Broadcast Date: Thursday, December 08, 2022
from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (ET)


The COVID-19 pandemic has generated a significant surge in class action lawsuits, further shaping class action litigation in various industries. Alongside the trends and developments that the ongoing crisis has prompted, new class action risks have surfaced, increasing the potential for a single-plaintiff claim to turn into a consumer class action.

As risks arising from the pandemic are likely to remain, the necessity to keep abreast of all changes in this area of law is underscored. Companies are also compelled to re-examine their practices in resolving disputes to avoid class action claims.

In a LIVE Webcast, highly recognized practitioners in class action litigation Joseph A. Apatov (McGlinchey Stafford PLLC) and Bethany G. Lukitsch (BakerHostetler) will discuss the significant and latest issues surrounding consumer class actions. Speakers will also provide the audience with practical strategies to mitigate class action risks.

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

  • Class Action Trends
  • New Developments
  • Notable Court Decisions and Rulings
  • Emerging Class Action Risks
  • Best Defense Strategies


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

Live Webcast



General knowledge of class action


Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional Practice


Total Credits:

1.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Joseph A. Apatov, Member
Seasoned Financial Services Class Action Defense Attorney

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.

Bethany G. Lukitsch, Partner
20+ Years of Experience in Consumer Class Action Defense


Recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the “Women of Influence in 2021” in Los Angeles, Bethany is a partner at BakerHostetler and serves as Co-Leader of its Class Action Defense practice team. She has over two decades of experience litigating class actions and complex litigation, including the defense of consumer class actions, antitrust cases, mass tort and product liability claims, data privacy matters and commercial disputes. She has significant first-chair and liaison experience in multidistrict and class litigation for global and Fortune 500 companies and product manufacturers. Bethany holds a J.D. from University of Richmond School of Law (1998) and a B.S. from the College of William and Mary (1994).


Joseph A. ApatovMember

McGlinchey Stafford PLLC

  • Considerations in pursuing a single plaintiff settlement.
  • Procedural maneuvers to shift settlement leverage and pitfalls to avoid.
  • Issues related to arbitration agreements and class action waivers, including whether and when to enforce.
  • Capitalizing on legal developments following settlement, some things can’t be waived.

Bethany G. LukitschPartner


  • Current status of incentive award payments in class action settlements
  • Can I use vouchers to fund my settlement?  The status of voucher/coupon settlements.
  • New guidelines for class settlements – What are the Courts looking for at the preliminary and final approval stages.

Date & Time:

Thursday, December 08, 2022

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (ET)

A recording will be available to view 24-48 hours after the live date.


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Who Should Attend:

  • Class Action Lawyers
  • Mass Tort Lawyers
  • Litigators
  • General Counsel
  • Consultants


Joseph A. ApatovMember
Seasoned Financial Services Class Action Defense Attorney
McGlinchey Stafford PLLC
Bethany G. LukitschPartner
20+ Years of Experience in Consumer Class Action Defense



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