Lawyers bringing cases for plaintiffs have become more sophisticated and aggressive in using class actions. More than ever, businesses are at risk of class action litigation.
The class action lawyers at McDermott include litigators with extensive experience defending a wide variety of class action lawsuits. We obtain pre-certification dismissals and summary judgments, defeat class certification and obtain de-certification of classes in cases. We also argue appeals of class certification rulings in state and federal appellate courts across the United States.
Litigators in our offices regularly defend class actions in several substantive areas ranging from antitrust and unfair competition to allegedly deceptive business practices and product liability. We routinely defend companies in consumer class actions alleging consumer fraud, false advertising, and RICO and ERISA claims. Clients seek our counsel particularly for our ability to address the unique issues raised by health care, tax, employment and securities class actions.
We are well known for our strategic and tactical counsel in the management of large and complex class action litigation. We practice regularly before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, serve as lead defense counsel in class actions in federal multidistrict litigation, and represent clients in parallel government proceedings, including multi-state attorney general investigations and actions.
Our lawyers also are active in promoting various civil justice reform initiatives, including changes to the rules affecting class actions. We contributed to what ultimately became The Class Action Fairness Act and have helped secure enactment of state-level rules for interlocutory appeals of class certification rulings.