Law Seminars International Presents: The Tenth Annual Comprehensive Conference on

Class Actions
Important developments for keeping up with a rapidly changing landscape

June 12 & 13, 2014
1201 Third Avenue Building, 49th Floor in Seattle, WA
Anyplace you may be via webcast!

Webcast Info

Who Should Attend

Attorneys, business executives, and consultants involved with class action litigation and government officials involved with parallel investigations

Why You Should Attend

2013 was another remarkable year for development of class action law, with cases decided by or pending before the U.S. Supreme Court on issues such as arbitration, Article III standing, CAFA, class certification, fraud-on-the-market, issue certification, and mootness. Lower courts continue to develop conflicting interpretations of the recent landmark decisions from the Supreme Court in the American Express, Amgen, Clapper, Comcast, Concepcion, Dukes, Genesis Healthcare, Oxford Health Plans, and Standard Fire Insurance cases. While many of these Supreme Court opinions led some people to predict a significant decline in class actions, the volume of class action filings in both state and federal courts continues to be high with outcomes mixed. Please join us for this program addressing important legal developments in class action law, with presentations demonstrating that class actions are far from extinct.

~ Thomas L. Boeder, Esq. and Timothy G. Fielden, Esq., Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn


Thursday, June 12, 2014

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Thomas L. Boeder, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Perkins Coie LLP / Seattle, WA

Timothy G. Fielden, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Microsoft Corporation / Redmond, WA

8:45 am

Annual Update on National Class Action Trends

New decisions on repetitive class actions, methods to prove class-wide damages, stipulations limiting damages to avoid federal jurisdiction, settlement classes, partial certification, and more

Charles B. Casper, Esq.
Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP / Philadelphia, PA

9:45 am

Annual California Section 17200 Update

New cases coming out of the California Supreme Court on one of the leading statutes relied upon by plaintiffs in bringing class actions

Philip A. Leider, Esq.
Leider Legal / Berkeley, CA

10:30 am


10:45 am

Trial Strategies: Early Motions Practice

Plaintiff and defendant perspectives on motions to dismiss, for summary judgment, to deny class certification, and to strike class certifications; Rule 68 and offers to settle with a named plaintiff Plaintiff's perspective

F. Paul Bland, Jr., Esq.
Public Justice, P.C. / Washington, DC

Defendant's perspective

Stephen M. Rummage, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Seattle, WA

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

The Interplay Between Government Regulatory Activity and Consumer Protection Class Actions

Internet privacy regulation: Federal and state law privacy trends and cases involving both regulatory activity and class action suits

Scott A. Kamber, Esq.
KamberLaw LLC / New York, NY

Rob McKenna, Esq.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP / Seattle, WA

Shannon E. Smith, Esq.
Washington State Attorney General's Office / Seattle, WA

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

Choice of Forum: Continuing Evolution of the Law on Arbitration Clauses

Plaintiff and defendant perspectives on recent and pending cases

Deepak Gupta, Esq., Founding Principal
Gupta Beck PLLC / Washington, DC

Martin C. Bryce, Jr., Esq.
Ballard Spahr LLP / Philadelphia, PA

4:00 pm

Post-Certification Motion Practice in Class Actions

Reconsideration Motions; Rule 23(f) petitions; merits discovery; experts, summary judgment; trial plan and decertification motions Defendant's perspective

Fred B. Burnside, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Seattle, WA

Plaintiff's perspective

Derek William Loeser, Esq.
Keller Rohrback L.L.P. / Seattle, WA

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Perkins Coie LLP


Friday, June 13, 2014

8:30 am

Detailed Look at Specific Causes of Action: Fraud on the Market Cases

Halliburton v. Erica John Fund: Should the Supreme Court overrule Basic Inc. v. Levinson and require investors to show that they did, in fact, rely on misleading company statements? Plaintiff's perspective

Joy A. Kruse, Esq.
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP / San Francisco, CA

Defendant's perspective

Judson E. Lobdell, Esq.
Morrison & Foerster LLP / San Francisco, CA

9:30 am

Employment Class Actions

Current trends in certification; hybrid wage-hour actions; and approaches and challenges to aggregate damages Plaintiff's perspective

Toby J. Marshall, Esq.
Terrell Marshall Daudt & Willie PLLC / Seattle, WA

Defendant's perspective

Chelsea Dwyer Petersen, Esq.
Perkins Coie LLP / Seattle, WA

10:30 am


10:45 am

"No-Injury" Cases (from the Defendant's Perspective)

