Morrison & Foerster’s reputation in class action defense has put us on a short list of firms that general counsel nationwide routinely identify as leaders in the field. We defend clients against class actions that span a multitude of different subject areas, including securities, RICO, false advertising, unfair business practices, products liability, financial services, labor and employment, antitrust, and environmental law. We defend nationwide class actions, including as national coordinating counsel, in state and federal courts, and in multi-district litigation where we have served as national coordinating counsel.
We regularly win early dismissal of cases for clients. Few firms can match our record of decisions denying class certification, or trying bet-the-company class action cases to verdict.
Our success in representing clients against a multitude of consumer class actions has earned us the recognition by Legal 500 as a "first tier" law firm in the category of "Consumer Products." Our partner, William Stern, is the recognized authority on California’s Unfair Competition Law, Business & Professions Code section 17200, the author of The Rutter Group’s treatise on the subject, and the principal author of the amendment to section 17200 known as Proposition 64.
Our class action practice draws on the national expertise of our lawyers in a variety of industries, including consumer products and retail, financial services, food and beverage, technology, environmental matters, energy, and life sciences.
Our clients include Capital One, Classic Residence by Hyatt, The Clorox Company, Coca-Cola Company, Costco Wholesale Corp., Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc., Iovate Health Sciences Inc., Kyocera International Inc., LensCrafters Inc., Lucasfilm Ltd., Mattel Inc. and McKesson Corp.
Legal 500 US 2016 Tier 2: Marketing and Advertising
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2014 National: Commercial Litigation (Tier 1) Los Angeles: Commercial Litigation (Tier 1) New York: Commercial Litigation (Tier 1) San Diego: Commercial Litigation (Tier 1) San Francisco: Commercial Litigation (Tier 1)
American Lawyer Honorable Mention, Litigation Department of the Year 2010
Benchmark Litigation 2014 California: Litigation New York: Litigation National: General Commercial Litigation
Chambers USA 2014 National: Financial Services Regulation: Banking (Regulatory Enforcement & Investigations) National: Transportation: Aviation: Litigation California: Antitrust California: Litigation: General Commercial California: Labor and Employment New York: Litigation: General Commercial
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