Recoveries from the cases in which Kathleen Chavez and Robert Foote have been involved (including verdicts, judgments and settlements) exceed $7 billion and involve a diverse range of complex civil claims. For example:

  • In Tipsword v. I.F.D.A. Services, Inc., et al., served as lead counsel for the consumer class in resolving a $58 million claim before Judge G. Patrick Murphy of the Southern District of Illinois, for damages occasioned by the collapse of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association Pre-Need Trust.
  • Havlish v. bin Laden, Docket No. 03-MDL- 1570 (S.D. NY): Counsel for surviving families of those killed in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centers. Plaintiffs obtained a $6 billion judgment. The court found the Islamic Republic of Iran, its Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Hosseini Khameni, the former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and other Iran Agencies and instrumentalities all materially aided and supported al Qaeda before and after 9/11.
  • In Re Managed Care Litigation MDL 1344, before Judge Frederico Moreno of the Southern District of Florida. Settlements were obtained consisting of monetary relief and significant changes in business practices valued in excess of $1 billion. The class consisted of physicians and medical associations and the claims (civil conspiracy in violation of RICO) were brought against nine of the largest managed care companies in the United States.
  • Westgate Ford Truck Sales v. Ford Motor Company, Docket No. 02-CV-483526 (Ohio Cir. Ct.): Served as a member of the trial team that resulted in a $2 billion judgment on behalf of class of dealers who purchased medium duty or heavy duty trucks from the defendant. The case was tried as a breach of contract action alleging a systematic breach of the dealers Sales and Service Agreements which required Ford to sell products to every dealer using prices, charges and discounts that are published in advance. The class maintained Ford breached the agreement through the operation of a pricing program known as the Competitive Price Assistance Program. The Ohio Appellate Court reversed the $2 billion judgment and the case is currently awaiting a retrial.
  • In Re Lupron Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, MDL 1430: Served as Class Settlement Counsel in a class action against the manufacturer and marketers of the drug Lupron. The court approved a $150 million settlement for patients, insurance companies and health and welfare benefit plans that purchased the drug. Plaintiffs successfully claimed the defendants engaged in a scheme to artificially inflate the average wholesale price. Plaintiffs maintained such claims under RICO 18 U.S.C. § 1962(c) and (d) as well as the consumer protection laws of 34 states.
  • In Nash et al v. CVS Corporation, in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. Served as Co-Lead Settlement Counsel on behalf of current and former assistant managers and assistant store managers claiming they were not properly paid overtime because they were misclassified by the company as "exempt" from federal and state overtime pay requirements. The case was brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 U.S.C. § 201, et seq., and similar state wage and overtime laws. The case was settled and the defendant agreed to pay up to $34 million into a fund for class member claims.
  • In Re Insurance Brokerage Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1663: Served as counsel to a class of plaintiff policyholders who alleged the insurance brokerage firms and companies conspired with one another to allocate customers and markets resulting in artificially inflated premiums paid by policyholders. Plaintiffs brought claims under the RICO Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1962(c) and (d), Section 1 of the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1, and similar state laws. To date settlements have accumulated in excess of $400 million.
  • Barnes v. Canadian National Railway Company, et al.: Served as Lead Class Counsel in the Northern District of Illinois and recovered $3 million and important nonmonetary relief (i.e., training, monitoring, reporting, etc.) on behalf of a class of African American railroad workers subjected to racial discrimination in the workplace. The complaint maintained the defendants' conduct was unlawful under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., and the Civil Rights Act of 1866, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 1981 & § 1981(A).

