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Mass Tort, Multi-District, and Class Action Litigation

  • Helmsing Leach’s Mass Torts Defense lawyers have served as national, trial team, science team, regional, and State of Alabama counsel for defendants in more than 15 separate Multi-District Litigations (MDL) in the last 10 years involving pharmaceutical products, medical devices, chemicals, and other products, disposing of more than 2,000 individual plaintiffs’ cases and 30,000 unfiled claims.
  • We have acted as lead defense counsel and as State of Alabama counsel in numerous class actions involving both nationwide and regional/state classes.
  • We regularly defend individual mass tort cases and claims throughout Alabama.

Notable or Recent Reported Cases

  • Kumho Tire Co v. Carmichael, 526 U.S. 137(1999)
  • Tillman v. R. J. Reynolds Tobacco, 340 F. 3d 1277 (11th Cir. 2003)
  • Wyatt v. Matrixx Initiatives, Inc., 2007 WL 7238402 (N.D. Ala. 2007)
  • Benkwith v. Matrixx Initiatives, Inc., 467 F.Supp. 2d 1316 (M.D. Ala. 2006)
  • Sutherland v. Matrixx Initiatives, Inc., 2006 WL 5185611 (N.D. Ala. 2006)
  • Hester v. Bayer Corporation, 206 F.R.D. 683 (M.D. Ala. 2001)
  • Wakeland v. Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp., 996 F.Supp. 1213 (S. D. Ala. 1998)
  • Patterson v. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., 2011 WL 3047794 (N.D. Ohio 2011)
  • Courtaulds Fibers, Inc. v. Long. 770 So.2d 198 (Ala. 2000)
  • Tillman v. R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., 89 F. Supp. 2d 1297 (S.D. Ala. 2000)
  • Woodward v. NOR-AM Chemical Co., 1996 WL 1063670 (S. D. Ala. 1996)

Other Significant or Recent Representations

  • Co-national counsel for leading pharmaceutical company in hormone therapy MDL
  • Alabama counsel for international hip manufacturer in litigation regarding metal-on-metal hip prostheses
  • Defending oil services contractor and cement provider in the Gulf Oil Spill cases in Alabama in more than 30 class actions transferred to MDL
  • Trial team for major international pharmaceutical company in fraud pricing case tried for two weeks in Montgomery, Alabama, ending in dismissal of all claims after appeal
  • Defended international tobacco manufacturer and regional distributors and retailers in numerous Alabama product liability cases, obtaining dismissal of all claims and cases
  • Defended multiple significant personal injury claims against major railroad carrier arising out of accident in Marengo County, Alabama
  • Defended several multi-plaintiff wrongful death and catastrophic injury claims arising out of separate aviation accidents
  • Lead counsel in settlement of nationwide consumer class action involving fraud claims against telecommunications company
  • Lead counsel in settlement of state-wide opt-out class in fraud and antitrust litigation against major telecommunications provider
  • Alabama counsel in settlement of nationwide toxic tort class action involving exposure to herbicide; handled class notification, opt-outs and other issues.



Joseph P. H. Babington, James B. Newman, Russell C. Buffkin, J. Casey Pipes, Patrick C. Finnegan, Christopher T. Conte

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