practice areas

class action and multidistrict litigation

HDBD lawyers have handled class action litigation for clients across a broad spectrum of industries, from automotive manufacturers to pharmaceutical companies to funeral service providers, ranging from simple consumer actions to complex cases including anti-trust and Lanham Act claims. We have defended clients in class actions all over Texas and beyond, most recently defeating certification in Tennessee. Members of the firm have also served on steering committees for a series of nationwide class actions.

We approach class actions differently than other firms, realizing that each case is unique and analyzing the specific facts to determine the best strategy—including ways to favorably resolve the litigation prior to the class certification stage. Because of our special perspective, we have pioneered successful tactics such as attacking non-injury class actions on the basis of no standing to sue, resulting in early case dismissals.

Clients often believe class actions must be settled once they are certified. Not so at HDBD. Although we know how to avoid certification and trial, we recognize that the best way to resolution is demonstrating preparation, willingness and enthusiasm for trial. If this results in a favorable settlement, so be it. If not, we happily march into the courtroom.

Perhaps because of our deep trial experience, many clients have selected us to take a leading role in multidistrict litigation. Our Corpus office has been deeply involved in the asbestos MDLs for some time, and partner Mike Terry has successfully defended many seemingly unwinnable asbestos cases for Union Carbide. Although our size is moderate, clients often choose us for the big jobs.