Class Action Defense
Knowing that class action lawsuits can be devastating to a business, the defense attorneys at McKenna Long & Aldridge work with companies to quickly contain the costs and burdens of such potentially damaging litigation.
With a solid track record of defeating class certification and winning early dismissals in a wide range of class action lawsuits, our attorneys regularly handle class actions in various substantive areas, including consumer and business practices, product liability, environmental and occupational exposure, employment, securities and antitrust. In cases where dismissal or defeat of class certification is not available, our class action attorneys are prepared to take class cases through trial and appeal. We have experience in representing companies in a wide array of industries, including telecommunications, technology, financial services, retail sales, aerospace and defense, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, food and beverage and transportation.
It’s important to us that we work closely with our clients to provide an early assessment of possible outcomes and create a strategy that is both effective and efficient in accomplishing our clients’ goals. In many cases, that strategy involves aggressively attacking the merits of the complaint as well as the appropriateness of class treatment through motions to dismiss, and seeking early denials of class certification motions. We also employ strategies to creatively and cost-effectively resolve class action lawsuits when consistent with our clients’ interests. In all matters, we tailor our strategy and to ensure that the costs and efforts in defending against class litigation are consistent with our clients’ business needs.
Our attorneys serve as national, coordinating, and trial counsels in an array of class action litigation in state and federal courts across the U.S. Our class action attorneys are well-versed in managing the electronic discovery issues, expert witness testimony development, sophisticated motion practice and unique legal issues that are the hallmarks of class action practice today. In addition, we draw upon our combined experience across practice lines to provide a fully-integrated, multidisciplinary approach to defending class action lawsuits.
Our firm’s litigation department is national in scope, and we are able to defend our clients’ interests in multiple jurisdictions across the country.
Consumer Class Action Defense
Our team represents some of the country’s largest consumer companies in defending against allegations of consumer fraud, false advertising and unfair business practices. We have significant experience in understanding and defending the types of advertising and business practices that have become targets of the plaintiffs’ class action bar. We monitor legislative and regulatory developments and class litigation trends that might impact the risk profile for consumer businesses and we help our clients consider and implement changes that might lessen their risk of litigation. When consumer class action lawsuits are filed, we draw upon years of experience in developing the best path to client success. We also build upon the firm’s significant government relations practice in defending the regulatory investigations that can accompany the filing of consumer class litigation.