Consumer Class Action Litigation: Navigating the Evolving Landscape

Leveraging Circuit and Supreme Court Developments in Certification, Causation, Class Waivers and More

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Thursday, October 27, 2011

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This CLE webinar will provide a review of recent consumer class action litigation trends, including Supreme Court, district and circuit court rulings on class action waivers, certification standards, causation and reliance. The panel will outline litigation strategies for plaintiff and defense counsel.


2011 was a critical year for class action litigation with the Supreme Court’s Wal-Mart v. Dukes and AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion decisions. The Concepcion decision upholding class arbitration waivers may curtail certain consumer class claims but not all consumer claims will be impacted.

While not a consumer class action case, the impact of Wal-Mart v. Dukes on consumer class action litigation cannot be understated. The ruling set new standards for Rule 23(a) class certification and clarified when a claim for monetary relief can be made under Rule 23(b).

In addition to these Supreme Court rulings, new district and appellate court decisions continue to shape and impact the evolving landscape of consumer class action litigation.

Listen as our authoritative panel of class action litigators discusses developing trends in consumer class action litigation and how these trends can be leveraged at various phases of the litigation.



  1. Class action arbitration waivers
    1. Analysis of AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion
    2. Impact of Concepcion on specific consumer class action claims
  2. Wal-Mart v. Dukes
    1. Class certification
    2. Relief sought
  3. Other legal developments in consumer class action litigation
    1. Pleadings
    2. Reliance
    3. Causation
    4. Injury
    5. Choice of law


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What will be the long-term impact of Concepcion?
  • How is Wal-Mart v. Dukes likely to impact litigation strategies for consumer class actions?
  • What are the newest developments in pleading and proving causation and reliance?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.


Barry Goheen
Barry Goheen

King & Spalding

He has served as lead or co-counsel in over 50 class actions in all areas of the law, including antitrust, securities...  |  Read More

Shelley M. Hall
Shelley M. Hall

Stokes Lawrence

Shelley has a commercial litigation practice emphasizing class actions, intellectual property and other complex cases...  |  Read More

David Azar
David Azar

Senior Counsel

He focuses his practice on antitrust, corporate governance, securities fraud class actions, and selected general...  |  Read More

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