Class Actions


The goal of Honigman’s Class Actions Practice Group is to provide the best business solution, every time.  Daunting in size and scope, a class action lawsuit can undermine your business by disrupting commercial activities, impugning your reputation in the marketplace, and shaking the confidence of customers, shareholders, investors, and lenders.  The defense of such lawsuits requires business-driven solutions, not merely sound legal strategy.  Relying on legal skills and practical knowledge gained in the defense of scores of class action lawsuits filed in courts around the country, we approach your situation with a rich understanding of your business, your industry, and the challenges presented by these unwelcome claims.  Regardless of the nature of the claims asserted, we work to solve your problem, not just shepherd the case through the courts, and we do so in a fashion that maximizes value without compromising results.  We have used cutting-edge strategies and aggressive litigation techniques to defeat class certification and to attack the viability of the underlying claims at the onset of a case.  Where cases have not resolved early, we have successfully defended class actions through various stages of litigation, from discovery to appeal to settlement.

Our depth and breadth of experience sets us apart from other firms.  We have successfully defended clients in a wide breadth of industries, including automotive, publishing, chemical manufacturing and distribution, pharmaceutical, retail, consumer products, lime and mineral production, oil and chemical recycling, waste processing, telecommunications, securities, utilities, medical device manufacturing, finance and lending, commercial and residential construction, advertising, health care, and ice packaging.

We have served as lead counsel in multi-state and multi-defendant class actions, as counsel in multi-district litigation, and as lead counsel in nationwide class actions.  We have done so in dozens of courts throughout the United States, including trial and appellate courts in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained summary disposition in favor of a pharmaceutical manufacturer in a class action suit involving the safety and efficacy of a specific drug, and successfully had the summary disposition upheld on appeal
  • Represented a foreign multinational electronics manufacturer in a consumer protection class action lawsuit that alleged misleading product advertising
  • Defended a licensed merchandise manufacturer who allegedly engaged in a conspiracy to raise, fix and maintain prices for merchandise sold at professional stock car races sanctioned by the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR)
  • Assisted in the defense of a long-distance telephone services provider in a class action alleging violations of the federal communications laws and common-law tort and contract claims
  • Represented a leading media and marketing services company in a securities class action suit and earned a dismissal of plaintiff’s claims
  • Obtained dismissal of a state court class action alleging false advertising against a sunglasses manufacturer
  • Obtained dismissal of a state court class action alleging violations of state consumer protection laws against a national retail department store
  • Obtained summary judgment and subsequent dismissal of a class action lawsuit against an American multinational automaker and aftermarket automotive parts manufacturer in a class action lawsuit alleging fraud in the representation of limited edition vehicles
  • Represented a health care provider in the defense of two separate class action claims brought by uninsured patients claiming discounts of multi-million dollars
  • Resolved more than a dozen environmental class actions in state and federal courts involving soil, air and/or groundwater contamination

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