Class Action Litigation

In today’s environment, class action lawsuits pose a unique risk to the business community. While many businesses hoped the passage of the Class Action Fairness Act would reign in the proliferation of class action lawsuits, in reality the actual number of class action lawsuits has exploded since the passage of the Act. Goldberg Segalla attorneys have extensive experience defending and defeating class actions, experience that helps us counsel our clients on how best to avoid class actions claims. 

Our attorneys have successfully defended Fortune 500 companies in national and state-wide class actions, employing creative strategies to win early dismissal or claims and to defeat class certification on motion.  In cases where dismissal or defeat of class certification is not available, our attorneys are prepared to take class cases through trial and appeal.  Our experience includes class actions in various substantive areas, including consumer and business practices, product liability, environmental and occupational exposure, employment, securities, and antitrust.  We have experience representing companies in an array of industries, including manufacturing, transportation, telecommunications, technology, retail, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, and financial services.

We develop strategies that are effective and efficient in order to accomplish our clients’ goals, providing an early assessment of the possible outcomes of a matter.  Our strategies involve aggressively attacking the merits of the complaint and the appropriateness of class treatment through motions to dismiss, and seeking early denials of class certification motions.  We analyze the availability of challenges to the venue in which the case was filed and the enforcement of arbitration clauses when necessary.  In addition, we creatively and cost-effectively resolve class action lawsuits if in line with our clients’ objectives.  We customize our approach to ensure the costs and efforts in defending against class litigation are consistent with our clients’ business needs.

Our attorneys serve as national, coordinating and trial counsel in an array of class action litigation in state and federal courts across the U.S.  We are well-versed in managing the electronic discovery issues, expert witness testimony development, sophisticated motion practice, and other class action legal trends.  We are able to draw upon the firm’s additional practice areas and provide a synergistic, multidisciplinary approach to defending class action lawsuits.