The Defense Research Institute (DRI) is once again hosting what is sure to be a superb and well-attended class action seminar this year, on July 20-21, 2017, in Washington D.C. The program will include, among other sessions:

  • a presentation by Alison Frankel of Thomson Reuters on the impact of the Trump Administration and Justice Gorsuch on class actions;
  • presentations on the anticipated Supreme Court decisions on class action waivers in employment agreements and appellate review of denials of certification;
  • insights from Justice Suzanne Cote of the Supreme Court of Canada on class actions north of the border;
  • insights on the Rule 23 amendment process from Judge Robert M. Dow, Jr., a member of the advisory committee;
  • a program on the hot topic of data privacy class actions;
  • a session on liability insurance coverage issues raised by class claims;
  • sessions on ascertainability, American Pipe tolling, and class action settlements.

I’ve attended this program every year since its inception, and I am really looking forward to this year’s installment. (In the interests of full disclosure, I will be the vice chair for this year’s seminar.) Register soon for a lower registration fee and to ensure that you receive the hotel discount. Free registration is available for in-house counsel and claims executives whose companies are members of DRI, or who are sponsored by a DRI member.