Casie D. Collignon

Partner

Denver
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Overview

Named a 2016 "Colorado Lawyer of the Year" by Law Week Colorado, Casie Collignon has achieved significant accomplishments in class action litigation, thereby limiting 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. While zealous representation is often accompanied by aggressive legal strategy, she also believes there is a time and place for cooperation in most litigation contexts. This approach has led to substantive and economic rewards for her clients. 

In the data privacy area, Casie assists clients with their most complex issues, including data breach and other privacy-related class actions. She is often sought out to represent 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 challenging because damages are pursued based on statutory penalties with no individual damage requirements. Casie's practice also includes complex business litigation experience, involving litigation surrounding the insurance, consumer and financial services 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 the firm’s Denver Digital Assets and Data Management Leader.

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Class Action
  • Successfully achieved dismissal of case against the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Cleveland Clinic in a putative class action brought against Facebook and various hospital systems and healthcare-related institutions that alleged certain healthcare institutions violated state and federal laws by transmitting information about consumers’ online browsing history to Facebook.
  • Obtained, with prejudice, dismissal of a nationwide class action against an electronics and video game retailer alleging that customers’ personal information was shared with Facebook in violation of the client’s privacy policy. Defended the dismissal in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, which resulted in the conclusion that the plaintiff failed to support his claims. Carlsen v. Gamestop, 833 F.3d 903 (8th Cir. 2016). The decision was particularly important for the industry because it addressed interpretation of privacy policies as a basis for consumer class action claims involving the use and transfer of customer data, which is a growing area of concern and potential litigation.
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
  • Successfully achieved dismissal of case against the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Cleveland Clinic in a putative class action brought against Facebook and various hospital systems and healthcare-related institutions that alleged certain healthcare institutions violated state and federal laws by transmitting information about consumers’ online browsing history to Facebook.
  • Obtained, with prejudice, dismissal of a nationwide class action against an electronics and video game retailer alleging that customers’ personal information was shared with Facebook in violation of the client’s privacy policy. Defended the dismissal in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, which resulted in the conclusion that the plaintiff failed to support his claims. Carlsen v. Gamestop, 833 F.3d 903 (8th Cir. 2016). The decision was particularly important for the industry because it addressed interpretation of privacy policies as a basis for consumer class action claims involving the use and transfer of customer data, which is a growing area of concern and potential litigation.
  • Successfully achieved dismissal of multiple class action lawsuits against a technology application company in multiple data breach lawsuits alleging that plaintiffs’ payment card and personal information was stolen and misused through online customer support services. The plaintiffs filed three separate lawsuits asserting claims in California and Georgia courts for violation of California’s Unfair Competition Laws, the Computer Fraud Act, the Stored Communication Act, negligence, breach of implied contract, negligence per se, and unjust enrichment. Successfully defeated all three actions, one on the basis of the first filed doctrine and two on the merits after motions to dismiss. Successfully blocked discovery at all phases of the cases to date.
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment in favor of Sutherland Healthcare Solutions, Inc., a healthcare billing services provider, in a putative class action seeking nearly $400 million in statutory damages under the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act arising out of the theft of eight computers.
  • Obtained, with prejudice, dismissal of a nationwide putative class action lawsuit filed in Nevada federal court against Envision Healthcare Corporation, which alleged claims stemming from a phishing attack on Envision’s systems. The decision clarified the pleading standard for damages in the data breach-context under Rule 12(b)(6). Additionally, prevailed on a motion to stay discovery pending the court’s ruling on the motion to dismiss. Pruchnicki v. Envision Healthcare Corp., et al., No. 2:19-CV-1193-JCM-BNW, 2020 WL 853516 (D. Nev. Feb. 20, 2020)
  • Obtained dismissals in the United States District Courts for the Northern District of California and Southern District of Florida for lack of personal jurisdiction of a nationwide putative class action lawsuit against Mediant Communications Inc., which alleged claims stemming from an attack on several of Mediant’s business e-mail accounts. The decision confirmed that a data breach’s impact on a state’s residents, standing alone, cannot confer personal jurisdiction over an allegedly negligent data host, even where tens of thousands of such residents may have been impacted. Toretto v. Mediant Commc’ns, Inc., No. 19-CV-05208-EMC, 2020 WL 1288478, at *1 (N.D. Cal. Mar. 18, 2020).
  • Won appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in automobile insurance case concerning whether automobile liability insurance limits can be “stacked” or multiplied by the number of insured vehicles when only one is involved in an accident. The Ninth Circuit affirmed below victory on summary judgment granted by the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana in favor of the insurance company. Morris v. Estate of Bishop, No. 16-35973, 2019 WL 3961252, at *1 (9th Cir. Aug. 22, 2019) affirming Morris v. Estate of Bishop, No. CV 16-6-BU-SEH, 2016 WL 6534180, at *1 (D. Mont. Nov. 2, 2016).
  • Secured an important appellate victory on an issue of first impression on behalf of an insurance company when the court upheld arguments laid out in brief arguing that the trial court committed a reversible error in denying the client the right to intervene in the trial court case, subjecting it to a multimillion-dollar exposure. This case was of great importance to the insurance industry because as collusive agreements become more popular, insurance companies’ right to intervene to protect their interests in subsequent bad-faith litigation is more important than ever. 
  • Played crucial liaison role in 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 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. Subsequent to the new, higher Colorado standard, litigated one of the first class certification hearings of the sued insurers and achieved one of the first class certification victories for the insurance company, 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. 
  • 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 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 the aftermath of California's Proposition 64, which significantly changed the 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 the insurance company.
  • 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, the plaintiffs successfully certified class against the 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.
  • 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).
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 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 and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Corporate International Global Awards: Class Action Litigation Lawyer of the Year (2017)
  • Colorado Super Lawyers "Rising Star" (2010 to 2013)
  • Law Week Colorado
    • Lawyer of the Year (2016)
    • "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
    • Class Actions, Derivative Suits and Mass Torts Subsection: Chair
  • 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

