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.
Chris also has extensive experience in the field of legal ethics. He has been a member of the Firm’s Professional Responsibility Committee since 1993 and lectures frequently on conflicts of interest and other issues of legal ethics.
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.)
Defeated motions for class certification in parallel state and federal proceedings where the plaintiffs alleged that the defendant failed to disclose to consumers that Diet Coke served from fountain dispensers, unlike Diet Coke served in bottles and cans, contained saccharin (Pennington v. The Coca-Cola Company, Oshana v. The Coca-Cola Company)
Defeated certification of a putative class of municipalities alleging that the defendant failed to remit taxes to the municipalities (City of Fairview Heights v. Orbitz, Inc.)
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