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Class Action Defense

Babb, Warren E. Jr.

Babb, Warren E. Jr.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7089
babbw@lanepowell.com
Brecher, Aaron P.

Brecher, Aaron P.

Attorney
Seattle
206.223.7723
brechera@lanepowell.com
Davis, Kenneth R. II

Davis, Kenneth R. II

Shareholder
Portland
503.778.2121
davisk@lanepowell.com
Degginger, Grant S.

Degginger, Grant S.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7390
deggingerg@lanepowell.com
Denton, Stephania Camp

Denton, Stephania Camp

Shareholder
Seattle/Portland
206.223.7016
dentons@lanepowell.com
Devlin, John S. III

Devlin, John S. III

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.6280
devlinj@lanepowell.com
Duffy, Barbara J.

Duffy, Barbara J.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7944
duffyb@lanepowell.com
Englund, Rudy A.

Englund, Rudy A.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7042
englundr@lanepowell.com
Gangnes, Larry S.

Gangnes, Larry S.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7036
gangnesl@lanepowell.com
Hosenpud, David G.

Hosenpud, David G.

Shareholder
Portland
503.778.2141
hosenpudd@lanepowell.com
Marquez-Garrett, Laura

Marquez-Garrett, Laura

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.6246
garrettl@lanepowell.com
McBride, Ryan P.

McBride, Ryan P.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7962
mcbrider@lanepowell.com
Neeleman, John R.

Neeleman, John R.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7985
neelemanj@lanepowell.com
Payton, Gwendolyn C.

Payton, Gwendolyn C.

Shareholder
Seattle/Anchorage
206.223.7746
paytong@lanepowell.com
Richardson, Laura L.

Richardson, Laura L.

Attorney
Portland
503.778.2161
richardsonll@lanepowell.com
Sands, Darin M.

Sands, Darin M.

Shareholder
Seattle/Portland
503.778.2117
sandsd@lanepowell.com
Schoeggl, David M.

Schoeggl, David M.

Shareholder
Seattle/Portland
206.223.7383
schoeggld@lanepowell.com
Sheffield, Jennifer K.

Sheffield, Jennifer K.

Attorney
Seattle
206.223.6114
sheffieldj@lanepowell.com
Stoetzer, James B.

Stoetzer, James B.

Of Counsel
Seattle
206.223.7019
stoetzerj@lanepowell.com
Walder, Jessica N.

Walder, Jessica N.

Attorney
Seattle
206.223.6282
walderj@lanepowell.com
Wells, Christopher B.

Wells, Christopher B.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7084
wellsc@lanepowell.com
Wilson, Erin M.

Wilson, Erin M.

Attorney
Seattle
206.223.7432
wilsonem@lanepowell.com

While the defense of each and every lawsuit presents its own particular complications and burdens for the defendant, few would dispute that in today’s business climate class action lawsuits and other multi-claimant proceedings have become a special breed of lawsuit. These cases often present the greatest litigation risk to businesses and employers. Experts expect a continued increase in the number of class actions filed against businesses, the individuals who run businesses, and entire industries.

The Class Action Defense Practice Group at Lane Powell is well recognized as a leading force in the defense of class actions throughout the United States. In fact, our practice has been highly ranked in the U.S. News and Best Lawyers annual “Best Law Firms” survey for representing defendants in mass tort litigation and class action. We are among the few firms that have hands-on experience trying class actions before judges and juries to conclusion. We have defended more than 100 class action lawsuits in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Our class action experience has allowed us to develop considerable expertise in all aspects of class action litigation and has involved a broad spectrum of subject matters, including:

  • Alien Tort Claims Act
  • Annuity sales and marketing practices
  • Antitrust/trade regulation
  • Automobile insurance
  • Banking and mortgage lending practices
  • Consumer protection
  • Consumer credit and fair credit reporting
  • Debt collection
  • Employee benefits
  • Employment discrimination
  • Environmental/toxic tort
  • ERISA
  • Fiduciary duty/trust issues
  • Health care
  • Life, health and disability insurance
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Products liability
  • RICO
  • Securities
  • Telecommunications
  • Utilities
  • Wage and hour

We have a well-established track record of defending class action allegations and litigation with creative, aggressive and practical litigation strategies. Our experience in defending class actions allows us to recognize the unique defense challenges posed by class action claims. Typically, the class action lawsuit involves hundreds, if not thousands or even tens of thousands of claimants. As a result, the stakes are often very high, and the costs of defense substantial, if not devastating, to the average business. We recognize this reality and routinely counsel clients on identifying and avoiding exposure to class action claims.

