Class Actions

There is perhaps no greater litigation threat for companies and organizations than multi-claimant proceedings, but Wicker Smith is a strong partner with more than six decades of proven success in class actions.  We have defended approximately 100 class actions for clients in industries such as aviation, banking, construction, diagnostics, financial services, food and beverage, fuel services, health care, hospitality, maritime, multi-level marketing (MLM), retail, telecommunications, transportation and vitamins/supplements.

Areas of representation have included alleged violations involving:

  • Antitrust

  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty

  • False Advertising

  • Data Breach/Privacy

  • Mass Tort

  • Labor and Employment

  • Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA)

Opposed Class Certification

Defense of manufacturer of underground fuel transmission hoses alleged to have caused statewide environmental contamination and business interruption claims.  Successfully opposed class certification; case resolved on an individual basis.

Roadway Contractor Alleged to have caused Natural Gas Explosion

Defense of roadway contractor alleged to have caused natural gas explosion resulting in multi-county business interruption and lost profits claims.  Successfully opposed class certification, affirmed on appeal.

Defense of Aviation, Maritime, and Transportation Companies

Defense of aviation, maritime, and transportation companies alleged to have engaged in violations of consumer privacy laws.

Defense of Food and Beverage and Vitamin / Supplement Companies

Defense of food and beverage and vitamin / supplement companies alleged to have engaged in false advertising.

Summary Judgment Obtained for a Property Developer

Defense of real property developer alleged to have failed to disclose latent defects, resulting in diminished valuation claims.  Summary judgment obtained.