Speaking Engagement

Defending ERISA Class Actions Amid an Evolving Litigation Landscape



10:00 am – 11:30 am Pacific
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Mountain
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Central
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Eastern


ERISA class action litigation has seen extensive activity this year with the top 10 settlements totaling $424.4 million with significant defense victories in some stock-drop cases. Others, such as fiduciary duty claims and pension investment challenges, are emerging and evolving.

The 2010 term of the Supreme Court produced both ERISA-specific rulings like CIGNA v. Amara and landmark class action rulings like Wal-Mart v. Dukes that will dramatically impact the ERISA class action litigation landscape.

In this evolving landscape, it is critical that ERISA class action litigators keep abreast of emerging theories of liability, key settlement trends, and case law developments in class certification and other procedural issues like standing, preemption, pleading standards and attorney fees.

Ian H. Morrison, Partner at Seyfarth Shaw; Amanda A. Sonneborn, Partner at Seyfarth Shaw and Ada W. Dolph at Seyfarth Shaw, will provide class action litigators with a review of the trends and developments in 2010-2011 ERISA class action litigation and the impact of recent Supreme Court rulings on the ERISA landscape. The panel will also outline key litigation strategies for defending ERISA class claims.

The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What are the bases for recent ERISA class action lawsuits—and what defenses are available to plan fiduciaries?
  • How is the Supreme Court's Wal-Mart v. Dukes ruling expected to impact class certification of ERISA plaintiffs?
  • What litigation and settlement strategies have proven effective for counsel defending ERISA class action claims?
  • Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.

For questions and to register please email events@seyfarth.com.