Class Action & Mass Tort
Relying on a tested team approach, our attorneys become impassioned advocates for our clients.
By its very nature, class action/mass tort litigation places the client at tremendous risk, risks that include extensive litigation costs and resources, dangerous legal precedents spurring copycat litigation in other jurisdictions, and, most significantly, exorbitant liability exposure. Heyl Royster understands that these claims place enormous burdens on companies that need to focus their resources on business rather than legal challenges. Heyl Royster advocates for firm clients in defense of class action and mass tort claims relying on a tested team approach that enables us to learn the client's business and become impassioned advocates.
Heyl Royster was very well positioned to respond to the burgeoning class action filings in plaintiff-friendly Illinois venues in the 1990s and early 2000s. During that time, Illinois became a battleground where many class action attorneys sought to obtain certification of national classes in state court venues, often seeking to apply Illinois law to class members who had no contact with the state. Heyl Royster's role in advancing the law regarding issues such as improper venue, choice of law provisions, improper application of state consumer laws in class contexts, and over-broad class certifications continues today.
CLASS ACTIONS/MASS TORT SERVICES
- Agriculture/food processing and labeling
- Consumer retail transactions
- Landlord/tenant disputes
- Local government
- Medical devices/ products
- Securities/mutual funds
- Tax assessment
WHEN EXPERIENCE MATTERS
Do you have a current or emerging issue arising from a group of plaintiffs asserting claims? If your business, organization, or you as an individual need premier defense services from an industry-leading class action and mass tort defense law firm, the dedicated legal minds at Heyl Royster are ready to provide you with the legal advice and legal services that you deserve. From medical cases to environmental disputes, healthcare, and more, our wide-ranging practices are staffed by experienced litigators ready to come to your defense.
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Land v. Montgomery – Eight-week medical malpractice class action lawsuit.
Gridley v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 217 Ill. 2d 158, 840 N.E.2d 269 (2005) – Application of forum non conveniens principles to consumer class action, ultimately resulting in dismissal of Illinois (Madison County) class action in favor of State of Louisiana.
Rix v. Heartland Regional Medical Center, No. 5-07-0006 (5th Dist. 2008) – Affirmation of dismissal of class action claim brought pursuant to the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act regarding hospital pricing of services provided to uninsured patients.
Avery v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 216 Ill. 2d 100, 835 N.E.2d 801 (2005) – Replacement parts class action tried to verdict. Served as lead trial counsel and co-counsel on appeal.