Peter defends clients in a variety of class actions, including consumer fraud, product liability and securities. He has obtained dismissals of class allegations and defeated motions for class certification in federal and state courts around the country.
Peter also represents clients in connection with various forms of fiduciary litigation, including shareholder litigation and trusts and estates litigation. Peter’s experience includes representing public companies, private companies and their directors and officers in defense of breach of fiduciary duty claims arising out of, among other things, mergers and acquisitions, the sale of corporate assets, alleged accounting irregularities, alleged self-dealing transactions and the alleged waste of corporate assets. He has experience representing trustees and executors in will contests, trust contests and other cases involving allegations of breaches of fiduciary duty. In addition, Peter has experience representing trust beneficiaries in cases involving breaches of fiduciary duty as well as will and trust construction and reformation suits.
Previously, Peter served as a law clerk to the Honorable Virginia M. Kendall, US District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.
Defeated motion for class certification, obtained disqualification of plaintiffs’ retained expert witness and obtained summary judgment for James Hardie Building Products Inc. on claims brought by thirteen plaintiffs in case where plaintiffs alleged that fiber-cement home-siding product possessed an alleged defect that led to premature deterioration of the siding
Represents a manufacturer of asphalt roofing shingles in a multidistrict litigation proceeding where plaintiffs have asserted claims for breach of warranty and consumer fraud under the laws of seven states
Represents a manufacturer of asphalt roofing shingles in a case filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania where plaintiffs have asserted claims for breach of warranty and consumer fraud
Represents health insurers and health maintenance organizations in a case concerning alleged insufficient reimbursement to out-of-network health care providers for the provision of emergency medical services
Obtained complete dismissal of breach of fiduciary duty and class claims brought against the directors of a major travel company in a shareholder derivative and class action case
Represented the former CFO of Diebold, Inc., in several securities and fiduciary related actions, including a derivative case, a securities class action, and in a case brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission that all resulted in favorable settlements
Obtained a multimillion dollar settlement on behalf of a parent holding company in a case where the holding company asserted claims for breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract against an officer of a subsidiary arising out of improprieties that occurred in connection with an asset sale
Represented former officers of AlphaMetrix Group, LLC in an action brought by a court-appointed receiver concerning alleged breaches of fiduciary duty that resulted in a favorable settlement
Represented trustees in appealing and successfully obtaining the reversal of a lower court’s decision to invalidate the in terrorem clause in a client’s trust instrument
Represented estate representatives, for an estate valued at nearly $1 billion, in will contests that resulted in favorable settlements
Represented the adopted child of a beneficiary of two multimillion dollar trusts in a trust construction and reformation action that resulted in a favorable settlement
Represented the beneficiaries of various multimillion dollar trusts in bringing claims against the trustee for breaches of fiduciary duty that resulted in favorable settlements
Represented a criminal defendant in appealing and successfully obtaining the reversal and remand of a client’s criminal conviction after arguing the appeal before the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Obtained a finding on behalf of an individual convicted of various federal crimes, after an evidentiary hearing, that the individual had received ineffective assistance from his trial counsel
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