Litigation and Regulatory Compliance

Class Actions

Wiggin and Dana has broad and deep class action experience, which allows us to provide creative, cost-effective approaches to these bet-the-business cases.

Big Four accounting firms, financial service companies, pharmaceutical and telecom companies, insurers, manufacturers, franchisors, hospitals and utilities have all turned to Wiggin and Dana when faced with class litigation, which often involves multiple lawsuits in different jurisdictions. We have acted as lead counsel in putative class actions in many jurisdictions, including state and federal courts in Connecticut, New York, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, and California, defending a wide range of claims, including alleged securities fraud, RICO and antitrust violations and state law unfair trade practice claims.

We are knowledgeable about all aspects of class action representation, including: multi-district litigation proceedings; consolidations; early dispositive motions; pre-certification discovery; oppositions to class certification; merits discovery (including extensive document production, electronic discovery, and depositions); class notice; and finally, the trial and any ensuing appeal. We help our clients approach these cases strategically, not reflexively, looking for ways to obtain dispositive rulings early, to narrow issues, and limit costs. In numerous instances, we have successfully enforced arbitration clauses compelling arbitration on an individual basis, thus avoiding class litigation altogether. We also recognize that early settlement on advantageous terms is sometimes the most prudent course, and that at times a case must be litigated to reach key moments before an advantageous settlement can be achieved. Our attorneys regularly represent clients facing simultaneous private class actions and government investigations or law suits, and can help clients navigate the difficult issues presented by these circumstances.

Most class litigation is time-consuming and document intensive, but we are committed to keeping our defense teams as lean as possible, to ensure that the lawyers really know the case and the client, and can provide the best possible counsel.