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For those who weren’t able to travel all the way to Israel for the University of Haifa’s recent international class action conference, you’re in luck.  Videos of all of the panel presentations are now available on YouTube.  To access them, go to the conference website at https://lawers.club/ and scroll to the bottom of the page and you’ll see links for both photos and videos from the conference.  You can also visit the YouTube channel directly by clicking here.  I’m still working on my commentaries from the conference and will link to each presentation individually in those commentaries.

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I’m very pleased to be chairing the ABA Section of Litigation’s Sixth Annual Regional CLE Program on Class Actions and Mass Torts this year.  The program will be held at the offices of the Bar Association of San Francisco.  Breakfast begins at 8:00 a.m., and the presentation begins at 8:45 a.m. on June 21, 2019.

Click here for more information and to register.

This year’s program will kick off with a panel discussing the recent amendments to Rule 23 as well as the Procedural Guidance for Class Action Settlements issued by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.  Other topics include the use of virtual law firms in class action and mass tort litigation, developments in injury-in-fact and Article III standing, and developments in how courts are dealing with variations in injury and causation in addressing the predominance factor in Rule 23(b).

 

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Later this month, the ABA Section of Litigation Class Action and Derivative Suits Committee (CADS), will be sponsoring a one-hour roundtable teleconference on trend in litigation funding.  The program is a free benefit of Section of Litigation membership.  A summary description of the presentation is below.  For more information and to register, click this link.

Program Title: The Evolving Landscape of Litigation Funding

Program Description:
The use of third-party capital to pay for costs related to litigation in return for a portion of the financial judgment, commonly referred to as Litigation Funding, has been increasing. Join our esteemed panelists for a discussion regarding how Litigation Funding is changing the litigation landscape, the direct and indirect impact on litigants, their counsel, and investors, and criticisms of third-party financing.

Panelists:
Christine Azar, Esq., Burford Capital
Catherine Rowsey, Esq., Thompson & Knight
Kevin Skrzysowski, Risk Settlements

Moderator:
Angela Sabbe, Ankura

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Time: 10a PT / 1p ET
Duration: 1 hour

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My loyal readers (I’m being optimistic in using the plural form) will note that ClassActionBlawg.com has been inactive for the better part of a year.  With my current workload, I can’t promise significantly more content in the near future, but I did promise one loyal reader to provide some highlights from the University of Haifa’s 3rd International Conference on class actions.  Here is the first installment.

Introduction

The conference began with a warm welcome to Haifa from Conference Co-Chair Dr. Rabeea Assy as well as introductory remarks from other conference organizers.  One highlight for me was a brief summary from City University of Hong Kong Dean Geraint Howells of recent developments in Asia.  Howells described developments in class and collective actions in Hong Kong, which he described as “on the agenda” but slow in starting.  He also provided updates on class and collective mechanisms in force in a variety of other Asian countries, including Japan, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, and India.

Conference co-chair Dr. Ariel Flavian began his remarks with the point that the growth of global trade means more international scandals and a need for the development of new schemes for collective redress.  He then previewed recent developments in the EU, UK, Brazil, The Netherlands, the US, and elsewhere, which will be addressed in more detail throughout the conference.

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I’m very pleased to report that I will be moderating a panel on the use of statistics in class actions at the 3rd Annual International Conference on Dispute Resolution of Consumer Mass Disputes Collective Redress, Class Action, and ADR, sponsored by the University of Haifa in Haifa, Israel.  Our panel presentation will be just one of many excellent presentations on a variety of topics in the ever-evolving area of international class actions and collective redress.  The faculty includes titans of the bench and bar from a variety of jurisdictions, as well as top academic minds from universities around the world.  Registration is still open to attend this excellent conference in a beautiful venue.  Click the link below for more information:

Click to access Agenda_compressed.pdf

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Next week, I’ll be presenting in webinars addressing two trendy topics in class actions.

