The misuse of consumer litigation and class actions poses a significant threat in today's business world. Statutes and rules intended to provide a forum for groups of small but legitimate claims have become the weapon of choice for leveraging masses of meritless suits into unjustified settlements. Knowledge of and experience in defending these complex matters is essential to success in what can be “bet-the-company” litigation.
Mayer Brown lawyers have successfully defended insurance industry clients over the past several decades in a wide array of class action litigations. We have successfully defended major life and commercial insurers as well as personal lines carriers in market conduct and consumer fraud class actions, antitrust and RICO class actions, and ERISA and securities fraud class actions. Using our intimate understanding of insurance products and distribution channels, we have routinely defeated class certification motions while also successfully arguing for dismissal at the motion to dismiss and summary judgment stages. Even when we are not the trial counsel, we are retained by insurers after an adverse judgment in class action cases to brief and argue on appeal before every federal court of appeals and the highest courts in a majority of the states.
Due to our intimate knowledge of life and annuity, health, personal auto and home, and commercial property and casualty insurance products, Mayer Brown is uniquely qualified to efficiently and successfully defend insurance companies against class action claims. Our deep experience in, and our extensive knowledge of, the insurance industry and class action litigations ensures that our clients receive tailored, comprehensive and strategic advice in planning and defending class actions of all types.