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Class Action Lawsuits

In both labor and public interest cases, large groups of individuals facing the same or similar issues, whether that be the closure of a factory or the cancelation of a health insurance plan, need to seek justice collectively. At such times, class action lawsuits allow citizens and workers to protect themselves from large corporations and other powerful entities.

The attorneys at Despres, Schwartz, & Geoghegan served as class counsel in many class action lawsuits. Our attorneys know how to navigate the complexities of class action litigation, including everything from briefing class certification to managing the distribution of relief funds to class members.

Healy, et al., v. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union No. 134, et al., No. 11-cv-8892

(N.D. Ill.)

Our attorneys negotiated settlement that included over $1.8 million in back pay and reinstatement offers for all members of a class of laid off employees in Section 301 hybrid suit against union and employers after obtaining finding of fact in favor of class on summary judgment.

On August 21, 2014, following a fairness hearing held the day before, the Court entered an order approving a settlement of all claims against GES in this suit.

On January 8, 2015, following a fairness hearing, the Court entered an order approving a settlement of all claims against Freeman and IBEW Local 134 in this suit.


Alvarez, et al. v. Rolf’s Patisserie, Inc., No. 12-cv-159

(N.D. Ill.)

Following the closure of a plant in violation of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988 (WARN Act), our attorneys won a $200,000 settlement for a class of employees.


Phason v. Meridian Rail Corp., 479 F.3d 527

(7th Cir. 2007)

Through both an appeal and a trial, our attorneys successfully represented a class of workers whose employer was in violation of the WARN Act.


Pena v. American Meat Packing Corporation, 362 F.3d 418

(7th Cir. 2004)

Our firm won an appeal and secured a settlement for a class of workers in another WARN Act case.


Baker v. Kingsley, 387 F.3d 649

(7th Cir. 2004)

We obtained $6 million in relief in trial and appellate courts for a class of workers who were owed unpaid wage supplements and health benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).


Lumpkin v. Envirodyne Industries, 933 F.2d 449

(7th Cir. 1991)

Through this case and related litigation, our attorneys were able to recover $19 million in pension benefits for class of steelworkers.

Despres, Schwartz & Geoghegan, Ltd. represent those who are frequently left without a voice in our legal system.

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For decades, the lawyers of Despres, Schwartz, & Geoghegan, Ltd., have successfully represented individuals, worker’s collectives, class-action groups, neighborhood organizations, public-interest groups, and unions. To request a consultation or retain our services, please contact us.