Issue certification; petitions for Writ of Certiorari; Sears and Whirlpool; Sixth and Seventh Circuit decisions after remand of Butler and Glazer and the debate over whether the circuit courts ignored the Supreme Court's instructions

Beth Terrell, Esq.
Terrell Marshall Daudt & Willie PLLC / Seattle, WA

Joshua D. Yount, Esq.
Mayer Brown LLP / Chicago, IL

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Recent Settlement Trends in Class Actions and Multidistrict Litigation: A Detailed Look at the Process for Settling and Administering Settlements

How case law in the past several years is playing out in the courts and in ADR; best practices for designing a settlement that the courts will approve; how to administer the settlement once it is approved

Catherine A. Yanni, Esq., Moderator, Special Master/Discovery Referee
JAMS / San Francisco, CA

Gretchen Freeman Cappio, Esq.
Keller Rohrback LLP / Seattle, WA

Archis A. Parasharami, Esq.
Mayer Brown LLP / Washington, DC

The Hon. Mary Alice Theiler, Esq., Chief Magistrate Judge, Western District of Washington
United States District Court / Seattle, WA

2:45 pm

Ethics: The Current Most-Problematic Issues in Class Action Litigation

Michael H. Himes, Esq.
Perkins Coie LLP / Seattle, WA

3:45 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn


If You Cannot Attend

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Regular tuition for this program is $1245 with a group rate of $935 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $830. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $622.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 12.25 (incl. 1 ethics) WA CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The conference will be held at the 1201 Third Avenue Building, 49th Floor at 1201 Third Avenue in Seattle, WA 98101. For overnight accommodations, call The Roosevelt Hotel at (800) 716-6199 and reserve your room at the special negotiated rate of $159 (plus taxes). Ask for the Law Seminar rate code: "LAWSEM." Rooms are on a first come, first served basis. For information on The Roosevelt, visit:
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Cancellation & Substitution

You may substitute another person at any time. We will refund tuition, less a $50 cancellation fee, if we receive your cancellation by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 6, 2014. After that time, we will credit your tuition toward attendance at another program or the purchase of a Homestudy. There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders.

Faculty Bios

Thomas L. Boeder, Program Co-Chair, partner, Perkins Coie LLP, focuses on antitrust litigation and counseling, class actions, and consumer product liability and protection litigation. He is head of the firm's Commercial Litigation Practice and a former Washington State Deputy Attorney General. He is ranked by Chambers, listed in Best Lawyers and as a Super Lawyer, and rated AV in Martindale-Hubble.

Timothy G. Fielden, Program Co-Chair, is Assistant General Counsel in Legal and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft Corporation, where he represents the company in class action, product liability, and commercial litigation in North America and elsewhere.

Catherine A. Yanni, Moderator, Special Master/Discovery Referee, JAMS, specializes in class actions, including settlement implementation and mass tort cases. She is recognized as "Top Master," Daily Journal Top California Neutrals List, and as AV Preeminent in Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Ratings.
Full bio and contact info for Catherine A. Yanni at JAMS

F. Paul Bland, Jr., senior attorney, Public Justice, is responsible for litigating public interest cases. He has won more than 30 cases that led to reported decisions for consumers, employees or whistleblowers in four of the U.S. Courts of Appeals and the high courts of nine different states.

Martin C. Bryce, Jr., is a partner in the Litigation Department of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll LLP and a member of its Consumer Financial Services Group. His practice is concentrated in arbitration, commercial law, RICO, and class action defense.

Fred B. Burnside, partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Co-Chair Class Action Defense Group, concentrates on complex civil litigation with emphasis on consumer class action defense. His clients include, AOL, AT&T, eBay, eNom, Microsoft Corp., Providence Hospital Systems, Scholastic Inc., Shell Oil, Skype Inc., Starbucks, T-Mobile USA, The University of California, Verizon Wireless, and Wolters Kluwer.
Full bio and contact info for Fred B. Burnside at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Gretchen Freeman Cappio, member, Keller Rohrback LLP, focuses on complex civil litigation, consumer protection and product liability, employment, retirement, and benefits, and personal injury.

Charles B. Casper, partner at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker and Rhoads, LLP, chair of the Class Action Defense practice. He defends national and statewide class actions, as well as computer software and hardware, commercial and antitrust litigation. He is a Super Lawyer.

