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Class Actions and Group Litigation

We have seen a significant number of class actions claims arising from alleged securities law violations, mis-selling in the financial services sector, shareholder activism, antitrust follow-on damages and bankruptcy cases.

Legislative reform has taken place in many European countries, and is being progressed at EU Commission level.

We offer our clients a significant and competitive advantage in this area through our 'global footprint' – we have experience in virtually every significant jurisdiction in handling and resolving class actions. Experience shows that this global footprint can be very effective for our clients as the risk of class actions spreads across Europe and elsewhere.

Our team consists of litigation, securities, competition and other experts from across our global practice. Leading our team is specialist Patricia M Hynes, who, as an ex-leader of the plaintiffs' class action bar, offers a unique insight into class action cases. In addition, we have one of the leading litigation teams in the Netherlands, which is rapidly developing into an important forum for (international) collective settlement of mass claims. 

 Recent examples of our work

  • Successfully concluded defence of Jeffrey Greenberg, the former CEO of MMC, over five years in numerous securities class actions, ERISA class actions and derivative actions in both state and federal courts.
  • Representation of JPMorgan Chase in several federal and state class actions arising out of the Madoff Ponzi scheme. JPMorgan provided routine banking services to Bernard Madoff Investment Services (BMIS).
  • Representation of the bankruptcy trustees and policyholders of bankrupt life insurer Vie d'Or in litigation that led to landmark Supreme Court decisions on the rights and powers of representative associations in class actions, and in the ensuing class settlement (one of the first under the 2005 Act on the Collective Settlement of Mass Claims).
  • Representation of British American Tobacco in a class action brought by the main Italian consumer association and three smokers. The claimants sought compensation for both economic and not economic damages which smokers have allegedly suffered and would still suffer due to the addiction caused by cigarettes. 

 

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