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Overview:

Today’s legal landscape presents a higher degree of complexity and challenges for antitrust class action certifications. Several legal and economic issues that require crucial understanding and analysis of the law pose risks for businesses and practitioners alike. Furthermore, with the recent decisions and ongoing court cases constantly shifting the process, it is becoming more imperative for companies and their counsel to be conversant with the latest trends and developments in class certification rules and provisions.

In this LIVE Webcast, a panel of thought leaders and professionals brought together by The Knowledge Group will provide an in-depth analysis of the recent trends and developments on antitrust class certification. Speakers will also offer best practices to help practitioners amid the changing legal landscape.

Some of the major topics that will be covered in this course are:

  • Antitrust Class Certification: Recent Trends and Developments
  • Legal and Economic Issues
  • Notable Cases and Decisions
  • Compliance Tips and Strategies
  • What Lies Ahead

Credit:

Course Level:

Intermediate

 

Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials

 

Method of Presentation:

On-demand Webcast (CLE)

 

Prerequisite:

General knowledge of antitrust class action

 

Course Code:

149196

 

NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional Practice

 

Total Credits:

2.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Sophie Meadows, Managing Principal
Edgeworth Economics

Sophie Meadows is a professional economist with extensive experience providing economic research and data analyses for clients. Ms. Meadows specializes in developing economic and statistical models to provide rigorous analysis in complex antitrust class actions and commercial litigation. In the area of antitrust, Ms. Meadows has worked on a variety of matters analyzing class certification, liability, and damages issues resulting from monopolization, price-fixing, and other exclusionary conduct. She has provided support to clients on issues related to the economics of class certification for both direct and indirect purchaser classes, processing and managing large data from multiple sources and applying rigorous statistical analysis to assess class-wide issues.

Kenina Lee, Attorney
Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP

Kenina Lee is an antitrust associate in Axinn’s Washington, DC office. Kenina litigates major class action and multi-district antitrust litigation cases in federal courts throughout the United States. She also provides antitrust counseling and represents clients before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ).

Prior to joining the firm, Kenina worked in both the Anticompetitive Practices and Mergers I division at the Federal Trade Commission as a legal extern and law clerk. At the FTC, she aided in merger investigations in the pharmaceutical and medical data-analytics industries.

Anne Gron, Managing Director
AlixPartners, LLP

Dr. Anne Gron provides expert economic analysis and testimony in the context of antitrust disputes, complex commercial litigation, government and regulatory investigations, class actions, and damages estimation. She has testified and consulted on class certification in matters alleging price fixing, collusion, monopolization, and breach of contract in the context of commodity markets, financial benchmarks, insurance claims settlements, and insurance contracts. She has advised clients in matters involving insurance regulators, federal regulators (the US Securities and Exchange Commission, and the US Department of Justice), and corporate boards. She has testified in state and federal court proceedings and in state regulatory proceedings at deposition and at trial. Dr. Gron has had a distinguished academic career, and her research has been published in leading peer-reviewed economics and finance journals. She holds a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BA in economics (with Honors) and computer science, magna cum laude, from Williams College

Craig Benson, Partner
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

A partner in the Litigation Department, Craig Benson focuses his practice on trial work in the areas of antitrust, product liability, intellectual property and major commercial disputes. Craig’s experience has involved representing clients before federal and state courts, regulatory agencies, and arbitrators, in industries including financial services, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, electronics, automotive, chemicals, oil and gas, tobacco, and hospitality. He also has significant experience in class action defense. Craig is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Professional Development and Training Committee and a hiring partner for the Firm’s Washington office.

Craig’s pro bono practice spans the areas of political asylum and immigration, reproductive freedom, disability benefits, and civil rights for members of the LGBT community and those living with HIV. He was also part of the Paul, Weiss team that represented Edie Windsor in the historic litigation that resulted in the Supreme Court declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

Agenda:

Kenina Lee, Attorney

Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP

  • Class Action Basics (Rule 23(a) and Predominance under Rule 23(b))
  • Limiting Certification Classes Containing Uninjured Class Members: Review of Recent Cases (In re Asacol Antitrust LitigationIn re Rail FreightIn re: Lamictal Direct Purchaser Antitrust Litigation)
  • Use of Classwide Averages after Lamictal

Craig Benson, Partner

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

  • Comcast: Perils Where Damages Models Do Not Align with Liability Theories
    • Background on the Comcast Case
    • Court Findings
    • Significance and Implications
  • Rail Freight: A Review of Impact and Predominance One Year Later
    • Historical Background
    • Legal Precedents and the Circuit Split
    • Significance of Rail Freight Going Forward
  • Hyundai II: The Predominance Standard Applied to Settlement versus Litigation Classes
    • Introduction and Background
    • Court Findings and Effect

Anne Gron, Managing Director

AlixPartners, LLP

  • The role of the but-for analysis in calculating economic damages
  • The role of the but-for analysis in identifying uninjured class members
  • Economic analysis that informs the use of averages

Sophie Meadows, Managing Principal

Edgeworth Economics

  • Economic Issues in Indirect Purchaser Class Actions
  • Case Studies of Economic Analysis in End-Payer Cases
    • In re Asacol Antitrust Litigation
    • In re Intuniv Antitrust Litigation

Date & Time:

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (ET)

Materials:

Download Course Materials

Who Should Attend:

  • Antitrust Lawyers
  • Class Action Lawyers
  • General Counsel
  • Compliance Managers
  • Top Level Management

SPEAKERS

Sophie MeadowsManaging Principal
Edgeworth Economics
Kenina LeeAttorney
Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP
Anne GronManaging Director
AlixPartners, LLP
Craig BensonPartner
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

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