If you find yourself this in the neighborhood of Hershey, Pennsylvania — the Sweetest Place on Earth — you may want to see if you can sneak into a two-hour discussion of "Current Issues in Multidistrict Litigation and Class Actions". The event kicks off the first full day of the Third Circuit Judicial Conference's 71st yearly meeting. It starts at 9:00 a.m. in the Hershey Lodge.
You actually have to register for the Conference. Nor does Blawgletter recommend crashing an event that is full of people who routinely send people to federal prison.
Impact of Hydrogen Peroxide, Wal-Mart, Comcast, and other developments in class actions.
But you couldn't keep me away, as I will appear as a speaker on a panel that will feature Senior Circuit Anthony J. Scirica as moderator.
You will recall that Judge Scirica wrote a blockbuster 2008 opinion, one that loosed a tide of challenges to class certification motions. The court's ruling in In re Hydrogen Peroxide Antitrust Litigation, 552 F.3d 305 (3d Cir. 2008), set the stage for a case that I had the privilege to argue to the U.S. Supreme Court, Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, 133 S. Ct. 1426 (2013).
My fellow speakers will be John Beisner of Skadden Arps, Professor Stephen Burbank of the Penn law school, Elizabeth Cabraser of Lieff Cabraser, and Robert Heim of Dechert — a very distinguished group.
You may expect a lively airing of views but no fist fights.
You can't have everything.