Class Action Litigation

Troutman Sanders has extensive experience defending class actions in state and federal courts across the country. Regardless of the forum chosen or the claims made, Troutman Sanders has the expertise, experience and resources to successfully defend “bet-the-company” class actions. Troutman has successfully defended class actions in more than 20 states, including class actions brought in forums considered “plaintiff-friendly” such as California, Florida and Illinois.

Troutman Sanders’ successful record in defending class actions is the result of a variety of defense techniques, including obtaining early dismissal on the merits, enforcing arbitration clauses, securing the denial of class certification, disqualifying opposing experts, negotiating favorable settlements, trying cases to a favorable verdict, and winning appeals. When litigating class actions, Troutman Sanders employs a proactive approach to discovery and has the resources available to successfully manage all phases of class action discovery and minimize costs.

Troutman Sanders has a proven class action track record against some of the most prominent plaintiffs’ class action firms in the country. The breadth and depth of our class action experience has afforded us insight into the tactics used by plaintiffs’ class action counsel and how those tactics may be thwarted. In addition, our class action experience crosses many disciplines. Troutman Sanders has successfully litigated class actions in many different subject areas, including antitrust, financial services, labor and employment, products liability, mass tort, securities, RICO, unfair business practices, and environmental law.

  • Representing a large appliance manufacturer and distributor in a nationwide class action alleging understatement of appliance’s energy usage on the EnergyGuide label.
  • Representing a hair dryer manufacturer in threatened class action over product performance claims.
  • Representing a class of resellers of 800 telephone service in obtaining an $87.5 million settlement of telephone rate overcharges.
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