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In case you’re interested, I’m posting this link to my presentation materials for tomorrow’s CLE, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes: Reshaping Class Certification. at the Colorado Bar Association.  The materials may be a bit cryptic without the oral part of the presentation, but all the more reason to attend the program!  If you are a Denver-area lawyer, I hope to see you there.  If not, it’s also available as a webcast.

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Along with leading Colorado Employment attorney Todd J. McNamara, I’ll be presenting at a breakfast seminar at the CBA-CLE next Tuesday with the (hopefully) self-explanatory title: Wal-Mart v. Dukes: Reshaping Class Certification.   The particulars follow below.  Hope to see you there!

When:

July 12, 2011 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Where:

CLECI Large Classroom
1900 Grant Street, Suite 300
Denver CO 80203
(303) 860-0608

Credits:

General credits: 1.00

Prices

CBA Member $59.00
CBA Labor & Employment Section Member $29.00
CBA Litigation Section Member $29.00
Non Member $69.00
 
July 2011
 
Wal-Mart v. Dukes: Reshaping Class CertificationLIVE IN DENVER
 
 
Program Description:
 
When it issued its decision in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, the Supreme Court did much more than simply end one of the largest class action suits in American history. It also set a host of new ground rules for federal courts to evaluate class certification, both in employment discrimination cases and in other types of class actions. This program will discuss the significant potential impacts of this landmark decision on a host of issues, including 1) evaluation of merits issues at the class certification stage; 2) the potentially broadened scope of the commonality element of FRCP 23(a); 3) the standards for evaluating expert testimony at the class certification stage; 4) the threshold standard needed to establish “common proof” of an employment or other business practice; 5) the use of statistical evidence in support of class certification; and 6) the standards for adjudicating claims for monetary relief under FRCP 23(b)(2). The program will examine what the Court had to say about these and other topics, and it will also explore the questions that remain unanswered following the decision.
 
Presented by Paul G. Karlsgodt, Esq. and Todd J. McNamara, Esq.
 
Agenda:
8:00 am – 8:30 am Registration
8:30 am – 9:30 am Program (Continental Breakfast Provided)
 
 
Faculty:
 
Paul G. Karlsgodt, Esq.
Baker Hostetler
 
Paul Karlsgodt is a litigation partner whose practice emphasizes class action defense and other complex commercial litigation. Mr. Karlsgodt has represented insurance companies and other FORTUNE 500 companies in numerous nationwide and statewide consumer class action lawsuits and related litigation. He has represented clients in class action lawsuits involving sales and marketing practices, insurance coverage, claims adjustment practices, corporate securities, retailer/dealer disputes, employment and taxation.
 
Mr. Karlsgodt is editor and primary contributor to the legal blog, http://www.ClassActionBlawg.com, which covers a variety of class action-related issues, including decisions, trends, best practices, news and reform, both in the U.S. and throughout the world. He also founded and served as the first Chair of the Class Actions, Derivative Suits and Mass Torts Subsection of the Litigation Section of the Colorado Bar Association. He remains an active member of the Subsection.
 
 
Todd J. McNamara, Esq.
McNamara Roseman & Kazmierski LLP
 
 
Todd McNamara opened his own firm in 1995 and limits his practice exclusively to employment law matters. Mr. McNamara was lead private class counsel in Wilkerson, et al., v. Martin-Marietta, the largest age discrimination claim brought within the State of Colorado, which settled for a reported $7.6 million. Mr. McNamara secured the first race discrimination verdict in the United States against a real estate franchise for failure to award a sales agency to an African-American in Tyler v. ReMax. Most recently, Mr. McNamara, together with class cocounsel, settled a $3.85 million disability discrimination case against the United States Postal Services.
 
Todd has previously served as co-chair of the Colorado Bar Association Labor Law Committee, and is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association. He serves as an arbitrator and mediator for the American Arbitration Association Employment Panel. He is co-editor of FederalEmployment Jury Instructions and has just recently completed a seventh supplement to that publication, which is used throughout the United States by both lawyers and judges. He is a co-chapter editor with the Practitioners Guide to Colorado Employment Law and has published a number of other articles on employment law issues in both Trial Talk and The Colorado Lawyer. Todd is a Fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, one of approximately only 20 in Colorado.

