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Consumer Class Actions

Consumer class-action lawsuits can transform small, individual complaints into high-profile, bet-the-company litigation. At McGuireWoods, we understand that our clients are businesses first, and defendants second. We know that the most effective defense is one that starts early and addresses the many overlapping business and legal issues that play a role in consumer class actions. As a result, our consumer class-action lawyers bring significant experience from multiple areas.

Our lawyers have defended hundreds of state, national, and multi-district class actions, and are frequently called upon to speak and write on cutting-edge class-action issues for lawyers and judges alike. Our class action teams pair these lawyers with litigators who have extensive experience defending consumer claims in various industries, including products manufacturing, tainted food, mobile phone services, and deceptive trade practice lawsuits. The firm and our individual practitioners are regularly named among the top providers of product liability and class action counsel by leading industry and legal publications and ratings agencies. For example, in Chambers USA, clients praise McGuireWoods’ national product liability and mass torts team, noting: “The lawyers are trial-savvy and have excellent management and organizational skills.” Our team-based approach emphasizes efficiency and client value.

We recognize that large-scale, complex litigation can be costly. Class actions often involve hundreds of thousands of pages of documentation. We have invested significant resources in the development of an e-discovery team and legal best practices that improve the accuracy and efficiency of large-scale document discovery. Similarly, our constantly growing library of work product enables us to streamline complex motions practice while ensuring that each defense is tailored to the specific needs of our clients. McGuireWoods is a leader in the development of alternative fee arrangements and other shared-risk, shared-reward approaches to the delivery of legal services.

We also understand that class actions can add an extra dimension to any defense. Victory for the client is our priority, but not if that victory comes at the expense of the company’s reputation or bottom line. We recognize the importance of alternative dispute resolution and settlement as viable options for resolving product liability and toxic tort class actions — a strategy aimed at maintaining financial solvency and paving the way for future growth. Our ultimate goal is to keep our client’s businesses running smoothly even during the disruptions a class action can cause.

For further discussion of the strategic considerations involved in class action defense see our blog Class Action Countermeasures.

 

CONTACTS

J. Tracy Walker IV Partner T: +1 804 775 1131
Steven R. Williams Partner T: +1 804 775 1141
Results 1-8 of 8

RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR OUTCOME.

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A beverage company

Managing in-house counsel in proceedings involving weights and measures compliance issue of first impression.
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Multinational automaker

Negotiated settlement prior to scheduled trial in product liability case for multinational automaker.
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Large producer of consumer products for infants and toddlers

Representation of a large producer of consumer products for infants and toddlers in a suit filed against defendant for alleging product defect in design of car seat. Appeared on motions in limine and received favorable rulings, leading to a favorable settlement and a dismissal with prejudice by plaintiffs of all claims.
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Multinational automaker

Defended a multinational automaker in a class action suit alleging defective seat backs on various vehicles. Plaintiff sought to recover money damages for the repair of the seats. Class certification was denied.
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Multinational automaker

Defended a multinational automaker in a class action suit in Escambia County, FL, alleging defective door latch systems on various vehicles. Obtained summary judgment for our client.
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Multinational automaker

Defended a multinational automaker in a class action suit in Guilford County, NC, alleging defective door latch systems on various vehicles. Obtained summary judgment for our client.
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National payroll service provider

Representation of national payroll service provider in proceedings granting motion to transfer action from Central District of California to Western District of New York in putative nationwide consumer class action alleging claims for fraud and deceit, unjust enrichment and restitution, breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, breach of contract, violation of the federal Electronic Funds Transfer Act, and violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law, False Advertising Law, and Consumers Legal Remedies Act. Defense motion to dismiss thereafter granted without leave to amend on 11 of 12 claims.
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Multinational automaker

Class action counsel for a multinational automaker on consumer class action claims arising from allegedly defective products.
Results 1-8 of 8
Joan S Dinsmore Joan S. Dinsmore
Associate
434 Fayetteville Street
Suite 2600
Raleigh, NC 27601

T: +1 919 755 6693
F: +1 919 755 6592
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Diane Flannery Diane Flannery
Partner
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 1015
F: +1 804 698 2047
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Wen Hutchinson Wen Hutchinson
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 343 2008
F: +1 704 353 6219
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Sidney Kanazawa Sidney Kanazawa
Partner
1800 Century Park East
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501

T: +1 310 315 8238
F: +1 310 315 8210
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William H King Jr. William H. King Jr.
Counsel
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 4326
F: +1 804 698 2095
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Laura A Lange Laura A. Lange
Associate
EQT Plaza
625 Liberty Avenue
23rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3142

T: +1 412 667 7941
F: +1 412 667 7961
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Raja Mishra Raja S. Mishra
Associate
7 Saint Paul Street
Suite 1000
Baltimore, MD 21202-1671

T: +1 410 659 4542
F: +1 410 659 4474
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James F Neale James F. Neale
Partner
Court Square Building
310 Fourth Street, N.E.
Suite 300
Charlottesville, VA 22902-1288

T: +1 434 977 2582
F: +1 434 980 2263
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J. Tracy Walker IV J. Tracy Walker IV
Partner
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 1131
F: +1 804 698 2201
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Steven R Williams Steven R. Williams
Partner
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 1141
F: +1 804 698 2208
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