Class Action Defense

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Overview

The Class Action Defense group at Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C. has defended hundreds of class action lawsuits locally and nationwide.

We recognize the complexities of class action lawsuits, beyond the potential financial exposure. We understand the strain on business operations, the burden of electronic discovery, and the reputational concerns that class actions inflict. We capitalize on the unique opportunities to defend these matters. This includes immediately identifying defects in the named plaintiffs’ claims and class theories that could bring the case to an early conclusion, successfully litigating the case to a point where the plaintiffs will abandon the class allegations and pursuing all avenues to defeat class certification. When in the best interests of the client, we negotiate settlements that aim to minimize cost while eliminating risk and maximizing relief. This allows the client to get back to what’s important – growing its business. Whether your company has been a historical target for class action lawsuits or has been hit with one for the first time, our class action practice group has the depth and diversity of experience, as well as a sensitivity to client needs, to counsel and guide you through all of the pitfalls of these cases.

We can also help you before you face a bet the company class action by proactively counseling you regarding a variety of issues including employment, banking, consumer, privacy, advertising and marketing practices.

The firm’s class action clients represent a variety of industries, and include consumer lenders, banks, mortgage finance companies, real estate brokerage firms, landlords, automobile dealers, manufacturers, retail businesses, and religious organizations. Our experience covers a variety of substantive areas of law, including the following:

  • Advertising and Labeling
    • False and deceptive advertising
    • Breach of warranty
    • Breach of contract
  • Consumer Banking
    • Electronic Funds Transfer Act (EFTA)
    • Truth in Savings Act (TISA)
    • Bank Holding Company Act (BHCA)
  • Consumer Fraud and Unfair Business Practices
    • Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act (ICFA)
    • California Unfair Competition Law (UCL)
    • Similar statutes of other states
  • Consumer Lending
    • Truth in Lending Act/Truth in Leasing Act (TILA)
    • Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA)
    • Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
    • Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA)
    • Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)
    • Bankruptcy Code
    • Consumer lending and credit practices
    • Consumer loan servicing practices
    • Appraisal fraud
  • Labor and Employment
    • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
    • Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (IWPCA)
    • Illinois Minimum Wage Law (IMWL)
    • Pension benefits
    • Discrimination
  • Landlord/Tenant
    • Chicago’s Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance (RLTO)
    • Security deposit disputes
    • Allocation of utilities disputes
  • Privacy
    • Data breach
    • Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA)
    • Cable Communications Policy Act (CCPA)
  • Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)
    • Sales and marketing calls
    • Text message campaigns
    • Blast faxes

For more information, please contact one of our practice group leaders: Victoria Collado, Danielle Gould, or Steve Meinertzhagen.

330 North Wabash Avenue, Suite 2100
Chicago, Illinois 60611-3607
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