Casie D. Collignon

Partner

Denver
T 303.764.4037  |  F 303.861.7805

Casie Collignon is a recognized litigator in the class action arena with substantial experience in all aspects of class action litigation. She has made significant achievements in class action settlements, thereby limiting litigation exposure and business risks for her clients. Casie views class action defense with professional maturity, from a business perspective first and a litigation perspective second, taking whatever avenue is most advantageous to get the results her clients desire. She approaches all clients with a responsive eye toward their individual needs. While zealous representation is often accompanied by aggressive legal strategy, she also believes that there is a time and place for cooperation in most litigation contexts. This approach has led to substantive and economic rewards for her clients. Casie's practice includes other complex business litigation experience, including litigation surrounding the oil and gas industry. In this respect, Casie works closely with her clients to understand the history, context, and practicalities underlying any given dispute. It is her experience that these intangibles are just as important as the legal precedent in any litigation involving the oil and gas industry.

Casie is an editor and regular contributor to the firm’s Class Action Lawsuit Defense blog, commenting on the fields of new legal developments, class action settlements and practice pointers for class action practitioners. She has been commissioned by Bloomberg to co-author a treatise on defending consumer class actions. The publication will offer practical class action litigation tips and techniques that Casie has honed throughout her practice. She is the Hiring Partner for summer and fall recruitment for the firm’s Denver office.

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Class Action
  • Provided key contributions in amicus briefs filed to U.S. Supreme Court seminal class decisions in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, No. 11-864 (2013); Standard Fire v. Knowles, No. 11-1450 (2013); and Jacobsen v. Allstate, No. 19-976 (2014).
  • Successfully defeated class certification in multimillion-dollar consumer class action against a major auto insurance company in Colorado state court. Victory had significant implications for the auto insurance industry and class action jurisprudence in Colorado. Allegations regarding the insurance company’s marketing of its uninsured motorist product were filed against nearly every insurance company doing business in the state of Colorado. Litigated one of the first class certification hearings of the sued insurers and achieved one of the first class certification victories for client, which set the stage for nearly every other insurance company in the state with similar lawsuits pending against it. In the wake of other landmark decisions, the Colorado Supreme Court adopted more liberal standards for class certification than the United States Supreme Court. Successful defeat of class certification was obtained during one of the first class certification hearings following the new, higher Colorado standard.
  • Successfully dismissed class action lawsuit in multimillion-dollar ERISA breach of fiduciary duty lawsuit in North Dakota federal court against one of the largest hotel chain owners in the United States. Case was of particular importance due to strategy involved of waiting until class was certified to bring a dispositive motion so that the motion would be preclusive to the entire class. Claims were dismissed with prejudice without leave to amend.
Commercial Litigation
  • Successfully petitioned for en banc review to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals resulting in the published opinion of Hydro Resources, Inc. v. U.S. E.P.A., 608 F.3d 1131 (10th Cir. 2010) in a case involving uranium mining, EPA permits, and Indian country in New Mexico.
  • Successfully litigated oil and gas lease dispute including the negotiation of a new oil and gas lease that was more financially beneficial to the client in a Wyoming state court dispute.
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Experience

