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           Thursday, December 25, 2014, Vol. 16, No. 256


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* Most Active Class Action Defendant Law Firms - 2014

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* Most Active Class Action Defendant Law Firms - 2014
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The Class Action Reporter is pleased to provide our subscribers
the following list of law firms that we have identified as the 15
most active firms representing defendants in class action lawsuits
during 2014.

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and no reproduction or further use of this list is permitted
without the prior written consent of Beard Group, Inc., P.O. Box
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KIRKLAND & ELLIS LLP
300 North LaSalle
Chicago, IL 60654
     (With offices in Houston, Tex.; New York City; Los Angeles;
     Palo Alto, Calif.; San Francisco, Calif.; and Washington
     D.C.)
Telephone: (312) 862-2000
Facsimile: (312) 862-2200
http://www.kirkland.com/
     
     This year, Kirkland represented defendant companies in at
     least 45 class action lawsuits, including General Motors in
     several cases over its defective ignition switch systems;
     financial institutions like Barclays Bank PLC, Citigroup,
     Inc., Deutsche Bank AG, HSBC Holdings PLC, JPMorgan Chase &
     Co., Royal Bank of Scotland PLC, and UBS AG over alleged
     WM/Reuters Rates rate manipulation; Takeda Pharmaceutical,
     Mylan, Actavis, Watson Laboratories, Ranbaxy Laboratories,
     and Teva for allegedly restraining competition for ACTOS and
     ACTOSplus drugs.



LITTLER MENDELSON P.C.
650 California Street, 20th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108
Telephone: (415) 433-1940
Facsimile: (415) 399-8490
http://www.littler.com/

     Littler Mendelson is defending several companies in at least
     37 class action lawsuits filed this year over alleged
     violations of the Fair Labor Standard Act, and state labor
     laws; as well as claims pursuant to the Americans With
     Disabilities Act.  The cases include Anthropologie Inc.,
     Bebe Stores, The TJX Companies, Uber Technologies, Ulta
     Salon Cosmetics & Fragrance, Avis Rent A Car System,
     Methodist Hospital, and Family Dollar Stores.



BAKER, DONELSON, BEARMAN, CALDWELL & BERKOWITZ PC
First Tennessee Building
165 Madison Avenue, Suite 2000
Memphis, TN 38103
Telephone: (901) 526-2000
Facsimile: (901) 577-0818
http://www.bakerdonelson.com/

     Baker Donelson represented companies in at least 24 class
     action lawsuits filed in 2014.  The engagements include
     representing Medtronic Inc. in product liability suits
     arising from its Infuse(R) Bone Graft/LT-Cage(TM) Lumbar
     Tapered Fusion Device (Infuse(R)) product.  The firm also
     represents Provectus Biopharmaceuticals for alleged violation
     of the Securities and Exchange Act; and Citimortgage and
     Gladstone Law Group in cases alleging violations of the Fair
     Debt Collection Practices Act.



OGLETREE, DEAKINS, NASH, SMOAK & STEWART, P.C.
4370 La Jolla Village Drive, Suite 990
San Diego, CA 92122
Telephone: (858) 652-3100
Facsimile: (858) 652-3101
http://www.ogletreedeakins.com/

     Ogletree Deakins is defending several companies in at least
     22 class action lawsuits over alleged violations of the Fair
     Labor Standard Act, and state labor laws; as well as the
     Americans With Disabilities Act.  Those cases include Pentair
     Thermal Management, Tracer Industries Management, Tractor
     Supply Company, The Dress Barn, CarMax Auto Superstores,
     Victoria's Secret Stores, U-Haul Co. of Florida, and PCL
     Industrial Construction.



SEYFARTH SHAW LLP
131 South Dearborn Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60603-5577
     (With offices in Atlanta, Ga.; Boston; Houston, Tex.;
     Los Angeles; New York City; Sacramento, Calif.; San
     Francisco; and Washington D.C.)
Telephone: (312) 460-5000
Facsimile: (312) 460-7000
http://www.seyfarth.com/

     This year, Seyfarth Shaw was tapped to represent defendant
     companies in at least 20 class action lawsuits mostly
     alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standard Act; Americans
     With Disabilities Act; Telephone Consumer Protection Act; and
     Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.
     The cases include HSNi LLC dba Shopping Network, United
     Healthcare Services, Wellpoint Inc., Amerigroup New York,
     Costco Wholesale Corporation, Whole Foods Market California,
     Red Robin International, and AT&T Mobility Services.



MAYER BROWN LLP
71 S. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
     (With offices in Charlotte, N.C.; Houston, Tex.; Los Angeles,
     New York City; Palo Alto, Calif.; and Washington DC)
Telephone: (312) 782-0600
Facsimile: (312) 701-7711
http://www.mayerbrown.com/

     Mayer Brown represents defendant companies in at least
     18 cases, including Medtronic in at least 15 product
     liability suits related to the off-label use of the Infuse(R)
     Bone Graft device.  It also represents the National
     Collegiate Athletic Association, et al., in claims that its
     bylaws limit athletic scholarship benefits; and Nestle USA
     over alleged deceptive marketing and sales of Nescafe Decaf
     branded decaffeinated instant coffees.



