Labor and Employment and ERISA Class Actions After Wal-Mart and Comcast
Thursday, January 30, 2014
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET
In Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, the U.S. Supreme Court directed lower courts to conduct a “rigorous analysis” to determine whether employment discrimination plaintiffs have proven that they meet the requirements of Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The decision raises issues on the Federal Rules’ commonality requirements and the limitations on the “mandatory” classes embodied in Rule 23. After Wal-Mart, the Court again addressed class action litigation in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, where the Court provided standards on the damages proof plaintiffs need to meet to certify an opt-out class.
This is the first of a three-part webinar series addressing the impacts of Wal-Mart and Comcast. In this first webinar, the speakers will discuss the Wal-Mart and Comcast rulings and, in their wake, the ways in which both plaintiffs and defendants are approaching the commonality, typicality, and adequacy requirements of Rule 23.
This is a hotly contested and developing area—recent decisions indicate that the full implications of Wal-Mart and Comcast are still evolving—that will provide for an insightful, lively discussion.
• Discover the impacts of these important cases on ERISA class actions.
• Learn about the impacts of these cases on labor and employment class actions.
• Understand both defense and plaintiff perspectives of the issues and possible defenses involved in class certification.
Who would benefit most from attending this program?
Litigators in the ERISA and labor and employment areas and experts who work on class certification issues.
Program Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Prerequisite: A general understanding of class actions in an ERISA or Labor and Employment context.
CPE Delivery Method: Group Internet-Based Live
Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications
Recommended CPE Credit: 1.5 credits
Anticipated CLE Credit: 1.5 credits (may vary based on from which location requested)