• About Audet & Partners, LLP

    Audet & Partners is a nationally recognized firm located in San Francisco affiliated with firms throughout the United States.
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  • Nationally Recognized

    William Audet has been recognized for professional excellence as a 2013 Superlawyer and "Top Attorneys" of Northern California.
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  • Defective Pharmaceuticals

    Audet & Partners has extensive experience in pursing Defective Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices cases and recovered hundred of millions for our clients.
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Class Action Lawyers

by July 31, 2014

Audet & Partners, LLP – “A Law Firm Working For You.”

Experienced Class Action Lawyers and Complex Litigation Attorneys

Audet & Partners, LLP is a nationally recognized plaintiff’s law firm located in San Francisco and affiliated with law firms throughout the United States. The class action lawyers at Audet & Partners, LLP have dedicated their practice to complex litigation involving personal injury, defective pharmaceuticals, defective consumer and home products, employment litigation, consumer class action, fraud, bad faith insurance claims, price fixing & anti-trust, shareholders & securities, toxic torts, and whistleblower or qui tam actions.  Our attorneys have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for clients in class action lawsuits and non-class action litigation.

About Us

Clients Come First

Clients come first at Audet & Partners, LLP. Clients have found that we are easy to work with. We do not believe in voicemail. We believe in getting a live person when you pick up the phone. If you ever need to talk to us at any time regarding your case, simply pick up the phone and give us a call. We are here to help.  

Experience

Our attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience in defective product, defective medical device, consumer, class action, anti-trust and pharmaceutical litigation. When you work with an attorney at Audet & Partners, you can be assured of professional and experienced representation. Many of our attorneys have previously worked for some of the largest and oldest law firms in the country, and they bring that top notch experience here, for you.

Need More Information?

Call us at any time at 800.965.1461. Or explore our award-winning website to learn more about our firm, our attorneys and the cases we are currently handling.

Leadership

As outlined in our firm resume, our attorneys have had significant experience in state and federal court and in arbitration and mediation. We have represented clients in dozens of jurisdictions, from Florida to Maine to Alaska to Missouri to California, to name a few. In all of these jurisdictions, we have been recognized for our litigation skills and in many cases, we are appointed to a leadership position to better serve the needs our of clients and the case as whole.  

An Important Decision

The decision to hire a lawyer is an important one. We recommend that you read our firm resume, and explore our website to learn more about us. If you ever have any questions, we are just a phone call away.

Technology

It's no secret that today's world moves at a fast pace. The legal profession has not escaped this technology race. Modern lawyers must also be technologists and must be able to use such things as electronic filing, online databases, online legal research, and CRM (client relationship management) software. At Audet & Partners, we embrace this new technology. But we never forget that the reason for all of this technology is so that we can help you better.

Current Investigations

What is a Class Action?

(1) What is a class action?
(2) What are the advantages of class actions?
(3) What is the difference between a class action and "mass tort" litigation?
(4) When is a class action not an appropriate way to seek compensation?
(5) How can Audet & Partners, LLP help you pursue a class action claim?

  (1) What is a class action?
    • • A class action is a process in which one or more persons or businesses represent a group of similarly situated individuals or businesses.
    • • In federal court, the process is provided for under the federal rules of civil procedure, Rule 23.
    • • Class actions in state courts are governed by similar procedures, with some variations regarding the process of obtaining certification.
 
(2) What are the advantages of class action?
    • • Aggregation of the class members claims will increase the efficiency of the legal process, and lower the costs of litigation for the class members. In cases with common questions of law and fact, aggregation of claims into a class action will likely avoid the necessity of repeating "days of the same witnesses, exhibits and issues from trial to trial." (quote from oft cited case, Jenkins v. Raymark Indus. Inc., 782 F.2d 468, 473 (5th Cir. 1986) (granting certification of a class action involving asbestos)).
    • • As the United States Supreme Court has noted, a class action may overcome the reality of the fact that “small recoveries do not provide the incentive for any individual” to file an individual (cited in Amchem Prods., Inc. v. Windsor, 521 U.S. 591, 617 (1997) ).
    • • With the class action process, a corporate wrongdoer who engages in widespread harm, is obligated at the end of the day to in fact those individuals for their injuries.
    • • The class action process not only provides a mechanism for restitution and other payments to the class members, but also deters future wrongdoing by the same defendant (and even others).
    • • Class actions also have the benefit of modifying behavior of not only a defendant, but of the others in an industry. Under the Rule 23, a defendant or set of defendants can be sued in an effort to protect certain rights of others. This tool has been used in a variety of cases and claims, including privacy rights, civil rights and discrimination based claims.
    • • In "limited fund" cases, a class action ensures that all plaintiffs have the potential to obtain monetary benefits on an equitable basis (as opposed to first to file, first to recover). In Ortiz v. Fibreboard Corp., 527 U.S. 815 (1999), the United States Supreme Court emphasized that class actions provide for an orderly manner of allocation of limited funds. A class action in such a situation centralizes all claims into one venue where a court can equitably divide the assets amongst all the plaintiffs if they win the case.
    • • A class action, in some situations, avoids the situation where different court rulings could create "incompatible standards" of conduct for the defendant to follow. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 23(b)(1)(A). For example, a court might certify a case for class treatment where a number of individual bond-holders sue to determine whether they may convert their bonds to common stock. Refusing to litigate the case in one trial could result in different outcomes and inconsistent standards of conduct for the defendant corporation. Thus, courts will generally allow a class action in such a situation. See, e.g., Van Gemert v. Boeing Co., 259 F. Supp. 125 (S.D.N.Y. 1966).
 
(3) What is the difference between a class action and "mass tort" litigation?
    • • The Advisory Committee Notes to federal class action rules note that mass torts are ordinarily "not appropriate" for class treatment. Class treatment may not improve the efficiency of a mass tort because the claims frequently involve individualized issues of law and fact that will have to be re-tried on an individual basis. See Castano v. Am. Tobacco Co., 84 F.3d 734 (5th Cir. 1996) (rejecting nationwide class action against tobacco companies).
    • • Mass torts also involve high individual damage awards; thus, the absence of class treatment will not impede the ability of individual claimants to seek justice.
 
(4) When is a class action not an appropriate way to seek compensation?
    • • Not every client’s case should proceed as a ‘class action.’
    • • At Audet & Partners, LLP, our attorneys will provide you with an evaluation of the best way to proceed so as to maximize your compensation for injuries suffered.
    • • In some cases, Audet & Partners, llp will represent business in an individual non-class basis in order to maximize the potential recovery for the client.
 
(5) How can Audet & Partners, LLP help you pursue a class action claim?
    • • Many law firms promote themselves as ‘class action’ law firms. If you are considering whether to retain a law firm, you need to not only look at their cases, but the results achieved and the philosophy driving the firm’s practice.
    • • In reality, only a limited number of law firms in the United States have the resources, expertise and commitment to successfully prosecute class action cases.
    • • The Attorneys at Audet & Partners, LLP have significant experience in reviewing, investigating and prosecuting class action cases, and as a plaintiff’s only law firm, the firm has no potential conflicts by representing ‘both sides’ on the same issue.
    • • We avoid ‘coupon’ oriented settlements, instead focusing on monetary and non-monetary relief that benefit the class as a whole.
For more information about Audet & Partners, LLP, a nationwide plaintiff’s-only class action law firm, view our online firm resume below.   To download a copy of our firm's resume click here.