JACKSON LEWIS P.C.
666 Third Avenue, 29th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Telephone: (212) 545-4000
Facsimile: (212) 972-3213
http://www.jacksonlewis.com/

     This year, Jackson Lewis represented various companies in
     at least 17 class action cases, mostly alleging violations
     of the Fair Labor Standard Act; and Americans With
     Disabilities Act.  The cases include Oil States Industries,
     Omnicare, Lucky Brand Dungarees Stores, BFC Management
     Company d/b/a Ace of Spades Detroit, Bob's Discount
     Furniture, Raleigh Restaurant Concepts, and Toys R Us.



LAW FIRM OF PEPPER HAMILTON LLP
3000 Two Logan Square
Eighteenth and Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2799
     (With offices in Berwyn, Pa.; Boston; Detroit; Harrisburg,
      Pa.; Los Angeles; New York City; Irvine, Calif.;
      Pittsburgh, Pa.; Princeton, N.J.; Redwood City, Calif.;
      Washington, D.C.; and Wilmington, Del.)
Telephone: 215-981-4000
Facsimile: 215-981-4750
http://www.pepperlaw.com/

     Pepper Hamilton represented Medtronic in at least 16 class
     action lawsuits alleging product liability for injuries over
     the use of Infuse Bone Graft/LT-CAGE Lumbar Tapered Fusion
     Device.



SIDLEY & AUSTIN LLP
One South Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60603
     (With offices in Boston; Dallas; Houston, Tex.; Los Angeles;
     New York City; Palo Alto, Calif.; San Francisco; and
     Washington, D.C.)
Telephone: (312) 853-7000
Facsimile: (312) 853-7036
http://www.sidley.com/

     Sidley Austin is defending several companies in at least
     16 class action lawsuits, including Delphi Automotive over
     the defective ignition switch systems in General Motors
     vehicles; The Neiman Marcus Group and Michaels Stores in
     consumer data theft cases; Kimberly-Clark over the deceptive
     marketing of flushable wipes; and Toshiba over the misleading
     advertising of LED TVs.



DINSMORE & SHOHL LLP
255 E. Fifth St., Suite 1900
Cincinnati, OH 45202
     (With offices in Charleston, W.Va.; Chicago; Columbus, Ohio;
     Covington, Ky.; Dayton, Ohio; Denver, Co.; Frankfort, Ky.;
     Lewisburg, W.Va.; Lexington, Ky.; Louisville, Ky.,
     Morgantown, W.Va.; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Washington,
     D.C.; and Wheeling, W.Va.).
Telephone: (513) 977-8200
Facsimile: (513) 977-8141
http://www.dinsmore.com/

     Dinsmore represented Skechers, U.S.A in at least 14 class
     action lawsuits over its marketing and advertising of the
     health benefits of Shape-up shoes; and Patterson Restaurant
     Group in a lawsuit alleging violations of the Fair Labor
     Standard Act and Ohio Minimum Fair Wage Standards Act.



FAEGRE BAKER DANIELS LLP
2200 Wells Fargo Center
90 S. Seventh Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
     (With offices in Indianapolis, Ind.; Boulder, Col.; Chicago;
     Denver, Col.; Des Moines, Iowa; Fort Wayne, Ind.; South Bend,
     Ind.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; Washington, D.C.)
Telephone: (612) 766-7000
           (800) 328-4393 (Toll free)
Facsimile: (612) 766-1600
http://www.faegrebd.com/

     Faegre Baker Daniels is defending various companies in at
     least 15 class action lawsuits, including retailer Target
     Corp. in at least eight lawsuits related to the 2013 consumer
     data theft; Pella Corp. over defective window products; and
     Wells Fargo over alleged unpaid wages.



MORGAN, LEWIS & BOCKIUS LLP
One Oxford Centre, 32nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-6401
Telephone: (412) 560-3300
Facsimile: (412) 560-7001
http://www.morganlewis.com/

     This year, Morgan Lewis represented various defendant
     companies in at least 14 class action lawsuits alleging,
     among others, violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act;
     Electronic Fund Transfer Act; and Americans With Disabilities
     Act.  The cases include J.P. Morgan Chase Bank; Freedom
     Mortgage; Dolgencorp LLC; Macy's Inc.; Geico General
     Insurance Company; Key Energy Services; and PNC Bank.



SCHIFF HARDIN LLP
233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 6600
Chicago, IL 60606-6473
     (With offices in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Lake Forest, Ill.; New
     York City; San Francisco; Dallas; and Washington, D.C.)
Telephone: (312) 258-5500
Facsimile: (312) 258-5600  
http://www.schiffhardin.com/

     Schiff Hardin represented Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., et al.,
     in at least 12 class action lawsuits over alleged fixing of
     aluminum price; and Gatestone & Co. International and State
     Farm Bank over alleged violations of the Fair Debt Collection
     Practices Act.



FORD & HARRISON, LLP
300 S Orange Ave., Suite 1300
Orlando, FL 32801
Telephone: (407) 418-2300
Facsimile: (407) 481-2327
http://www.fordharrison.com

     Ford & Harrison represented various defendant companies in
     at least 10 class action lawsuits alleging violations of the
     Fair Labor Standards Act.  The cases include Aaron's Inc.,
     Payless Shoesource, Valls Group, Osceola Regional Hospital,
     and R.T.G. Furniture.



TUCKER ELLIS LLP
925 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
Telephone: (216) 696-2045
http://www.tuckerellis.com/

     This year, Tucker Ellis represented Pfizer in at least eight
     class action lawsuits alleging product liability over its
     Lipitor drug.  The firm also represented Carrier Corporation
     and Morgan's Foods in separate cases.

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