The aggressive nature, organization and outreach of class action lawsuits continues to grow. With technology which allows better access and communication in class actions and an ever growing litigious environment, companies need to be prepared to address class action potentials head-on.
Kilpatrick Townsend’s Class Action team is a nationwide practice, representing some of the largest corporations in the United States in class action lawsuits in state and federal courts. Whether through early intervention and risk management before the first case is ever filed, or by aggressively contesting class certification in the first instance, we know that stopping a class action while it is still in an embryonic stage is the surest and most efficient way to preempt the spread of this potentially devastating form of litigation.
If a class action does make it past a client’s early and critical lines of defense, the firm’s class action attorneys have extensive experience representing some the best known companies in the nation in significant class action lawsuits across many disciplines and industries. Our long-standing depth in such areas as toxic torts, product recalls, regulatory compliance management, product liability, securities fraud and employment discrimination gives us second-to-none technical experience and skill in the areas of the law that most often evolve into class actions. Utilizing this depth, we successfully defend clients in class actions and potential class actions involving asbestos, automobiles, construction equipment, butane lighters, solvents and cleaning products, medical equipment, space heaters, pacifiers and children’s toys, chemical exposure, cellular telephones, race and sex discrimination, financial services, tobacco products, telecommunications services, airline practices, mortgage practices, antitrust, consumer fraud, life insurance, consumer financing and shareholder and securities fraud.
Sometimes, taking a case to trial and through the subsequent appellate process is the appropriate and risk-minimizing response to a class Action. In other cases, a class action can and should be resolved through a negotiated and confidential settlement. Our understanding of the underlying issues and our experience in these types of cases give us the information necessary to provide clients with early, ongoing and realistic assessments of the risk associated with a class action so that they are able to choose the legal response best suited to their business and risk environments.