Class Action

Phillips Lytle has proven success in handling hundreds of high-stakes class actions in federal and state courts across the country.

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Class Action

Focused and Aggressive Class Action Representation

Our experience in class action representation spans industries and subject matters. Our clients include corporations and consumers, and we litigate class action claims involving antitrust banking, consumer claims, environmental, employment, ERISA, insurance, product liability, securities and tax. The hallmark of our success in defending against class actions is serving our clients’ business objectives by aggressively seeking early dismissal, effectively opposing class certification and obtaining favorable resolution.

We are also deeply experienced in defending companies in large, multidistrict litigation (MDL) proceedings, often involving product liability claims. In both class action and MDL settings, we are adept at challenging our opponents’ expert opinions, with a focus on strategies to position the claims for dismissal and successful resolution.

We are frequently retained to obtain results of national significance. For example, upon an unsettled question of law certified by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, we successfully argued that a putative class action against a chemical manufacturer was time-barred. The decision established that New York recognizes cross-jurisdictional tolling until it is no longer objectively reasonable for absent class members to rely upon the putative class action to vindicate their rights. Matter of Chavez v. Occidental Chemical Corp., 35 N.Y.3d 492 (N.Y. 2020). Likewise, we have been retained as settlement counsel to successfully and favorably resolve national consumer and product liability class actions in MDL settings.

Class Action Guidance

On the defense side, our focus on strategies to pursue early dismissals and successful opposition to class certification is rooted in achieving our clients’ goals. Likewise, we are also adept at designing creative class settlements to meet our clients’ needs.

Our class action litigation experience includes work with clients in many industries and classifications, including:

  • Agriculture
  • Asbestos
  • Banking—Consumer, Commercial and Credit
  • Chemicals
  • Collections and Receivables Management (Fair Debt Collection Practices Act)
  • Construction
  • Consumer Products
  • Drugs and Medical Devices
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Food and Food Service
  • Health Care
  • Health Insurance
  • Insurance
  • Labor Relations and Employment
  • Manufacturing
  • Municipalities
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Securities
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications

Risk Mitigation

We advise our clients in risk mitigation strategies by identifying current trends in class actions and targeted industries. We also provide up-to-the-minute advice regarding the best current business practices to provide our clients with strategic, cost-effective defense. For example, in addition to defending financial institutions in overdraft fee class actions, we also counsel financial institutions regarding risk mitigation measures in light of the proliferation of overdraft fee class actions.

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Kenneth A. Manning Partner
Lisa L. Smith Partner
Christopher D. Barraza Partner
Myles K. Bartley Partner
Peter A. Bellacosa
Joel A. Blanchet Partner
Edward S. Bloomberg Of Counsel
Craig R. Bucki Partner
William D. Christ Partner, Governing Committee
Anna Mercado Clark Partner, Chief Information Security Officer, Governing Committee
Frank G. Dylewski Special Counsel
Kevin J. English Of Counsel
Chad W. Flansburg Partner
Tyler J. Gately Associate
Joshua Glasgow Partner
Marc H. Goldberg Special Counsel
James R. Grasso Partner, General Counsel
Tristan D. Hujer Partner
Eric M. Kraus Partner
Amanda L. Lowe Partner
Sean C. McPhee Partner
Jaran R. Moten Partner
Kevin J. Mulvehill Partner, Governing Committee
John T. Murray Senior Associate
Linda T. Prestegaard Partner
John G. Schmidt Jr. Partner
Joseph B. Schmit Partner
John R. Worth Partner
Ling Yao Associate
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Kenneth A. Manning Partner
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William D. Christ Partner, Governing Committee
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Anna Mercado Clark Partner, Chief Information Security Officer, Governing Committee
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Frank G. Dylewski Special Counsel
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Marc H. Goldberg Special Counsel
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James R. Grasso Partner, General Counsel
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Kevin J. Mulvehill Partner, Governing Committee
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John T. Murray Senior Associate
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