When a client is named as a defendant in a class action, we immediately begin an early exposure assessment of the claims, including an analysis of what our client should expect the day-to-day impact of the litigation to be on its business operations and employee morale. We emphasize that the early appointment and education of a client team may be crucial to quickly identifying and addressing important preliminary issues such as insurance coverage for the claims, the implications on securities law obligations and disclosures that may be triggered by the claims, the need to interface with government agencies that may be involved with the claims, the potential necessity for separate counsel for individual defendants, the impact the claims may have on public relations and media coverage, and the logistics of maintaining solid employee relations and communications, in spite of the litigation.

At the same time that we evaluate the potential class size and client exposure, we also work with the client to prepare a customized litigation strategy plan that includes an analysis of such legal issues as whether the class action mechanism is an appropriate vehicle for the joinder of the claims presented and whether state or federal law governs the case. From the outset, we conduct a thorough factual investigation of the claims and backgrounds of the plaintiff s named in the suit. We may also interview potential class members, and secure the services of experts necessary to defend the claims. We are proud of our success in targeting early discovery and motion practice to avoid class certification. We also keep a watchful eye on settlement opportunities, and press for alternative dispute resolution as appropriate. Most importantly, when a class action must be taken to trial, we are ready and able to do so, and have actually tried class action claims to successful conclusion before judges and juries.

Class Action Defense

Babb, Warren E. Jr.

Babb, Warren E. Jr.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7089
babbw@lanepowell.com
Brecher, Aaron P.

Brecher, Aaron P.

Attorney
Seattle
206.223.7723
brechera@lanepowell.com
Davis, Kenneth R. II

Davis, Kenneth R. II

Shareholder
Portland
503.778.2121
davisk@lanepowell.com
Degginger, Grant S.

Degginger, Grant S.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7390
deggingerg@lanepowell.com
Denton, Stephania Camp

Denton, Stephania Camp

Shareholder
Seattle/Portland
206.223.7016
dentons@lanepowell.com
Devlin, John S. III

Devlin, John S. III

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.6280
devlinj@lanepowell.com
Duffy, Barbara J.

Duffy, Barbara J.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7944
duffyb@lanepowell.com
Englund, Rudy A.

Englund, Rudy A.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7042
englundr@lanepowell.com
Gangnes, Larry S.

Gangnes, Larry S.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7036
gangnesl@lanepowell.com
Hosenpud, David G.

Hosenpud, David G.

Shareholder
Portland
503.778.2141
hosenpudd@lanepowell.com
Marquez-Garrett, Laura

Marquez-Garrett, Laura

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.6246
garrettl@lanepowell.com
McBride, Ryan P.

McBride, Ryan P.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7962
mcbrider@lanepowell.com
Neeleman, John R.

Neeleman, John R.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7985
neelemanj@lanepowell.com
Payton, Gwendolyn C.

Payton, Gwendolyn C.

Shareholder
Seattle/Anchorage
206.223.7746
paytong@lanepowell.com
Richardson, Laura L.

Richardson, Laura L.

Attorney
Portland
503.778.2161
richardsonll@lanepowell.com
Sands, Darin M.

Sands, Darin M.

Shareholder
Seattle/Portland
503.778.2117
sandsd@lanepowell.com
Schoeggl, David M.

Schoeggl, David M.

Shareholder
Seattle/Portland
206.223.7383
schoeggld@lanepowell.com
Sheffield, Jennifer K.

Sheffield, Jennifer K.

Attorney
Seattle
206.223.6114
sheffieldj@lanepowell.com
Stoetzer, James B.

Stoetzer, James B.

Of Counsel
Seattle
206.223.7019
stoetzerj@lanepowell.com
Walder, Jessica N.

Walder, Jessica N.

Attorney
Seattle
206.223.6282
walderj@lanepowell.com
Wells, Christopher B.

Wells, Christopher B.

Shareholder
Seattle
206.223.7084
wellsc@lanepowell.com
Wilson, Erin M.

Wilson, Erin M.

Attorney
Seattle
206.223.7432
wilsonem@lanepowell.com

Class Action Defense

Date
08.17.2016
06.10.2016
11.02.2015
08.17.2015
06.12.2015
11.04.2014
08.18.2014
06.13.2014
11.01.2013
08.15.2013
06.14.2013
05.07.2013
11.01.2012
09.21.2012
06.13.2012
08.09.2011
06.20.2011
10.18.2010
10.04.2010
06.10.2010

Class Action Defense

Date
11.17.2015
10.20.2015
10.20.2015
06.12.2014
11.01.2013
08.23.2013
07.23.2013
04.29.2011
01.27.2010
11.16.2009
07.24.2007
09.01.2005
07.01.2005
04.01.2004