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December 04, 2015

How does a class action work?
First, a class is defined and a representative plaintiff is chosen. Then an action is filed in the appropriate court. Next, for the claim to proceed as a class action, a court must first permit, or "certify" the case as a class action.

How does a class action become certified?
Certification is granted where the court is satisfied that:

     • There is a lawful claim against a defendant.
     • There is an identifiable class of affected persons.
     • There is an appropriate person to represent the class members.
     • The class action procedure is...

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December 04, 2015

When Michael Louis Kelly takes on a case, he immediately starts thinking of how he might turn the case into a successful screenplay. Not because he wants to sell the movie rights, but because he feels that it is the most effective way to present a case to a jury. "Jurors want to resolve the conflict, they want the drama" says Kelly, "Determine what your most powerful or convincing fact is, and set up your case to build to its disclosure."

In the case of Doyle Baker v. PrivatAir, Inc, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC322198, Kelly obtained a $63.9 million verdict in an age discrimination/defamation case by doing just that. He...

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December 04, 2015

By Jane Mundy of

An interview with Michael Louis Kelly, a lawyer specializing in class action lawsuits.

What unique challenges does the legal profession face in terms of promotion and marketing?
The legal profession has always been confused on how to advertise. Advertising is, for any profession, bringing the client to the professional, without making promises that you can't keep. The Internet has obviously...

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