Major companies regularly turn to us to defend and prosecute class actions throughout the United States. Our partners have defended more than 1000 of them.
No hold-ups: According to The Lawyer 2017, Quinn Emanuel is the country’s top business trial firm which significantly contributes to our outstanding results in class actions. Our lawyers have the respect of courts and opposing counsel, and our willingness to try even the most difficult case tells opposing counsel litigating against us will not be business as usual. Among other benefits, this means the plaintiffs’ bar knows it cannot rely on the inevitable strike-suit settlement.
Experienced lawyers: Our class action bench is deep. More than half our partners regularly represent clients in class actions. We have extensive knowledge of the procedural and litigation dynamics unique to class actions, as well as expertise in the underlying substantive areas of the law. We also have established productive working relationships with the plaintiffs’ class action bar, which pay dividends in terms of limiting discovery and other litigation disputes, as well as at the settlement table.
We have represented clients in class actions in virtually every discipline and dozens of jurisdictions. Our expertise includes:
Our class action experience spans almost every major industry, including high-tech electronics, banking and financial services, oil and gas, entertainment, telecommunications, medical services, defense contracting, insurance, toy and game manufacturing, and sharing economy companies. Our lawyers have litigated class actions involving everything from computer hardware to Formula One racing, home-equity loans to bullet-proof vests, and credit cards to fuel economy.
Exit strategies: We know a class action can quickly become a tool for litigation extortion. Effective defense requires early identification of our client’s optimal exit strategy. We are particularly proud of our track record resolving class actions at modest expense to our clients—whether through an outright win or a sensible business-savvy settlement. In several instances, we have persuaded plaintiffs’ counsel to drop cases altogether after providing informal discovery. We have resolved other cases on very favorable terms through mediation before any discovery or certification proceedings. And we have a strong track record getting cases dismissed on early motions.
We also represent plaintiffs: We are equally effective prosecuting class actions. We have achieved excellent results—including ten-figure recoveries—on behalf of plaintiffs alleging a variety of state and federal class claims including antitrust violations, RICO, and unfair business practices. Because we work both sides of the class action aisle, we thoroughly understand the strategic decisions that inform winning strategies.
The significance, size, complexity, diversity, and number of our class action representations led Law360 to select Quinn Emanuel as a “Class Action Practice Group of the Year” in 2015, one of only five selected from among nearly 550 nominations. We describe below class actions we defended or prosecuted.
Recent Class Action Representations
Consumer Fraud/Unfair Practices
Product Liability/Personal Injury
Wage and Hour
Quinn Emanuel mourns the loss of one of its name partners, Bill Urquhart. Bill joined the firm 31 years ago when it was just a few lawyers in downtown Los Angeles. Bill was a visionary and helped lead a transformation of the firm from a small litigation boutique to the largest and most successful litigation firm in the world, with over 800 lawyers in 23 offices on four continents.
In his legal practice, Bill was a sage counselor and trusted advisor for both plaintiffs and defendants, and for numerous Fortune 100 companies in their most important disputes — matters that usually involved tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, of dollars. Over the years he advised IBM, Hughes, Johnson Controls, CNA, Nokia and Qualcomm, among many many others.
For the many people at the firm who were fortunate to know Bill, he was more than a visionary partner and excellent lawyer, he was also a friend, who lived and loved life. He was loved and will be missed.
He leaves behind his wife Mary and 6 children, and our thoughts are with them in this time of grief.