The location of Bridgeport's 2006 Class Action and UCL Conference has changed. It will be at the San Francisco Hilton, 333 O'Farrell Street, instead of the Hyatt Regency. The conference takes place this Thursday and Friday, May 18-19, and I'm looking forward to participating along with a very distinguished group of panelists, including my co-speaker Michael Sweet of Winston & Strawn and my colleage Jessica Grant, who led the Wal-Mart trial team and will speak on class actions in the wage and hour context. Click here to register!
Next Thursday and Friday, May 18-19, Bridgeport Continuing Education will present its 2006 Class Action and UCL Conference at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco San Francisco Hilton, 333 O'Farrell Street. I will be speaking on UCL remedies, along with Michael Sweet of Winston & Strawn, and my colleague Jessica Grant will address class actions in the wage and hour context. It promises to be an interesting conference, and I hope you will attend. Right now, Bridgeport is offering a special two-for-one price. Please click here to register. UPDATE: The location of the conference has changed. It will be at the San Francisco Hilton, not the Hyatt Regency.
I also want to take this opportunity to announce that Bridgeport invited me to participate as a speaker when their class action and UCL program repeats in San Francisco on May 18-19. My panel will address UCL remedies, and my co-speaker will be Michael Sweet of Winston & Strawn (who has spoken with me before). The program will also feature Jessica Grant, leader of my firm's Wal-Mart trial team, who will speak on class actions in the wage and hour context. Click here for more information, or here to register online.
Last night, I attended The Rutter Group's seminar on the UCL, class actions, and the CLRA, featuring my former partner Will Stern of Morrison & Foerster, Bonny Sweeney of Lerach, Coughlin and Commissioner Bruce Mitchell of the Los Angeles County Superior Court. The program was, in a word, excellent. It repeats tonight in Los Angeles, and I highly recommend that my Southern California compatriots attend if you can. A tidbit: Commissioner Mitchell has authored a new practice guide on California class actions. It won't be published until later this year, but he's included one of the chapters in the program materials.
On April 20-21, 2006, Law Seminars International will present a two-day MCLE conference, "Blog Law and Blogging for Lawyers." The conference focuses on the legal ramifications of blogging and is geared toward corporations and large law firms. It does not really appear to be a how-to seminar on the basics of creating your blog, choosing your area of focus, or developing content and an audience. The seminar will take place in San Francisco and will repeat in Chicago on July 31-Aug. 1. [Hat tip: Patently-O]
Today's Daily Journal has a practice article called "Change in Unfair-Competition Law Begs 'Causation' Question." While the article is very defendant-oriented, it does highlight an interesting disagreement between two federal decisions on whether the UCL after Prop. 64 requires proof of "causation." CompareLaster v. T-Mobile USA, Inc., ___ F.Supp.2d ___, 2005 WL 3610616 (S.D. Cal. Nov. 30, 2005) withAnunziato v. eMachines, Inc., 402 F.Supp.2d 1133 (C.D. Cal. 2005). My original post on Anunziato is here, and ContractsProf Blog has more on Laster v. T-Mobilehere.
CLE International will present this MCLE program on February 9-10, 2006 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. My former partner, Michael J. Steiner of Severson & Werson, will be one of the speakers. A panel willl also feature Alameda County Superior Court Judge Ronald M. Sabraw and San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Richard A. Kramer.
I hope I will see some of this blog's readers tonight when I will be co-presenting "Be Careful What You Wish For: The UCL After Prop. 64" with Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James P. Kleinberg and Winston & Strawn attorney Michael Sweet. The program is sponsored by the Santa Clara County Bar Association. Registration starts at 5:30 and the program runs from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Wyndham Hotel in San Jose. We're planning to have extra copies of the materials available for same-day registrants. See you there!
The State Bar of California's annual Section Education Institute will feature this two-hour program, which will include "a special focus on the recent changes in 17200." This year's institute will be in Santa Monica on January 27-29, 2006, and the program on the UCL will be on Saturday, Jaunary 28 at 9:45 a.m. The registration form can be accessed here.
By the way, since I work in San Francisco I mostly hear about MCLE events in my area, or statewide events such as the State Bar's annual institute. As a result, most of my announcements concern events here. If people send me information about programs in other parts of the state, I will be more than happy to announce them.
The Rutter Group will present "Mastering the Standards of Appellate Review" on October 25, 2005 in San Francisco and on November 9, 2005 in downtown Los Angeles. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the program will go from 6:00 to 9:15 p.m. Justices Haller and Marciano will be on the panel. This one should be good. (Thanks to the Chair of the BASF Appellate Practice Section for the heads up.)
On November 10-11, 2005, Mealey's will present "California Section 17200 Conference: A New Era" at the Four Seasons Resort in Santa Barbara. I was invited to be a speaker, but I have a case scheduled for trial on November 7, three days before the conference begins. That means I won't be able to attend the conference at all, much less speak. I'm disappointed, because it looks like it will be a great event. Many thanks to the organizers, especially co-chair Kirk Patrick, for the invitation.