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Husch Blackwell’s Consumer Services group is frequently retained by clients from a wide variety of sectors to defend purported class actions and multi-plaintiff claims of consumer fraud and unfair trade practices. We represent banks, financial institutions, insurance companies, proprietary colleges, communication companies, automobile dealerships and other businesses focused on the sale of consumer services or products to consumers.

We develop creative strategies to defeat motions for class certification and to otherwise gain outright dismissals of claims seeking to disrupt our clients’ business practices. When necessary, our team of experienced trial lawyers is ready to go the distance to protect our clients’ rights.

There has been an increase in consumer lawsuits in recent years, often attempting to recover under various consumer fraud statutes. Our lawyers stay abreast of the latest trends in consumer litigation, and provide counseling to assist our clients in avoiding litigation.

Our recent experience includes the following:

  • Served as lead trial counsel for a nationally known proprietary college facing hundreds of individual claims for consumer fraud and unfair trade practices in several jurisdictions. After a six-week jury trial in the first of these cases to go to trial, our client received a resounding victory. 
  • Obtained outright dismissal of two putative class actions brought against consumer lending client. The cases alleged that our client had failed to make statutorily required disclosures and engaged in deceptive marketing. 
  • Negotiated a nuisance value settlement in a putative class action against a national bank after removing the case to federal court and then to compel arbitration. The case alleged that the bank's reordered transactions created greater overdraft and other fees. The overdraft fees at issue were well into the eight figures. 
  • Obtained an outright dismissal of a putative class action against an automobile dealership alleging that the dealership’s practice of charging a document fee constituted the unauthorized practice of law
  • Obtained an outright dismissal of a putative class action against a proprietary college in a case alleging that the college engaged in unfair trade practices in marketing its educational services
  • Defending a nationally known computer rental company in a putative class action pending in the Western District of Pennsylvania, alleging violations of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act