Example Cases FMCO Attorneys Are Involved In:

  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences v. GoDaddy.com, Inc., Docket No. 10-CV-3738 (C.D. CA)
  • Amft v. United States Dep't of Transp., EEOC Case No. 210-2004-00139X (2004)
  • Barnes v. Canadian National, Docket No. 04 C 1249 (N.D. Ill.)
  • Bolden v. Walsh Construction Company, Docket No. 06-cv-4104 (N.D. IL)
  • Byas, et al. v. Union Pacific Railroad, Docket No. 06-CV-475 (S.D. IL)
  • Carter v. Allstate, Docket No. 02 L 717 (Ill. Cir. Ct.)
  • Douglas Powers and Suzan McCarthy, et al., v. U.S. Department of Transportation, Agency, EEOC Case Nos. 210-2002-6091X
  • Dremak, et al. v. Groupon, Inc., Docket No. 11-CH-876 (Ill. Cir. Ct.)
  • Dunkle, et al. v. IFDA Services Inc., et al., Docket No.: 08-L-682 (Ill. Cir. Ct.)
  • Gennusa, et al. v. Lakewood Homes, Inc., Docket No. 08-L-46 (Ill. Cir. Ct.)
  • Havlish v. bin Laden, Docket No. 03-MDL- 1570 (S.D. NY)
  • In Re Google AdWords Litigation, Docket No. 08-CV-03369 (N.D. CA)
  • In Re Sears Roebuck & Co. ERISA Litigation, Docket No. 1:02-cv-08324 (N.D. Ill.)
  • Lincoln Adventures, LLC v. Those Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's London, Docket No. 2:08-cv-00235-CCC-PS
  • Love, et al. v. Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, et al., Docket No.: 03-CV-21296 (S.D. FL)
  • McManus, et al. v Countrywide Financial Corp., et al., Docket No. 09-CV-1705 (N.D. Ill.)
  • Potts, v. United Parcel Service, Inc., Docket No. 07-cv-3949 (N.D. Ill.)
  • Tipsword v. Merrill Lynch, et al., Docket No. 3:09-CV-00390 (S.D. Ill.)
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, et al., v. Gonnella Baking Co., No. 08-CV-5240 (N.D. Ill.)
  • United States of America ex. rel. Mark Eugene Duxbury et al., v. Ortho Biotech Products, L.P., Docket No. 03-CV-12189-RWZ (D. Mass.)
  • UBID, Inc. v. The GoDaddy Group, Inc., and GoDaddy.com, Inc., Docket No. 1:09-CV-02123 (N.D. Ill.)
  • Vennett, et al. v. American Intercontinental University, et al., Docket No. 05-CV-4889 (N.D. Ill.)
  • Vulcan Golf, LLC, et al. v. Google Inc., Docket No. 07-CV-3371 (N.D. Ill.)
  • Westgate Ford Truck Sales v. Ford Motor Company, Docket No. 02-CV-483526 (Ohio Cir. Ct.)
  • Whitworth, et al. v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co., Docket No. 00CVH-08-6980 (Oh. Ct. Com. Pl.)
  • In Re Air Cargo Shipping Service Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1775
  • In Re Bayer Corp. Products Litigation, MDL 2023
  • In Re Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation, MDL 2406
  • In Re Comcast Set-Top Box Litigation, MDL 2034
  • In Re Household Goods Movers Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1865
  • In Re Insurance Brokerage Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1663, Civ. No. 04-518(FSH) (D.N.J.)
  • In Re Lupron Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, MDL 1430
  • In Re Managed Care Litigation, MDL 1334, 04-CV-21589 (M.D. Fla.)
  • In Re Neurontin Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, MDL 1629
  • In Re OxyContin Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1603
  • In Re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1720
  • In Re Pharmacy Benefits Manager Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1782
  • In Re Pre-Filled Propane Tank Litigation, MDL 2086
  • In Re RC2 Corp. Toy Lead Paint Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1893
  • In Re Sulzer Hip Prosthesis And Knee Prosthesis Liability Litigation, MDL 1401
  • In Re Text Messaging Antitrust Litigation, MDL 1997
  • In Re U.S. Foodservice, Inc., Price Litigation, MDL 1894
  • In Re Wholesale Grocery Products Antitrust Litigation, MDL 2090

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