Law Seminars International Presents

An Intensive Two-Day Conference on

Innovative Strategies for Litigating Class Action Suits

Featuring a national panel of leaders from the courts and from both sides of the class action bar

May 10 & 11, 2007
Seattle Hilton in Seattle, WA
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Who Should Attend

Corporate and trial attorneys, corporate executives and government officials responsible for managing class action litigation

Why Attend

Class actions dominate the litigation landscape. They create massive liability exposure for defendants, attract the attention of regulators and law enforcement officials, inspire bad press, undermine corporate public relations, and draw whistleblowers out of the woodwork. Whether in finance, securities, antitrust, consumer, employment or other areas, class actions multiply and magnify the risks of mis-steps in litigation. Enactment of the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 and Prop 64 in California are posing major challenges for class action plaintiffs and creating new defenses to be deployed by defendants; yet, even these truly significant recent developments may be overshadowed by another trend, the sudden discovery and emergence of "class arbitration." This seminar brings together a national panel of leaders from both sides of the class action bar to explain current and important developments in state and federal laws affecting class actions and class arbitrations, and to share innovative strategies to successfully litigate and meet the business and legal challenges of class actions. ~ Program Co-Chairs: Thomas L. Boeder, Esq. and Timothy G. Felden, Esq.

What You Will Learn

~ Judicial views of problematic class action issues for plaintiffs and defendants ~ Hot ethical issues in settling class actions ~ Plaintiff and defendant perspectives on trial and settlement strategies ~ Arbitration as a class action dispute resolution method ~ How to manage simultaneous civil class action, regulatory agendas and enforcement actions ~ Recent issues in wage & hour cases ~ The intersection of antitrust law and class action law ~ Market research surveys ~ Strategies for obtaining early merits determination before certification ~ Effective use of economic experts ~ Pre-suit analysis, preliminary case planning and managing PR ~ Certification of nationwide and multiple state classes under state law ~ Trends under CA 17200 after Prop 64 ~ National trends in emerging strategies for winning or defeating class certifications

What Attendees Have Said About Similar Programs

~ Very fair, just tried to explain it; did a good job. Also helpful because mentioned the defense downside. ~ Our firm determined this was the best Class Action seminar around. ~ Thank you. It was a very informative seminar. Very concise and clear.


Thursday, May 10, 2007

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast Sponsored by Gilardi & Co. LLC
8:30 am Introduction & Overview
  Thomas L. Boeder, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Perkins Coie LLP / Seattle, WA
  Timothy G. Fielden, Esq., Program Co-Chair; Senior Attorney
Microsoft Corporation / Redmond, WA
8:45 am Recent Developments in Class Action Litigation
  National trends in emerging strategies and arguments for winning or defeating class certifications
  Charles B. Casper, Esq.
Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP / Philadelphia, PA
9:30 am Update on Case Trends Under California's Section 17200 after Proposition 64
  Gregory P. Stone, Esq.
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP / Los Angeles, CA
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Early Stage Analysis: What a Plaintiffs' Class Action Attorney Should Look For in a Case Before Filing a Complaint
  Pre-suit investigation and analysis into alleged unlawful acts, liability and damage issues, the class representative, experts, whistleblowers, confidential informants and assessing the risk-benefit ratio
  Kim D. Stephens, Esq.
Tousley Brain Stephens PLLC / Seattle, WA
11:15 am Certification of Nationwide and Multiple State Classes Under State Law
  Tactical, strategic and substantive issues in dealing with multiple class actions filed in several states
  Raoul D. Kennedy, Esq.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP / San Francisco, CA
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm Judicial Views of Class Action Litigation
  Problematic class action issues for plaintiffs and defendants
  The Hon. Barbara J. Rothstein, Director
Federal Judicial Center / Washington, DC
  The Hon. Paris K. Kallas, Judge
King County Superior Court / Seattle, WA
2:15 pm The Broader Context of Preliminary Case Planning: Managing the Public Relations Element
  What to do in the critical first 72 hours of a case
  Richard S. Levick, Esq., President and CEO
Levick Strategic Communications / Washington, DC
3:00 pm Break
3:15 pm The When and How for Effectively Using Economic Experts
  Strategies for plaintiffs and defendants to employ experts in the battle to establish or defeat Rule 23(b)(3) classes in antitrust cases
  Matthew L. Cantor, Esq.
Constantine Cannon LLP / New York, NY
  David T. Scheffman, Director
LECG, LLC / Washington, DC
4:00 pm Strategies for Obtaining Early Merits Determination Before Certification
  Ralph H. Palumbo, Esq.
Summit Law Group / Seattle, WA
4:45 pm Reception for Faculty and Attendees sponsored by Poorman-Douglas Corporation, an Epiq Systems company

