Class Actions

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Appellate
Appellate
Appellate
Megan Oliver Thompson

Hanson Bridgett brings experience, knowledge, and passion to class action defense.
Our firm defends major class actions, multi-plaintiff claims based on associational standing, representative actions, mass torts, and other types of impact litigation involving the private and public sector. We defend clients in every facet of a class action proceeding, navigating them beyond class action proceedings in state and federal courts throughout California. We serve as lead counsel, local counsel, outside class oversight counsel, and special settlement counsel in matters valued into the hundreds of millions of dollars in dispute.

Our team is proactive, competent, and offers clients industry-specific expertise.
We have favorably resolved high-stakes, high-profile, bet-the-company actions and demands both in and out of court and in arbitration and mediation. We look for ways to immediately take the value out of the case so that it becomes less desirable for plaintiffs to litigate in terms of risk and reward. In every case, we combine our substantive knowledge of the law with a dedication to achieving the right result.

We develop thoughtful, effective, and meaningful strategies.
We work collaboratively with our clients to design a “big picture” plan of defense that has the best chance of succeeding. Our lawyers know the law, and prepare from day one to achieve the most favorable result consistent with each client’s specific goals. We act with purpose, and do not make arguments for the sake of argument, or litigate for the sake of litigation. We consistently deliver practical advice on the procedural and legal issues, coupled with specialized knowledge of the requisite industry and substantive legal disciplines involved in each case. Our objective is to create a macro strategy for the life cycle of the case that is realistic and based on facts, and never on emotion or short-term thinking.

We take the cost of defense very seriously.
Our team is dedicated to communicating options, associated costs and realistic potential outcomes to our clients from the very beginning of representation. We are pragmatic, and give clients choices when it comes to the right approach to class action defense. If we can steer our client away from a class action in a more economical manner than the cost of defense, we advise them to do so. We are about providing our clients with value, the right strategy, and the best possible advice at every turn. We also explore and pursue insurance coverage options as needed. 

We understand the impact a class action can have on an organization.
Given the range of our experience, we know that a class action can have serious repercussions on our client’s operations. Therefore, we work tirelessly to understand the facts and determine a comprehensive approach that best aligns with each client’s objectives, whether that means pursuing early resolution, striving to defeat class certification at all costs, or positioning the case for a decision on the merits. We know, from practical experience, that one size does not fit all when it comes to class action litigation, and we are skilled in guiding clients through the critical decisions involved in defending these lawsuits.