Mike McTigue and Meredith Slawe will lead a breakout session with Michelle Krall, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Designer Brands Inc. at the Retail Industry Leader Association’s Retail Law Conference on “Aggressively Litigating Consumer Class Actions”. There has been an increase in class action activity during the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest class actions implicate privacy, advertising/marketing/pricing practices, product labeling, customer communications, and ADA issues. The plaintiffs’ class actions bar is coordinated, creative, and keenly focused on the retail industry. The session will cover how retailers can combat these suits using effective strategies for a successful outcome including, how to proactively deter threatened litigation; effectively deal with pre-suit demand letters; aggressively defend against class actions; and thoughtfully address settlements and agreements without inviting copycat claims.