Class Actions & Commercial Litigation

Wagstaff & Cartmell’s commercial litigation team has represented developers, franchisees, investors, large companies, small businesses and entrepreneurs in a wide range of litigation.

  • Recovered more than $800 million in class action litigation
  • Obtained dismissals in eight and nine figure disputes
  • Appointed to leadership positions in major class action suits

To learn more about our Commercial Litigation and Class Action work, contact us at (816) 701-1100.

Translating decades of experience into leading settlements

Our attorneys are recognized for their decades of commercial litigation experience and strong work ethics, which have resulted in seven to eight figure settlements and dismissals of eight to nine figure disputes.

We have experience in a wide range of subject matters, including:

  • Antitrust
  • Breach of contract
  • Business torts
  • Franchise litigation
  • Professional malpractice
  • Financial and investment fraud
  • SEC whistleblower/qui tam actions

Our team also has deep knowledge in prosecuting class action cases and has recovered more than $800 million from our clients in class actions alone. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business recently highlighted the firm’s reputation “for its expertise in complex commercial and antitrust class actions.” As a result of our expertise, we have been appointed to leadership positions in major, nationwide class actions ranging from federal statutory violations of the Sherman Act, RICO Act or ERISA, and various state law claims.

Notable Litigation

  • Dahl et al. v. Bain Capital Partners, LLC et al., No. 07-cv-12388 (D. Mass.)

    In late 2007, several shareholders who sold shares of stock to some of the largest U.S. private equity firms in leveraged-buyout transactions brought an antitrust action. They alleged that collusion had suppressed the price that they were paid for their shares of stock in these transactions that involved buying multi-billion-dollar U.S. public companies. In 2015, after almost seven years of conten

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  • In Re: Syngenta Litigation Case No. 27-cv-15-3785 (Hennepin County, Minnesota District Court)

    Wagstaff & Cartmell attorney, Ty Hudson, was appointed to the Plaintiffs Steering Committee of nine attorneys selected to prosecute a consolidation of more than 50,000 individual actions and a Minnesota state-wide class action brought by corn farmers and other entities against Syngenta alleging that the company prematurely released genetically modified corn seed that led to a de facto embargo

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  • $10 Million Settlement – Environmental Property Damage

    Wagstaff & Cartmell reached a $10 million class action settlement with an engineering firm on behalf of a class of Northwest Missouri landowners. The case involved allegations that a tannery distributed tannery sludge containing hexavalent chromium to landowners to use as fertilizer in four Missouri counties from 1983 to 2009. The defendant, an engineering firm, provided consulting services to

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  • In Re: Asacol Litigation (D. Mass)

    Wagstaff & Cartmell attorney, Ty Hudson, as court appointed co-lead counsel, prosecuted an illegal monopolization case arising from an alleged hard switch product hop. Judgments for the three named plaintiffs were entered by the court against defendants totaling more than $2.7 million.

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  • In Re: Potash Antitrust Lit. (N.D. Ill.)

    Wagstaff & Cartmell was counsel to a class of indirect purchasers who obtained settlements of $20.5 million in a price fixing action against potash suppliers.

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  • NECA-IBEW Welfare Trust Fund v AstraZenca, et al. (S.D.N.Y.)

    Putative class action by end payors of the drug Seroquel XL alleging anti-competitive agreements by drug companies to delay lower cost generics from coming to market in the U.S.

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  • In Re: Polyurethane Foam Antitrust Litigation, MDL 2196 (N.D. Ohio)

    Eric Barton served as Class Counsel for the indirect purchaser settlement class in an antitrust price fixing case arising from sales of polyurethane foam. He helped obtain settlements collectively valued at over $151 million.

  • Bang v. BMW of North America, No. 2:15-cv-6945 (D.N.J.)

    Wagstaff & Cartmell attorney, Eric Barton, served as Co-Lead Class Counsel in an excessive oil and battery consumption class action. He helped obtain final court approval of a settlement awarding financial and extended service benefits to a class of over 80,000 owners and lessees of BMW vehicles with an N63 engine.

  • Whitton v. Deffenbaugh Disposal, Inc., No. 2:12-cv-2247 (D. Kan.)

    Wagstaff & Cartmell attorney, Eric Barton, served as Co-Lead Class Counsel, obtaining a court-approved $7.6 million settlement for a class of commercial customers alleging breach of contracts for waste-hauling services.

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