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When companies face the daunting task of having to defend themselves in class actions, other complex cases or mass tort filings, they look for lawyers with the technical and scientific resources necessary to win the day. They want a law firm with a proven record of success in many jurisdictions.

Attorneys in our Class Action practice have coordinated and led litigation in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously and are currently representing clients in class actions in 21 states. In recent years, we have handled more than 400 class actions in 29 states, ranging from contract and consumer disputes to claims alleging product defect, consumer fraud, environmental damage, violations of banking and insurance regulations and laws, and securities fraud. Our experience defending clients in litigation implicating a wide range of industries—and our successful application of that experience to many types of class actions—has led to our emergence as a leading nationwide defender of class actions. For example, we currently serve as national class action counsel for Charter Communications, FCA US LLC, and Kawasaki and as regional class action counsel for a major telecommunications company.

Our practice takes a proactive approach to managing our clients’ cases. Our philosophy is to develop an early strategy based on a thorough review of the law and facts. We do not suggest or pursue strategies that do not advance the client's goals, and we discuss strategies with clients at the early stages of litigation to find out what will best meet their needs and business objectives. In our experience, this careful preparation and early case assessment result in lower fees and better results.

We have also developed proprietary software designed specifically for class actions and processes and procedures that help us manage cases more effectively. This gives us a particular advantage if a case proliferates into many cases around the nation. We routinely handle multiterabytes’ worth of information and organize it so that we can retrieve it instantaneously and present it in new and compelling ways to judges and juries. Our databases of current and past cases, our internal libraries and our communications all have one goal—to serve clients better and faster.

Given our competitive advantage on rates, our experience in serving clients as national counsel, and our firm’s depth of resources, we can—and do—act quickly and respond effectively to matters throughout the country.

Thompson Coburn has tried both the longest toxic tort case in American jurisprudence (the Kemner case for Monsanto) and, more recently, one of the largest cases in American jurisprudence (the case brought by the United States against the tobacco industry in which the claim was for $280 billion).

Woodruff v. Chrysler Motors 

Successfully defended automobile manufacturer in putative nationwide class action alleging that manufacturer breached warranties by improperly calculating the duration of the engine warranty that accompanied certain trucks.

Carlson v. ALS Enterprises, Inc.
Dismissing product defect class action due to plaintiffs’ failure to satisfy the Rule 9(b) pleading standard on a defendant-by-defendant basis.

On appeal, granting motion for judgment on the pleadings against class action claim under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Granting motion for judgment on the pleadings against class action claim under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Phillips v. Bally Total Fitness Holding Corp.
Affirming dismissal of out-of-state class action plaintiffs for lack of standing under Illinois Consumer Fraud Act.

Smith v. Illinois Central R.R. Co.
Accepting for review and reversing intermediate appellate affirmance of class certification in railroad derailment case.

Owner-Operator Indep. Drivers Ass’n. v. United Van Lines
Precluding the prospect of class treatment by granting defendant’s motion to compel arbitration of federal truth-in-leasing claims.

In re Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (“MTBE”) Products Liability Litig.
Denying motion to certify proposed multistate class of well owners because of various manageability concerns.

Hasek v. DaimlerChrysler Corp.
Affirming judgment against owner on class action claims alleging excessive engine noise.

In re Medical Monitoring Litigation, Civil Action No. 00-C-6000
Product Liability class action of 270,000 West Virginia cigarette smokers tried to a jury verdict. First trial (January 4-22, 2001) ended in a mistrial. Second trial lasted 26 trial days (September 5-November 14, 2001). Defense verdict on all counts, including product defect, negligence and breach of voluntary undertaking.

In re Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (“MTBE”) Products Liability Litig.
Dismissing class action claims of well owners who could not allege credible fear that MTBE threatened their drinking water wells (Southern District of New York).

Kienle v. Hunter Engineering Co.
Dismissing class action ERISA claims as time-barred.

Chandler v. Norwest Bank Minnesota, N.A.
Affirming Rule 11 sanctions against class action plaintiff’s attorney for filing frivolous RESPA claims.

Chin v. Chrysler Corp.
Refusing to certify nationwide class of minivan owners because of irreconcilable differences in state warranty and tort laws.

Hanlon v. Chrysler Corp.
Overruling objections to class action settlement that involved alleged defect in the rear liftgate latches of certain minivans.

Saey v. CompUSA, Inc.
Refusing to certify class of personal computer purchasers due to lack of numerosity.

Fitzgerald v. Chrysler Corp.
Dismissing class action RICO claims for lack of cognizable “enterprise” under the statute.

Weaver v. Chrysler Corp.
Dismissing class action fraud claims because plaintiff did not allege that the defect manifested itself in the product he purchased.

