Defeating or Limiting Class Actions With Early Dispositive Motions

Leveraging Summary Judgment, Motions to Dismiss or Strike Allegations, and Other Tactics to Dispose of or Limit Claims

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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This CLE webinar will provide guidance to class action defense counsel for defeating or limiting class claims through the strategic use of dispositive motions, including summary judgment motions, motions to dismiss, motions to strike and motions to deny certification.


Since class litigation has the potential for costly discovery and exorbitant defense costs, defense counsel strategically use dispositive motions to defeat or limit claims early on. There are a number of early dispositive motions practitioners can pursue, including summary judgment motions, motions to dismiss, motions to strike and motions to deny certification.

Defense counsel must carefully weigh which motions have the greatest chance of success given the particular facts of the case, how courts in their jurisdiction view each type of motion, and the potential implications for settlement and trial if the motion is denied.

Listen as our authoritative panel examines how defense counsel can strategically use summary judgment motions, motions to dismiss, motions to strike, and motions to deny certification to defeat or limit class claims. The panel will discuss the pros and cons of each type of motion and factors to consider when weighing which motion is best for a particular case or situation.



  1. Summary judgment motions
  2. Motions to dismiss
  3. Motions to strike
  4. Motions to deny certification
  5. Other dispositive motions


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • Under what circumstances should defense counsel consider pursuing early dispositive motions in class litigation?
  • What impact do early dispositive motions have on individual and class claims?
  • What standards of review do the various circuits apply when deciding whether to grant each of the various types of early dispositive motions?
  • What are some best practices for defense counsel for leveraging dispositive motions early on to defeat or limit class allegations?


Ackerman, Wystan
Wystan M. Ackerman

Robinson & Cole

Mr. Ackerman chairs the firm's Class Action Team and has a national class action defense practice. He has been...  |  Read More

Ranlett, Kevin
Kevin S. Ranlett

Mayer Brown

Mr. Ranlett is a litigator in the firm’s Supreme Court & Appellate and Consumer Litigation & Class...  |  Read More

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