Law Firm of the Year
De Hoyos y Aviles
LAWYER MONTHLY LEGAL AWARDS 2016
BACKGROUND OF CLASS ACTIONS IN MEXICO
In April 2011 the Mexican Parliament approved a legislative package that regulates such actions. The amended
laws are six: (1) Federal Code of Civil Proceedings; (2) Federal Civil Code; (3) Federal Law of Economic
Competence; (4) Federal Law of Consumer’s Protection; (4) Organic Law of the Federal Judicial Power; (5)
General Law of Ecological Equilibrium and Environmental Protection; and (6) Law of Protection to the User of
Financial Services. On August 30th 2011, the Federal Official Gazette published this amendment to the federal
The implications of these amendments to Mexican legal ordinances are of great relevance, to the extent that
nowadays it is possible to legally sue companies (public or private) for damages caused to a “collectivity” and
not only in an “individual” manner as was traditionally established in the legislation. This implies that judgments
can have collective scopes to repair the damage caused, which would imply, for example, the performance
of one or more actions or to refrain from performing them, the individual payment caused to the members
of the affected group, the compulsory compliance with an agreement or the rescission of the same with its
DE HOYOS Y AVILES was founded in 1964, and has over fifty years of experience in dispute resolution, business law,
cross border transactions and government relations.
With offices in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Tijuana and Mexicali, we offer quick personalized service throughout
Central and Northern Mexico to our clients.
DHA adheres to anti-corruption standards in effect in Mexico and other countries.
Our clients include Fortune 500 multinational companies, as well as Mexican publicly- and/or privately-held
businesses. As a result, we are familiar with the needs and workings of both large corporations and Mexican
small, medium and family-owned businesses.
DHA LITIGATION PRACTICE GROUP
The cornerstone of our firm is our solid litigation team, a group of professionals with a high degree of education
who are experienced in winning landmark cases and producing significant results.
Since its formation as a litigation firm more than fifty years ago, DHA’s dispute resolution practice has handled
hundreds of cases a year in various cities throughout Mexico. We have also participated in matters involving
jurisdiction in two or more countries.
All of our partners have between 15 and 50 years of actual litigation experience in matters ranging from
administrative to real estate, labor, banking, insurance, cross-border, class action, civil and commercial law.
Our litigation team was actively involved in this topic, even before the law was adopted in 2011.
CLASS ACTIONS LANDMARK CASES 2015-2016
Transport class action. On 2013, in the city of Ensenada which is located on the northeast of Mexico, an
organization of consumers initiated a class action against a company of passengers’ transportation. DHA Law
Firm was hired by the defendant to represent the company’s interests. After various years of litigation, in 2016 a
federal judge dictated a judgment exonerating our clients. The plaintiffs appealed the judgment and the case
is actually being reviewed by a federal court specialized in appellations.
Bank class action. On 2016, a group of consumers initiated a class action against one of the biggest housing
developing companies in Mexico, as well as against the bank institution that participated financing the
construction and selling the development. Our firm was hired by the sued bank, for the effects of representing
their interests in the class action trial. This trial is currently in the certification stage, in a district court on the city of
Torreon, which is located on the northeast of Mexico
Environmental class action. On 2010, the Deepwater horizon platform sank on the Gulf of Mexico due to an
explosion causing the biggest oil spill in history, which led to serious environmental damages for Mexico and
U.S.A. The platform was operated by British Petroleum.
Our firm was hired to represent the interest of a group of fisherman of the Gulf of Mexico, in a class action
against British Petroleum and their affiliated companies. In the beginning the district judge denied granting
the certification needed for the type of lawsuit. Due to this event our firm prepared an appellation against the
response of the judge which was resolved on our favor in 2016. In consequence, we obtained the certification of
the class against British Petroleum and other companies. This litigation is in the initial stage. In this case DHA works
associated with a law firm from San Francisco, California specialized in this mattersWebsite: www.dha.mx
ABOUT JORGE E.
DE HOYOS WALTHER
• Partner and head of the litigation
practice group at De Hoyos y
• Specialty areas: Has litigated from
the date of his admission (1989)
up until present. Has broad
experience in commercial and
cross border litigation.
• He has served as legal consultant
to national and transnational
• Admitted 1989. Estate and
• Elected Chairman of the Board at
U.S. Mexico Bar Association, for
the term 2016-2018
Jorge E. de Hoyos Walther, our
litigation practice group leader has
lectured and published extensively
on class actions and damages topics,
in addition to devoting numerous
practice hours to class action cases.
He has participated as speaker of
multiple courses, congresses and
conferences in Mexico, all of them
related with commercial and process
law. Has also participated as an
speaker of various courses organized
• ABA. American Bar Association.
International law committee,
• US Mexico Bar Association
• ANADE. National Association of