Class actions remain one of the most powerful tools used by plaintiffs' counsel. In appropriate cases, a class action may afford a legitimate opportunity for injured plaintiffs to obtain class-wide relief. In other cases, however, the threat of a class action is used primarily to force a settlement from wary businesses. Pierce Atwood assists both New England and national clients to vigorously defend class actions on the merits, to challenge class certification where appropriate, and to navigate the complex class litigation process.
Our class action attorneys’ goal when presented with a potential class action is to perform an early case assessment to determine a cost-effective strategy, whether it is to seek dismissal of the complaint, challenge class certification, or settle on favorable terms that will win court approval. At all junctures, we partner with our clients in an effort to achieve the best possible outcome at a reasonable cost.
For three straight years, Pierce Atwood's Class Actions team has received a National Tier 1 ranking by US News-Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" report.
In BTI Litigation Outlook 2019, Pierce Atwood is recognized as a “Standout” in Class Actions Litigation – ranked by corporate counsel as one of the top 26 firms in this area. BTI Consulting Group is the leading provider of strategic research to the legal industry.
Our team’s class action blog, First Class Defense, focuses on First Circuit federal and state court decisions and their implications for defending class actions.