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If you’re in the need for CLE credits, or simply just want to keep up on some of the hottest topics in class action litigation, here’s an upcoming program that you should consider.  Although the program ostensibly covers antitrust class actions, many of the concepts will be applicable to consumer and securities class actions as well.  Thanks to Elizabeth Roche of the Analysis Group for sending me a tip about this intriguing upcoming program:

Proving Common Impact in Antitrust Class Actions: Current Legal and Economic Thinking
May 12, 2010
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM (CST)
Gleacher Center, 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive, Chicago, Illinois

Description:
 With issues raised by the Hydrogen Peroxide Litigation far from settled and the recent affirmation of class in Wal-Mart en banc, economic guidance in addressing proof of common impact is essential. Our panelists will review the legal landscape defined by these landmark cases and offer a systematic way of approaching common methods of proof, including:

  • The legal challenges of class certification in light of the recent affirmation of class in Dukes v.Wal-Mart and In re Hydrogen Peroxide Antitrust Litigation, with an update on the 9th and 3rd circuits
  • Assessment of merits and whether economic damages can be assessed at the class level
  • A systematic approach to testing whether regression analysis offers a common method of proof to assist the courts in assessing class certification

Panelists:
Edward A. Snyder, Ph.D., Dean and George Shultz Professor of Economics, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
John W. Treece
, Esq., Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
Pierre Y. Cremieux, Ph.D., Managing Principal, Analysis Group
Andrew Wong, Ph.D., Managing Principal, Analysis Group (moderator)

REGISTER: http://www.analysisgroup.com/common_impact_seminar.aspx

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It’s not too late to register for Economic Crisis Litigation Update CLE, to be held at the Colorado Bar Association offices in Denver.  Here are the details. 

 

There are 5 easy ways to register. Download the registration form at

1. FAX the form to the Colorado Bar Association CLE offices at (303) 860-0624

2. MAIL the form to CBA-CLE at 1900 Grant Street, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80203

3. CALL us! (303) 860-0608, or toll-free (888) 860-2531

4. REGISTER ONLINE at:

5. OR REGISTER FOR THE LIVE WEBCAST AT:

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CAN’T ATTEND THE PROGRAM? ORDER YOUR HOMESTUDY ONLINE TODAY!

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We look forward to providing you with the best information and service available,

to meet all of your continuing legal education needs. Please contact us at cle@cobar.org

if you do not wish to receive e-mail correspondence regarding CBA-CLE seminars.

Our mailing address is 1900 Grant Street, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80203

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ECONOMIC CRISIS LITIGATION UPDATE: Subprime Mortgages, Shareholder Suits, ERISA, Class Actions and More!

Co-sponsored by the Securities Law and Class Actions Subsections of the CBA Litigation Section

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LIVE PROGRAM: July 24, 2009

At the CBA-CLE Classroom, 1900 Grant Street, Suite 300, Denver, CO

LIVE WEBCAST: July 24, 2009

Direct to your desktop!

VIDEO REPLAYS: August 14, 2009

 For additional information on this course or to view the program brochure go to:

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Program Highlights

What You Will Learn:

 – Subprime Securities Litigation: Important Trends and Developments in Securities Litigation and Derivative Suits

– ERISA Class Actions

– Consumer Class Actions and Other Hot Litigation Issues Driven by the Economic Crisis

Who Should Attend:

– Litigators

– Securities Law Attorneys

– Business Law Attorneys

– Industry Professionals

– Anyone Who Needs Up-to-date, Expert Guidance on the Hottest Litigation Issues Spawned by the Economic Downturn! 

Program Description

Litigators! Securities lawyers! Business lawyers! Here is the program you have been waiting for!

Since the economic crisis began gripping our country, there has been much discussion in the media about the litigation that is resulting from the economic downturn. But how do you separate the spin and hyperbole from the real information you and your clients need? What are the issues that are really driving the litigation that is resulting from the stock and real estate market crashes? What are the holdings in recently decided cases such as Stoneridge and In re IPO Securities Litigation and what do these holdings mean for you and your clients. 

