litigation

Class Actions

A history of favorable class action outcomes

Dechert knows how to defend and defeat complex class actions claims. We’ve built a strong and lengthy record of achieving favorable outcomes — particularly in high-stakes, client-critical cases — for leading companies such as Comcast, Google, Philip Morris USA, Wal-Mart Stores, Safeway and Bass Pro Outdoor.

Our litigators handle every phase of class action practice, from defeating certification — in more than 30 state and federal jurisdictions — to achieving de-certification on appeal and earning favorable jury verdicts at trial.

We’ve successfully defended class actions across nearly all industries involving a broad spectrum of claims, including:

  • Antitrust claims
  • Breach of warranty
  • Consumer fraud
  • Employment and ERISA claims
  • Environmental and toxic torts
  • Financial claims
  • Product liability
  • RICO claims
  • Securities and shareholder actions
  • Unfair trade practices

Creative strategies to protect clients’ interests

Dechert lawyers develop and execute creative strategies to protect clients facing a single or multiple class action lawsuits. Recent examples of successful strategies include:

  • Utilizing extraordinary procedures to obtain appellate review resulting in class decertification prior to trial.
  • Protecting our clients against disruptive and costly merits discovery through a bifurcated discovery strategy focused on the named plaintiffs and their putative experts.  
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