Friday, May 11, 2007

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast Sponsored by Gilardi & Co. LLC
8:30 am Settlement Strategies and Issues
  Plaintiff's perspective
  Jonathan D. Selbin, Esq.
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP / New York, NY
  Special master perspective
  Philip E. Cutler, Esq.
Cutler Nylander & Hayton PS / Seattle, WA
  Defendant's perspective
  Thomas L. Boeder, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Perkins Coie LLP / Seattle, WA
10:00 am Market Research Surveys
  Demonstrating similarity or dissimilarity of experiences among putative class members, including product uses and outcomes; addressing factors such as numerosity, commonality, typicality, and adequacy of representation
  Robert L. Klein, President
Applied Marketing Science, Inc. / Waltham, MA
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Litigation Fire Juggling: Strategies for Managing Simultaneous Class, Regulatory and Enforcement Actions
  When litigation becomes truly complex, meeting the challenges presented by competing civil class action and regulatory agendas without igniting the plantiffs, the press, or the prosecutor
  Stellman Keehnel, Esq.
DLA Piper / Seattle, WA
11:30 am Arbitration as a Class Action Dispute Resolution Method
  Jay Welsh, Esq., Executive Vice President and General Counsel
JAMS / Irvine, CA
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm A Discussion of the Intersection of Antitrust Law and Class Action Law
  Tina Kondo, Esq., Senior Assistant Attorney General and Antitrust Division Chief
Washington State Attorney General's Office / Seattle, WA
2:00 pm Recent Issues in Wage & Hour Cases
  Charles N. Eberhardt, Esq.
Perkins Coie LLP / Bellevue, WA
2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm Trial Strategies and Approaches
  Plaintiff's Perspective
  Steve W. Berman, Esq.
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP / Seattle, WA
  Defendant's Perspective
  Jeffrey A. Hollingsworth, Esq.
Perkins Coie LLP / Seattle, WA
4:00 pm Avoiding Ethical Traps in Settling Class Actions
  When and how to negotiate attorney's fees; important differences between common fund and statutory fees cases, valuing non-monetary class benefits, and judicial candor in claims-made settlements
  Stephen M. Rummage, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Seattle, WA
5:00 pm Evaluations & Adjourn


Regular tuition for this program is $995 with a group rate of $895 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $795. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $497.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

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, May 4, 2007. 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.

Continuing Education Credits

This program qualifies for 13 WA CLE including 1 ethics credit. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The conference will be held at the Seattle Hilton Hotel at 1301 Sixth Avenue & University Street in Seattle, WA 98101. Call the hotel directly at (206) 624-0500 for reservations. Rooms are available on a first come, first served, individual basis.
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If You Cannot Attend

Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a VHS or DVD recording and the written course materials, is available for $1005. The written course materials alone are available for $100. We will ship your homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or the date we receive payment (whichever is later).
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Faculty Bios

Thomas L. Boeder, Program Co-Chair, is firmwide chair of the Commercial Litigation Practice of Perkins Coie LLP. Listed in "The Best Lawyers in America," he was previously Deputy Attorney General and Chief, Consumer Protection, Antitrust and Criminal Law Enforcement Division, Washington State Attorney General's Office.

Timothy G. Fielden, Program Co-Chair, is a senior attorney in the Litigation Group at Microsoft Corporation where he has a record of successfully defending Microsoft in consumer class actions.

Steve W. Berman founded Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP where he is the managing partner. He has served as lead or co-lead counsel in numerous high profile securities, consumer, products liability, antitrust and employment class actions. The National Law Journal names him one of the top 100 attorneys in the U.S.

Matthew L. Cantor is a partner at Constantine Cannon LLP, where he specializes in antitrust counseling and litigation, and complex commercial litigation. He was on the lead counsel team in Visa Check, an antitrust class action that resulted in the largest antitrust settlement ever, and in FCA v. SCI et al, an antitrust class action concerning price-fixing of caskets by the largest players in the funeral industry.

Charles B. Casper is chair of the Class Action Defense Practice Group and partner at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP. He defends nationwide and statewide class actions, computer software and hardware litigation, complex commercial litigation and antitrust litigation.

