I’m delighted to be presenting for the second time at one of the country’s premier social justice advocacy forums this year–the 15th Annual Impact Fund Class Action Conference. See here for more information. The topic this time is trial plans, which are becoming a more important element of class action litigation, at both the certification phase and (obviously) trial. We’ve seen a number of class action trials in the past few years (e.g., the Whirlpool “moldy washer” Ohio trial) where plaintiff and defense counsel were effectively “ships passing in the night” — each trying what amounted to different cases. This is not helpful to the jury, to the Court, or to the interests of justice. Greater attention to trial plans should help to sort things out for all parties before opening statement.
Unlike the ABA National Institute on Class Actions (to be held this October in Washington, D.C.), the Impact Fund is geared toward government, civil rights, and consumer advocates. As of this posting, spots are still open. This is truly a fantastic conference.