Industries & Practices
Class Actions & Collective Actions
Class action lawsuit victory
Successfully argued before the Eleventh District Court of Appeals on behalf of the State of Ohio and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) in a case in which the plaintiff attacked the validity of a previously settled class action alleging that ODNR had unlawfully taken the private property of more than 13,000 property owners along Lake Erie’s coast by incorrectly identifying the public/private boundary along the shore. The Court upheld enforcement of the settlement agreement and the civil contempt order.
Class action dismissal
Achieved dismissal of more than a dozen putative class actions, prior to class certification, on behalf of a large international government vendor in collaboration with its client municipalities.
Class action lawsuit regarding appropriation proceedings
Represented the State of Ohio, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and its director in a class action lawsuit brought by all Lake Erie lakefront property owners regarding appropriation proceedings for more than 10,000 parcels of land, challenging whether the State’s claim of public trust ownership to the ordinary high water mark constitutes an unconstitutional taking of private property.
Class action litigation
Served as Special Master, overseeing the administration of an $850 million class action lawsuit.
Class action defense
Defended insurer in a Kentucky class action suit alleging misapplication of local government premium taxes.
Lehman Brothers class action defense
Successfully represented defendants in a national class action brought in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy case in the Southern District of New York, which sought to claw back hundreds of millions of dollars in default swap payouts.
Claims adjusting class action
Successfully represented several national insurance companies in a class action lawsuit in Arkansas pertaining to allegations of misuse of claims handling software in the adjustment of bodily injury claims.
Insurance class actions
Defended of numerous class actions involving insurance issues.