Class Action Litigation

Schiff Hardin has an active and experienced team of litigators who concentrate their practice in defending corporations against class actions and other complex civil litigation. Our attorneys have defended our corporate clients in class action cases in both state and federal courts throughout the United States.

Our experience includes:
  • Removing alleged class actions from state to federal courts
  • Defending against numerous class certification motions
  • Extended evidentiary hearings on class certification motions
  • Extensive briefing and oral arguments on class certification issues
  • Dispositive motion practice directed against the claims of named plaintiffs and class members
  • Extensive discovery
  • Negotiation and administration of class action settlements (both statewide and nationwide in scope)
  • Trial of class action matters

We also have substantial appellate experience on class certification matters. In litigating these cases, we tailor our role to the needs of the particular client. Generally, we work as lead counsel with local counsel, developing effective and efficient relationships in representing our clients in differing locales. Depending on the jurisdiction, however, local counsel may not be needed. In other instances we assist the client's other retained counsel with such tasks as briefing, witness development and expert development.

Our class action litigation team has handled class action defense cases in a variety of matters, including:
  • Automobile Insurance
  • Property Insurance
  • Civil Rights
  • Life, Accident and Health Insurance
  • Antitrust
  • Consumer Products
  • Employment Matters
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • Gas Pipelines
  • Product Liability
  • Securities
  • Telephone Services
  • Toxic Torts


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