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Class Action Defense

Defending our clients against class action claims.

Husch Blackwell's class action defense team has significant experience defending class actions in state and federal courts across the country. Our team handles everything from “bet the company” multidistrict litigation to coordinated industry attacks, supplier litigation, toxic exposure, and mass consumer and employment actions.

Using innovative and creative strategies, our attorneys are able to thwart many potential class actions. When classes are certified, our determined and seasoned team secures the best possible results for the clients we defend.

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Our guidance to clients on class action defense includes:

Commercial and consumer class actions

Husch Blackwell defends clients’ business practices against putative class action claims. Many are dismissed after motion practice, with no client liability, because the claims of class representatives fail. Our experience includes defending putative class action claims involving Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), antitrust, securities, labor and employment, consumer fraud, and banking and lending.

Toxic tort and product liability class actions

Husch Blackwell has a long history of defending chemical, environmental response, energy, agricultural, manufacturing and other companies in toxic tort putative class actions. Our advocacy has helped deliver impressive jury trial defense verdicts in high-profile tort cases for our clients.

Virtual partnerships

In addition to serving as lead counsel, our attorneys work effectively and amicably on virtual law firm teams created to meet clients’ class action defense needs. We develop and implement online sites where we can efficiently share documents, pleadings and depositions with co-counsel nationwide.

Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) and other removals

Husch Blackwell litigators have filed dozens of removal petitions in complex cases, prosecuting and defending petitions for leave to appeal from class action remands. Upon request, we quickly review any putative class or mass action filed in state court and advise on the potential for removal to federal court and the strategic implications of that decision.

10 Years of litigation success
Testimonial Carey L. Bartell, Vice President, Chief Counsel – Legal & Government Affairs, Conagra Brands Inc.

“When we were hit with a complex web of wage and hour class actions, Husch Blackwell was the natural choice. The team’s expertise in the substantive legal issues, combined with the investment they made to develop a deep knowledge of our business, has made them a uniquely effective litigation partner.”

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Client Results

Class action is thwarted against pharmacy benefits manager.

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