  • Co-led a team in conjunction with the ACLU and secured a $375,000 settlement for two victims of wrongful arrest in a drug sting. Clients were wrongly arrested and prosecuted based on false accusations, leading to the loss of their jobs and subsequent eviction from federally subsidized housing. 
  • Was instrumental in representing, in conjunction with the ACLU, proposed class of prisoners in case alleging prisoner abuse in Colorado state court. Was primary litigator in court-involved settlement which led to new safety standards and abolishment of certain types of torture devices.

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, Seventh Circuit, 2017
  • 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
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2018
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • 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

In The Blogs

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Data Counsel
The Destruction of Privilege and Work Product Protection for Data Breach Investigations?
By Joseph L. Bruemmer, David A. Carney, Casie D. Collignon, Joseph P. Collins, Craig A. Hoffman, Thomas E. Hogan, Theodore J. Kobus III, Aleksandra Vold
June 17, 2020
Attorneys play an important role in the incident response process. A skilled and experienced attorney can help organizations effectively respond to a security incident in a way that complies with obligations, protects key relationships...
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CCPA Class Actions: Can They Include a Blast From the Past?
By Casie D. Collignon
March 13, 2020
Our Digital Assets and Data Management teams have been tracking all aspects of the CCPA, so when Fuentes v. Sunshine Behavioral Health Group, LLC (Case No. 8:20-cv-00487, Central District of California) was filed on March 10, 2020...
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Entering the '20s – A New Era for Data Breach Class Actions?
By David A. Carney, Casie D. Collignon, Paul G. Karlsgodt, Christopher A. Wiech
February 21, 2020
As we move into a new decade, it has become clear that data breach litigation is here to stay. Last year brought us several incremental developments in the data breach litigation landscape but no paradigm shift in the way data breach class...
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Words Matter: Interpreting the CCPA's Private-Right-of-Action Provision
By Casie D. Collignon, Matthew D. Pearson
December 18, 2019
Subject to certain exceptions, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) provides a private right of action to “[a]ny consumer whose nonencrypted and nonredacted personal information … is subject to an unauthorized access and...
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CCPA Notice Requirements for Statutory Damages
By Casie D. Collignon, James R. Morrison
December 16, 2019
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2020, companies that collect personal information of California residents need to be prepared to prevent and defend against potentially catastrophic litigation if such personal information becomes compromised...
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