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Areas of Practice

Class Actions & Mass Torts


Starnes Davis Florie is regularly called upon to defend clients in various industries in class actions around the country. In the last several years, the firm has defended over 70 national and state-wide class actions, often in cases involving novel or ground-breaking theories, with potential industry-wide impact.

The firm has particular class action experience in the areas of consumer finance, securities, products liability, and insurance. Starnes Davis Florie has served as coordinating counsel when clients have been confronted with multiple class actions in multiple jurisdictions.

Specific recent experience includes:

  • Matthews v. Brookstone Stores, Inc., 431 F.Supp.2d 1219 (S.D. Ala. 2006): obtained dismissal in class action alleging fraudulent design and distribution of a product
  • Bickley v. Caremark RX Inc., 461 F.3d 1325 (11th Cir. 2006): obtained dismissal of class action filed against PBM involving allegations of ERISA violations
  • Brown v. Protective Life Ins. Co., 353 F.3d 405 (5th Cir. 2003): twice obtained dismissal of putative class actions alleging violations of RICO and Louisiana Motor Vehicle Sales Act in sale of credit life insurance
  • Exhaust Unlimited, Inc. v. Cintas Corp., 223 F.R.D. 506 (S.D. Ill. 2004): defeated class certification in nationwide antitrust case in which firm served as national coordinating counsel for a Georgia-based linen service provider