Class Action Practice Group

Overview

Segal McCambridge attorneys have long been called upon to defend high-stakes class actions on a national basis in both state and federal courts. Our attorneys have a successful history defending against these claims in a number of fields, including complex commercial litigation, consumer fraud, food liability, medical monitoring and employment litigation.  The large verdict potential inherent in class actions makes aggressive investigation and analysis a top priority from the onset of the matter.  Faced with particular challenges characteristic of class actions, businesses routinely turn to Segal McCambridge for the most stringent defense and management of risk.

Segal McCambridge attorneys are sophisticated in managing all facets involved in class action litigation, including pre-certification discovery, class certification hearings, interlocutory appeals of adverse class certification rulings, class action trials, and approval and administration of class action settlements. We understand that a primary battleground involved in class action litigation is the class certification process. Our attorneys closely follow this constantly developing area of law, which helps to inform our strategies for opposing class certification and assures the scope of pre-certification discovery is well-defined. We have successfully defeated multiple class certification motions and have otherwise been successful in resolving matters on an individual basis under the threat of “busting the class.” 

Tantamount to our successes in this area is our in-depth knowledge of both the substantive area of law involved and the rules and procedures governing class action proceedings. Our litigation teams are knowledgeable, sophisticated and innovative in advancing class action defenses.  Most importantly, we have kept our clients in business by successfully avoiding the devastating damage awards potentially available under applicable statutes.  Specifically, Segal McCambridge has a successful history of defending clients sued in consumer class action lawsuits alleging negligence related to foodborne illness, violations of various state law consumer fraud statutes, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Our lawyers have represented numerous clients in this context, including those in the healthcare, consumer products, transportation, insurance, restaurant, retail, hospitality, freight, consumer services and collections industries.  We have also been appointed national defense counsel across multiple industries to manage the risk associated with alleged consumer protection violations.