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MLaw Journal to Take Up Class-Action Reform in March 15-16 Symposium

By John Masson
March 5, 2013

Class-action lawsuit reform makes for compelling arguments, but sometimes those arguments shed more heat than light.

It's as hard to defend corporations whose negligence imperils consumers, for example, as it is to defend attorneys who seem to end up the main beneficiaries of too many settlements.

But class-action litigation is undergoing real change, and on March 15–16 at the University of Michigan Law School, there's an opportunity to take a close look at what that change means for consumers, corporations, and the lawyers who serve both. A symposium on "The Future of Class-Action Litigation," convened by the Michigan Journal of Law Reform and co-sponsored by U-M's Law School and Ross School of Business, features a line-up of nationally prominent experts including John H. Beisner, Skadden Arps' head of mass tort litigation; University of Texas Law School Prof. Linda Mullenix; and Stanford Law's Prof. Janet Alexander.

"We are excited to host these prominent voices in the crucial debate over the future of class-action reform," said Patrick Thronson, the journal's editor-in-chief. "We look forward to continuing our tradition of symposia that advance the debate on, and develop solutions to, today's crucial issues."

Three panels will focus on issues such as the impact of arbitration clauses on class-action lawsuits and the role of damages in mass-tort litigation, securities class actions, and reforms to rules governing federal class-action litigation. Opening remarks on March 15 will be provided by Michigan Law Prof. Ed Cooper, coauthor of Federal Practice & Procedure: Jurisdiction. A lunchtime keynote on March 16 will be delivered by Prof. Cindy Schipani from Michigan's Ross School of Business and Terry Dworkin, of Indiana's Kelley School of Business.

The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will be held in South Hall. More information is available on the MJLR website.

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