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Reframing Representative Actions │Mediating PAGA and class claims after Viking River Cruises: Strategies for settling in the face of uncertainty
Three highly experienced neutrals, former CA Supreme Court Justice Ming Chin, Hon. Winifred Smith of the Alameda Superior Court, and Mark LeHocky, Esq. a former public company general counsel and voted 2022 Mediator of the Year for San Francisco by the Best Lawyers in America, will discuss the recent decision in Viking River Cruises, Inc. v. Moriana, and how this ruling will change the dispute resolution landscape in relation to PAGA and Class Action matters. Going beyond discussion of the decision itself, these mediators will consider possible reactions and responses to the decision, suggest ways to draft arbitration provisions moving forward, and discuss practical considerations and strategies for mediating PAGA claims based on their own experience and trends they foresee.

Oct 12, 2022 12:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Hon. Ming Chin
Neutral @ADR Services, Inc.
The Honorable Ming W. Chin joined ADR Services, Inc. in 2021 after a highly decorated and illustrious career marked by exemplary public service, including 24 years as an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court. He is deeply respected and admired among his peers, not only for his remarkable intellect and strength of character, but also for his great dedication and contributions to the California judiciary and to the legal community at large. As a mediator, arbitrator, referee, and appellate consultant at ADR Services, Inc., Justice Chin continues to service the business and legal communities by resolving complex and divisive matters through alternative dispute resolution.
Hon. Winifred Smith
Neutral @ADR Services, Inc.
The Honorable Winifred Y. Smith (Ret.) comes to ADR Services, Inc. with 21 years of experience as a Judge of the Alameda County Superior Court and 26 years as Deputy Attorney General in the California Attorney General’s Office. During her tenure on the bench, Judge Smith presided over civil law and motion, civil direct, and complex litigation matters. She was also an integral member of court leadership, having served as a member of the Judicial Council, Supervising Judge of multiple courthouses, Supervising Judge of the court’s Civil Division, and later as Presiding Judge.
Mark LeHocky, Esq.
Neutral @ADR Services, Inc.
For over 30 years, Mark LeHocky has mediated, managed and resolved hundreds of cases nationwide ranging from intellectual property, antitrust and other business disputes, class and individual consumer and employment cases, PAGA claims, malpractice actions, as well as individual and mass torts. For this work, Mr. LeHocky was voted 2022 Mediator of the Year for San Francisco and has been repeatedly recognized among the Best Lawyers in America© for mediation.