Photo 1: From 1819 to 1860, the Supreme Court met in a Capitol Building chamber now restored as the "Old Supreme Court Chamber." Old Supreme Court Chamber, Rosenthal, James, Library of Congress HABS DC-38-B-1.

Photo 2: Not until 1932 were plans began to build the Supreme Court its own building, which was completed in 1935 and is still in use today. U.S. Supreme Court building, Highsmith, Carol, Library of Congress LC-DIG-highsm-11889, between 1980 and 2006.

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Class Action and Mass Torts Defense

The effective defense of class actions and mass tort actions requires an experienced and dedicated group of legal professionals. At Manning & Kass, our Class Action and Mass Tort Defense Team has successfully handled these matters for more than two decades. The team specializes in the handling of class action defense and defending Unfair Business Practice Claims (Business and Professions Code §17200).

A sampling of subject matters includes:
    • claims of discrimination;
    • copyright and trademark infringement;
    • hostile work environment;
    • losses following an explosion;
    • Proposition 65 claims;
    • wage and hour employment actions;
    • wildfire smoke damage claims (investigation and litigation);
    • fraud related claims;
    • Song Beverly cases; and
    • improper sales tax charges.

Mass torts present their own unique challenges and issues. Cases typically involve sophisticated coverage issues, assessment of liability between numerous tortfeasors, complex damage analysis and more. We have represented lead defendants in mass tort cases, including the Walnut Creek gas pipeline explosion case.

Our Class Action and Mass Tort Defense Team is led by firm founding partner Dennis B. Kass, who has received the coveted CLAY (California Lawyer of the Year) award and an AV Preeminent® Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating, and been named a 2004–2009 and 2013–2015 Super Lawyer. Dennis has also received numerous honors and awards for his trial skills.