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Scott Edson, Counsel, King & Spalding LLP to Speak at The Knowledge Groupís Class Actions & Mass Tort Litigation: Trends & Developments in 2017 Live Webcast

New York, NY, April 08, 2017 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Scott Edson, Counsel, King & Spalding LLP will speak at The Knowledge Group’s webcast entitled: “Class Actions & Mass Tort Litigation: Trends & Developments in 2017.” This event is scheduled for May 24, 2017 @ 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EST).

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About Scott Edson

Scott Edson is counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of King & Spalding LLP, and a member of the Tort and Environmental Litigation Practice Group. He has extensive experience defending companies in class actions and mass tort litigation, in trial courts and on appeal. He regularly serves as lead legal issues counsel in complex, high-stakes jury trials. In this role, he helps maximize the odds of a favorable verdict, preserve the record for appeal, and develop and execute a litigation-wide legal issues strategy.

About King & Spalding LLP

Celebrating more than 130 years of service, King & Spalding is an international law firm that represents a broad array of clients, including half of the Fortune Global 100, with 1,000 lawyers in 19 offices in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. King & Spalding is recognized nationwide as a leader in mass tort defense, having guided clients through mass tort litigation in a wide range of substantive areas, including product liability, consumer fraud, insurance coverage, toxic tort, and oil and gas litigation. More information is available at

Event Synopsis:

At a quick glance, one would think that class actions and mass tort litigation are one and the same lawsuits. Both deal with a large number of plaintiffs wanting to sue a defendant's wrongful conduct, and both serve primarily for the purpose of decreasing the number of court cases that arise from the same grounds. To top it all, both types involve some of the highly watched-for cases worldwide.

A closer analysis, however, will prove the far difference between a class action and a mass tort. Procedurally, before a class action lawsuit is formed, there are several factors to be considered and several certifications to be made. The class representative and the class members must prove that each one of them shares common injuries and damages, that which resulted from the same source.

Mass torts, on the other hand, do not have such certifications. Although they also aim to reduce court cases, they cover a broader range of claim types, thus, must be handled differently. The most common of this type are cases involving defective drugs and defective products. Since the adverse effects of defective drugs and products may vary from an individual to another, it becomes harder to make it fit in a single lawsuit. Therefore, lawsuits are filed separately. In the process, mass tort lets one attorney or groups of attorneys represent the involved parties.

This course offers an overview of the latest trends and developments with respect to Class Actions and Mass Tort Litigation. A panel of thought leaders and practitioners will help firms understand these two types of lawsuits to be of better service to their clients.

Key topics:
- Pre-Suit / Early Case / Assessment
- Latest Developments
- Best Practices in Settling Class Actions and Mass Torts
- Recent and Most Significant Mass Tort Litigation
- Recent and Most Significant Class Action Lawsuits

About The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series

The Knowledge Group was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register for an event, please visit:
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