Class Action & MDL Litigation

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Effective Solutions for Complex Disputes

As a highly regarded civil defense firm, Williams Montgomery & John Ltd. regularly is called upon by major corporate clients to provide representation in complex, high-stakes class action and multidistrict litigation around the country. The firm's attorneys have served as national or regional trial counsel in dozens of product liability, mass tort and commercial class action matters. We have successfully resolved class actions through decertification, dismissal and reasonable settlement.

In the product liability area, our attorneys have defended manufacturers and distributors in personal injury and wrongful death claims involving pharmaceuticals, silicone breast implants, medical devices, toys and other children's products, food products, power tools, aircraft engines, furnace filters, industrial equipment, farm equipment and a range of other consumer and industrial products.

For example, as Chevron's supervising North American counsel in the High Temperature Plastic Vent Pipe Litigation, one of our attorneys supervised and coordinated the successful defense of nationwide class actions against the company and negotiated an innovative industry wide corrective action plan. Another of our attorneys served as national coordinating and trial counsel representing a drug distributor in the fen-phen class action litigation. We also have represented manufacturers in toxic tort and medical monitoring class actions involving trichloroethylene (TCE), diethylstilbestrol (DES), ureaformaldehyde, salmonella and building products.

Williams Montgomery & John has an active practice defending commercial class actions as well. The firm currently serves as national class action defense counsel for a subsidiary of Zurich, one of the largest insurers in the world, defending that subsidiary in national and state-wide class actions. We have defended numerous class actions involving contract and consumer claims, including late fee litigation against a major video rental company, homeowner taxation litigation against a municipality, breach of warranty and consumer fraud litigation against a candy manufacturer, broker-dealer misfeasance litigation against a securities brokerage and breach of fiduciary duty litigation against an ESOP trustee.

The firm's class action litigation practice is led by partner Charles Tompkins. 

For more information about the firm's class action and MDL litigation practice, please contact Mr. Tompkins at 312.443.3286 or