Class Actions

Dechert’s trial lawyers have a strong track record defending the most significant class actions for clients in a variety of industries. Our experience includes every phase of class action practice, from defeating certification and achieving de-certification on appeal to securing defense jury verdicts in complex class action trials. Our trial lawyers have defeated class certification in more than 30 different state and federal jurisdictions and have successfully handled class actions of every major type across industries, including:

  • Antitrust claims
  • Breach of warranty
  • Consumer fraud
  • Employment and ERISA claims
  • Environmental and toxic torts
  • Financial services
  • Medical device claims
  • Medical monitoring
  • Product liability and personal injury
  • Securities and shareholder actions
  • RICO claims

Over the last 20 years, class action litigation has become a chess match as the plaintiff bar has attempted to craft new theories to support aggregation of claims. Dechert lawyers are adept at anticipating opponent moves, and devising strategic defenses to protect clients against each wave of evolving legal theories, including the current spate of consumer fraud and unfair trade practice claims, as well as damages claims disguised as injunctive relief.

Dechert class action trial lawyers recognize that, increasingly, a company facing one class action will face multiple class actions. A product liability claim can spawn securities class actions, claims by state and federal agencies and third-party payor suits. In each instance, we assemble an experienced team to coordinate a unified and consistent strategic response to all interrelated class claims.

Dechert lawyers are also adept at minimizing exposure to class action claims before they arise. We help clients identify risk factors and develop defensive steps to mitigate the threat of costly class action litigation. Our team includes lawyers experienced in negotiating and structuring creative settlements of class action claims, securing court approval and bringing global resolution to disputes.