Sidney Stewart Haskins specializes in defending class actions and other complex commercial litigation, particularly cases involving consumers and data privacy issues. As a partner in our nationally recognized Class Action practice, Stewart has successfully defended leading companies in hundreds of consumer class action suits across the country. He also regularly provides clients with counseling on privacy and consumer-related issues.
Stewart has extensive experience in all aspects of class action litigation, whether he is litigating complex jurisdictional issues, developing a winning case strategy or defeating class certification.
The removal of a case from state to federal court is the first step toward a successful resolution, and Stewart has litigated a wide variety of jurisdictional issues that arise in class actions. Stewart’s primary goal in defending clients faced with class actions is the efficient disposition of the case, often by winning the early dismissal of the named plaintiff’s claim. If a putative class action proceeds to the class certification stage, Stewart has substantial experience arguing class certification motions and defeating them in cases ranging from product liability claims to insurance services. And, if the case must be tried, Stewart has served as lead counsel in numerous jury trials of consumer and data privacy cases.
Also a member of our Data Security and Privacy practice, which Law360 selected as Privacy Practice Group of the Year 2016, Stewart has represented clients in high-profile class action litigation arising out of some of the largest data breach events in the country.
For nearly 20 years, Stewart also has defended a wide variety of class actions under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, including claims arising from faxes, text messages, collection calls and mobile marketing efforts. He has litigated such claims in state and federal courts, and has won significant victories for his clients in numerous TCPA cases.
In addition to representing clients in class action litigation, Stewart regularly provides compliance and counseling advice to clients to help them try to avoid litigation under the TCPA, CAN-SPAM and other data privacy and consumer protection statutes.
- J.D., Mercer University
- B.B.A., University of Georgia
- American Bar Association
- Atlanta Bar Association
- State Bar of Georgia
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