Menu

Class Actions


Download Download PDF   
Share Share Page

Overview

Carlton Fields’ class action practice team of more than 70 lawyers handles complex class actions throughout the country, at every state and federal court level, including the U.S. Supreme Court. We have defended hundreds of high-exposure class actions across a range of substantive areas, including financial services, insurance, consumer fraud, health care, real estate, antitrust, securities, product liability, toxic tort, telecommunications, tax, construction, and employment. We are familiar with virtually every issue class actions present, including the standards for class certification and strategies for defeating it, challenges to standing, jurisdiction and venue, removal, dismissal, summary judgment, arbitration, settlement administration, MDL proceedings, and joinder of parties.

Our firm also has a deep understanding of the legal doctrines and laws that have particular impact on the financial services and insurance industries, including the filed-rate and form doctrines, primary jurisdiction, the McCarran-Ferguson Act, the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, and the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act. Additionally, we regularly litigate removal and settlement issues related to the Class Action Fairness Act.
 
Early Case Assessment

The early evaluation of class action litigation is critical to efficient case planning as well as risk management. Our class action attorneys work closely with our clients to assess not only the strengths and weaknesses of the case but also to craft a litigation plan to reduce exposure and identify a set of shared objectives.

Tailored Strategies

For some clients, a vigorous challenge to class certification is critical. Others prefer strategic settlement. Still others wish us to try their cases and, if necessary, pursue appeals. In each situation, we help clients achieve their business objectives and litigation goals.
 
Case Management

We are frequently retained to manage or coordinate a client’s overall institutional response to multiple jurisdiction, parallel class actions, or multidistrict litigation. The skills of our class action team are supplemented by our firsthand knowledge of the risks peculiar to various jurisdictions and our significant experience in selecting and teaming with local trial counsel as appropriate.
 
Firmwide Resources

Our national class action defense practice team works closely with firm colleagues who focus on particular issues that arise in class action lawsuit defense. For example, they collaborate with our e-discovery team to formulate cutting-edge strategies that address the growing challenges raised by electronically stored information. They also receive crucial support from the firm’s appellate lawyers, who work alongside them before and during trial to develop the best possible record and, if necessary, to prevail on appeal.

Thought Leadership

  • The firm conducts and publishes an annual national Class Action Survey, which details best practices for reducing class action costs and managing their risks. The survey draws on more than 300 in-depth interviews each year with general counsel and senior legal officers at leading companies of every size.
  • Our class action lawyers contribute frequent posts to our blog, Classified, which features case summaries and links to class action-related news.
  • We write and speak often on class action defense issues and trends, and have presented to clients and counsel across North America.

Experience

Carlton Fields has litigated and counseled clients in hundreds of class actions for more than 30 years in federal and state courts across the nation.

Search our interactive Class Actions Experience Map by circuit, federal courts, state courts, keyword, and industry. To search by circuit, click on one of the red markers on the map.

 

All Insights

Should Defendants Seek Stays of Class Actions Pending the Supreme Court’s Upcoming Decision on Article III Standing for Absent Class Members?

Should Defendants Seek Stays of Class Actions Pending the Supreme Court’s Upcoming Decision on Article III Standing for Absent Class Members?

February 24, 2021

The question of Article III standing for absent class members is a knot that courts have been trying to unravel over the last several years, culminating in the Supreme Court’s recent grant of certiorari in TransUnion LLC v. Ramirez. This client alert discusses the case and a potential strategy for defendants in pending federal class actions.

From COVID-19 to Defense Strategies: The Latest Class Action Trends

From COVID-19 to Defense Strategies: The Latest Class Action Trends

July 6, 2020

Carlton Fields' ninth annual Class Action Survey provides an overview of important issues and practices related to class action matters and management.

COVID-19 Insurance Coverage Class Actions

COVID-19 Insurance Coverage Class Actions

April 27, 2020

Over the last month, there have been numerous lawsuits across the country by policyholders seeking insurance coverage for losses they claim are resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reporting for Work

Reporting for Work

March 24, 2020

New Wave of Deaf and Blind Californians Suing Websites

New Wave of Deaf and Blind Californians Suing Websites

January 23, 2020

Is your website suitable for the blind or deaf? If not, you may well be sued in California even though your business is elsewhere.

A Dart Across the Bow

A Dart Across the Bow

October 30, 2019

Florida Court Peels Away Deceptive Label, Increasing Exposure in Class Actions

Florida Court Peels Away Deceptive Label, Increasing Exposure in Class Actions

September 23, 2019

A recent class certification opinion may increase the risk of exposure and liability in class actions for businesses that impose fees using specific labels. This client alert discusses the Florida appellate court’s decision and its impact on businesses.

News & Events

FAIR Conference

FAIR Conference

October 6, 2020

Carlton Fields Releases Annual Class Action Survey Results

Carlton Fields Releases Annual Class Action Survey Results

April 16, 2019

Class action defense is more complicated, more expensive than ever before

Corporate Counsel Name Carlton Fields a Leading Law Firm in Five Types of Litigation

Corporate Counsel Name Carlton Fields a Leading Law Firm in Five Types of Litigation

October 19, 2018

The firm is named to BTI's Litigation Powerhouse list in five practice areas.

Florida Trend Names Gary L. Sasso One of the Most Influential Business Leaders

Florida Trend Names Gary L. Sasso One of the Most Influential Business Leaders

September 18, 2018

Carlton Fields President and CEO Gary L. Sasso is one of the “Most Influential Business Leaders,” according to the inaugural list of Florida Trend’s Florida 500.

Carlton Fields’ Clients Prevail in Unusual Qui Tam Case

Carlton Fields’ Clients Prevail in Unusual Qui Tam Case

October 9, 2017

Decision bars precedent that would hinder attorneys in practicing law

Key Contacts

Other Team Members

Gary L. Sasso

Gary L. Sasso

President and Chief Executive Officer

Featured Insights

Disclaimer

The information on this website is presented as a service for our clients and Internet users and is not intended to be legal advice, nor should you consider it as such. Although we welcome your inquiries, please keep in mind that merely contacting us will not establish an attorney-client relationship between us. Consequently, you should not convey any confidential information to us until a formal attorney-client relationship has been established. Please remember that electronic correspondence on the internet is not secure and that you should not include sensitive or confidential information in messages. With that in mind, we look forward to hearing from you.