Class Action Defense is one of Gordon & Rees's premier practices and the firm has a national reputation for its experience in defeating class certification motions. For example, our California practice team has successfully defeated 17 class action certification motions since 2007, and 12 of those were consecutive victories. In state and federal courts throughout the U.S., our Class Action Defense lawyers have defended class actions for clients in a broad range of industries, including automotive, education, financial services, health care, insurance, manufacturing, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, real estate, restaurants, retail, and transportation.
Gordon & Rees's class action work is further differentiated by the fact that the firm is a firm of trial lawyers with an extensive track record of actual and frequent jury trial experience that few class action defense firms offer. Many firms have a few litigators with periodic trial experience, but Gordon & Rees has a deep bench of trial lawyers with extensive first chair trial experience. Moreover, our class action successes also include excellent results at the trial and appellate levels.
Our comprehensive experience includes representing clients against a broad scope of claims, including those involving breach of contract, false advertising, fraud and misrepresentation, employment issues, fair credit and lending laws, junk/blast faxes, mass torts, product liability, RICO, state consumer protection laws, unfair trade practices, wage and hour matters, and other business claims such as alleged violations under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, and Song-Beverly Act. (Please click here to view Gordon & Rees's analysis of a recent California Supreme Court decision that has led to a new influx of class actions under the Song-Beverly Act).
Please click here to view our recent record of successful class action oppositions and dispositive motions.
Our recent clients have included the California State Automobile Association Inter-Insurance Bureau, Anna's Linens, Kia Motors, Wyeth, VG Partners, American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company, American Home Products Corporation, King Security Services, Farmers Insurance, Wackenhut Corporation, Famous Dave's of America, 1243 LLC, Subaru of America, Grancare, American Housing Foundation, The Irvine Company, and Delta Educational Systems.
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