Next Tuesday, January 23, at 1:00 PM EST, Brian Troyer of Thompson Hine in Cleveland and I will be reprising a Stafford Publications webinar titled Statistics in Class Certification and at Trial: Leveraging and Attacking Statistical Evidence.  For more information and to register, please visit this link to the Strafford Publications website.

The next day, Wednesday January 24, at 1:00 PM EST, my partners Melissa Seibert, Melinda McLellan and I will be presenting a BakerHostetler client Webinar titled Emerging Biometric Data Privacy Risks.  Among other things, that webinar will address trends in consumer and employment class actions involving unauthorized use or disclosure of biometric information.  For more information and to register, please visit this link to the BakerHostetler website.

 

 

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Happy 2018 to all!  I recently authored a blog post for BakerHostetler’s Class Action Lawsuit Defense Blog summarizing my top 10 class-action related developments of 2017.  For that article and other great class-action related content, please visit the Baker blog at the link below:

https://www.classactionlawsuitdefense.com/2018/01/10/the-top-10-class-action-related-developments-of-2017/

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Tomorrow, July 13, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. EDT, I’ll be presenting on a panel of attorneys and experts discussing the use of surveys and statistics in class actions.  The presentation is part of the ABA’s Committee Roundtable series and is sponsored by the Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee.  Committee Roundtable events are free to ABA Section of Litigation members.  Click here to register.  See below for a copy of the program description:

 

Roundtable on Surveys and Statistics in Class Certification

Presented by:

Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee

Co-Sponsored by:
Securities Litigation Committee

Thursday, July 13, 2017 – 10:00 – 11:00 AM PST

Join this Roundtable to hear leading Plaintiff’s counsel, Defense counsel and experts discuss the following topics concerning the use of Surveys and Statistics in Class Certification:

  1. General primer on the different types of statistics and common terminology
  2. Summary of case law use of statistics in arguing for and against class certification
  3. Types of statistics commonly used in class actions
    • Regression analysis
      • Example of case where used – antitrust case alleging a conspiracy to increase prices
      • Explain how regression could be used to estimate impact
      • Macro-commonality (Are regression estimates of impact consistent across broad groups within the proposed class?)
      • Micro-commonality (How do the prices paid by individual members of proposed class compare to the estimated impact)
    • Surveys
      • Example of case where used – food labeling cases
      • Surveys (with conjoint analysis) combined with regression (or other econometric techniques) often used to attempt to isolate the price premium that resulted from the misleading aspect of the labeling
  4. Preparing and cross-examining experts on opinions involving statistics

Presented by:
Brendan P. Glackin (Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP)
D. Lee Heavner (Analysis Group, Inc.)
Paul Karlsgodt (Baker & Hostetler LLP)
Olivier Toubia (Columbia Business School)

Introduction by:
Tonna Farrar (Bonnett, Fairbourn, Friedman & Balint, PC)

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My firm, BakerHostetler, has recently released two excellent resources for those interested in recent trends in the areas of class actions and data privacy (including, of course, recent trends in data privacy class actions!).

The 2016 Class Action Year-End Review summarizes trends in class action procedure generally and recent developments in a variety of different subject matter areas.

The  2017 Data Security Incident Response Report “highlights the critical need for senior executives in all industries to understand and be ready to tackle the legal and business risks associated with cyberthreats and to have enterprisewide tactics in place to address intrusions before they happen.”  See Full Explanatory Article Here.  In addition to other useful content, the report includes statistic on trends in class actions arising out of large data breach incidents.

Be sure to check both of them out.

 

 

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Along with Angela Sabbe of Navigant Consulting, I recently participated in an ABA “Sound Advice” podcast discussing recent trends in data privacy class action settlements.  Members can access the podcast by clicking the link below.  If you aren’t already a member of the ABA section of litigation, you can join by clicking this link.  You’ll get access to this podcast and other useful materials to help supplement your professional development.

http://www.americanbar.org/publications/litigation-committees/class-actions/audio.html

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