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Robert Boone is the Leader of the firm's Class Actions Practice Group and a former member of the firm's Executive Committee. Mr. Boone specializes in advising clients regarding high risk litigation, including how to accurately assess, mitigate and efficiently manage liability exposure and litigation expense. His practice focuses on defending consumer class actions related to food and financial services, and handling complex commercial disputes and product liability/tort litigation in federal and state courts nationwide. 

Mr. Boone is a member of the Firm’s Food/Agriculture and Consumer Financial Services Litigation teams. He has extensive experience advising financial institutions about issues and claims alleging violations of federal banking laws and regulations and state consumer protection statutes, and common law predatory lending claims. He has experience with food and product recalls, litigation arising from recalls, and claims involving deceptive labeling and packaging of food and other products, including slack fill claims. Mr. Boone has also represented small to large businesses in commercial disputes involving the breach and/or termination of complex contracts, misappropriation of trade secrets, trademark infringement, breach of warranties, unfair competition and fraud.  Armed with an engineering background, Mr. Boone’s product liability practice has focused primarily on representing aircraft and aircraft component manufacturers in aircrash and asbestos litigation throughout the country.  However, he also has defended a wide variety of other products, such as automobiles and automobile components, trucks, lighting systems, bank security devices, high strength plastics, high voltage electrical equipment, firearms, cranes and hoisting devices, telephone equipment and packaging for steel coils.

Representative Experience

  •  Obtained a multi-million dollar jury trial verdict in a trade secret misappropriation case on behalf of a lighting manufacturer/distributor against a former employee and competitor company.
  • Won summary judgment and decertified the class against high stakes state and federal law claims alleging a major lender improperly charged borrowers fees for appraisals performed by an affiliate company.
  • Won motions to dismiss in a variety of class actions alleging illegal mark-ups of settlement service fees, including for tax services, flood insurance and appraisals, against a lender and its affiliated settlement service providers.
  • Successfully defended two major aircraft manufacturers and several component manufacturers against hundreds of asbestos claims throughout the U.S. for alleged exposure from aircraft.
  • Obtained dismissals at the pleading stage of multiple lawsuits alleging a food manufacturer’s products contained slack fill.
  • Successfully defended a major bank against class actions alleging predatory sales and enrollment practices regarding identity theft protection products.
  • Worked on the first “no air bag” automobile design defect case in California, alleging an automobile was defectively designed because it did not include an air bag. The auto manufacturer won that case on the grounds that the design defect claim was preempted by federal law, and specifically the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, which allowed other types of passenger restraint systems.