Class Action Litigation


Representative Matters

Butler Rubin’s Class Action group assists clients in all areas of class representation from defeating class certification to negotiating class settlements and dealing with opt-outs. We emphasize early strategic thinking with the goal of obtaining the best business result for the client working through or around class counsel in order to minimize the impact of the litigation on the client’s business.

Our attorneys are experienced litigators who have defended clients, including insurers and financial institutions, in nationwide class action lawsuits brought under the securities and antitrust laws as well as federal consumer protection and state consumer fraud laws. We have also represented manufacturers in high-stakes class actions and as direct action plaintiffs who have exercised their rights to opt-out of the class. Our attorneys also act as national coordinating counsel and local counsel in class actions in the federal and state courts at the trial or appellate levels. Because of its reputation in class actions, Butler Rubin has been engaged by its insurance clients to monitor appointed defense counsel in and to provide coverage advice and pursue declaratory judgments on behalf of its insureds against class action plaintiffs suing under consumer protection statutes such as the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Butler Rubin has played a significant role in many leading multidistrict litigation proceedings, and has been active in the following cases:

Consumer Claims

  • C.E. Design v. Indiana Insurance, N.D. Ill.
  • Addison Automatics, Inc. v. The Netherlands Insurance Co., et al., D.Ma.
  • Antler v. Classic Residence Management, Illinois Appellate Court, 1st Dist.
  • Travel 100 Group, Inc. v. Mediterranean Shipping Company (USA) Inc., d/b/a MSC Cruises, Illinois Appellate Court, 1st Dist.
  • In re Ameriquest Mortgage Co. Mortgage Lending Practices Litigation, N.D. Ill.
  • Graney v. Foremost Insurance Co., Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois
  • Echevarria v. Chicago Title & Trust Co., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Allen v. Aronson Furniture Company, N.D. Ill.
  • Barrett v. Landamerica Onestop, Inc., N.D. Ill.
  • Frailey v. Netco, Inc., Circuit Court of St. Clair County, Illinois
  • Ross v. Portillos Restaurant Group, Inc., Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois
  • Trimarco v. Proctor & Gamble Manufacturing Co., Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois
  • Harter v. Auto Europe, et al., Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois
  • Cleary v. Phillip Morris, et al., Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois
  • In re Nicor Mercury Spill Litigation, Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois
  • Rieff v. Evans et al., State Court in Polk County, Iowa

Insurance Industry

  • Safeco, et al., v. American International Group, Inc. et al., N.D. Ill.
  • Christakos v. Intercounty National Title Ins. Co., N.D. Ill.
  • Perez v. GMAC Mortgage, N.D. Ill.
  • Williams v. Reliance Acceptance Corp., Bankr. D. Del.
  • Dennis v. Old Republic Insurance Company, Illinois Appellate Court, 1st Dist.


  • In re Vitamins Antitrust Litigation, D.D.C.
  • In re Aftermarket Filters Antitrust Litigation, N.D. Ill.
  • In re Linerboard Antitrust Litigation, E.D.P.A.
  • In re Visa/MasterCard Litigation, S.D.N.Y.
  • Motorola Mobility, Inc. v. AU Optronics Corporation, et al., N.D. Ill.


  • Fair Labor Standards Act collective actions


  • Fox v. Riverview Realty Partners, et. al.N.D. Ill.
  • Fox v. Prime Group Realty Trust, et. al.N.D. Ill.