Class Action Defense - Appeals

Overview

Skilled in all phases of class action appeals, BakerHostetler’s Class Action Defense team represents clients before federal and state appellate courts in class certification appeals and appeals on the merits.

With decades of litigation experience, our attorneys are adept at creating persuasive written briefs and presenting strong and convincing oral arguments. We have successfully represented clients in appeals of class certification rulings and related issues in both state and federal courts.

Members of our Class Action Defense team have partnered with our national appellate team in preparing amicus briefs in several U.S. Supreme Court cases involving class action issues, including The Standard Fire Insurance Company, Petitioner v. Greg Knowles, Respondent and Comcast Corporation, et al., Petitioners, v. Caroline Behrend, et al., Respondents.

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  • Represented one of the largest national auto insurance companies in defense of an appeal of the denial of class certification in an action challenging specification of non-OEM body parts in covered repairs. Denial of class action affirmed on appeal.
  • Obtained key reversal in the Seventh Circuit of class certification in a major property damage class action against one of the nation’s largest insurers. In addition to saving our client tens of millions of dollars in reinspection and repair costs, the appellate court’s decision also established groundbreaking new principles in class certification rules.
  • Obtained affirmance of summary judgment in Florida court of appeals in favor of a national title insurer, eliminating client’s potential exposure to class damages in the range of $50 to $100 million. The decision also relieved title insurers throughout the state of liability in similar cases pending in trial courts.
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Experience

  • Represented one of the largest national auto insurance companies in defense of an appeal of the denial of class certification in an action challenging specification of non-OEM body parts in covered repairs. Denial of class action affirmed on appeal.
  • Obtained key reversal in the Seventh Circuit of class certification in a major property damage class action against one of the nation’s largest insurers. In addition to saving our client tens of millions of dollars in reinspection and repair costs, the appellate court’s decision also established groundbreaking new principles in class certification rules.
  • Obtained affirmance of summary judgment in Florida court of appeals in favor of a national title insurer, eliminating client’s potential exposure to class damages in the range of $50 to $100 million. The decision also relieved title insurers throughout the state of liability in similar cases pending in trial courts.
  • Achieved victory on behalf of a large regional bank with a Sixth Circuit decision providing greater assurance to Ohio banks that they cannot be held liable for alleged fraudulent activities of account holders years after those activities occur and that there is finality to commercial transactions involving negotiable instruments.
  • Successfully defended on appeal the decertification of class in putative class action against title insurance company seeking discounts on title insurance. The decision reaffirmed strict adherence to the class-action requirement of predominance and introduced the concept of the impermissible “fail-safe” class to the Sixth Circuit.
  • Successfully obtained review and reversed certification of class against telephone provider in Ohio Supreme Court on grounds that it is proper to evaluate the merits of plaintiffs’ claims when considering class certification requirements, extending Walmart v. Dukes to Ohio law.
  • Successfully defended on appeal the denial of class certification in putative class action against insurance company seeking payment of interest on settlements.

Recognition

  • Chambers USA: Litigation
    • Litigation: General Commercial (Ohio) – Band 2 (2019)
    • Litigation: General Commercial (Colorado) – Recognized (2019)
    • Retail: National – Recognized (2019)
  • Chambers USA:
    • Paul Karlsgodt – Litigation: General Commercial (Colorado), Band 4 (2019)
    • Daniel Warren – Litigation: General Commercial (Ohio), Band 2 (2019)
    • Ernest Vargo – Litigation: General Commercial (Ohio), Band 4 (2019)
  • Law360: Class Action "Practice Group of the Year" (2014)
  • LA Daily Journal: Top Appellate Reversals of 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America® 2018:
    • Rodger Eckelberry
    • Joseph Ezzie
    • Mark Johnson
    • Richard Knoth
    • Jerry Linscott
    • George Tzanetopoulos
    • Ernest Vargo
    • Daniel Warren
  • Corporate Counsel® magazine guide to in-house law departments: "Go-to Law Firm" for litigation.
  • Recognized as one of the top law firms for client service, BakerHostetler was named to the 2019 BTI Client Service 30 for the fifth consecutive year.

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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Standing in Uncertainty: Spokeo Three Years Later
By Brittany N. Lockyer, Kenneth G. Prabucki
May 21, 2019
In 2016, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Spokeo Inc. v. Robins, holding that even when Congress has granted parties a statutory right, a procedural violation of that right will not by itself satisfy the “concrete harm” requirement...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Supreme Court: Express Consent Required for Class Arbitration
May 14, 2019
On April 24, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that an ambiguous arbitration agreement does not provide a sufficient basis to conclude that parties agreed to class arbitration. In Lamps Plus, Inc. v. Varela, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
BakerHostetler Q1 2019 Insurance Class Action Update
April 25, 2019
The new year began with dramatic growth in vehicle total loss class actions over payment of sales tax and title transfer and registration fees, interpretations of the filed rate doctrine, and further activity in labor depreciation class...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Caution: Precertification Communications with Absent Class Members
March 28, 2019
Are absent members of an uncertified class or Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action “parties” and thus “represented” by plaintiff’s counsel? If so, is defense counsel prohibited from speaking with absent class members? At first...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Trial Courts Wrestle with Expert Testimony and Daubert at Class Certification
By William DeVinney
March 19, 2019
Expert testimony plays a critical role in nearly all putative class actions, including at the class certification stage where parties rely on expert evidence to address the requirements of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23. The Supreme...
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