Class Action
  • Provided key contributions in amicus briefs filed to U.S. Supreme Court seminal class decisions in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, No. 11-864 (2013);Standard Fire v. Knowles, No. 11-1450 (2013); and Jacobsen v. Allstate, No. 19-976 (2014).
  • Successfully defeated class certification in multimillion-dollar consumer class action against a major auto insurance company in Colorado state court. Victory had significant implications for the auto insurance industry and class action jurisprudence in Colorado. Allegations regarding the insurance company’s marketing of its uninsured motorist product were filed against nearly every insurance company doing business in the state of Colorado. Litigated one of the first class certification hearings of the sued insurers and achieved one of the first class certification victories for client, which set the stage for nearly every other insurance company in the state with similar lawsuits pending against it. In the wake of other landmark decisions, the Colorado Supreme Court adopted more liberal standards for class certification than the United States Supreme Court. Successful defeat of class certification was obtained during one of the first class certification hearings following the new, higher Colorado standard.
  • Successfully dismissed class action lawsuit in multimillion-dollar ERISA breach of fiduciary duty lawsuit in North Dakota federal court against one of the largest hotel chain owners in the United States. Case was of particular importance due to strategy involved of waiting until class was certified to bring a dispositive motion so that the motion would be preclusive to the entire class. Claims were dismissed with prejudice without leave to amend.
  • Successfully defeated class certification in multimillion-dollar consumer class action against major auto insurance company in California state court. Victory came in aftermath of California’s Proposition 64, which significantly changed landscape for standing and predominance requirements for California’s proposed class representatives. Navigated court system that was dealing with significant change in class action law, and leveraged timing of law change into victory for client.
  • Successfully dismissed class action lawsuit in multimillion-dollar consumer class action against a major insurance company in Montana federal court. Victory leveraged significant differences between Montana state and federal law.
  • Played crucial role in achieving early class action settlement for major auto insurance company in federal court in Kentucky. After settlement, plaintiffs successfully certified class against remaining defendants, and certification order was upheld by Sixth Circuit.
  • Successfully achieved early class action settlement for major auto insurance company in New Mexico state court, while other insurance companies continue to litigate the issues within federal court in New Mexico.
  • Has represented insurers of healthcare companies for data breaches and privacy violations. With little precedent for certification in such cases, class actions are particularly difficult because damages are based on statutory penalties with no individual damage requirements. Created valuable exposure and case risk analyses for firm’s clients to facilitate settlement in these cases.
Commercial Litigation
  • Successfully petitioned for en banc review to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals resulting in the published opinion of Hydro Resources, Inc. v. U.S. E.P.A., 608 F.3d 1131 (10th Cir. 2010) in a case involving uranium mining, EPA permits, and Indian country in New Mexico.
  • Successfully litigated oil and gas lease dispute including the negotiation of a new oil and gas lease that was more financially beneficial to the client in a Wyoming state court dispute.

Recognitions

  • Colorado Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2010 to 2013)
  • Denver Business Journal's "Outstanding Women in Business" (2011)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
    • Chair: Class Actions, Derivative Suits and Mass Torts Subsection
  • Denver Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Division: former President
    • Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award (2007)

Community

  • Denver Urban Debate League: Co-Founding Board Member

Pro Bono

  • Was instrumental in representing proposed class of prisoners in case alleging prisoner abuse in Colorado state court as part of representation in conjunction with the ACLU. Was primary litigator in court-involved settlement which led to new safety standards and abolishment of certain types of torture devices.

Services

Prior Positions

  • Clerk for the Honorable John Daniel Dailey, Colorado Court of Appeals
  • University of Denver Law Review: Managing Editor

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2005
  • Colorado, 2003

Education

  • J.D., University of Denver College of Law, 2003; Managing Editor, Denver University Law Review; Participant, Moot Court competitions; Recipient, award for outstanding academic achievement in Legal Ethics
  • B.A., University of Missouri - Kansas City, 1999

Blog

In The Blogs

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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
In “Zombie” Class Action, Seventh Circuit Requires Plaintiffs to Present Evidence to Prove Home-State Exception to CAFA Jurisdiction
August 22, 2014
On Tuesday, the Seventh Circuit decided Myrick v. Wellpoint, Inc., Nos. 12-3882, 13-2230, 2014 WL 4073065 (Aug. 19, 2014), which highlights the necessity held that plaintiffs were required to produce evidence—and not merely...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Nominations Open for ABA Journal’s Top 100 Legal Blogs – Class Action Lawsuit Defense
August 1, 2014
The American Bar Association Journal announced that it is compiling its annual list of the 100 best legal blogs and invites readers to submit a nomination: Use the form below to tell us about a blog—not your own—that you read regularly and...
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The Latest on the Use of Retained Asset Accounts to Pay Life Insurance Benefits
July 21, 2014
In Merrimon v. Unum Life Insurance Co. of America, 2014 WL 2960024 (1st Cir. July 2, 2014), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit became the third circuit court to approve an insurance company’s use of a retained asset account...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Sixth Circuit Affirms Certification and Summary Judgment for TCPA Class, Despite State Law Class Action Prohibition
July 14, 2014
On July 9, 2014, the Sixth Circuit affirmed a district court ruling that a consumer TCPA class action could proceed against Lake City Industrial Products, rejecting Lake City’s argument that Michigan law prohibited TCPA class actions. ...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Basic Is Dying a Slow Death: The Supreme Court Upholds the Fraud-on-the-Market Presumption in Halliburton but Allows Rebuttal
June 26, 2014
Given the opportunity to overrule its landmark 1988 decision in Basic v. Levinson, in which it created the fraud-on-the-market presumption, the Supreme Court declined. The Court found in its decision this week in Halliburton that, while it...
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