
  • 10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.Emerging Areas in Class Actions

    Become familiar with emerging areas in class actions, including classes with members that are not subject to arbitration clauses.

  • Yana Hart
  • Roger Mandel
  • Daniel Schlanger

    Moderated by Shennan Kavanaugh
  • 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.Lunch hosted by CPT
    1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.Arbitrations: Beat It

    How to avoid arbitration.

  • Leah Nicholls
  • Elizabeth Ryan
  • John Soumilas
  • 2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m.Class Mediation – Using Settlement Counsel to Achieve the Best Outcome
    Using detailed breakdown of mediation success in a recent high-dollar UDAP class action, we will focus on the settlement counsel model for mediation. We will focus on several critical steps to success, including staffing the settlement team, timing, and creating and successfully communicating risk assessments.

  • Nadia Dahab
  • Eric English
  • David Sugerman
  • 3:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m.Coffee Break 
    3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.Ethics of Fee Petitions

    How to get paid in a class case and avoid ethical pitfalls

  • Anna Haac
  • Eric Lechtzin
  • Craig Marchiando
  • 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.Class Action Reception hosted by KCC
    Wednesday, May 3, 2023
    7:30 a.m.Registration Open
    8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.Breakfast and Legislative and Regulatory Updates
    9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.Privacy Claims and Data Breaches

    Become familiar with emerging claims in the privacy and data breach area.

  • Doug Cuthbertson
  • An Truong
  • 10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.Arbitrations: Embracing it

    How to set up and run an effective mass arbitration.

  • Yana Hart
  • Michael Kind
  • David Sugerman
  • 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.Lunch
    1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.Class Action Damages Through Expert Testimony

    How to effectively use experts under the new rule to prove damages at class certification in light of the requirements of Transunion v. Ramirez

  • Stuart Rossman
  • Brian Warwick
  • 2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m.Class Trials

    How to apply lessons learned from past class trials.

  • Lauren Brennan
  • Erika Nusser
  • 3:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m.Coffee Break
    3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.Hottest, and Worst, Plaintiff Class Actions of 2022-2023

  • Chris Collins
  • Robert Murphy
  • Casey Nash
  • 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.Class Action Reception hosted by Analytics