Our Class Actions Group represents industry leading companies and institutions in high-stakes cases nationwide. Defense of class actions has been a core practice at Bryan Cave for more than 30 years. We have extensive experience defending class claims in antitrust, securities and derivative actions, as well as class consumer fraud, breach of warranty, contract, environmental tort and other regulatory claims against manufacturers, retailers, financial institutions and insurance carriers. Our approach is to team class action litigators with lawyers versed in the particular subject matter of the action. We also team with lawyers who practice before regulatory agencies and the Department of Justice or local law enforcement agencies, as appropriate.
We have handled more than 850 class action lawsuits in the last five years, and we are currently handling more than 200 class actions. In 2016 alone, approximately 210 of our lawyers worked on class action defense matters in 62 venues in 28 states. We offer depth of talent in every U.S. office, as well as the U.K. and Continental Europe (where class claims are just beginning). We have defended hundreds of class claims, in all areas of substantive law, in virtually every jurisdiction in the United States and Canada. We plan a defense most suitable for the goals and budget of each client. We have tried class claims to judgment before judges and juries, and we believe anticipating that possibility is the most effective defense.
Our class action clients have included numerous financial institutions, national banks, mortgage servicers, professional and college sports leagues and teams/franchises, automobile, automotive and other consumer product manufacturers, food manufacturers, aircraft manufacturers, railroad companies, and a variety of consumer services companies, among others. These clients have included The Pictsweet Company, Ocwen Loan Servicing, Nationstar Loan Servicing, Alticor, the National Hockey League, the NCAA, TD Ameritrade, Republic Services, Inc, CIOX Health, H&R Block, Inc., Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, George K. Baum & Company, Ralcorp Holdings, Inc., Monsanto Company, Merck & Co., Inc., Emerson Electric Co., The Boeing Company, UnitedHealth Group, Union Pacific Railroad, Evenflo Company, Inc., Michelin North America, Inc., Ferrellgas, BJC HealthCare and Enterprise Holdings, to name a few.
Bryan Cave staffs cases cost-effectively, using the most efficient mix of resources around the firm. With experienced trial lawyers throughout our offices, we can leverage our lower cost locations to provide clients with the best service at the best possible rates. To align our interests with our clients’ interests and give our clients more certainty with respect to cost, we embrace a variety of alternative fee arrangements. We can price discrete stages of litigation, propose risk-sharing arrangements or develop other non-hourly pricing structures to meet our clients’ objectives.
We have also invested time, thought and resources in seeking out non-traditional solutions to lowering legal costs associated with class claims. These include a variety of case management tools, from client-specific extranet sites, linked to an ongoing matter and designed to keep attorneys and clients informed of important case developments, to risk assessment and management applications that can weigh the benefits of early settlement versus going to trial.
To address the rising costs of eDiscovery, we maximize savings for clients through alternative fee arrangements, internal data processing, preferred pricing relationships with vendors and internal hosting of document review and case management platforms. Our powerful concept-searching software exponentially speeds review time by organizing documents by "concept" or "issue" instead of a traditional linear, custodian-by-custodian basis. We have a dedicated eDiscovery Services and Accelerated Review Team, a core group of trained Bryan Cave eDiscovery lawyers, and when needed can bring on teams of 50 or more contract lawyers in our secure, state-of-the-art discovery annex in St. Louis.