Hot Topics in Supreme Court Class Action Jurisprudence Webinar

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EDT

BakerHostetler’s Appellate and Class Action Defense teams will address the challenging and controversial class action-related issues decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012-2013 and preview class action issues on the docket for 2013-2014.

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The panelists will analyze the Supreme Court’s much-awaited decisions made in the past year and how they will affect future class actions. For instance, how can defendants defend against class certification in the wake of the seemingly contradictory decisions in Amgen and Comcast on the predominance requirement of Rule 23? Can a defendant foreclose class actions all together through a well-crafted arbitration provision or through an offer of judgment? What’s on the horizon for 2014? The panel will discuss these and other questions.

The following topics are on the agenda:

  • Introduction and Summary of Current Supreme Court Jurisprudence
  • Understanding Predominance, the Class/Merits Divide and Evidentiary Standards at Class Certifications:
    • Amgen v. Connecticut Retirement Plan and Trust Funds
    • Comcast Corp. v. Behrend
  • Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA):
    • The Standard Fire Ins. Co. v. Knowles
  • Arbitration:
    • Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter
    • American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Rest.
  • Offers of Judgment:
    • Genesis HealthCare Corp. v. Symczyk
  • International Class Actions:
    • Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum
  • Preview of 2013-14 Cases:
    • Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act (SLUSA):
      Chadbourne & Parke LLP v. Troice
    • CAFA Jurisdiction:
      State of Mississippi v. AU Optronics Corp.


Lee A. Casey is a partner in BakerHostetler’s Washington D.C., office. He focuses on federal environmental, constitutional and international law and Alien Tort Statute issues. He also advises clients on compliance issues under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), U.S. trade sanctions regimes and federal ethics requirements. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Casey served in various capacities in the federal government, including the Office of Legal Policy, the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice and as Deputy Associate General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Paul G. Karlsgodt is national chair of the Class Action Defense Team and the litigation coordinator of the firm’s Denver office. He concentrates his practice on class action defense, with an emphasis on data privacy and consumer class actions. Paul represents companies in the insurance, healthcare, energy and telecommunications industries in numerous nationwide and statewide consumer class action lawsuits and related litigation.

Deborah H. Renner leads BakerHostetler’s Class Action Defense Practice in New York and is co-editor of BakerHostetler’s Class Action Lawsuit Defense blog. Her practice is concentrated on complex commercial litigation, including the defense of consumer fraud and securities class actions. Deborah is a lead attorney on the team that serves as Counsel to the SIPA Trustee for the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC (BLMIS).

Joanne Lichtman is a partner in BakerHostetler’s Los Angeles office and is recognized as one of California’s “Top Women Litigators” for 2013 by the Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal. Her experience includes a broad array of substantive areas of complex commercial litigation, with particular knowledge of consumer and antitrust class actions, product liability, false advertising, unfair business practices and a wide range of environmental litigation.

Joseph E. Ezzie is a partner in BakerHostetler’s Columbus office. He concentrates his practice in the areas of class action defense and complex commercial litigation. Joseph has handled a variety of litigation matters, including commercial matters, the defense of professional negligence actions, trade secrets, class actions, construction cases and patent disputes. He has a broad base of litigation experience, including trial and appellate practice, original investigation of claims, injunctive relief and complex discovery.

Patrick T. Lewis is a partner in BakerHostetler’s Cleveland office. He is regularly involved in complex commercial litigation, class action defense and bankruptcy and creditors rights matters. He has successfully represented clients before state and federal courts in a variety of litigation matters, both at the trial court level and on appeal. Patrick frequently represents clients in the financial services and real estate sectors.

We encourage active participation and welcome any questions. Please feel free to email Christine Bongard at with any topics/questions you would like addressed during the webinar.

CLE credit is available upon request. 

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