Philadelphia partners Seamus Duffy and Mike Daly participated in the American Law Institute’s Forum on Class Actions and Aggregate Litigation on June 7, 2013, in Philadelphia.  Seamus served as co-chair of the event with Kenneth Jacobsen,Visiting Practice Professor of Law, James E. Beasley School of Law, Temple University. Mike served as co-chair of the planning committee with Jessica Miller of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLC, Washington D.C. 

The conference featured a faculty of preeminent judges, academics, and practitioners and addressed the most current and controversial issues in class actions and aggregate litigation, including the Supreme Court’s recent class action decisions, the continuing debate concerning the requirements for class certification, the use of experts and expert proof at the class certification stage, the role of arbitrators and Attorneys General in aggregate litigation after Concepcion, unresolved issues arising under the Class Action Fairness Act, and the ethics and challenges of class action settlements and public compensation funds.  Philadelphia associate Meredith Slawe assisted Seamus and Mike in planning this successful event, which has since received coverage by media outlets like BNA.

Presenters of the program included:

John H. Beisner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP , Washington, D.C.

Hon. Mark I. Bernstein,Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia

Elizabeth J. Cabraser, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP, San Francisco

Michael D. Donovan, Donovan Axler LLC, Philadelphia

Kenneth R. Feinberg, Feinberg Rozen LLP, New York

Myriam E. Gilles, Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, New York

Robert C. Heim, Dechert LLP, Philadelphia

Hon. William F. Highberger, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, Los Angeles

Linda Dale Hoffa, Senior Executive Deputy Attorney General, Office of Attorney General, Harrisburg

Thomas R. Nathan, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Comcast Cable Communications LLC, Philadelphia

Martin H. Redish, Louis and Harriet Ancel Professor of Law and Public Policy, Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago

Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin, U.S. District Judge, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, New York

Hon. Anthony J. Scirica, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Philadelphia

Stephen D. Susman, Susman Godfrey LLP, New York

Source: American Law Institute’s Forum
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