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Covington regularly defends companies in class actions in nearly every major substantive area in which such suits are brought, including antitrust, consumer protection, product liability, employment, ERISA, and securities, among others.

We have successfully resolved class actions through motions to dismiss or summary judgment, by defeating class certification, and, where necessary, through trial and/or appeal. We pride ourselves on bringing the right resources to every case, including our deep regulatory and industry expertise.

Covington’s class action experience is both broad and deep, and we are often called upon to deal with our clients’ thorniest class action problems. Our litigators have been successful in obtaining the dismissal of class action lawsuits, the outright denial of class certification, and decisions limiting class certification in novel ways that substantially reduce our clients’ potential exposure. Our combined expertise in the intricacies of class action procedure and strategy, the substance of the law, and the special considerations affecting individual industries provides an invaluable advantage in defeating attempts to pursue and maintain large damages classes. In defending these cases, our litigators work closely with our leading regulatory and industry experts, whose deep knowledge of relevant regulatory frameworks often gives our clients the extra edge needed to achieve their litigation goals.

We often act as lead counsel in multi-defendant cases where it is important to our client that we take that role. But we also consider at all times the cost-effectiveness of any proposed strategy to ensure that the level of effort (and resulting cost) of our activity is appropriate under the circumstances. We have deployed our depth of experience to negotiate favorable settlements of class action claims structured to minimize the financial impact on our clients and to maximize protection against new claims.