Attend this timely, practical program and find out!

The program’s experienced instructors hail from both the plaintiff and defense bars, giving you balanced, valuable insight to guide you in this emerging area of the law. From real world guidance on how to prove (or defend against) causation in securities cases, to ERISA issues that can start (or end) a lawsuit, to the real scoop on the facts that can sustain (or not sustain) a mortgage fraud lawsuit, you will get valuable knowledge, tips, and skills you can put to use right away in your practice.

Whether you are plaintiff’s counsel or defense counsel, you need to be able to evaluate the merits of a case that stems from the fallout from the economic meltdown. Is it a real case, with facts that can prove meritorious or not? Find out from the attorneys who are on the cutting edge in this hot area of law…

Register for this timely, practical program today!

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Agenda

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Registration

9:00 AM – 9:05 AM – Welcome and Introduction

Extended by Paul Karlsgodt, Esq., Program Chair

9:05 AM – 10:05 AM – Subprime Securities Litigation

Learn about the trends in securities class actions and derivative suits that arise from subprime investments! Topics include:

– The impact of Stoneridge, In re IPO Securities Litigation, and other developments in securities class actions

– Trends in securities class action verdicts, judgments, and settlements

– Practical considerations in securities litigation given the economic crisis (e.g., the difficulty in proving causation given the general economic downturn)

Presented by Jeffrey W. Lawrence, Esq., Holly Stein Sollod, Esq. and Cliff Stricklin, Esq.

10:10 AM – 10:40 AM – ERISA Class Actions Relating to Subprime Asset Investments by Retirement Plans (Part 1 of 2)

 After Stoneridge, is ERISA litigation overtaking securities litigation as the vehicle of choice for seeking redress of alleged losses caused by subprime investments? Learn the answers to these important questions:

– What makes ERISA litigation a desirable alternative to a securities claim?

– What are the trends in ERISA litigation?

– What do I need to know about the LaRue decision and what is its impact on ERISA litigation so far?

Presented by Dirk W. de Roos, Esq. and Todd J. McNamara, Esq.

10:40 AM – 10:50 AM – Break (10 minutes) 

10:50 AM – 11:20 AM – ERISA Class Actions Relating to Subprime Asset Investments by Retirement Plans (Part 2 of 2)

11:25 AM – 12:25 PM- Developments in Consumer Class Actions and Other Subprime-related Litigation

Is the economic crisis really causing the flood of consumer class action litigation that some predicted? Find out about:

 – Class actions and individual claims under the Truth In Lending Act (TILA)

– Consumer class actions and other claims for mortgage fraud and related litigation

– What is the impact of the poor economy on class action litigation?

Presented by Lila M. Bateman, Esq. and Frances Johnson, Esq.

12:25 PM – Adjourn

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Faculty

Paul Karlsgodt, Esq., Program Chair

Baker & Hostetler, LLP

Denver, CO

 

Lila M. Bateman, Esq.

Morrison & Foerster, LLP

Denver, CO

 

Frances Johnson, Esq.

The Carey Law Firm

Colorado Springs, CO

 

Dirk W. de Roos, Esq.

Faegre & Benson, LLP

Denver, CO

 

Jeffrey W. Lawrence, Esq.

Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins, LLP

San Francisco, CA

 

Todd J. McNamara, Esq.

McNamara, Roseman, Martínez & Kazmierski, LLP

Denver, CO

 

Holly Stein Sollod, Esq.

Holland & Hart, LLP

Denver, CO

 

Cliff Stricklin, Esq.

Holland & Hart, LLP

Denver, CO

 

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CREDITS:

Submitted for 4 General CLE Credits

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TUITION:

– Non-member $199.00

– CBA Member $179.00

– Litigation Section $149.00

– Business Law Section $149.00

– New Lawyer (2 yrs) $129.00

– YLD Member $129

– Legal Support Staff $129.00

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REGISTRATION:

For course details or to register online, go to:

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