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Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | Episode 1

11:45 am ET | Welcome to the Show
Daniel R. Karon,
 Karon LLC, Cleveland, OH [Institute Chair]

12:00 pm ET | Download the Year in Class-Action Jurisprudence

This past year involved plenty of class-action action. Professors Coffee and Lahav will describe the year’s important class-action developments—developments you need to understand if you want to do the best job for your clients.
Professor Alexandra D. Lahav, University of Connecticut School of Law
Professor John C. Coffee, Jr.
 , Columbia Law School 

1:10 pm ET | Keywords: “Circuit Splits,” How Best to Handle Them

Recently, class actions have received intense scrutiny in federal courts of appeal. Despite these lawsuits’ complexities, nuances, and high stakes, the courts’ pronouncements have not been uniform. And the Supreme Court only infrequently resolves the differences. Our appellate judges and lawyers will discuss how to spot, manage, and play these divides that impact class-action practice.
Honorable Luis Felipe Restrepo, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Honorable Eric D. Miller
 , U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Deepak Gupta,
 Gupta Wessler PLLC
Cari K. Dawson,
 Alston & Bird LLP
Andrew J. McGuinness
 , Andrew J. McGuinness, Esq. (Moderator)

2:10 pm ET | #STRETCH

2:20 pm ET | Cyber- Watchdog: How Protecting Consumers Can Save Our Families, Our Economy, and Our Democracy

Richard Cordray keenly understands that economic rights are civil rights. In his new book, Watchdog, he tells the fascinating story of how as leader of the CFPB he and his team worked to protect the vulnerable, empower consumers, and root out lending discrimination all over the country. He will share that story with us.
Featured Speaker: Richard Cordray, Former Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 

3:20 pm ET | Q&A with Danny & Cam

Daniel Karon (Institute Chair) interviews Camaron Azari (Epiq) as they engage in a quick question and answer period for 15mins - join us to find out what's new!

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 | Episode 2

12:00 pm ET | Building the Best Firewall. Ethical Issues In Settlement Negotiations and Approval of Class Action Settlements

Most class actions settle. So, what practical and ethical pitfalls do settlements present? With Rule 23 as a guide, we will examine how to ethically and efficiently settle class actions—discussing their timing, scope, blow provisions, and attempts to restrict plaintiffs’ counsel’s right to practice. And, of course, we’ll discuss attorneys’ fees, including when plaintiffs may request them and how best to calculate them.
Honorable Jon S. Tigar, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
Professor Josh P. Davis, University of San Francisco School of Law
Katherine Lubin Benson, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP
John Roberti, Allen & Overy LLP
Melissa H. Maxman, Cohen & Gresser LLP (Moderator) 

1:05 pm ET | Be Careful What You Wish For: Getting Tagged with Mass Arbitration

Win your motion to compel arbitration? Keep the champagne on ice. The recent proliferation of mass arbitration has subjected defendants to inefficiencies, administrative expense, and continued liability. Learn the latest from the front lines of both sides of the arbitration fight.
F. Paul Bland Jr., Public Justice Foundation
Ronald D. Homan II, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Alan S. Kaplinsky, Ballard Spahr LLP
Shannon Liss-Riordan, Lichten & Liss-Riordan, PC
Adam E. Polk, Girard Sharp LLP (Moderator) 

2:05 pm | ET #KitchenRun

2:15 pm ET | The Cloud of Bristol-Myers Squibb Over Class Actions—What’s Next?

Some say Bristol-Myers Squibb restricts a federal court’s exercise of personal jurisdiction over nonresident, unnamed class members’ claims. Others say it doesn’t. Who’s right and who’s wrong? The circuits have begun to weigh in, and more decisions are on the horizon. We’ll discuss the state of play and where it may—or may not—end up.
Honorable Diane P. Wood, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Alexandra D. Lahav
 , University of Connecticut School of Law
Matthew Wessler, Gupta Wessler PLLC
Jonathan Wasserman
 , Hogan Lovells US LLP
Sabrina H. Strong
 , O’Melveny & Myers LLP (Moderator) 

3:30 pm ET Browsing Consumer Protection from the Front Lines with Congresswoman Katie Porter

As a consumer-protection attorney, Katie Porter spent nearly twenty years fighting powerful interests and Wall Street banks on behalf of consumers and families. Now, she has taken her fight to Congress where she quickly emerged as a national leader on consumer protection issues, centering her efforts on financial institutions who cheated consumers. She will share her thoughts, experiences, and perspectives on consumer protection with us.
Featured Speaker: Congresswoman Katie Porter, Representative CA 45 th District 

4:15 pm ET Happy Hour (sponsored by Huntington National Bank)

Join us for a fun social get-together with everyone and wind down from the day's activities, courtesy of our Presenting Sponsor for this year's Class Actions National Institute: Huntington National Bank!

Thursday, October 15, 2020 | Episode 3

11:45 am ET | Link to Next Year
Daniel R. Karon, Karon LLC, Institute Chair

12:00 pm ET | Serving a Successful Class-Action Mediation

Just as class-action settlements are different from individual settlements, class-action mediations are different from individual mediations. Our attorneys and mediators will conduct a mock class-action mediation then discuss the keys to success.
Robert J. Herrington, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Michele M. Vercoski, McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP
David A. Hoffman,
 Boston Law Collaborative, LLC
Donald R. Frederico, Pierce Atwood LLP (Moderator) 

1:05 pm ET | COVID Cases—Who’s Phishing, Who’s Legit?

Even if a vaccine is coming, COVID-19 will be with us for a long time in the form of pandemic-related lawsuits. Should class actions exist for students who paid full tuition but did not attend class? What about for businesses who purchased commercial-interruption insurance that failed to address a pandemic? These questions and others will be posed to and answered by the people who are blazing new trails on these issues of first impression.
Melanie A. Conroy, Pierce Atwood LLP
Nicholas A. DiCello, Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP
Lisa L. Smith,
 Phillips Lytle LLP
Jason A. Zweig, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP
Jason S. Hartley,
 Hartley LLP (Moderator) 

2:05 pm ET | #HomeStretch

2:15 pm ET | The Next Domain. Conscientious Objectors and How to Deal with Them

When are objections to class-action settlements in the public interest? We will examine the red flags that encourage public interest organization and attorneys general to object to class-action settlements as well as steps that counsel can take to respond to these objections.
Beau Roysden, Solicitor General, Office of the Attorney General, State of Arizona
Leslie A. Brueckner, Public Justice Foundation
Scott L. Nelson,
 Public Citizen Litigation Group
Stuart Rossman, National Consumer Law Center
Jennifer L. Mesko, Tucker Ellis LLP (Moderator) 

3:15 pm ET | Powering Down
Daniel R. Karon, Karon LLC, Institute Chair