A century of representing parties in thousands of cases, including hundreds of trials and appeals, many in the class action arena, makes Pullman & Comley the firm to choose when a class action suit is filed. Our experience in class actions is deep and broad, covering product liability, RICO, ERISA, antitrust, consumer protection, insurance and securities. And it does not stop at the courthouse steps. We are trial lawyers. We know how to litigate class actions, what arguments to advance to secure class certification, and what defenses will work to avoid it. If the circumstances call for it, we also know how to present the case at trial.
Our experience extends to actions brought by regulatory bodies, appearing in their parens patriae capacity on behalf of unspecified classes. We have also successfully defended cases in which mass parties are joined to avoid class action scrutiny.
- In a putative national class action in the Western District of Missouri, the plaintiff contended that a leading insurer’s failure to pay interest on certain disability benefits violated Tennessee law. One of our attorneys successfully moved for summary judgment. He then won affirmance of the district court’s order in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
- Pullman has served as trial counsel for one of the country’s largest life insurance companies in three class action ERISA cases challenging the company’s stable value products. Two cases were dismissed, and class certification was denied in the third case after one class representative withdrew subsequent to his deposition and the second was proven to be an inadequate representative.
- Pullman represented a leading commercial bank in a putative class action based on overdraft fees, in which the plaintiff sought damages in excess of $20 million. The Firm successfully moved to dismiss the complaint, on the ground that the claims were pre-empted by the federal regulatory scheme under which the bank operates. The case was then settled for a small fraction of the plaintiff’s original demand. When another plaintiff recently filed a related case under a different theory of liability, the bank hired Pullman to defend it again.
- Represented an insurer that intervened as plaintiff in a class action of 600 insurers, based on a competitor’s misconduct related to the National Workers Compensation Reinsurance Pool. Our attorney helped negotiate a $450 million deal, win approval of the settlement over the objection of the original plaintiffs, and brief the case in the Seventh Circuit. The original plaintiffs withdrew their objections after the briefing was completed.
- We have acted as counsel to some of Connecticut's most well-known restaurant chains in multiple suits that have been targeted for allegedly paying employees an unfair wage by claiming inappropriate tip credits. We succeeded at defending one of the class plaintiffs two primary claims and have challenged the remaining class on jurisdictional grounds.
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We successfully defend our clients in class action cases covering, product liability, RICO, ERISA, antitrust, consumer protection, insurance and securities.
In addition to handling overage disputes, the attorneys in Pullman & Comley's Insurance practice defend class actions and other litigation challenging computerized underwriting and claim handling systems.