Date: May 7, 2018
Location: The Harmonie Club, 4 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022
CLE Credit: Program will seek accreditation for seven hours of CLE credit


Printed Conference Materials

2018 CONFERENCE AGENDA 

7:30AM-8:00AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM
Opening Remarks

8:10AM-9:10AM
Plaintiffs Placing Themselves in Harm’s Way

A long held view is that plaintiffs have a duty to mitigate their potential damages.  Increasingly, though, that view is being turned upside down by plaintiffs that seemingly place themselves in harm’s way despite available options to avoid that harm.  Examples span a range of cases from TCPA litigation to securities and employment disputes.  This panel will examine both the role of professional plaintiffs in class actions and also whether plaintiffs’ intentionally incurring harm can demonstrate the common impact requirement necessary for class certification.

9:10AM-10:10AM
The Right Approach to Effective Claims

Class action claims efficacy is difficult to prove. Technology is shifting the game from simply measuring “impressions” to being accountable for actual claims rates using efficient and targeted notice/outreach techniques. As definitions for Rule 23 compliance are expanding to embrace more digital methods, more data than ever is available to the Court and to lawyers to demonstrate class action efficacy and drive higher claims rates. In this panel, we will discuss the expectations and impact of claims efficacy and how this is – and should – be measured for all constituencies involved.

10:10AM-10:30AM
Morning Networking Break

10:30AM-11:30AM
Class Certification 

Hear from plaintiff and defense counsel, and economists/consultants on the latest developments in class certification decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court and courts across the country and in the legislature, as well as practical tips for addressing factual, legal and evidentiary issues at both the trial and appellate levels.

Presentation Materials:
1030 Perdew Recent Class Action Developments

11:30AM-12:30PM
Litigation Finance

A robust market for third-party litigation financing has expanded over the past decade to become a multi-billion dollar industry.  Chances are there’s third-party funding the litigation costs in a matter you’re currently working on. This panel of litigation financiers and professionals will discuss the differences they’ve seen in lawsuits and disputes where the presence of outside capital was known, was suspected but not confirmed, and where the parties funded litigation out of their pockets or on a traditional contingency fee arrangement.  The panelists will share their observations about differences in the strength of initial claims and causes of action, how rapidly litigation proceeds, and how negotiation strategies are influenced.

12:30PM-1:30PM
Luncheon

1:40PM-2:40PM
Diversity in the Class Action Bar

How does an individual’s background impact their level of focus and participation in class action matters?  In this panel discussion, we will explore the financial and ethical implications of diversity, particularly in the legal field. We will consider how bias affects the pursuit, prosecution and defense of claims and causes of action. We will explore how diversity affects discovery, litigation strategy and settlement negotiations, as well as the selection of the professional team. Our diverse panel of experts will also share their experiences and best practices for addressing these behaviors on a larger scale within your firm.

2:40PM-3:40PM
Labor, Employment and the Gig Economy

This panel on labor & employment class actions will focus specifically on the issue of independent contractor versus employee status. The importance of this issue cannot be overstated in the modern gig economy because an increasingly large proportion of people who perform “labor services” in (and outside of) the United States do so as independent contractors rather than employees. The extent of control exercised by a company over its independent contractors is at the core of many disputes and it likely to be a continuing challenge in a world with new and varied work relationships. This panel will discuss the economic, technological, social and legal aspects of this issue and highlight important recent class actions in this area.

Presentation Materials:
1440 Marron Presentation Handouts
1440 Oakes Misclassification
1440 Wenner May 7 – Risks of Misclassification
1440 Workman Independent Contractor vs. Employee
1440 Dynamex_Flyer_050218

3:40PM-4:00PM
Afternoon Networking Break

4:00PM-5:00PM
Alternative Dispute Resolution

Courts have relied on ADR – using special masters – to address such issues as school desegregation or management of prisons.   More recently special masters have been involved in public health matters (involving mold in public housing) and in addressing issues related to the care of children in foster care.  In yet another example, the federal government set up an administrative claim resolution fund to address tens of thousands of claims arising out of the 9/11 attacks – avoiding litigation involving multiple governmental entities and companies and access to information about national security.  The recent settlement of the VW litigation included an environmental mitigation trust – addressing the issue of excess emissions.  The massive settlement among state AGs and the tobacco industry – involving advertising and education programs – is another example.  The panel will discuss the potential role and effect of ADR in matters involving public policy objectives or concerns, address some examples, the issues that arise, the multiple constituencies involved, the factors to consider, and the methodologies employed.  While the legislative and executive branches of government arguably might be more suited to addressing public policy concerns, courts frequently face such issues.

5:00PM
Conference Adjourns

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Target Faculty and Delegates: Plaintiff & defense side class action attorneys, economic advisors and experts, litigation financiers, claims administrators, active judges, academics, government counsel, Fortune 500 corporate counsel, insurance companies, and key media contacts.

Beard Group brings together class action professionals from a variety of disciplines for a one-day conference in Midtown Manhattan, to discuss economic and ethical considerations in class actions, and to provide valuable networking opportunities among top-tier professionals.

To discuss sponsorship and speaking opportunities for Beard Group’s 2nd Annual Class Action Money & Ethics Conference, please contact:

Bernard Toliver                                   Peter A. Chapman
bernard@beardgroup.com               peter@beardgroup.com
(212) 561-8955                                      (215) 945-7000

Photograph: 1st Annual Class Action Money & Ethics Conference – May 1, 2017

Alternative Dispute Resolution to Mass Claims :: Ethan Greene (Reisman Karron Greene), Robin Cantor (Berkeley Research Group), Kenneth Feinberg (Law Offices of Kenneth R. Feinberg, P.C.), Halli Cohn (King & Spalding), Scott Nader (Garden City)

Implications of the Proposed Changes to Rule 23 :: Perry Cooper (Bloomberg BNA), Robert Klonoff (Lewis & Clark Law School), Jay Edelson (Edelson PC), Alan B. Morrison (George Washington University), Patrick F. Philbin (Kirkland & Ellis)

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