Matthew George, an associate at Gibbs Law Group, spoke on a panel at the 12th Annual Bridgeport Class Action Litigation & Management Conference. The conference, which was held on April 19-20 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, covered the latest developments in the law of federal and California class actions as well as procedural advice from leaders in the field.
Mr. George’s panel, entitled Class Action Settlement Strategies and Mechanics, presented tips from both sides of the bar for reaching settlements in class actions and ways to avoid common pitfalls in the settlement negotiation and approval process. The presentation covered topics including issuing pre-litigation demands, modern notice and claims administration practices, and dealing with objectors and appellants after a settlement has been reached.
Mr. George is a litigator with years of experience negotiating class action settlements. He currently litigates consumer protection and employment lawsuits, and was instrumental in successfully negotiating a number settlements including In Re: Pre-Filled Propane Tank Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, a consumer protection class action involving AmeriGas propane tanks, and In Re: Spansion Inc., a class action lawsuit involving WARN Act violations.
Bridgeport, which hosted the event, is a provider of continuing education to a variety of professionals, focusing on important and emerging legal issues. This is the second time Mr. George has presented at a Bridgeport conference; in 2010 he gave a presentation on Developments in the Arbitration of Wage and Hour Disputes.