The Class Action Playbook

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Oxford University Press, 2010 - Law - 284 pages
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The Class Action Playbook is a unique and strategic "how to" guide for practitioners seeking to bring or defend a class action. Every important issue is addressed, including the initial shape of the proposed action, choice of forum, case-management schedules, pre-certification discovery and motions activity, briefing and argument of the class-certification motion, class notice, preparation for trial, class settlements, and the binding effects of class-action judgments.

Experienced practitioners Brian Anderson and Andrew Trask analyze what decisions the plaintiff and defendant must make at each stage of a proposed class action, and the considerations that might drive different strategies at each stage. The authors explain the importance of every issue, the choices available to each side, and the factors each side should consider in choosing the best path to follow.

The Class Action Playbook also contains a CD-ROM appendix of high-quality example documents used by plaintiffs and defendants in the litigation of each stage of a class action.

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2 Methods of Aggregating Parties
What Class Actions are and Why they Exist
Class Certification Requirements

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About the author (2010)

Brian Anderson is a partner in the Washington, DC office of O'Melveny & Myers LLP. Over the past fifteen years, he has defended over 400 aggregated actions and class actions in state and federal courts in 39 states and the District of Columbia.

Andrew Trask is counsel in the Washington, DC office of McGuireWoods LLP. His practice focuses on class action defense and managing portfolios of products-liability and consumer-fraud class actions in state and federal courts for a Fortune 500 automotive company.

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