Overview


Christopher (Chris) M. Murphy represents clients in class actions and other complex commercial litigation. He heads the Firm’s Class Action group.

Chris defends clients in a variety of class actions, including consumer fraud, product liability, health care, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), tax and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) class actions. He has obtained dismissals of class allegations and defeated motions for class certification in state and federal courts. He has also successfully argued appeals of class action decisions in state and federal appellate courts. Chris regularly represents clients before the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation.

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Results


  • Defeated attempts by health care providers to certify classes against licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield trademarks in an ERISA lawsuit alleging the defendants improperly recouped funds previously paid to providers for medical services (Pa. Chiropractic Ass’n v. Blue Cross Blue Shield Ass’n, et al.)
  • Defeated motions for class certification where the plaintiff alleged that the defendant refining companies conspired and engaged in consumer fraud by charging unfair prices for gasoline (Siegel v. Shell Oil Company, et al.)
  • Defeated motion for class certification where the plaintiffs alleged that the defendant misled the public regarding the presence of gluten and dairy derivatives in its French fries (In re McDonald’s French Fries Litig.)

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Recognitions


  • The Legal 500
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Benchmark Litigation

Community


  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association

Credentials


Education
University of Chicago Law School, JD, 1990
Georgetown University, BS, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1987

Admissions
Illinois

Courts/Agencies
Supreme Court of the United States
US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

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