Defining or Challenging Class Membership: Evaluating Ascertainability Under New Decisions and Evolving Law
Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will provide class action counsel with guidance for addressing class definitions in light of new and evolving case law about Article III standing, personal jurisdiction, and ascertainability, including the current split among federal circuit courts of appeal over administrative feasibility. The panel will review the most recent cases addressing this critical component for class certification, on which most circuits have weighed in, but have arrived at varying conclusions.
- Ascertainability, including court cases applying the concept;
- Administrative feasibility and the current circuit split;
- Overbroad class definitions and the impact of uninjured class members at class certification;
- The Implications of Article III standing and personal jurisdiction with respect to absent class members and class certification;
- The relationship between class definitions and numerosity; and
- Best practices for drafting or challenging class definitions
The panel will review these and other vital questions:
- Which circuit applies the most stringent standards for ascertainability, including, but not limited to, administrative feasibility, as a prerequisite to class certification?
- What precisely makes a proposed class "administratively feasible," and how does that principle apply in different types of class actions (i.e., cases seeking injunctive relief versus cases seeking damages)?
- How has clarifying what constitutes Article III standing and who must have it in class actions changed how classes are defined and challenged?
- How have recent Supreme Court decisions about personal jurisdiction impacted how classes are defined and challenged?
- How can counsel identify and avoid, or challenge, “fail-safe” classes?
- What strategies exist when class membership is arguably in flux over time?
Robert W. Sparkes, III
Mr. Sparkes has extensive experience in complex civil and commercial litigation and regularly represents banking,... | Read More
Mr. Sparkes has extensive experience in complex civil and commercial litigation and regularly represents banking, mortgage lending and consumer financial services institutions in consumer class actions and individual litigation matters in federal and state courts throughout the U.S. He also has experience representing a variety of other corporate and individual clients in contract, tort, class action, consumer protection and other general business litigation matters.Close
Andrew J. Trask
Shook Hardy & Bacon
Mr. Trask focuses his practice on class action and complex litigation in various industries, including the automotive... | Read More
Mr. Trask focuses his practice on class action and complex litigation in various industries, including the automotive industry and financial services. Regarded as an authority in class action litigation, he has experience in class actions involving product liability, consumer fraud, telecommunications products, business litigation and contracts, banking, securities, ERISA, antitrust and environmental claims. He also has defended mass tort cases involving financial regulations, as well as government investigations and data breach matters.Close