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Class Actions and Mass Torts Answer Book (2015 Edition)

Author(s): Sean P. Wajert
Practice Area: Appeals, Class actions, Litigation, Personal injury litigation
Date: Feb 2015 i Other versions can be found in the Related Items tab.
ISBN: 9781402422881
PLI Item #: 59206

Class Actions and Mass Torts Answer Book provides a comprehensive overview of the law regulating when, where, and if, class actions can be brought in state and federal courts.

Walking through the process from initiation of the case to filing an appeal, Class Actions and Mass Torts Answer Book provides a detailed analysis of such areas as:

  • Class action prerequisites
  • Injunctive relief and damages classes
  • Absent class members
  • Discovery issues
  • Class certification hearings and procedures
  • Trial of a class action
  • Remedies, damages and fees, and
  • Settlement

The book describes the additional issues that arise in multi-jurisdictional class actions and helps readers understand the complex statute of limitations questions that arise in cases with large numbers of plaintiffs. In addition, this book describes the unique ethical and estoppel issues that can occur in class actions, the detailed removal provisions under CAFA, and the unique procedural concerns that arise in mass tort cases.

In addition to practical guidance on handling these types of actions, Class Actions and Mass Torts Answer Book provides citations to hundreds of federal and state cases, serving as a valuable research resource as well.

Sean P. Wajert is a partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP, and the Managing Partner of SHB’s Philadelphia office. His practice focuses on complex commercial and toxic tort litigation, products liability, class actions, and the defense of mass torts. He has defeated proposed class actions in multiple jurisdictions, and helped to try two certified class actions to jury verdict. Mr. Wajert is the author of the widely read blog, Masstortde He is a member of the American Law Institute, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He previously chaired the Mass Torts and Class Actions Subcommittee of DRI (the Defense Research Institute), and is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel. For a decade, Mr. Wajert lectured at the University of Pennsylvania Law School on toxic torts and product liability, and served as the Thomas O’Boyle Honorary Lecturer-in-Law. He has been ranked annually among top product liability lawyers by Chambers USA, and recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, in The Legal 500 (United States), and in Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers. He is a graduate of Harvard University and of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. He clerked for Judge Arlin M. Adams of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Before joining SHB, Mr. Wajert was a partner at Dechert LLP where he chaired the Mass Torts & Products Liability practice group.