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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.

  • June 6, 2016

    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."

  • May 17, 2016
    Legal Alert
    In yet another long-awaited ruling, the Supreme Court yesterday vacated and reversed a Ninth Circuit’s holding in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 742 F.3d 409, 413 (2014), based on that court's "incomplete" standing analysis. This case involved a consumer’s claim under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that the defendant Spokeo, a "people search engine," gathered and disseminated incorrect information about him. Alleging that the site had incorrectly reported that he was in his 50s, married, had children, and was relatively affluent, the named plaintiff, Robins, sued Spokeo on his own behalf and as a putative class representative.
  • April 15, 2016
    Minneapolis Partner John Sear offered his thoughts on the reputational harm to experts from Daubert exclusions for a Bloomberg BNA article series. John's comments were included in the Toxics Law Reporter, Product Safety & Liability Reporter, and the Class Action Litigation Report.
  • January 21, 2016
    Media Mention

    Following a United States Supreme Court ruling that an unaccepted settlement offer does not moot a plaintiff's individual claim or preclude a right to seek class certification, Richmond Co-Managing Partner Rob Wise discussed the significance of the Court's Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez ruling with Law360

    In the article, "Lawyers Weigh In On High Court's Class Action Ruling," Rob offers his opinion on the decision's ramifications pertaining to all class actions.

  • June 7, 2016

    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.