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Missouri Supreme Court sides with Mercy Hospital St. Louis in class action over billing practices

Chicago judge tosses nationwide class action against Kawasaki

Partner Liz Blackwell named a 2013 Woman Worth Watching

Todd Rowden named vice-chair of Thompson Coburn’s Business Litigation Group

Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6598

Brandi is a partner in the Business Litigation practice area where she concentrates her practice primarily on complex commercial litigation.

Brandi is a partner in the Business Litigation practice area where she conc...

Brandi Burke
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6250

David's litigation practice encompasses a wide variety of complex commercial litigation, including the defense of manufacturers in product liability cases and the defense...

David's litigation practice encompasses a wide variety of complex commercia...

David Coffman
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6354

Stephen aggressively defends companies against consumer class action lawsuits in state and federal courts throughout the country as a member of Thompson Coburn's Business...

Stephen aggressively defends companies against consumer class action lawsui...

Stephen D'Aunoy
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6049

Ed is a veteran litigator and head of the firm's Antitrust Practice Group.

Ed is a veteran litigator and head of the firm's Antitrust Practice Group.

Ed Harvey
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6415

Amanda is a litigator and a highly experienced litigation trial team leader for Fortune 500 companies facing class actions and complex business disputes.

Amanda is a litigator and a highly experienced litigation trial team leader...

Amanda Hettinger
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6054

For more than 30 years, Steve has maintained a national trial and litigation practice in complex commercial disputes and white collar crime cases.

For more than 30 years, Steve has maintained a national trial and litigatio...

Steve Higgins
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6159

Chris leads complex litigation and class action defense for a host of major corporations in the financial services and agriculture industries.

Chris leads complex litigation and class action defense for a host of major...

Chris Hohn
Partner
Los Angeles
310 282 9430

Recognized as one of the top woman litigators in California by The Daily Journal, Helen represents public and private companies, their directors, officers and principal s...

Recognized as one of the top woman litigators in California by The Daily Jo...

Helen Kim
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6464

John represents companies and individuals in business litigation, class actions, regulatory disputes, and securities and investment litigation across the country.

John represents companies and individuals in business litigation, class act...

John Kingston
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6066

Nick is a highly experienced trial lawyer in all types of civil litigation, including the defense of railroad, product liability and other personal injury claims, and the...

Nick is a highly experienced trial lawyer in all types of civil litigation,...

Nick Lamb
Counsel
St. Louis
314 552 6132

Trey has represented clients before state and federal courts in a wide variety of products liability, class action, business litigation and land-rights litigation matters...

Trey has represented clients before state and federal courts in a wide vari...

Trey Lawrence
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6082

Mike litigates on behalf of banking and health care clients, and has significant class action experience.

Mike litigates on behalf of banking and health care clients, and has signif...

Mike Morris
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2323

Emily is a litigation partner who represents companies, their executives and officers in a variety of business disputes.

Emily is a litigation partner who represents companies, their executives an...

Emily Peel
Partner
Southern Illinois
618 236 3415

Kurt is experienced in the defense of personal injury and property damage litigation including FELA, trucking, product liability, class action and mass tort litigation.

Kurt is experienced in the defense of personal injury and property damage l...

Kurt Reitz
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6173

Sharon develops and executes highly effective class action defense strategies for major companies across a variety of sectors, including transportation, telecommunication...

Sharon develops and executes highly effective class action defense strategi...

Sharon Rosenberg
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2311

Dave is a practical and resourceful business litigator with a long track record of successful results.

Dave is a practical and resourceful business litigator with a long track re...

David Rownd
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6087

Retired Judge Booker Shaw brings clients valuable insight and perspective gained from his more than 25 years on the bench.

Retired Judge Booker Shaw brings clients valuable insight and perspective g...

Booker Shaw
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6199

Sherri is an accomplished trial attorney with experience in a wide variety of civil litigation in state and federal courts.

Sherri is an accomplished trial attorney with experience in a wide variety ...

Sherri Strand
Partner
Los Angeles
310 282 9407

John serves as a one-stop resource for employment counseling and litigation for companies across the country, particularly as they relate to California operations.

John serves as a one-stop resource for employment counseling and litigation...

John Viola
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6206

Bob has more than 20 years of experience defending class actions in state and federal courts across the country.

Bob has more than 20 years of experience defending class actions in state a...

Bob Wagner
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6118

David is a highly respected litigator with substantial experience in the trial of complex cases, including appellate proceedings in state and federal courts.

David is a highly respected litigator with substantial experience in the tr...

David Wells
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6505

Nelson represents employers in various aspects of employment law and litigation.

Nelson represents employers in various aspects of employment law and litiga...

R. Nelson Williams
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6337

Kathy is a highly experienced litigator who has spent the majority of her career defending large corporations, including major auto manufacturers, in class actions across...

Kathy is a highly experienced litigator who has spent the majority of her c...

Kathy Wisniewski
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6121

Roman is a nationally recognized litigator who represents major corporations in high-stakes litigation in venues across the country.

Roman is a nationally recognized litigator who represents major corporation...

Roman Wuller