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David Stellings Discusses Litigating Automobile Class Actions

David Stellings Discusses Litigating Automobile Class Actions

Lieff Cabraser partner David S. Stellings will be featured at the Law Seminars International (LSI) Second Annual NOLA Advanced Seminar on “Litigating Automobile Class Actions” from December 6-7, 2016 at the Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans, Louisiana. As Program Co-Chair, Mr. Stellings will provide an introduction and overview of the seminar, then will participate in a roundtable discussion entitled “View From the Top: How To Manage an Auto-Defect Case,” where he will share tips based on his experiences in the VW Diesel Emissions consumer litigation.

The two-day seminar will discuss auto-defect mega-cases, which frequently violate various consumer fraud and deceptive practices statutes, common law fraud, fraudulent concealment, and breach of contract claims. Program panelists from both the plaintiff and defense sides will provide attendees with detailed information on automobile defect class action lawsuits.

Other panel topics that will be covered at this event include:

  • Recent Developments in Class Action Law: How SCOTUS and the Circuit Courts have Changed the Legal Landscape
  • Being First, Part One: How to Figure Out What Went Wrong and Calculate the Damages
  • Class Settlements and Approval: Do’s and Don’ts in Big Cases
  • Putting Pen to Paper: How to Draft a Settlement Agreement in a Complex Auto-Defect Class Litigation
  • They Won’t Settle! How to Prepare and Prosecute an Auto-Defect Trial
  • Playing With the Bigs: How Small Firms and Solos Can Meaningfully Participate in an Auto-Defect Mega-Case

About David Stellings

Mr. Stellings represents businesses and individuals from around the world in complex litigation in federal and state courts. For the last twenty years, he has focused on consumer fraud, financial fraud, and breach of contract cases. He has recovered more than $12 billion for his clients.

He is a part of the leadership team in the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” multidistrict litigation, in which plaintiffs allege that VW intentionally and systematically cheated its customers, lied to the government, and misled the public about the emissions of its diesel engine vehicles sold under the Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche brands. In October 2016, the Court granted final approved to a $14.7 billion class settlement for owners and lessees of VW and Audi vehicles with 2.0-liter engines.

Mr. Stellings is also a member of the leadership team in the nationwide Takata exploding airbag class action. Nearly 34 million vehicles, mostly manufactured prior to 2009, have been recalled worldwide due to defective and dangerous airbags manufactured by Japan-based Takata Corporation. To date, this is the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. At least ten deaths and more than 100 injuries have been linked to the Takata airbag defects.