King & Spalding’s healthcare lawyers have extensive experience in defending healthcare industry clients against major class action lawsuits involving a wide spectrum of legal and policy issues. As one of the leading firms in the country in both mass consumer class action litigation and healthcare business and regulatory matters, King & Spalding combines our extensive industry expertise with a bench of over 400 active litigators. This includes twelve members of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, an honor limited to the top 1% of lawyers in any state.
Recognizing the time and expense involved in defending a class action, our seasoned class action attorneys put our clients in the best position to defeat class certification or obtain an early dismissal. Our lawyers have a proven track record of vigorously defending our clients at trial, negotiating favorable settlements and handling appeals. When discovery is required, our clients benefit from the firm’s nationally known Discovery Center which uses state-of-the-art techniques and cost-effective personnel to handle major document collection and analysis projects which are often necessary in complex litigation.
Our defense of clients in healthcare class actions has ranged from complex discovery disputes, to class certification battles, to the defense of novel contract and product liability theories. King & Spalding has been retained to defend numerous non-profit hospital systems against lawsuits brought on behalf of uninsured patients by a consortium of well-known plaintiff’s lawyers and has represented a national health plan in a class action alleging fraud, RICO and breach of contract claims. The firm represented Purdue Pharma L.P. in its 32 state class action litigation concerning marketing of the pain medication OxyContin®. The firm also serves as national coordinating counsel for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK's) Paxil® class action litigation.
The firm handles major class actions for clients including: The Coca-Cola Company, Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company, The Home Depot, Nissan Motor Corporation, Texaco, Inc. and many others.