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In Brief: A Digest of Class Action Litigation Projects

Client Success
  • Defended Express Scripts Inc. against putative class of more than 75,000 plan beneficiaries seeking to recover damages allegedly sustained in a data breach. The court granted our motion to dismiss, holding that the plaintiffs could not establish damages.
  • Defeated putative nationwide class action filed in Madison County, Illinois, challenging a national bank's ability to charge a check-cashing fee to a noncustomer as a "wrongful dishonor. The Illinois appellate court affirmed out our argument that federal law pre-empted state law and allowed the imposition of the fee;
  • Defended international oil and gas company in Madison County, Illinois, against putative class of residents seeking personal and property damages from alleged groundwater contamination. In a nearly identical case in an adjoining community, a different putative class obtained total recovery of $40 million. Our team devised a completely different defense, and ultimately plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed our client from the case with no recovery from it.
  • Defended microelectronic chemical manufacturer in 18 related lawsuits brought by more than 250 current and former IBM clean room workers and their families. Plaintiffs alleged personal injury caused by on-the-job and in-utero exposure to "hazardous toxic chemicals and substances" at IBM computer chip plants. We obtained summary judgments based on general and specific causation in bellwether cases and summary judgment against more than 90 other claimants based on applicable statutes of limitations, positioning the client for a de minimis settlement of the remaining claims.
  • Defended manufacturer in a putative class action case alleging property damage from mercury release. The court denied class certification and the case, along with nine other personal injury cases, was favorably settled.
  • Defended corporate clients in three related cases removed to U.S. District Court seeking certification of class seeking property and medical monitoring damages, including more than 1,200 individual personal injury claims. All cases were ultimately dismissed without prejudice.
  • Defeated a consortium of plaintiffs' lawyers representing more than 150 former students of career colleges owned by client Career Education Corp. (CEC). The consortium filed numerous actions claiming multiple counts of consumer fraud relating to CEC's enrollment practices. After a five-week trial in the first case, he jury returned a verdict in favor of CEC against four plaintiffs and awarded the fifth plaintiff less than $10,000 in damages. The Missouri Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment.
  • Obtained denial of class certification and obtained summary judgment in favor of clients on claims for violation of New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act.
  • Obtained dismissal of a series of consolidated securities class action lawsuits on behalf of Fortune 100 pharmacy benefits client.
  • Defended a putative statewide class action alleging insurance redlining" against multiple homeowner insurers in Missouri. Class certification was denied, and the actions of the named plaintiffs dismissed without prejudice. The U.S. Appeals Court affirmed on appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari.
  • Defended a major insurer in a $600 million Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) class action lawsuit. Plaintiff sought recovery on behalf of 23,000 present and former independent contractor insurance agents. We obtained summary judgment on all claims.
  • Defended a national automotive service company in a California class action alleging violations of wage and hour provisions. We obtained favorable settlement after taking key depositions of class representatives.
  • Successfully defended class action brought by claimants challenging the employment applications used by 102 employer defendants.