When a class action is filed, the risks are high. Clients need experienced lawyers who can provide sophisticated and effective representation. We have successfully defended companies in many different industries against class actions in a wide range of areas.
Ballard Spahr’s litigators have repeatedly achieved outstanding results in defending our clients against major class actions in federal and state courts throughout the country. We have the experience to provide highly sophisticated, effective class action representation to a wide range of industries, including:
Banks and consumer financial services
- Manufacturing and consumer products
- Trade and technical schools
Our class action experience encompasses a broad range of areas, including antitrust, securities and shareholder actions, consumer fraud and RICO, financial services, employment and ERISA claims, breach of warranty, product liability, environmental and toxic torts, and invasion of privacy and data breach claims.
Class actions often accompany or follow governmental investigations, and Ballard Spahr attorneys employ a team approach to address potential exposure in a cohesive, cost-effective fashion. The firm’s wide geographic footprint benefits clients when they are sued in multiple “copycat” class actions filed in many different jurisdictions.
We recognize that class actions not only pose great financial risk, but also adversely affect our clients’ relationships and goodwill with their employees, stockholders, and customers. We work closely with our clients to provide tactical advice and implement strategies that will succeed in the courtroom and further our clients' business interests, including negotiating favorable settlements when necessary.
We continually assess and re-assess class issues, merits issues, and the evidence with an eye on the ultimate resolution of the case – whether by dismissal, denial of class certification, summary judgment, settlement, or trial.
The firm’s litigators also are experienced in advising clients on how to minimize their exposure to potential class action claims. We provide clients with preventative advice on advertising, product positioning, and disclosures and we inform them of the risks associated with a product or service strategy. And, as pioneers in the field of consumer arbitration, our attorneys can effectively design an arbitration program that efficiently and fairly resolves disputes on an individual basis without burdensome and expensive class action litigation.
Geoffrey A. Kahn