Selecting and Protecting Class Representatives: Defending Plaintiff Depositions; Proving Adequacy, Typicality
Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE webinar will guide counsel on selecting and protecting the interests of class representatives. The program will cover preparing for and defending class representatives in deposition and ensuring they meet the adequacy and typicality requirements. The panel will also review which claims to assert against which defendants, on behalf of what class members, and the role of counterclaims and affirmative defenses in the selection of the lead plaintiff.
- Initial selection and evaluation of a named plaintiff
- Education and preparation of putative class representatives
- Working with the putative class representatives during discovery
- Defending depositions
- Compensation of lead plaintiff
- Class representative standing
- Strategic decisions with class representatives
The panel will review these and other key issues:
- How do you find a class representative?
- How does one broach the topic of serving as a class representative?
- How do you explain the duties, responsibilities and risks of serving as a class representative?
- How do you maintain your class representative?
David M. Birka-White
Birka-White Law Offices
Mr. Birka-White has practiced law for over 43 years. He is nationally recognized for his work in product failure class... | Read More
Mr. Birka-White has practiced law for over 43 years. He is nationally recognized for his work in product failure class actions. Mr. Birka-White has handled dozens of significant product liability cases and was among the first attorneys in the United States to successfully prosecute nationwide class actions involving defective building products. In the last twenty years, he has served as lead or co-lead counsel in cases in which the settlements exceeded $500 million while assisting thousands of individuals. Mr. Birka-White has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” for 2007-2022 by San Francisco Magazine in the practice areas of class action/mass torts.Close
Phong-Chau G. Nguyen
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein
Mr. Nguyen is a partner in Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office specializing... | Read More
Mr. Nguyen is a partner in Lieff Cabraser’s San Francisco office specializing in consumer and defective product cases, as well as personal injury/mass tort matters. He is part of the leadership team in the Volkswagen Diesel Emissions multidistrict litigation, which secured an unprecedented $14+ billion in settlements on behalf of U.S. owners and lessees of Volkswagen diesel vehicles, won the California Daily Journal’s “California Lawyer of the Year” award, and secured a finalist position for the 2017 Consumer Attorneys of California “Consumer Attorneys of the Year” award. Mr. Nguyen is also involved in similar work on Lieff Cabraser’s leadership team in the Fiat Chrysler diesel emissions case.Close