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Class Action Defense

Defending our clients against class action claims.

Husch Blackwell's class action defense team of attorneys has significant experience defending class actions in state and federal courts across the country. Our class action defense 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.

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.

News Releases | December 20, 2019
Samantha Lunn Selected for Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Program

The TBA Leadership Law program equips Tennessee lawyers with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in their profession and local communities.

News Releases | October 1, 2019
Benchmark Litigation's 2020 Edition Recognizes 33 Husch Blackwell Attorneys

The firm also received Benchmark’s “Highly Recommended” ranking in Missouri and Wisconsin and its “Recommended” ranking in Nebraska.

News Releases | September 30, 2019
Husch Blackwell Adds Six Litigators to Phoenix Office

Following the August move of Dan Goldfine, Josh Grabel, Jamie Halavais and Ian Fischer to the office, the September addition of Garcia and Hembd further enhances Husch Blackwell’s Phoenix attorney roster.

News Releases | August 15, 2019
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2020 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and 11 attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | August 5, 2019
Nationally Recognized Class Action and Complex Commercial Litigation Team in Phoenix Joins Husch Blackwell

“The addition of this marquee team is significant for our firm, not just in addressing our strategic initiative of meaningful expansion in Phoenix, but also in expanding the firm’s existing practice and expertise,” said Eric Lenzen, leader of Husch Blackwell’s Financial Services & Capital Markets Business Unit.

News Releases | April 25, 2019
Jason Husgen Named Fellow of American Bar Foundation

Members are nominated by their peers and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.

News Releases | August 15, 2018
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2019 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America® has listed 143 Husch Blackwell attorneys in its 2019 directory. The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and five attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | January 25, 2018
Six Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named to 2018 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Coffey, Hayes, Manzo, White, Dlugosz, and Wezowski land on Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

News Releases | November 1, 2017
BL Rankings' Best Lawyers© Recognizes Husch Blackwell with Eight National Tier 1 Rankings in 2018 "Best Law Firms"

Husch Blackwell received recognition as a National Tier 1 firm in eight practice areas in the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers 2018 “Best Law Firms” rankings released today.

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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