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 financial services and oil and gas industries. 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 these industries.

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).
  • Defends class actions in the complex and cutting edge area of data privacy, including data breach class actions and other privacy related class actions. Represented insurers of healthcare companies, businesses with substantial online services, and business in the social media space. With little precedent for certification in such cases, class actions are particularly difficult because damages are sought based on statutory penalties with no individual damage requirements.
  • Played crucial liaison role in a putative nationwide plaintiff and defendant class action alleging consumer, antitrust, and RICO claims against more than 100 property and casualty insurers. Worked with more than 100 defense counsel to organize a coordinated defense strategy for dismissal of all claims. 
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 defended financial services company in a partition trial, securing lien priority and preventing unfavorable foreclosure of property.
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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).
  • Defends class actions in the complex and cutting edge area of data privacy, including data breach class actions and other privacy related class actions. Represented insurers of healthcare companies, businesses with substantial online services, and business in the social media space. With little precedent for certification in such cases, class actions are particularly difficult because damages are sought based on statutory penalties with no individual damage requirements.
  • Played crucial liaison role in a putative nationwide plaintiff and defendant class action alleging consumer, antitrust, and RICO claims against more than 100 property and casualty insurers. Worked with more than 100 defense counsel to organize a coordinated defense strategy for dismissal of all claims. 
  • 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.
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.
  • Successfully defended financial services company in a partition trial, securing lien priority and preventing unfavorable foreclosure of property.
  • Defends financial services companies, lenders, assignees, and assignors in litigation in federal and state courts regarding lien priority, partition, quiet title, and fraud allegations. In these engagements, successful litigation strategy is often related to timing of the allegations in the market, fact sensitivity, and business considerations for the client.

Recognitions

  • Colorado Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2010 to 2013)
  • Law Week Colorado's "Barrister's Best": Best Class Action/Mass Tort Lawyer for Defendants (2015)
  • 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

Industries

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 Sturm College of Law, 2003; Managing Editor, Denver University Law Review; Recipient, award for outstanding academic achievement in Legal Ethics
  • B.A., University of Missouri - Kansas City, 1999; Member, National Champion Debate Team

Blog

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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
The Seventh Circuit Revisits Standing for Data Breach Class Actions
February 5, 2016
One obstacle for named plaintiffs in proposed data breach class actions is the extent to which plaintiffs must allege an injury-in-fact to have standing. Disputes often arise about whether proactive efforts to mitigate against the...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Arkansas Federal Court to Consider Sanctioning Attorneys for Using Federal Jurisdiction as “Bargaining Chip” in Negotiating State-Court Class Settlement
January 27, 2016
In Adams et al. v. United Services Automobile Ass’n et al., W.D. Ark. No. 2:14-cv-02013, Chief District Judge P.K. Holmes III of the Western District of Arkansas will soon decide whether to sanction attorneys who negotiated a class...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Supreme Court Holds Unaccepted Offers for Full Relief Do Not Moot Class Actions
January 21, 2016
Relying on “basic principles of contract law,” the Supreme Court on Wednesday held that an unaccepted settlement offer and offer of judgment under Rule 68 are “legal nullit[ies]” that have no effect on whether a live controversy remains...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Supreme Court Disconnects Plaintiffs’ Attempt to Avoid Class Arbitration Waiver
December 16, 2015
In a 6-3 decision yesterday, the Supreme Court in DirecTV, Inc. v. Imburgia, 577 U.S. ___, S. Ct. (2015) reversed a decision of the California Court of Appeals that refused to enforce a class action arbitration waiver on unconscionability...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Akron Law Review Symposium Issue on the Class Action Jurisprudence of the Roberts Court
November 16, 2015
In the latest edition of the Akron Law Review, The Class Action After a Decade of Roberts Court Decisions, Volume 48, Issue 4 (2015), partner Paul Karlsgodt and Dustin contributed to “The Practical Approach: How the Roberts Court Has...
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