Our lawyers have developed a focused practice in class action litigation, including a number of appeals that have helped to shape the law in Arkansas. That focused practice has given us the opportunity for broad experience across nearly every area of the law that is subject to the class action procedure. This experience serves our clients well because we understand the nuances of class action procedure as well as the manner in which a wide spectrum of trial judges apply the requirements of Rule 23 to the issues they face. Strategic litigation is more important in this area of the law than any other because the claims of thousands of class members make the stakes high in every case.
Our experience includes involvement in the development of class action procedures in cases such as BPS Inc. v. Richardson, 341 Ark. 834, 20 S.W.3d 403 (2000), and Baptist Health v. Haynes, 367 Ark. 382, 240 S.W.3d 576 (2006). We have been involved in large class actions with the potential to significantly impact our clients’ businesses, trying to a verdict the class claims in Farm Bureau Policy Holders & Members v. Farm Bureau Mut. Ins. Co. of Arkansas, Inc., 335 Ark. 285, 984 S.W.2d 6 (1998), and participating in the appellate team that reversed the class certification order in Union Pacific R.R. v. Vickers, 2009 Ark. LEXIS 204 (May 7, 2009).
Class action practice in the state and federal courts of Arkansas is one of our signature practice areas.