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Workplace Class Actions: Lessons From 2018 and 2019 Settlements and Court Rulings

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

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Conducted on Wednesday, October 23, 2019

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This CLE course will brief trial lawyers on crucial employment law class action developments during 2018 and the first half of 2019. The panel will analyze and offer perspectives on the anticipated impact of these cases in 2019 and beyond.


Although 2017 was a landmark year for complex employment-related class action disputes, the $1.32 billion spent on settling the top 10 claims of 2018 is still frightening figure. A significant increase in gender-based discrimination filings continues with the momentum of the #MeToo movement.

The plaintiffs' class action bar has 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 and is employing similar creativity in escaping the class waiver decisions of Epic Systems and Lamps Plus.

Significant rulings since early 2017 have altered the legal landscape and associated litigation strategies for employers for 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.

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



  1. Reversal of the "Wal-Mart effect" and updates on key case law trends
  2. Impact of Epic Systems and Lamps Plus
  3. 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
  4. 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

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