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PRACTICES & INDUSTRIES

While our firm is best known for defending automobile manufacturers, our lawyers counsel an array of Global 500 and internationally-based clients in high-stakes, national litigation in a range of industries.

Class Action and Multidistrict Litigation

Class Action Mass Tort

Bowman and Brooke is a national leader in handling mass tort actions—including class actions, as well as actions consolidated by the federal Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation and state judicial authorities.

Our Class Action and Multidistrict Litigation team has extensive experience in applying innovative defensive practices, including:

  • aggressive removal under CAFA and other available means,
  • seeking and opposing consolidation of mass and class actions, 
  • strategic use of preliminary motions (e.g., motions to dismiss, motions to strike class action allegations), 
  • defending against class certification, pursuing electronic discovery with the latest technologies and know-how, 
  • developing factual cases to undermine the individual claims of class representatives, 
  • disposing of unreliable and unscientific testimony of plaintiffs’ experts with Daubert and Frye challenges, 
  • pursuing and defending against Rule 23(f) appeals of certification decisions. 

While it is rare to go to trial in a class action, our team has taken a class action to verdict. And where it makes sense to settle, we have the experience to counsel clients through appropriate and reasonable class action and mass tort resolutions.

CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. CASE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE.
  • May 26, 2017
    News

    Bowman and Brooke has been recognized by Chambers USA for the sixth consecutive year in the Nationwide Product Liability & Mass Tort category, Band 2. 

    According to Chambers USA, the firm is known nationally as a “[d]edicated product liability defense firm, fielding a deep trial bench with increasing coast-to-coast coverage following its recent expansion in Florida.” Chambers USA also notes that the firm is “[h]ighly regarded for its representation of the automotive industry, with a client list that features numerous leading manufacturers. Broad practice also includes strength in areas such as medical device and consumer products.”

  • June 20, 2017
    Legal Alert
    The United States Supreme Court established clear separation between specific jurisdiction and general jurisdiction in a June 19, 2017 ruling that prevents nonresident plaintiffs from asserting specific jurisdiction in a State with no connection to their injury. The ruling reversed a 2016 California Supreme Court decision that applied a “sliding scale approach” to find specific jurisdiction over Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (“BMS”) for nonresident plaintiffs’ claims where BMS had unrelated contacts with the forum. The United States Supreme Court found that exercising specific personal jurisdiction over BMS for the nonresidents’ claims in California violated the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
  • June 13, 2017
    Legal Alert

    In an important ruling for class action litigants, the Supreme Court held yesterday in Microsoft v. Baker that appellate courts lack jurisdiction to review orders denying class certification following voluntary dismissal with prejudice by the plaintiffs. The ruling reversed a Ninth Circuit decision, Baker v. Microsoft, 797 F.3d 607 (9th Cir. 2015), and resolved a circuit split. It also puts an end to the practice of plaintiffs voluntarily dismissing their claims following denial of class certification in order to “manufacture” an appealable final judgment. The decision is a positive development for class action defendants, as plaintiffs can no longer circumvent the final-judgment rule to take immediate appeals of orders denying certification.

  • June 6, 2016
    News

    Bowman and Brooke has once again been ranked by Chambers USA in the areas of product liability and mass tort litigation. The firm was recognized for the fourth consecutive year in Band 2 of the Nationwide Product Liability category.

    According to Chambers USA 2015, the firm is known nationally for "[i]mpressive trial bench with broad capabilities in the automobile space, representing major clients in bet-the-company litigation. Growing profile in other industry sectors, with notable highlights in toxic tort and medical device product liability."

  • June 7, 2016
    Webinars

    If you were hit with a class action suit today, would you know what to do? 

    Join us for a complimentary webinar where our highly-experienced panel of attorneys will guide you through the essentials of class action litigation, advising on the anatomy of a class action, discovery issues, emerging trends and future developments.

Integrated Services

In addition to providing stellar legal counsel, we integrate our provision of other key services with the work of our legal teams. The result? Highly effective and efficient client service.