End the year with Bridgeport's Wage & Hour Litigation Conference

Bridgeport will hold its annual Wage & Hour Litigation & Management Conference on December 9, 2016, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.  Listen to a diverse faculty as they discuss recent, major developments in wage & hour class action litigation, including Spokeo v. Robins, PAGA, and other issues.

Episode 9 of the Class Re-Action podcast is now available

Episode 9 of the Class Re-Action podcast is now published (a bit earlier in the day than usual).  Episode 9 guests are Jennifer Zargarof of Sidley and Eric B. Kingsley of Kingsley & Kingsley.  Show topics include discussions of Concepcion v. Amscan Holdings, Inc. (Feb. 18, 2014), Martinez v. Joe's Crab Shack Holdings (now held for Duran), and Williams v. Superior Court (Allstate Ins. Co.), 221 Cal. App. 4th 1353 (Dec. 6, 2013).

As a reminder, the first four episodes now qualify for MCLE credit if you need that, and it shouldn't be long before all shows are eligible for MCLE credit.

Additional MCLE credits finally available

So I finally got off my duff and obtained MCLE credit approval from the California State Bar for more episodes of the Class Re-Action podcast.  You can now purchase credit, in one-hour blocks, for episodes 1 through 4.  They are now all priced to be highly affordable.  They aren't intended to be a profit-center, just an offset to hardware costs for each episode.  Now you can be entertained (I hope) and score some credit for California MCLE at the same time.  I will get the rest of the episodes up for credit as soon as I can.

Since I need to capture bar numbers as a MCLE provider, the checkout now includes a form to collect that information.  I won't be providing that information to anyone other than the State Bar, if they decide they want it.

Speaking of the Class Re-Action podcast, we will be recording another episode this Sunday.  If all goes well (and this miserable computer doesn't explode), I will have it published the same day.

Episode 4 of the Class Re-Action Podcast is now available

Episode 4 is in the can and available for streaming or access through iTunes or the Xbox Music store.  However, some internet connectivity issues are interfering with my efforts to edit the podcast information on the hosting service,.

MCLE credit for Episode 1 of Class Re-Action is now available

Now that I have State Bar approval of Episode 1 as MCLE, I have flipped the switch on the MCLE store.   If you listened to Episode 1 and feel like picking up an hour of credit for your time, you can purchase the credit here.  Remember, you don't have to do anything to listen to the Class Re-Action podcast, but any time that you would like credit for episodes that you have listened to, you have that option open to you.

Happy 5th Birthday to The Complex Litigator!

To celebrate surviving 5 years (holy smokes!) of blogging here at The Complex Litigator, I have rolled out a new look and feel to this site (now live), put the pipes in place to offer MCLE credit for the Class Re-Action Podcast, and generally tinkered quite a bit behind the scenes.

The second episode of Class Re-Action will be recording March 24th and available some time that evening for direct download, for streaming, and through the iTunes and XBox stores.  I will get the MCLE store up and running shortly.  The podcast will remain free; you will have the option of purchasing MCLE credit for a show that you have listened to at your discretion.  The sales are intended to offset the substantial cost of getting the Class Re-Action podcast off the ground with recording equipment and the ongoing costs of providing guests with higher quality (recording quality) microphones for better sound control.  I think it will be more like a tip jar than a commercially viable endeavor.  I just want to come close to break-even.

Upcoming Bridgeport Wage & Hour Program in Los Angeles

On December 13 and 14, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Bridgeport will hold its annual Wage & Hour Litigation and Management Conference.  Here is an excerpt from the summary of program:

This year's program will focus on the ever increasing use of PAGA in wage and hour litigation; key developments in the case law interpreting the white collar exemptions, the enforcement of arbitration agreements and the rules for settling class claims; and increased and coordinated efforts by government agencies to enforce the wage and hour laws. The program will also explore the unique challenges associated with trying wage and hour claims on a class and individual basis with practitioners who have actually tried such cases in court.

I will be accepting the challenge of making Discovery Strategies sound exciting right after lunch.  I can do; I know I can.

My compliments to Consumer Attorneys of San Diego

For what?  For an exceptional class action symposium, that's what.  I appreciated the fact that the program focused on advanced and current topics, and didn't attempt to provide a primer on basic class action litigation.  I also had fun attempting to disabuse my co-panelist of his many strange notions about Concepcion and arbitration clauses, but I think I failed to cure him.

Comment on the 4th Annual Class Action Symposium by Consumer Attorneys of San Diego

After returning from a week of travel for work, I wanted to post a quick comment about the 4th Annual Class Action Symposium presented by Consumer Attorneys of San Diego.  After speaking at the Symposium, I can now say quite confidently that it contains top-tier material for class action practitioners.  Almost any class action practitioner will benefit in some way.  I regret that I could not attend the second day of the Symposium because of my travel schedule.  Make a mental note to attend the Symposium next year.   You will be glad you attended this Symposium, and not one targeted at a more basic level of experience.

Register for the Golden State Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Institute

The 21st Annual Golden State Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Institute is now open for registration.  This informative MCLE program is sponsored by the State Bar of California, Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section.  The full day Institute (followed by the Antitrust Lawyer of the Year Award Dinner) will take place on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco.

View the complete program here.

View a printable brochure here.

Register here.

I attended this program last year as a speaker, and I can tell you from personal experience that the panels are heavy-duty stuff.