Philip E. Cutler, Shareholder, Director and President of Cutler Nylander & Hayton PS, practices in litigation and counseling in business, corporate and commercial law, business government relations, licensing, trade secret and intellectual property law, antitrust and trade regulation matters. He also focuses on arbitration, mediation and other forms of dispute resolution.

Charles N. Eberhardt, partner at Perkins Coie LLP, specializes in labor and employment law, including public and private sector relations, administrative proceedings, grievance arbitration and litigation of wage and hour claims.

Jeffrey A. Hollingsworth, partner at Perkins Coie LLP, specializes in defense of multi-plaintiff discrimination claims and complex class action employment litigation for large commercial business and public employers. He is listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" and as a "Super Lawyer" by "Washington Law and Politics."

The Hon. Paris K. Kallas was appointed King County Superior Court judge in 2001. She was a State Court of Appeals Commissioner, and, as a trial and appellate attorney, her litigation practice emphasized appellate practice and criminal defense at all levels of state court. Judge Kallas chairs the Court's Local Rules Committee and serves on its Executive Committee.

Stellman Keehnel, chair of the Seattle litigation group at DLA Piper, defends consumer class actions and securities class actions often involving parallel SEC and DOJ proceedings. He is listed in "The Best Lawyers in America," named in "Chambers USA" as a "leading individual" in commercial litigation, and is regularly selected as the top-rated commercial litigator in Washington.

Raoul D. Kennedy, partner with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP at their San Francisco office, specializes in commercial litigation including unfair competition and class actions. He is listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" and was inducted into the California State Bar Litigation Section's Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame.

Robert L. Klein, President and founder of Applied Marketing Science, Inc., serves as an expert witness on matters involving marketing science and consumer behavior related to trademark infringement, confusion, patent damages, class certification, trade secrets, and sales forecasting.

Tina Kondo is a Senior Assistant Attorney General and the Antitrust Division Chief for the Washington State Attorney General's Office. She has been lead counsel for the state in several cases in which state attorneys general have worked with private class counsel to achieve significant results for consumers and state agencies.

Richard S. Levick, President & CEO of Levick Strategic Communications, which if is honored as Crisis Agency of the Year by the Holmes Report in 2005. He was recently named to the PRNews Hall of Fame for lifetime achievement.
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Ralph H. Palumbo is a founder of Summit Law Group and has been lead trial counsel in a variety of complex commercial, antitrust, products liability and environmental cases. He is named as a "Super Lawyer," listed in "The Best Lawyers in America," and as one of the 125 best litigation lawyers in the U.S.

The Hon. Barbara J. Rothstein was appointed director of the Federal Judicial Center in 2003. She was U.S. district judge for the Western District of Washington, served on the Superior Court for King County, taught at the University of Washington, and was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Washington in the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Division.

Stephen M. Rummage, partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, focuses his practice in employment and complex litigation. He has successfully litigated many consumer class action cases and is named among the top 50 lawyers in Washington, listed in "The Best Lawyers in America," and as a leading business lawyer by Chambers USA.

David T. Scheffman, Director of LECG, LLC, acts as an expert witness and regulatory and litigation consultant on matters involving antitrust, mergers and joint ventures, class certification, RP, complex business litigation, damages and IP. Previously he was director of the Bureau of Economics at the FTC.

Jonathan D. Selbin, partner in the New York office of Lieff Cabraser Heinmann & Bernstein, LLP, practices in the areas of consumer protection, defective products and uniform commercial code cases. Named as a "New York Super Lawyer" in 2006 by Law & Politics, he is a contributing author to "California Class Actions Practice and Procedures."

Kim D. Stephens, managing partner of Tousley Brain Stephens PLLC, focuses his practice on commercial and class action litigation. He was judicial extern clerk to The Honorable Eugene A. Wright, 9th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals Judge, has been appointed special attorney general for Washington State and co-lead counsel to manage numerous state and federal class action matters.

Gregory P. Stone, a litigation partner at Munger Tolles & Olson LLP, specializes in complex civil litigation, including antitrust, IP, products liability, toxic tort cases and commercial disputes. He is lead counsel in two 17200 class actions now pending before the California Supreme Court, one in which summary judgment was granted to the defendants and the other in which the class was decertified following the passage of California's Proposition 64.

Jay Welsh is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of JAMS, the largest private alternative dispute resolution provider in the country. He oversees all legal matters, risk management, ethics, the JAMS National Arbitration Committee, the JAMS Institute, (Training) and the JAMS Foundation.

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Levick Strategic Communications
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP