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We defend automotive manufacturers and components suppliers in consumer class actions alleging fraud, violation of contract and warranty, and unjust enrichment. These cases involve allegations of defective engines, transmissions, ignition switches, paint, accessory belts, seat belts, lift gates, theft deterrence devices and other components. We defeated class certification or obtained dismissal or settlement on favorable terms in the following cases.

  • Ignition Switch Litigation. We represented a major automobile component manufacturer in a series of nationwide product liability class actions involving an ignition switch used in Ford vehicles, stemming from what at the time was the second-largest automotive recall in U.S. history. We defeated class certification, thereby ending the mass litigation.
  • Automotive Rollover Litigation. We defeated class certification in a putative nationwide class action in Maryland state court. The proposed class included more than 400,000 past and present owners of certain models of four wheel drive sport utility vehicles.
  • Bridgestone/Firestone Recall Litigation. We were among the firms representing Bridgestone/ Firestone in its highly publicized tread separation litigation, including involvement in the leading automotive recall matter in the country and the consumer class action litigation that ensued. Crowell & Moring previously worked extensively as national coordinating counsel and trial counsel in automotive rollover cases and other major automotive product liability litigation. We were hired by Firestone to help develop its regulatory and litigation defense. We were responsible for the trial theme, expert, and evidence development, and worked closely with other trial teams around the country in these high-profile, "bet-the-company" cases.
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car Class Actions. Enterprise Holdings, Inc. (EHI) was sued in a series of nationwide class actions in 2010, including Withrow v. EHI (U.S. Dist. Ct., S.D. W. VA) and Taylor v. EHI (U.S. Dis. Ct., C.D. Cal.), in which it was alleged that EHI failed to properly disclose the absence of allegedly standard side air bags in cars it rented and later sold. EHI achieved a very favorable settlement of one of the class actions that was filed in Missouri. Then, EHI successfully defended the settlement, and obtained dismissal of the remaining class actions.

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"COVID-19 Class Actions: Refund Disputes Rage Over Membership Fees & Event Tickets," Mass Tort, Product, and Consumer Litigation Alert (April 17, 2020). Contacts: Christopher A. Cole, Valerie M. Goo, Jennifer S. Romano, Raija Horstman, Eli Berns-Zieve, Siri Rao, Suzanne Trivette
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"Does Bristol-Myers Squibb Apply to Nationwide Class Actions in Federal Court? The First Two Federal Circuits Weigh In," Mass Tort, Product, and Consumer Litigation Alert (March 17, 2020). Contacts: Clifford J. Zatz, April Nelson Ross, Gloria Martinez Trattles
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"Class Action Alleging XRP is a Security Survives Critical Motion to Dismiss," White Collar Alert (March 2, 2020). Contacts: Michelle Ann Gitlitz, Jorge Pesok
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UK Litigation – Class Actions: A New Era in the UK? (January 22, 2020). Contributor: Robert Weekes.
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"Value Champion: Leveraging Investigations Teams to Impact the Bottom Line," GICLI's Fifth Annual Meeting, Incline Village, NV (October 15, 2019). Moderator: Daniel A. Sasse; Panelist: Deborah E. Arbabi.
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Super Lawyers Recognizes 82 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Across United States (Sep.20.2019)
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The Best Lawyers in America 2020 Recognizes 49 Crowell & Moring Attorneys, Three Selected as Lawyer of the Year (Aug.16.2019)
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Super Lawyers Recognizes 82 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Across United States (Oct.15.2018)
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The Best Lawyers in America 2019 Recognizes 38 Crowell & Moring Attorneys (Aug.15.2018)
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"The Proliferation of Class Actions Opt-Out Litigation: Prosecuting, Defending, and Settling Direct Actions," 5th Annual Western Regional CLE Program on Class Actions and Mass Torts, San Francisco, CA (June 22, 2018). Presenter: Daniel A. Sasse.
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