Tammy’s practice focuses on class actions and multidistrict litigation throughout the country. Tammy has successfully defended more than 100 nationwide and statewide class actions and MDLs alleging unfair business practices, false advertising and product liability claims. Her experience includes litigating geographic origin claims and counseling clients on how to mitigate the risk of similar claims in the future through modified advertising. She has significant experience in preparing expert and company witnesses.
Tammy also advises her clients on regulatory issues in the United States and in foreign countries and handles class actions and collective actions in foreign countries in copycat litigation. She is lead counsel for two industry-leading chemical manufacturers in dozens of individual, class action and aggregate personal injury lawsuits pending in multiple jurisdictions. In addition, Tammy is well-versed in settling class actions early and efficiently, and she regularly develops and conducts programs for her clients and co-counsel on defending and settling class actions. Her clients include consumer goods manufacturers, food and beverage companies, fuel retailers, chemical manufacturers, cigarette manufacturers and service providers. She has been named in the “Top 250 Women in Litigation-California,” by Benchmark Litigation.
Tammy was part of the team that developed and implemented the strategy leading to the defeat of more than 50 statewide cigarette class actions. She also served as trial counsel for Lorillard Tobacco Company in a statewide class action trial in New Orleans, Louisiana, that lasted more than two years. The team successfully defeated the plaintiffs’ request for medical monitoring relief in one of the few medical monitoring cases to go to trial.
Publications and Presentations
Protecting Your Company's Brand: How to Minimize the Risk of a Consumer Class Action Lawsuit and Maximize the Chances of Winning if One is Filed, Association of Corporate Counsel, San Francisco, California, December 4, 2017 (with Amir Nassihi, Andrew Chang, Joan Camagong and Matthew Wolfe).
Women Counsel Collaboration: How In-House and Outside Counsel Can Help Advance Each Other's Career, Panelist, Women Legal 2015.
Tammy B. Webb & Ina D. Chang, Drawing the Line Between Class Action and Quasi-Class Action, 11:1 Mass Torts Litigation (ABA Section of Litigation), Fall 2012.
Managing Class Actions in an MDL Environment: The Application of Class Action Principles to an Individual Claim MDL Proceeding, 2012 Sedona Conference® on Complex Litigation - Class Actions.
The Consequences of CAFA: Litigation Strategies in Post CAFA Complex Litigation, 2012 Sedona Conference® on Complex Litigation - Class Actions.
Defeating Product-Liability-Based Consumer Fraud Class Actions, 2009 ABA Section of Litigation Joint CLE.
Assessing Defenses to Class Cert – in Light of IPO and Its Progeny – Challenging the Loss Causation and Market Efficiency, 2008 Defense Research Institute Annual Meeting.
Recent Trends in Class Actions Violations Involving the Automotive Industry, 2008 Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Product Liability Litigation.
The Evolution of Medical Monitoring Claims in Class Actions, National Forum on Class Actions and Complex Litigation.
The role of FRCP 23(c)(4) in employment class actions, Shook, Hardy & Bacon Annual Employment Law Update.
Looking Back at the Class Action Fairness Act After the First Year, Shook, Hardy & Bacon Annual Update on the Law.
Tammy Webb, The Functional Effect of Eliminating Gender Bias in Jury Selection: A Critique and Analysis of J.E.B. v. Alabama, 48 Oklahoma Law Review 173 (1995).