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Defending Competing and Repetitive Class Actions

Race to Judgment, First-to-File Rule, Venue Transfer, Consolidation, Anti-Suit Injunctions, and More

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

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Conducted on Wednesday, April 10, 2019

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This CLE course will prepare class action counsel to navigate the unique procedural and substantive complexities of multiple actions involving the same subject matter. The panel will examine the variety of challenges and options for the defendant and defense counsel in addressing competing class actions--including race to judgment, the first-to-file rule, venue transfer, consolidation, anti-suit injunctions, and how courts treat prior pre-certification denial--to cost-effectively formulate successful defense strategy and minimize client exposure.


Multiple actions involving the same subject matter and the same defendant are a common feature of the U.S. class action landscape. And while each repetitive litigation situation stands on its own facts, awareness of weapons available in a defendant's arsenal in dealing with competing class actions is key to the formulation of a successful defense strategy. Those weapons include (among other things) the first-filed rule, enjoining competing class actions, multi-district litigation, trimming class actions based on personal jurisdiction arguments, and pick-off moves.

Listen as our authoritative panel of class action attorneys discusses strategies for effectively managing and litigating multiple actions involving the same subject matter and provides insights into successfully formulating defense strategies that can significantly minimize client exposure.



  1. Recent court developments impacting competing and repetitive class actions
  2. Best practices for navigating competing proceedings
  3. Race to judgment
  4. First-to-file rule
  5. Multi-district litigation consolidation
  6. Anti-suit injunctions
  7. Additional options and considerations


The panel will review these and other relevant issues:

  • What are the most effective tools for defending multiple class actions?
  • What factors inform the strategic choices when defending a client faced with competing and repetitive suits?
  • What are the considerations and best practices for class action counsel for managing discovery, evidentiary issues, and expert witnesses in competing and repetitive class actions?
  • How can counsel best ensure that information revealed in a state court proceeding does not adversely impact a federal court proceeding or vice versa?


Goodman, John
John E. Goodman

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings

Mr. Goodman has represented clients in complex litigation for more than 25 years. His practice is principally in the...  |  Read More

Richie-J. Thomas
J. Thomas Richie

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings

Mr. Richie represents clients in procedurally complex civil litigation, both in trial and appellate courts across the...  |  Read More

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