Deepak Gupta is the founding principal of Gupta Beck PLLC. He specializes in Supreme Court and appellate litigation on behalf of plaintiffs, with an emphasis on class actions, consumer and worker rights, and constitutional law. Previous, he was Litigation Counsel and Senior Counsel for Enforcement Strategy at the CFPB.
Full bio and contact info for Deepak Gupta at Gupta Beck PLLC

Michael H. Himes, partner, Perkins Coie LLP, focuses his practice on commercial litigation and appeals. He is a Super Lawyer.

Scott A. Kamber, founding member, KamberLaw LLC, has served as lead counsel in class actions resulting in millions of dollars and that set a precedents for internet privacy rights, data breach liability, responsibilities for growers of genetically modified foods, digital rights management, and shareholder rights.

Joy A. Kruse, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP, is an experienced and accomplished securities litigation partner. She played a leading role in the day-to-day litigation and resolution of the highly successful Broadcom, McKesson, America Online, Peregrine, and Network Associates cases. Prior to joining the firm, she served as a criminal defense attorney, including as Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Northern District of California.

Philip A. Leider, founding partner at Leider Legal, litigates civil cases and appeals in state and federal and courts, with an emphasis on consumer class actions. He writes and speaks regularly about developments in the law of false advertising and unfair competition.

Judson E. Lobdell, partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP, focuses his practice on securities litigation and criminal law, including securities class actions, shareholder derivative actions, SEC enforcement actions, criminal jury trials, DOJ and SEC investigations, and internal investigations. He is a former federal prosecutor and has argued cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the D.C. Court of Appeals.

Derek W. Loeser, with Keller Rohrback's Complex Litigation Group, focuses on ERISA, securities fraud, employment, and consumer protection class action litigation. He was previously a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice.

Toby J. Marshall, Terrell Marshall Daudt & Willie PLLC, concentrates his practice on complex civil litigation, consumer protection, and employment law. He has represented workers and consumers in a variety of class actions, including wage and hour, product defect, and consumer fraud cases.

Rob McKenna, partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, is the former Attorney General of the State of Washington. His experience, stature and expertise add essential capabilities for clients seeking coordinated policy advocacy, regulatory compliance and litigation strategies across the country.

Archis A. Parasharami, partner at Mayer Brown LLP, is co-chair of the Consumer Litigation & Class Actions Practice and a member of the Supreme Court & Appellate Practice. He is named a Washington DC "Super Lawyer".
Full bio and contact info for Archis A. Parasharami at Mayer Brown LLP

Chelsea Dwyer Petersen, partner, Perkins Coie LLP, focuses her practice on employment counseling and litigation with a focus on complex class action cases, including proactive defense of discrimination and wage-and-hour cases. She has substantial experience in all phases of class cases including early strategic assessment, defeat of class certification, supervision of large scale electronic document review, oversight of expert witnesses and taking a case to trial.

Stephen M. Rummage, partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, represents clients in complex litigation and appeals, with an emphasis on class action defense. He is a Best Lawyer, one of "Top 100 Washington Super Lawyers", and one of the "Top Business Lawyers in Seattle".
Full bio and contact info for Stephen M. Rummage at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Shannon E. Smith, Senior Counsel and Chief of the Consumer Protection Division, Washington State Attorney General's Office manages the Consumer Protection Division's litigation, enforcement, consumer services, and consumer outreach. She also oversees the State's Lemon Law Administration and Manufactured Housing Dispute Resolution Program.

Beth Terrell, member, Terrell Marshall Daudt & Willie PLLC, focuses on litigation, including prosecution of consumer fraud, defective product, securities, and wage and hour class actions. She has been co-lead counsel on multi-state and nationwide class actions. She is recognized as a "Super Lawyer", was named one of the "Top 50 Washington Women Super Lawyers"

The Hon. Mary Alice Theiler is United States Chief Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Washington. Before her appointment in 2003, Judge Theiler was a partner in the Seattle firm of Theiler Douglas Drachler & McKee, with a practice that emphasized civil litigation in state and federal court, and alternative dispute resolution.

Joshua D. Yount, partner, Mayer Brown LLP, is a member of the firm's top-ranked Supreme Court and Appellate practice. He focuses his practice on appellate litigation, class certification defense, and securities law.
Full bio and contact info for Joshua D. Yount at Mayer Brown LLP