Current Issues in Class Action Defense: Trends, Innovations, Strategy, and Practical Insights

Preparing for More Lawsuits, More Expansive Theories, and More Determined Plaintiffs

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

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Conducted on Tuesday, August 29, 2023

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This CLE webinar will discuss current, significant trends in class action defense related to settlement amounts, certification rates, and availability of arbitration, as well as analyze some prime drivers of the surge in class litigation, such as the role of government enforcement actions, the explosion of privacy statutes, and changes in the substantive law. The panel will examine how these trends inform defense strategy on critical decisions regarding, for example, forum selection and removal, pre-certification discovery, selection and retention of experts, settlement strategy, and other issues.


Class action defense requires constant recalibration because the positions and goals of the parties shift and change during the case. When attempting to anticipate the key issues at each stage of litigation, defense counsel need a deep understanding of the increasing sophistication and complexity of class actions over time and how plaintiffs have adapted to prior defense strategies on everything from venue and removal to discovery.

Defense counsel often have limited time to react after receiving a class action complaint and must make important decisions with limited information. Thus, those advising defendants need to plan and prepare for addressing certain strategic considerations early in the case and understand how each decision opens the door for the plaintiff's next move.

Listen as this preeminent pair of class action defense counsel offers a deep dive into the trends shaping class action practice and how they affect defense strategies.



  1. Trends and developments
  2. Strategies in key areas


The panel will review these and other important questions:

  • What should companies and their counsel expect in future class action litigation?
  • What questions about venue and removal need to be answered immediately after service of process?
  • Will jurisdictional defenses help or hurt the company's long-term goals?
  • Should defendants ever elect not to enforce an arbitration agreement?


Maatman, Gerald
Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

Duane Morris

Mr. Maatman, Jr., chair of Duane Morris’ Workplace Class Action group, has nearly four decades’...  |  Read More

Riley, Jennifer
Jennifer A. Riley

Duane Morris

Ms. Riley practices in the employment litigation area, with a particular emphasis on complex collective and class...  |  Read More

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