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How Recent Supreme Court Decisions Will Shape Future Class Actions

Date: 03.08.12
Time: 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Law Offices of Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP, Downtown Denver
Sponsored By: Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell LLP and the Association of Corporate Counsel Colorado Chapter

Please join us for networking and refreshments from 5:15-6:00 p.m. followed by a CLE presentation at the office of Denver-based civil litigation firm Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell, ACC Colorado's Litigation Committee sponsor for 2012.

In the 50-minute presentation, Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell attorney John Vaught will cover the changing face of class certification in both state and federal court following Wal-Mart v. Dukes, an employment-related case heard and decided in a 5-4 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2011.

John will address the following topics in his presentation and in the materials:

  • How, as a result of Dukes, class certification has become more difficult for the plaintiffs' bar in federal court.
  • How the Colorado Supreme Court reduced Rule 23 to a trial management rule, and made a class certification ruling virtually non-appealable in Colorado.

John Vaught is a partner with civil litigation firm Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell. His 30+-year practice emphasizes complex commercial litigation, including class-action matters, corporate governance issues, liability and director and office insurance disputes, and trade secrets. John has handled numerous appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and in Colorado and Missouri. He has successfully defeated every opposed motion for class certification in the dozens of major class actions involving insurance, securities fraud, and consumer products that he has defended for his clients. Recently, John handled a purported class action that was decided by the Colorado Supreme Court in favor of his insurance company client and favorably for every insurance carrier in the state that sells umbrella policies.

This CLE  is approved for one general credit.

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