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American Conference Institute’s 3nd Annual Defense Counsel Summit Presents “Positioning the Class Action Defense For Early Success” Seminar

September 23, 2009 - September 24, 2009

Montgomery McCracken partner Charles B. Casper will serve as a panelist for the American Conference’s Institute’s 3rd Annual Defense Counsel Forum on Positioning the Class Action Defense for Early Success. The two-day seminar will feature expert insights from the nation’s top class action litigators on winning the case early by utilizing aggressive defense strategies.

Mr. Casper’s session titled “Best Practices for Seeking Class Decertification: Utilizing Timing, Arguments, and Theories to Your Advantage to Obtain a Successful Result.” The panelists experienced in successfully pursuing decertification will provide proven strategies for effectively challenging the burdens of proof and underlying claim of the class in order to create convincing argument for decertification.

The following topics will be covered:

DAY 1 – September 23, 2009

  • Insights from the Trenches: Determining Early On What Your Client’s True Pressure Points Are While Outlining a Defensive Strategy That is Both Cost and Reputation Conscious
  • Finishing the Case Before It Starts: Vigorously Challenging and Defeating Certification
  • Managing Daubert Concerns During Certification: Strategically Utilizing Experts To Attack the Plaintiff’s Case and Undermine the Claim
  • Balancing Opposing Objectives: Minimizing Future Liability While Structuring Settlements That Are Most Beneficial To Your Client
  • Avoiding Ethical Dilemmas When Interacting With Opposing Counsel and Class Members When Defending Against Class Action Litigation

DAY 2 – September 24, 2009

  • View from the Bench: Judicial Perspectives on Class Action Litigation
  • Best Practices for Seeking Class Decertification: Utilizing Timing, Arguments and Theories To Your Advantage to Obtain a Successful Result
  • The CAFA Fallout Continues: Grappling With Still-Unresolved Issues and Responding to New Plaintiff’s Tactics Regarding Venue in CAFA (and Non-CAFA) Cases
  • Managing, Pursuing and Responding To E-Discovery in the Most Cost-Effective and Efficient Manner for Your Client
  • Assessing the Benefits and Risks of Utilizing MDL in the Class Action Context
  • Making the Argument to Win: Advanced Tactics and Strategies for Winning the Class Action Case at Trial
  • Emerging Litigation Trends and Government Initiatives Affecting Class Action Defense in the US and Abroad

Visit for detailed agenda and registration instructions.

September 23, 2009 at 10:00 AM – September 24, 2009 at 5:30 AM


Ritz Carlton Phoenix
Phooenix, Arizona