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Class Action Defense

Intro

Class actions are an unwanted distraction and a drain on business resources, but they shouldn’t be. Warner Norcross + Judd attorneys have an exceptional record in class action litigation, which begins before we even step foot in a courtroom.
 
Our approach is unique compared to other law firms and it starts with an early analysis of your case. From there, we take a solution-oriented strategy and aggressively pursue a swift resolution. Tactics may include moving for immediate dismissal, striking class allegations right out of the gate or early settlement negotiations. We’ll design a creative, efficient solution specific to your business needs.
 
Our unique advantage:
 
  • Our attorneys. We’re familiar with a wide array of industries and subjects. Whether it’s banking law, antitrust, securities or employment, our class-action litigators are supported by attorneys with specific expertise, ensuring the right team with the right skill-set for your case. Our class-action practice is anchored by attorneys recognized as Best Lawyers – supported by numerous additional attorneys and paralegals– and backed by the strength and reputation of one of Michigan’s largest law firms.
  • Lock-step compensation. We’re among the few law firms in the country that utilize a lock-step compensation system. This encourages teaming – to ensure the best attorneys on the case. No prima donnas, just attorneys focused on you and on achieving the best results.
  • Our Data Solutions team. We understand litigation and data – and this works to your benefit. We are the first and only law firm in Michigan to take an integrated team approach to providing life-cycle support for business data. We use a proprietary eDiscovery platform which allows us to review, analyze and produce electronically stored information for litigation with speed, efficiency and accuracy. With over 30 experienced professionals – including a dedicated document review team of staff attorneys and advanced technology – we’re ready to serve your discovery needs.

We’re focused on delivering the right results for your class-action matter. Contact a member of our team to learn more.

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Michael G. Brady

+1.248.784.5032

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Thomas Amon
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Michael Brady
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Emily Ewald
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Amanda Fielder
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Brian Masternak
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Laura You
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Proven Success


Banking and Finance

We provide advisory services to banks including comprehensive defense for class actions involving all manner of lending and deposit issues. Our representative experience includes: claims alleging unauthorized practice of law, improper lending, deposit account and garnishment practices, consumer fraud and claims brought under the Truth in Lending Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Fair Housing Act and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
 
We have a proven track record of defending banks, mortgage lenders, automotive financial service providers and we serve as General Counsel to the Michigan Bankers Association.
 
Representative Experience:
  • Defeated class certification in a class action challenging the escrow obligations of an institution acquired by a bank
  • Obtained unanimous reversal by Michigan Supreme Court in a class action asserting that bank’s practice of charging fees for preparation of mortgage documents constituted unauthorized practice of law
  • Obtained summary judgment in class action alleging that requiring borrowers pay for private mortgage insurance for the life of a mortgage constituted breach of contract
 

We represent employers across several industries in a multitude of employment related class actions. From minority discrimination to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, we’ve stopped lawsuit threats dead in their tracks. Even in the most challenging cases, our firm’s appellate practice group has a proven record of successful representation.
 
Representative Experience:
  • Secured a summary judgment and dismissal of a case from a group of union workers demanding pension benefits from a large automotive supplier - not only was the case tied to the purchase of a bankrupt plant, it involved ERISA, the Labor Management Relations Act, corporate contracts and other complex considerations
  • Defeated class certification in federal court action under the employee background check rules of the Fair Credit Reporting Act
 

Companies involved in high exposure antitrust class actions rely on our litigators. We’re experienced in complex claims involving price fixing and bid rigging, and we’re up for the challenge. From internal investigations to defending your organization against class action suits, we’ll guide you through the process from start to finish.
 
Currently, we represent two auto suppliers in the “Auto Parts” Multi District Litigation (MDL) pending in the Eastern District of Michigan, which is considered the largest MDL on record.
 
 

Businesses large and small, and in a variety of industries, rely on our real estate experts when facing class actions. We represent clients facing allegations of environmental contamination and accusations of violations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and in many other class action situations.
 
Representative Experience:
  • Successfully defended a consumer products company against claims of environmental contamination of soil and groundwater
  • Represented a title insurance company in a multimillion dollar class action alleging the company’s rate structure violated the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act
 

Fraud allegations and state and federal securities law violations can be catastrophic for banks and investment firms as well as their officers and directors. We regularly navigate securities regulations, litigations and enforcement issues and are representative members of the Financial Regulatory Authority and brokerage firms throughout the United States.
 
Representative Experience:
  • Successfully defended a large retailer against claims of threatened derivative and securities fraud litigation brought by a minority group of shareholders
  • Successfully defeated class certification for a case involving an investment advisory firm accused of selling securities in violation of Rule 10b-5
 
Minefields, mazes and jungles – insurance matters are never straightforward. In class action suits, the traps and turns are multiplied. We advocate on behalf of insurance companies in lawsuits for alleged misrepresentations in the sale of insurance policies, challenges to insurers’ rate structures and pursuing coverage claims.
 
Representative Experience:
  • Successfully defeated class certification in multi-district federal class actions and state class action against an insurance company alleged to misrepresent the sales of interest-sensitive whole life insurance policies known as ”vanishing premium” policies
  • Obtained a “nuisance value” settlement against plaintiffs who alleged an insurance company’s rate structure was illegal
 
Financial institutions, along with large, closely held corporations targeted in lawsuits alleging shareholder oppression, securities fraud, disclosure violations and breaches of fiduciary duties need experienced representation. We represent clients facing unique and complex issues like investor mass action and equitable tolling.
 
Representative Experience:
  • Secured summary disposition that was affirmed by the Michigan Court of Appeals for the founder and majority shareholder of a company alleging shareholder oppression in connection with a corporate freeze-out merger
  • Secured dismissal of securities and derivative litigation without prejudice filed by a former owner and minority shareholder

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