Columbia Law School and Robert L. Lieff ’61, of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, sponsored a gathering of lawyers, judges, government officials, and academics in October to discuss global litigation in a post–economic crisis world. The two-day forum focused on financial fraud affecting investors across borders, as well as antitrust litigation, mass torts, and class actions. Panelists also discussed the role of mediation and arbitration in disagreements triggered by the economic downturn and the growing anti-litigation culture in Europe and elsewhere.
The 200 attendees, including Professors George A. Bermann, John C. Coffee Jr., Merritt B. Fox, and Hans Smit, shared a variety of experiences—some from jurisdictions with highly developed torts law regimes, others from nations where addressing wrongs with class action suits is a burgeoning idea.