2nd Annual Class Action Seminar Wrapup
San Francisco
March 5, 2008
 
 
Class Action Seminar Report
 
By Ingrid M. Evans and David Arbogast, Seminar Chairs and Moderators
 
The Second Annual Class Action Seminar sponsored by Gilardi & Co. LLC, held on March 5, 2008 at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco, was a smashing success and presented to a full audience of more than 100 lawyers and judges. The speakers were phenomenal! The speakers included a handful of the best class action attorneys in the country and the program was focused on recurring legal issues that plaintiffs face in class action cases.
 
The first speaker was Arthur Bryant, Executive Director of Public Justice (previously known as Trial Lawyers for Public Justice), who gave a fascinating account of what companies are doing to impede the rights of consumers and block their constitutional right to jury trials by inserting arbitration clauses that include class action ban waivers into consumer agreements. (Public Justice will assist with briefing of this issue before the trial and appellate courts www.publicjustice.net.) He also discussed some important ethical issues that lawyers face in class action settlements. Following Mr. Bryant, the dynamic Brad Seligman, Executive Director of the Impact Fund (www.impactfund.org) discussed and compared class action requirements between federal and state jurisdictions, giving attendees his inside opinion on choosing between federal and state forums. Next, Kimberly Kralowec, partner at Schubert & Reed and author of the legal blog www.uclpractitioner.com, gave an in-depth analysis on discovery tips and recent cases dealing with discovery in class action cases. Jonathan Gertler, Chavez & Gertler, provided an update on recent developments since the passage of Proposition 64. The Honorable Bonnie Sabraw, Judge for the Complex Department of Alameda County Superior Court gave an excellent overview of common issues that arise in class action settlements. John J. Stoia, Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins, gave an update on case law and tips relating to the Class Action Fairness Act’s effect on class action cases. Reid Kathrein, managing partner of the San Francisco office of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, gave an overview of securities litigation. And Todd Schneider, Schneider & Wallace LLP, gave an overview of wage and hour class actions.
 
The class action seminar was made possible from the generous support of our exclusive sponsor Gilardi & Co. LLC (www.gilardi.com) through the collaborative efforts of Consumer Attorneys of California College of Trial Art, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, the Impact Fund and the Bar Association of San Francisco.
 
A special thanks is due to CAOC’s Education Director Lori Sarracino and SFTLA’s Executive Director Juliette Bleecker in making this seminar a success. 

 

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