Lessons Learned from Recent Class Actions
By Popular Demand from the 2017 Spring Conference
(Free to NARCA Members, $25 if CLE Processing Desired)
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Law firms and their clients continue to be regular targets for consumer class actions alleging violations of the FDCPA, the TCPA, the FCRA, and related federal and state consumer protection statutes. What can you do to reduce the risk that you will become the next class action defendant? Are there ways to quickly extricate yourself from a class action that has been filed against you, either through settlement or motion practice? How has recent case law impacted a consumer’s ability to certify a class? Which defense strategies have proven effective, and which have backfired? In this session, three veteran class action defense attorneys will discuss recent trends in class actions filed against attorneys and will highlight important lessons learned in defending class cases.
Tomio B. Narita, Simmonds & Narita, LLP
Tomio B. Narita is a partner with the California law firm, Simmonds & Narita, LLP. His practice focuses on the defense of creditors, debt buyers, collection law firms and collection agencies and in consumer litigation, including defending individual actions and class actions arising under the FDCPA, FCRA, TCPA, and other federal and state laws governing the collection process. Mr. Narita obtained his law degree in 1991 from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He is a member of the Bar of the State of California, and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, and the Second, Third and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Manuel H. Newburger, Barron & Newburger, P.C.
Manuel H. (Manny) Newburger leads the Consumer Financial Services Law Practice Group at Barron & Newburger, P.C., a national law firm based in Austin, Texas. A well-known author on the FDCPA and similar laws, he has defended individual and class action lawsuits across the country and consulted to collection industry members throughout the U.S., India, the Philippines, and Canada. His practice group focuses on litigation, litigation management, and compliance. A Fellow of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers, Mr. Newburger has taught consumer law at the University of Texas School of Law since 1999. He is licensed to practice in Texas and Colorado and in twenty different federal districts, seven federal courts of appeals, and the United States Supreme Court, and he has appeared as amicus curiae counsel in a number of high-profile consumer law cases. He has repeatedly been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer, and he is board-certified as a specialist in consumer and commercial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Nabil G. Foster, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Nabil G. Foster is a partner with Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP. He focuses his practice on the defense of consumer class action lawsuits and the defense of attorneys in professional liability and disciplinary matters. Mr. Foster handles all phases of litigation and case management. He earned his A.B. degree from Harvard College and his J.D. degree from Northwestern University School of Law. Mr. Foster is also an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University School of Law where he teaches trial advocacy and legal ethics. Mr. Foster is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
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