Daniel D. Crabtree
Our business litigation attorneys defend nationwide and individual state class action proceedings in courts and arbitration proceedings from coast to coast on behalf of major business clients. We also have initiated and participated in multi-district litigation (MDL) proceedings to bring together and to efficiently defend groups of class action claims against our clients.
Scope of Service
In today's business world, litigants often seek to apply the increased leverage that comes with class action allegations. This effect is often compounded when "copycat" or similar class action cases are filed in various states, and discovery and case developments begin to occur furiously in multiple forums at the same time. Much is often at stake in terms of claim amounts and from the business perspective of limiting disruption.We work with our clients to evaluate and implement appropriate strategies to streamline the discovery and its associated burden, to enforce arbitration agreements if applicable, to determine whether an MDL proceeding should be sought, and to defeat or limit the scope of class certification, while also defending the merits of the action. Our class action experience includes:
Defense of nationwide and state antitrust class actions for major telecommunications and pharmaceutical companies
Defense of nationwide and state consumer and business billing practices class actions
Defense of right-of-way class actions for major telecommunications companies
Defense of product liability class actions
Defense of securities class actions against publicly traded companies
Sometimes the best way to defend clients involves creativity, and the adoption of effective techniques from one's adversaries. When a city/county government client and 1,100 of its residents were sued in an Tribal land claim seeking billions of dollars worth of property, our lawyers advocated, formed and represented a unique defendants' class to efficiently (in money and united strategy) defend the action in federal court. After a unified and streamlined course of discovery, our dispositive motion on behalf of the defendants' class was granted.