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ABA Releases ‘The Law Of Class Action: Fifty-State Survey 2012-2013’

CHICAGO, May 3, 2013 — A new book from the _ Section of Litigation provides a state-by-state primer for lawyers to better understand litigating class action suits in each of the nation’s state court systems.

The Law of Class Action: Fifty-State Survey 2012-2013 represents a valuable tool for both in-house and outside counsels who confront the possibility of a class action suit in a state in which they have little or no experience and must make informed recommendations on removal. Experienced litigators from each of the states have prepared summaries that address changes in rules and statutes as well as significant case law.

The survey serves as a comprehensive guide for state court class action litigation that came about after the 1985 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Phillips Petroleum Co. v. Shutts (427 U.S. 797). In that decision, the high court found that state courts, within certain due process constraints, can adjudicate claims of nonresident class members, a ruling that opened the door for state courts to entertain suits that traditionally were in federal forums.

The Section’s Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee prepared the book.

About the Editors

Elizabeth J. Cabraser is a founding partner of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP, with 28 years of experience representing plaintiffs in mass tort, investment and consumer fraud, product liability, toxic contamination, employment discrimination and civil rights litigation. She has written scholarly and practical articles and lectured extensively on federal civil procedure, complex litigation, securities litigation, class action trials and settlements, environmental claims, mass tort litigation and substantive tort law issues. Cabraser was named one of the National Law Journal’s “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America” for 2006.

Dennis K. Egan, editor emeritus, is an attorney at the law firm Kotz Sangster Wysocki P.C., in Detroit, and a 1978 graduate with honors of the University of Michigan Law School. His practice is concentrated in the representation of national and regional securities broker/dealers in defending customer lawsuits and arbitrations as well as regulatory enforcement actions. He also regularly defends corporate clients in class actions in state and federal courts. Egan serves as co-chair of the State Laws Subcommittee of the Litigation Section’s Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee. He is also an active member of the Broker/Dealer Litigation Subcommittee of the Litigation Section’s Federal Regulation of Securities Committee. He has been recognized by Law & Politics as a “Michigan Super Lawyer” in the field of securities litigation.

Thomas R. Grande, editor emeritus, graduated from Bates College in1976 and studied at the University of Copenhagen and Lycée Presles in Vichy, France. He attended law school at the University of Hawaii (J.D., 1985), where he was an academic selection to law review and recipient of the Susan McKay Memorial Moot Court Award for outstanding oral advocacy. He was a law clerk to Chief Justice Edward King, Federated States of Micronesia Supreme Court. Grande is the principal of Grande Law Offices in Honolulu, where he represents consumers in group and class actions in state and federal court and plaintiffs in cases brought under the state and federal false claims acts. He is a past officer and director of the Consumer Lawyers of Hawaii and was awarded the Outstanding Delivery of Legal Services Award by Hawaii Lawyers Care.

Fabrice N. Vincent is a partner at the national plaintiffs’ firm of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP. A graduate from Cornell Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1992), Vincent’s practice focuses on class actions, personal injury/torts, defective products, wrongful deaths, medical malpractice, and environmental and toxic torts. He has been recognized by Law & Politics as a “Northern California Super Lawyer” for the past two years and has written extensively on current issues in litigation, including co-editing California Class Actions Practice and Procedures from 2003-2006.

Title: The Law of Class Action: Fifty-State Survey 2012-2013
Publisher: Section of Litigation
Pages: 660
Product Code: 5310419
ISBN: 978-1-61438-964-4
Size: 7×10
Price: $149.95
Orders: 800.285.2221 or ambar.org/classactions2013

Editor’s note: Review copies are available by sending an e-mail to Dean Pappas at Dean.Pappas@americanbar.org. If you publish a review of this book, please send tearsheets or a copy for our files to Dean Pappas, _, Book Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

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