Winston & Strawn litigation partners Neal Marder and Steve Smerek spoke at the Twelfth Annual Class Action Litigation & Management Conference held April 19-20, 2012 in Los Angeles. Mr. Marder, who serves as chair of the firm's national class actions practice, was a co-chair of this event. This program covered the latest developments in the law of federal class actions and California class actions, as well as procedural advice from leaders in the field. This timely conference included a discussion of the impact of AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion and Dukes vs. Wal-Mart as well as Halliburton Co, changes to approaches to Rule 23 and other emerging topics.
Mr. Smerek provided the perspective from the defense on the panel titled "The Intersection of 17200 & Class Actions." Rahul Ravipudi of Panish Shea & Boyle spoke on the side of the plaintiff.
Mr. Marder moderated the panel titled "Pre-Certification Dispositive Motions, Pleadings Challenges, Class vs. Merit Discovery, ex parte communication with putative class members, precertification production of a class list." He was joined by Steven A. Ellis of Goodwin Procter and David E. Azar of Milberg LLP.
Other panels included:
- Settlement Strategies and Mechanics
- The Future of Class Actions
- Shining the Light on 1798.83 Class Actions