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Denial of Class Certification for Adidas America

Key Facts

  • Adidas America is the second largest sports manufacturer in the world
  • Attorneys collaborated in offices across the country
  • We successfully obtained class decertification

The Situation

Adidas America was faced with a situation challenging the quality of one of the company’s popular running shoes and its process of addressing its customer’s concerns and complaints, which adidas America takes quite seriously.

The Approach

The Mintz team worked closely with the in-house attorneys at adidas to develop and implement an aggressive strategy with a goal of disposing of this case as soon as possible. Seamless collaboration, keen legal skill, and extensive procedural knowledge led to a fantastic outcome.

The Outcome

We successfully argued against certification of a class action suit involving the company’s popular running shoes. A US District Judge ruled that the plaintiff did not present sufficient evidence that adidas’ Springblade running shoes were defective and that the company presented false and misleading statements in its advertising. The judge also sided with adidas saying that the plaintiff had not demonstrated that the shoes caused proposed class members to suffer as a group nor had the company knowingly concealed information from consumers. This was a significant win for the client as it validated not only the quality of its product but also the importance they place in their approach to customer service. 

Supporting Professionals

Dan Herling, a Member in the firm's San Francisco office, and Frank Earley, a Member in the firm's New York office, led our litigation team to a successful outcome.