National class action litigation is a complex, costly, and time consuming area of law. The litigators at Podhurst Orseck are nationally recognized for their personal injury, commercial and appellate litigation skills related to class actions – and the countless clients they help to find closure. The firm has served as court–appointed lead or liaison counsel in numerous major class actions, including matters involving aviation, securities litigation, investor fraud cases, pharmaceutical, consumer, healthcare, and insurance litigation.
If you’ve seen the headlines, you know the defendants. Our partners have been named lead or co-counsel on such class action cases and defendants as Takata Airbags Multi-District Litigation, whose recall of 37 million cars was the largest automotive recall in U.S. history and where in excess of $1.5 billion has been recovered; Mercury Motors; Caterpillar Tractor Co.; national financial services institutions for excessive over-draft charges; the Bridgestone / Firestone North America Tire failure suit, which led to Congressional action; and anti-competitive practices by the nation’s 36 Blue Cross Blue Shield companies.
We’ve represented communities domestically and abroad affected by pollution created by mining companies, and have represented some 5,000 NFL players in the ongoing class action litigation surrounding concussions and long-term brain injuries. Our work in class action litigation began with the representation of victims of the crash of Eastern Airlines Flight 401 in the Florida Everglades.
Our wins lead to plaintiff damage awards; in some cases, punitive damages have been assessed for defendants’ egregious behavior.
Since the firm’s founding, multidistrict litigation (MDL) class actions have been a core practice area. We hold a “Tier 1” rating from U.S. News and World Report for personal injury and commercial and appellate litigation skills related to class actions.
With names as common as the headlines they captured, Podhurst Orseck has litigated such class action cases and defendants as Takata airbags, Mercury Motors, Caterpillar Tractor Co., Bridgestone / Firestone North America, and national financial services institutions and health insurance providers. The results brought both financial awards to the plaintiffs, and often positive change to the way the defendants conducted business.