Class Actions & Multi-District Litigation

Latham & Watkins’ litigators defend clients in high-stakes, complex class action litigation.

Why Latham

The class actions the firm defends typically involve multiple related actions filed in the United States, often in the state and federal court systems. Latham litigators regularly defend complex class actions in a wide array of disciplines, including:  

Class action litigation strategy often involves determining how best to handle competing and over-lapping lawsuits in multiple jurisdictions. Latham's team immediately assesses whether a case filed in state court can and should be removed to federal court. The firm has pursued creative and successful removal strategies, even where plaintiffs tried to plead around federal jurisdiction. In some cases, the firm has concluded that a coordinated and consolidated approach is best.

Latham has substantial experience before the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL Panel), and in handling litigation consolidated by it. The firm is also adept at crafting innovative solutions to the challenge of coordination between the federal and state judiciary, where no ready-made structure exists.

In addition to managing the vital questions of jurisdiction, venue and coordination, Latham's team crafts a strategy from the outset of any suit to attack the legal underpinnings of class actions, either by motions to dismiss or summary judgments. The team also focuses from the very start on the all-important class-certification battle, and has defeated class certification on numerous occasions. Latham's legal creativity also extends to crafting state-wide and nation-wide settlements: the team has negotiated many favorable settlements, and has managed those settlements through the court approval and notice processes, including upholding them on collateral attack.

Awards & Rankings

Awards & Rankings content for Class Actions and Multi-District Litigation
  • Two Latham Trial Victories Honored Among California’s Top Verdicts - February 26, 2020
  • Latham Named 2019 Cybersecurity & Privacy Group of the Year - January 28, 2020
  • Boston Litigation & Trial Partner Named to Power 50 - October 06, 2019
  • Latham Recognized with Five Notable Accolades at the 2019 LMG Life Sciences Awards - September 18, 2019
  • Latham Again Named a “Powerhouse” for Litigation & Trial Work - September 13, 2017

Latham delivers “a comprehensive commercial litigation offering to multinational companies, acting on complex and high-value cases in state and federal courts nationwide.”

Chambers USA 2020

Media Coverage

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Thought Leadership

Opt-Out Collective Actions Cross the Pond Class Actions - Overview of Applicable EU Law PrinciplesThe Class Actions Global Guide, France