Class Actions, Mass Torts and Complex Litigation
Our Class Actions and Complex Litigation group has represented plaintiffs in a wide array of class actions, mass tort proceedings, and other complex litigation across the nation. We have served as class counsel and as lead, co-lead and liaison counsel in major, precedent-setting cases, including those involving the rights of consumers, shareholders and people injured by harmful products. These cases are often litigated against some of the largest companies in the world, and require required skillful advocacy, specialized knowledge and hard work. By taking them on, our firm is dedicated to the pursuit of justice for clients who have been harmed by the misconduct of companies and people who have caused widespread harm.
For example, our firm served on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in In re Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability, a coordinated action by consumers and car dealerships alleging that Volkswagen and other companies illegally installed “defeat devices” in their vehicles to pass emissions tests while allowing the vehicles to emit nearly 40 times the allowable pollution. In that role, we helped obtain court approval of a settlement worth over $10 billion to consumers with 2.0 liter engines, a $1.2 billion settlement for consumers with 3.0 liter engines, and $357 million settlement with co-defendant Bosch. Our managing member, Gerard Stranch, also served on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in In New England Compounding Pharmacy Product Liability Action, representing hundreds of individuals injured by exposure to tainted pharmaceuticals manufactured at New England Compounding Pharmacy in Framingham, Massachusetts — an incident that led to the 2012 nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis. Stranch was instrumental in guiding settlement of claims against the bankrupt estate that resulted in the creation of a $210 million tort trust, and in guiding remaining Tennessee claims to settlement.
We have also served as class counsel in nationwide class actions concerning data breach, violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, defective products, anti-competitive practices, and illegal generic suppression and bid rigging, as well as counsel in collective actions involving wage and hour violations.