Broadcast Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021
from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (ET)


Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of consumer class action lawsuits drastically upsurged in various industries. The regulatory paradigm has also significantly evolved with recent court decisions shedding light on future class action lawsuits. As the landscape remains uncertain, businesses and their counsel should keep themselves in the know of any emerging development in this field of law. They must also plan for effective litigation strategies to avoid mishaps.

In this CLE program, a panel of key thought leaders and industry experts will provide the audience with an in-depth analysis of the current and emerging trends and developments in consumer class action. Speakers will also share common litigation red flags as well as practical ways to mitigate these risks amid the evolving legal climate.

Key issues that will be covered in this course are:

  • Trends and Statistics: Consumer Class Action
  • Current and Emerging Regulatory Developments
  • Notable Court Decisions
  • Common Litigation Risks and Pitfalls
  • Best Litigation Tools and Strategies
  • Outlook


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-Demand Webcast(CLE)



General knowledge of class action


Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional Practice


Total Credits:

2.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Kristine R. Argentine, Partner
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Kristine serves as the National Chair of Seyfarth’s Consumer Class Action Defense Group. She has extensive experience with class action defense with respect to consumer issues, including, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, consumer fraud, unfair trade practices, breach of warranty, breach of contract, unfair competition, and false labeling and advertising. In her practice, Kristine represents clients in a wide range of industries including clothing retailers, personal care companies, auto manufacturers and retailers, grocery chains, food manufacturers, and commercial and consumer product manufacturers.

Kristine also serves on the Board of the Chicago Federal Bar Association and the Uptown People’s Law Center. In her spare time, Kristine teaches legal writing to first years at Loyola University College of Law in Chicago.

Jeffrey M. Yeatman, Partner

Jeffrey Yeatman is a litigator who concentrates on class action defense and products liability litigation, particularly in the context of claims against automotive and pharmaceutical manufacturers. His practice focuses on the preparation, trial, and appeal of complex civil litigation cases, many of which involve complicated technological and procedural issues.  He is the co-chair of the Automotive Practice at DLA Piper, and has represented numerous domestic and international manufacturers in individual cases, consolidated claims, and multidistrict litigations.  He has defeated class certification motions in numerous jurisdictions, both in state and federal court.

Christopher M. Young, Partner

Christopher Young is an experienced trial lawyer and litigator who concentrates his practice in the defense of consumer class action litigation, product liability and mass tort litigation, and pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. He represents clients on a local, national and global basis, notably including life sciences companies, product manufacturers, food and beverage companies, educational institutions, transportation companies and others.

Christopher has been repeatedly recognized by a number of respected legal industry publications. During 2020, Chambers USA listed him among the top-ranked litigation attorneys in San Diego, commenting that he regularly takes on significant class actions and is noted for his proficiency in product liability matters. Christopher was also recently named 2020 “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America in the category of Class Actions and Mass Tort Defense Litigation for San Diego.

Joseph A. Apatov, Member
McGlinchey Stafford PLLC

Joseph “Joe” Apatov is a Member in McGlinchey’s Consumer Financial Services Litigation practice group. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Joe litigates on behalf of financial services clients in both state and federal courts, with an emphasis on defending banks, mortgage lenders and servicers, automobile finance companies, and private-label card issuers. He has worked extensively with several major consumer protection statutes, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), as well as related state laws. A substantial portion of Joe’s practice involves consumer class action litigation.



Kristine R. Argentine, Partner

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

  • TCPA trends and updates
  • Developments in consumer privacy laws and litigation
  • Class settlements and recent decision on incentive pay.


Christopher M. Young, Partner


  • Recent developments in international class actions, including the EU Collective Redress Directive and its likely impact on US companies.
  • Recent developments in pharmaceutical and medical device class actions
  • Recent jurisprudence in FACTA class actions


Jeffrey M. Yeatman, Partner


  • Implications of Ford v. Montana for personal jurisdiction arguments
  • Recent developments in class action damages theories based on conjoint survey evidence


Joseph A. Apatov, Member

McGlinchey Stafford PLLC

  • Fair Credit Reporting Act and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Class Action Developments, including Hunstein v. Preferred Collection and Management Services, Inc..
  • The role of administrative feasibility for identifying class members in class certification analysis (and developing Circuit split).
  • Article III Standing developments, including TransUnion v. Ramirez.
  • Personal jurisdiction developments, particularly as it relates to nationwide class actions (Bristol Myers).

Date & Time:

Thursday, May 13, 2021

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

Who Should Attend:

  • Class Action Lawyers
  • Litigators
  • In-house Legal and Compliance Executives
  • Business Executives
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Kristine R. ArgentinePartner
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Jeffrey M. YeatmanPartner
Christopher M. YoungPartner
Joseph A. ApatovMember
McGlinchey Stafford PLLC



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