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Class Actions and Group Litigation

Allen & Overy handles a broad range of class action and group litigation, including securities law violations, financial services mis-selling, shareholder activism, antitrust follow-on damages and bankruptcy cases.

Our global team of litigation, securities and antitrust experts has handled and resolved class actions and collective redress cases in virtually every significant jurisdiction.

Our work includes advising:

  • A global financial institution on a series of class actions alleging manipulation and collusion in the market for U.S. Treasury securities.
  • A European bank in defence of U.S. class actions, clawback and damages claims in a European country and other litigation involving a cross-border tax-efficient structured finance transaction hedged with various derivatives trades.
  • A major financial institution in government investigations focused on potential manipulation of security and commodity-based volatility indices and trading of related financial derivatives, and related class action lawsuits based on Commodity Exchange Act and Sherman Act claims.
  • Mercuria Energy Trading, Inc. and Mercuria Energy Trading S.A. in the antitrust class action cases captioned In re North Sea Brent Crude Oil Futures Litigation. The complaint alleges that the world’s leading energy traders conspired to manipulate the benchmark price of crude oil.
  • A seafood products company in a grand jury investigation and class action litigation involving allegations of price-fixing.
  • Dr. Joseph M. Feczko, the former Chief Medical Officer of Pfizer Inc., in a securities class action brought against Pfizer and five former executives by a class of investors alleging that the defendants misrepresented the safety risks of Pfizer’s arthritis medications, Celebrex and Bextra.

News & insights

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Publications: 10 JUNE 2021

‘Without prejudice’ mediation materials admissible to uphold settlement agreement

This Court of Appeal ruling considers the ambit of existing exceptions to the ‘without prejudice’ rule. The defendant was successful in getting statements made in ‘without prejudice’ mediation…

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News: 12 MAY 2021

A&O advises Virgin Active as the group’s Part 26A restructuring plans are approved by Mr Justice Snowden in landmark judgment

Mr Justice Snowden has just handed down his landmark judgment sanctioning the Virgin Active group’s three inter-conditional Part 26A restructuring plans (the "Plans").

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Oil spill representative action attempt fails to meet same interest threshold

Publications: 22 SEPTEMBER 2020

Oil spill representative action attempt fails to meet “same interest” threshold

Harrison Jalla & Ors v (1) Royal Dutch Shell Plc (2) Shell International Trading & Shipping Co Ltd (3) Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production Co Ltd [2020] EWHC 2211 (TCC) Representative elements of a…

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Publications: 28 JANUARY 2020

Top UK finance litigation and contract law developments in 2019

This is a round-up of the most interesting finance litigation and contractual developments in 2019. The selection is necessarily subjective and draws from a wide range of cases and developments that…

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