Dozens of lawyers in Locke Lord's Litigation Department are members of the Firm's Class Actions practice group. These seasoned trial lawyers have extensive backgrounds in class action litigation in jurisdictions in the United States. From high profile national cases for Fortune 500 clients to more limited state-wide class litigation, we regularly resolve class action disputes brought against our clients by their customers, competitors, suppliers, investors, shareholders and regulators. We are experienced at all stages of class action litigation, including pursuit of dismissal, denial of certification, summary judgment, decertification, interlocutory appellate work and trial.
We often serve as national counsel for clients facing "bet the company" litigation and coordinate the defense of competing or parallel class cases across the country, as well as multi-district litigation involving both class and individual claims. Our lawyers have the skills and experience to defend any and all types of high stakes class action disputes. The knowledge and experience gained from handling hundreds of class action cases is key to ensuring success in "bet the company" litigation.
Our approach is to work together with our clients to determine the client's overall goals for resolution of the case and to carefully plan a strategy that will accomplish those goals. We are sensitive to concerns about business reputation and the protection of our clients' brands.
Our class action practice reaches across the major substantive areas of the law, including:
- Business tort
- Mass tort
- Consumer finance
- Consumer fraud
- Franchise laws
- Product liability
- Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)
- Debt collection
We represent clients in a host of diverse industries, including:
- Casualty and auto insurance
- Energy and oil field services
- Banking and financial services
- Health care
- High technology
- Investment banking
- Life insurance
- Mortgage, credit card and other consumer finance companies
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Real estate investment trusts (REITs)
- Video and media