Workplace Class Actions: Lessons From 2017 Settlements and Court Rulings, Preparing for 2018 and Beyond

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

Conducted on Wednesday, April 25, 2018

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This CLE webinar will brief litigators on key employment law class action developments during 2017 and early 2018. The panel will analyze and offer perspectives on the anticipated impact of these cases in 2018 and beyond.


With settlements reaching a record high $2.72 billion, 2017 stands as a landmark year for complex employment-related class action disputes. The exponential increase in settlement amounts underscores how the plaintiffs’ class action bar have refined class certification theories to work around the tightened Rule 23 standards in the U.S. Supreme Court’s Wal-Mart Stores v. Dukes and Comcast Corp. v. Behrend rulings.

Significant decisions in 2017 created several lasting changes in employment law that will continue to alter the legal landscape and litigation strategies for employers in years to come. These changes were the result of rulings affecting standing concepts and jurisdictional challenges, appeals of class certification decisions, challenges to EEOC administrative subpoenas, and rules on tolling and applying the statute of limitations in class actions.

Many anticipate that the U.S. Supreme Court will soon rule on several cases involving workplace arbitration agreements with class action waivers that may profoundly change the class action playing field.

Listen as our authoritative panel discusses the key 2017 employment law class action trends, emerging trends and the changed national landscape in workplace litigation.



  1. Reversal of the “Wal-Mart effect” and updates on key case law trends
  2. Trends in workplace class actions
    1. Government enforcement litigation trends
    2. Class certification trends in ERISA and employment discrimination litigation
    3. Wage and hour litigation trends
  3. Settlement strategies for workplace class actions


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What creative legal theories have plaintiff counsel implemented to work around the commonality and predominance requirements of Rule 23 following the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinions in Wal-Mart Stores v. Dukes and Comcast Corp. v. Behrend?
  • What are the notable trends emerging in workplace class actions?
  • What are effective strategies for settlement of workplace class actions?


Maatman, Gerald
Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

Seyfarth Shaw

Mr. Maatman has a primary emphasis in his practice on defending employers sued in employment discrimination class...  |  Read More

Riley, Jennifer
Jennifer A. Riley

Seyfarth Shaw

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

Wozniak, Peter
Peter J. Wozniak

Senior Counsel
Seyfarth Shaw

Mr. Wozniak's practice includes defending employers throughout the U.S. in complex employment discrimination class...  |  Read More

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