Practice/Industry Group Overview
Today, substantial risks are posed by class actions—cases involving thousands, sometimes millions of claimants. Individual claims that might look small can pose substantial or even “bet the company” risks if they are aggregated in a certified class. Edwards Wildman’s Class Action Practice handles class issues that often pose industry-wide challenges. Our attorneys work at the cutting edge of class action law and have the substantive experience to provide effective and creative defenses. We have successfully litigated class and merits issues, and taken certified class actions to trial when necessary, in state and federal courts across the country. Many of these venues have been characterized as “magnet jurisdictions.” We work with our clients to develop aggressive, proactive strategies for attacking and defeating certification theories, frequently through use of scientific, economic, marketing, and other expert testimony.
Our lawyers have defended class actions in such substantive areas as antitrust, RICO, product liability, environmental, mass torts, consumer protection, false marketing, employment, insurance, and securities and financial services.