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Courts and clients routinely choose Seeger Weiss for our proven experience, innovative approach, and substantial recoveries in class action lawsuits.

A class action is a lawsuit brought by individuals or entities on behalf of a larger group who’ve been injured or damaged by similar products, fraud, or unlawful conduct.  By allowing class members to bring one collective lawsuit, a class action makes it efficient and economical to sue a large company or institution—even if the damage to each class member is small or it would be too difficult or expensive to sue on your own.  A class action allows members to stand stronger together, whether they are a few or a few thousand.

Seeger Weiss represents plaintiffs in class actions in many fields, including: consumer fraud; defective medical devices, pharmaceuticals, automobiles, and consumer products; antitrust violations; securities fraud, ERISA violations; and environmental injuries.  We represent classes of individuals, businesses and government agencies in state and federal courts across the country.  We frequently serve as Lead or Co-Lead counsel for the class or as part of court-appointed leadership committees.

Since 1999, Seeger Weiss has helped recover billions for our clients in class actions.  Recent examples include:

  • Seeger Weiss represented a massive class of nearly 600,000 consumers against automaker Volkswagen (VW), which equipped some of its Audi, Porsche and VW diesel vehicles in the U.S. with software designed to cheat emissions testing, polluting the environment at levels up to 40 times higher than registered. Working in conjunction with U.S. government agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice, Seeger Weiss served on the plaintiffs’ steering and settlement committees and as one of the lead negotiators, helping recover a $21 billion corporate settlement, the largest in history.  It includes a massive buyback program for consumers, environmental remediation and investment in green vehicle technology.  The firm continues to represent plaintiffs in the ongoing litigation.

 

  • Seeger Weiss served as lead counsel for a class of over 20,000 retired National Football League (NFL) players against the League, over brain and neurological injuries resulting from head hits and concussions. The firm negotiated a settlement of substantial awards (as great as $5 million for the most seriously injured), for an estimated total value of over $1 billion, ensuring medical care and meaningful compensation for the players and their families.

 

  • Seeger Weiss represented close to 5,000 U.S. property owners against German company Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin (KPT), worldwide distributor of drywall manufactured in China. Many of the plaintiffs were rebuilding their homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, only to discover that their new drywall was toxic.  As Lead Trial Counsel, the firm obtained successful verdicts in a succession of bellwether trials, leading to a national settlement valued at about $1 billion.

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Consumer Products

Environmental

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Medical Devices

Pharmaceutical

Securities

Sports

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