White & Case Named a Class Action Law Firm of the Year for 2010
White & Case has been named to Law360's "Class Action Groups of 2010." The Firm was selected "based on litigation victories and the number, size and complexity of the cases and deals" on which it worked, according to Law360.
Law360 singled out White & Case's US Supreme Court victory in Stolt-Neislen v. AnimalFeeds, which it said "stood out for handing employers a precedential victory." In Stolt-Nielsen the Supreme Court ruled that class action arbitration cannot be imposed on parties unless there is a contractual basis for finding that they agreed to do so.
The Stolt-Nielsen decision "is the most unsung decision with the most significant impact on employment law in 2010," stated a lawyer familiar with the case in a previous interview with Law360, adding that the ruling provides a "tremendous defense" against class and collective actions for employers whose arbitration agreements do not include class action waivers.
In determining which law firms would qualify for the class action top honors, Law360 said the selected firms "secured rulings that clarified long-disputed class certification and arbitration issues, pushed potentially precedential cases to the U.S. Supreme Court, and generally won most of the cases brought against their clients, further solidifying their reputations as go-to class action defenders." It added: "Given the great concern most corporate clients have for costly class actions, these firms will continue to be in high demand."