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Securities Class Action Litigation: The Problem, Its Impact and the Path to Reform

Thursday July 2008

Securities litigation has been in the headlines recently, as New York’s Mel Weiss, the doyen of the U.S. securities bar, was sentenced to prison in June for illegally paying kickbacks to plaintiffs in class action securities lawsuits. Notwithstanding this prosecution, as the Manhattan Institute explored in our conference last April, “The Future of Wall Street,” class action securities suits continue to present a competitive disadvantage for New York’s capital markets.


10:00 AM Registration
10:30 AM Presentation
Lisa A. Rickard, President, Institute for Legal Reform, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
11:00 AM Panel Discussion
Panelists: Cheryl L. Evans, Special Counsel, Institute for Legal Reform, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Alyssa Kelman, Executive Director and Assistant General Counsel, JPMorgan Chase
Andrew J. Pincus, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP
Adam C. Pritchard, Professor, University of Michigan Law School
12:00 PM Reception
12:30 PM Luncheon
1:00 PM Luncheon Keynote: Hal S. Scott, Director, Committee on Capital Markets Regulation; Nomura Professor and Director, Program on International Financial Systems, Harvard Law School