Casie D. Collignon

Partner

Denver
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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 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 a regular contributor to BakerHostetler'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 our 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, 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.
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, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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

  • 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.

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
Mandatory Disclosure of Third-Party Funding Agreements for Proposed Class Action Lawsuits
February 24, 2017
For years, certain lenders have agreed to fund all or part of a party’s litigation costs, usually in exchange for an agreed share of any recovered proceeds, as part of a practice called “third-party litigation funding.” This has spawned...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Court Refuses to Certify Class Due to Lack of Adequacy of Class Counsel
February 1, 2017
Fed. R. Civ. P. 23(a)(4) requires that the representative parties – the class representatives and their counsel – will adequately protect the interest of the class. Relatively few class-action decisions turn on the adequacy of class...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
A Look at Potential Supreme Court Nominees’ Class Action Decisions
January 31, 2017
Tonight, President Donald Trump is expected to nominate one of three federal appellate judges to the Supreme Court: Judge William Pryor of the Eleventh Circuit, Judge Neil Gorsuch of the Tenth Circuit or Judge Thomas Hardiman of the Third...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
The Supreme Court Will Review Whether Putative Class Actions Toll the Statute of Repose for Class Members’ Individual Securities Act Claims
January 19, 2017
On January 13, 2017, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in California Public Employees’ Retirement System v. ANZ Securities, Inc., No. 16-373 (ANZ Securities), to resolve whether the filing of a putative class action tolls the statute of...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
“Administrative Feasibility” Rejected in the Ninth Circuit
January 9, 2017
On Jan. 3, in Briseno v. Conagra Foods, Inc., Case No. 15-55727, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that Fed. R. Civ. P. 23 does not require class representatives to demonstrate that there is an “administratively feasible” means of...
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