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Allison McLaughlin is an experienced advocate who helps clients in complex, high-stakes litigation and appeals. Her legal practice focuses on consumer class actions, commercial litigation, and wage and hour litigation. Allison excels in developing creative strategies to resolve complex disputes, and in drafting significant briefs. She has substantial experience taking claims from pre-litigation through trials and appeals across a variety of industries.
As part of the national class action defense counsel team for Whirlpool Corporation, Allison has helped obtain numerous dismissals and non-class settlements, as well as defeated class certification, in cases alleging product defects, false advertising, and unfair consumer practices. In 2014, Allison was one of the lawyers who successfully defended Whirlpool in a class action trial involving allegedly "moldy" washing machines (Glazer v. Whirlpool). Following three weeks of trial in the Northern District of Ohio, the jury returned a complete defense verdict for Whirlpool.
In addition to WTO, Allison has served as an associate at the Denver office of Littler Mendelson, a large international labor and employment firm, where she gained extensive experience in federal and state courts litigating matters that involving alleged violations of Title VII, ADEA, ADA, FMLA, ERISA, non-competition agreements, and wrongful discharge. Allison began her legal career as a litigation associate in the New York City office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.
- Won summary judgment for an international shipping company in a multi-plaintiff, putative joint employment case in state court in California. The plaintiffs sought overtime, meal and rest breaks, minimum wage, and other damages.
- Defeated certification of a putative class of California claimants alleging WTO's client was a joint employer, seeking compensation for purported "off-the-clock" work. The California state trial court judge agreed with WTO's arguments that the plaintiff's "common" evidence did not show joint employment under California law.
- Won motion to strike California Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act ("PAGA") representative claim in federal court for alleged meal break violations where WTO's client was a purported joint employer.
- Defeated certification of a putative class of 20,000 California claimants alleging that WTO's client was a "joint employer" and was liable for unpaid overtime and other wage-and-hour violations.
- Won final approval of class settlement and vacatur of a $15 million attorneys' fee award from the Ninth Circuit in a consumer class action for Whirlpool.
- Dzielak v. Whirlpool (D.N.J. 2019) - Won summary judgment against a certified, seven-state class action alleging false labeling and breach of warranty.
- Serve as national coordinating counsel to a major transportation company in FLSA collective action and individual and class wage and hour claims.
- Successfully represented Aimco, one of the largest apartment owners in the U.S., in nationwide litigation alleging intentional torts against Airbnb. After jury selection in the first trial, Airbnb settled all litigation on terms allowing Aimco to control short-term rental activity consistent with its contract and property rights.
- In re Sears, Roebuck & Co. Front-Loading Washer Products Liability Litigation (7th. Cir. 2017) - Won unanimous Seventh Circuit victory in a fee dispute for Whirlpool and Sears arising out of a certified federal class action lawsuit that WTO favorably settled after winning a defense verdict in the bellwether trial of related claims.
- Glazer v. Whirlpool (N.D. Ohio 2014) - Won a complete defense jury verdict for Whirlpool as co-trial counsel in a $66 million certified class action trial in Ohio involving allegedly "moldy" washing machines.
- Brown v. Whirlpool (N.D. Ohio 2014) - Obtained dismissal of class action allegations and 15 of 17 claims against Whirlpool in an environmental toxic tort case. Plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed their remaining claims after the court's ruling.
- Successfully obtained a class settlement for Pilot Flying J as national resolution counsel in diesel rebate litigation.
- Represent Electrolux, a global leader in household and commercial appliances, in certain consumer class actions nationwide and in product liability matters filed in Colorado.
- Authored petitions for writs of certiorari in the high-profile appeals of class certification in Glazer v. Whirlpool and Butler v. Sears, which the Supreme Court granted, vacated, and remanded to the Sixth and Seventh Circuits for reconsideration in light of the Court's decision in Comcast v. Behrend.
- Tietsworth v. Sears (N.D. Cal. 2013) - Defeated a motion to certify a nationwide breach of warranty class in a case alleging that certain Kenmore washing machines contained defective electronic control boards that caused the machines to malfunction.
- Ruppel v. CBS, 701 F.3d 1176 (7th Cir. 2012) - Drafted an amicus curiae brief for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in an appeal urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to correct the district court's improper application of the federal officer removal statute. The Seventh Circuit reversed the remand order from the Southern District of Illinois.
- Obtained summary judgment for a national healthcare food services company in a case alleging wrongful discharge and hostile work environment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
- Rush v. Whirlpool (W.D. Ark. 2008) - Defeated certification of a multistate class action in Arkansas federal court involving claims that certain Whirlpool-made refrigerators were defective.
- Obtained dismissal of ERISA claims in a case alleging that one of Colorado's leading wine and spirits distributors improperly refused to pay medical bills on the ground that the plaintiff lacked standing to sue, a decision that was upheld by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Obtained a temporary restraining order in Denver District Court against a retailer and its owner in a brand-protection case WTO handled for a well-known appliance manufacturing company.
Publications & Speaking Engagements
- "Third Circuit Confirms Comcast Still Has Teeth," Law360, (September 1, 2016).
- "Ninth Circuit's Daniel v. Ford Motor Company Decision Dents Defendants' Ability to Defend California Consumer Class Actions," Co-Authored, Washington Legal Foundation, (January 29, 2016).
"ERISA Class Certification in The Wake of Dukes And Amara," The Corporate Counselor, , (May 2012).
Littler Mendelson, P.C.
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP
Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors
Colorado Rising Stars
Class Action/Mass Torts, 2017-2020