Strategically Limiting Discovery in Class Litigation: Tactics for Defense Counsel
Leveraging Motions to Stay, Bifurcation Motions, and Cost-Shifting Motions to Reduce Discovery Time and Expense
Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will guide class action defense counsel for strategically controlling/limiting the time and expense of discovery in class litigation through the use of offensive and defensive motions. The panel will discuss how counsel can leverage motions to stay, bifurcate certification discovery and merits discovery, and cost-shifting motions to reign in discovery costs.
- Motions to stay discovery pending dispositive motions
- Bifurcation: certification vs. merits
- Cost-shifting motions
- Other strategies to limit discovery
The panel will review these and other key issues:
- When and how should defense counsel use motions to stay discovery in class action litigation?
- Under what circumstances should defense counsel seek bifurcation of discovery in class litigation?
- What are some best practices for using cost-shifting motions as a strategy to limit discovery?
- What additional methodologies have been effective for defense counsel for conducting discovery in the least expensive manner?
Elizabeth A. Cassady
Steptoe & Johnson
Ms. Cassady is a trial-ready commercial litigator. She is experienced representing global companies and financial... | Read More
Ms. Cassady is a trial-ready commercial litigator. She is experienced representing global companies and financial institutions in a full slate of business-critical litigation, including securities, breach of contract, antitrust, patent infringement, and employment discrimination.Close
Alan F. Pryor
Alston & Bird
Mr. Pryor is a senior associate with Alston & Bird’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group. He concentrates... | Read More
Mr. Pryor is a senior associate with Alston & Bird’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group. He concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation and class action defense, with a special focus on food and beverage and other consumer class actions, business torts, and business disputes. Mr. Pryor has substantial experience in all phases of litigation before state and federal courts in Georgia and has been involved in matters in federal courts across the country. His experience includes representing and advising clients across a range of industries, including food and beverage, software and technology, manufacturing services, telecommunications, health care, and public utilities.Close