Covington’s Class Action Litigation Group has achieved successful outcomes for some of the world’s leading companies in their most important disputes.

Our team has been recognized by Law360 as one of its “Class Action Groups of the Year,” after we secured favorable outcomes on cutting-edge class action issues in cases with billions of dollars in potential exposure for several of the world’s leading financial, technology, and life sciences companies. Our expertise in the intricacies of class action procedure and strategy, the substance of the law, creative approaches to every case, and the special considerations affecting individual industries provides an invaluable advantage in defeating attempts to pursue large damages awards and other broad relief.

We pride ourselves on bringing the right resources to every case, including our deep regulatory and industry expertise. Covington offers a unique blend of:

Breadth of Experience

Our team represents companies in class actions in nearly every major substantive area in which such suits are brought, including, among others, antitrust, consumer protection, privacy, product liability, securities, employment, and ERISA.

Early Resolution Successes

We have a long history of defeating class actions at the early stages of the cases. We routinely win dismissals on the pleadings, saving our clients years of litigation expenses.

Class Certification Victories

From the outset of a case, we focus on developing the factual and legal arguments necessary to defeat class certification outright, or to limit any class certification in ways that substantially reduce our clients’ potential exposure. And few can match our proficiency in handling appeals that challenge—or defend—decisions on class certification.

Summary Judgment, Trial, and Appellate Experience

Our class action litigators know how to develop a favorable record, and we consistently obtain favorable results on summary judgment, at trial, and on appeal.

Multi-Defendant Class Actions

We bring exceptional experience and resources to managing multi-defendant litigation. We have served as lead counsel in some of the most complex, multi-jurisdictional class actions. Other law firms trust Covington’s class action litigators to take the lead on issues most important to a joint defense effort.

Regulatory and Industry Expertise

In defending class actions, our litigators work closely with our leading regulatory and industry experts, whose deep knowledge of relevant regulatory frameworks often gives our clients the extra edge needed to achieve their litigation goals. In leveraging this expertise, we regularly represent leading companies in a range of industries, including:

  • Consumer Products
  • Entertainment and Media
  • Financial Services
  • Food and Beverage
  • Gaming
  • Life Sciences and Pharmaceuticals
  • Sports
  • Technology
  • Transportation and Energy

We have achieved successful results for our clients in cases featuring some of the most cutting-edge, novel issues of the day, including:

  • Advertising and marketing
  • Arbitration
  • Business and human rights
  • Competition and antitrust
  • Content moderation
  • Data privacy and cybersecurity
  • Employment and employee benefits
  • Environmental and social governance
  • Fee-charging practices
  • Financial instruments
  • Internet gaming
  • Internet transactions and payment processing
  • Mass torts
  • Medical monitoring
  • No poaching agreements
  • Product labeling
  • Prop 65
  • True lender

Venue Experience

Our lawyers litigate in federal, state, and appellate courts throughout the country. With coverage across all five of our U.S. offices (Washington DC, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, and New York), our team has handled matters in most of the major class action forums and is well attuned to the special considerations arising in each jurisdiction, enabling us to hit the ground running.

Indemnification and Insurance Coverage

Clients often overlook that indemnification or insurance coverage may be available for events that give rise to class action lawsuits, and Covington’s leading commercial litigation and insurance recovery practices have often helped clients obtain coverage for many types of class action claims.