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The broad litigation experience and deep sector knowledge of our lawyers makes us well-placed to handle complex class actions affecting all industries and jurisdictions.

Effectively managing a class action suit takes more than legal knowledge; astute case management skills and a thorough understanding of our client's objectives are vital components of a successful pleading. Our global network and industry knowledge come into their own in these cases, offering clients a consistently high quality of attention and pragmatic advice wherever they are in the world.

Our class action group defends major corporates, insurers and influential individuals against class action law suits, involving a range of issues from product liability and consumer protection to securities and shareholder actions.  A small number of our lawyers also act as class counsel, representing groups of plaintiffs in these actions.

Our lawyers have experience in every aspect of class action practice, from obtaining and defeating class certification to prosecuting and defending complex class action trials, always recognising that class actions can amount to business critical litigation for the organisation concerned. Our skilled litigators are also able to call on our broader disputes practice, particularly in those sectors regularly targeted for class actions such as healthcare, financial services and retail and consumer.

Our Class Actions Work

  • Americas
  • Asia Pacific
  • UK & Europe
  • Franchise and third party CAD 750 million class action

    Defending 38 law firms sued in a third party claim to a CAD 750 million class action suit by Canadian dealerships alleging violation of various Canadian franchise acts by an auto manufacturer and violation of duty of care by a major Canadian law firm

    Canada

    Oil and gas price fixing class action

    Defending a class action suit of CAD 370 million alleging conspiracy in price fixing of oil and gas in the Province of Quebec in violation of the Quebec Civil Code and Competition Act

    Canada

    Multi-jurisdictional class action involving an aircraft manufacturer

    Representing one of the largest airline manufacturers in a class action involving multiple jurisdictions and product liability

    Canada

    Class action involving a major consumer electronics manufacturer

    Advising as class counsel in a US national class action against a major consumer electronics manufacturer.  Obtaining class certification and, following a dozen mediation sessions over more than a year, winning court approval of a settlement valued by the court at over USD 200 million.

    United States

    Obtaining dismissal of a USD 96 million class action

    Representing corporate defendants accused of disseminating "junk faxes" in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, obtaining dismissal of USD 96 million class action for failure to bring the matter to trial within the statutory deadline – a result affirmed following the plaintiff...

    United States
  • Shareholder class action against collapsed mining company

    Acting for a director of a collapsed mining company in a shareholder class action in the Federal Court against a junior mining company, its directors and auditors arising out of alleged misrepresentations to the market and continuous disclosure breaches at around the time of the 2008 financial...

    Australia

    Employment liability class action

    Advising on coverage in a first of its kind employment practices liability (EPL) class action alleging mis-categorisation of employment status and sham contracting.

    Australia

    Class action brought by investors against trustee

    Advising in three concurrent but separate high-profile multimillion dollar class action proceedings (ranging from AUD 16 million to AUD 60 million) brought by investors against a trustee (a subsidy of an Australian bank) alleging failure to exercise 'reasonable diligence' and falling short of...

    Australia
  • UCIS property investment fund class action

    Acting in English and Jersey proceedings for a company facing claims from hundreds of individuals in relation to three UCIS funds which invested in Eastern European property.

    United Kingdom

Our Class Actions team

Toni Ashby
Toni Ashby

Partner

Lee Astfalck
Lee Astfalck

Partner

Alison Beanum
Alison Beanum

Partner

Mark Beswetherick
Mark Beswetherick

Partner

Christopher Carlsen
Christopher Carlsen

Partner

Conte Cicala
Conte Cicala

Partner

James Cooper
James Cooper

Partner

Taylor L. Davis
Taylor L. Davis

Partner

Jeffrey Fegan
Jeffrey Fegan

Partner

Frederick Fein
Frederick Fein

Partner

Lauren Fine
Lauren Fine

Partner

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