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Anthony J. O’Neill

Representative Matters

Representative Matters

  • Tony's representative matters include:

    • Won summary judgment on behalf of a commercial landlord in a suit arising out of the tenant’s breach of a commercial lease during the COVID-19 pandemic. Successfully challenged the withholding of numerous responsive documents under a claim of attorney-client privilege and the work product doctrine. The court ordered all 60 documents logged as privileged be produced. Obtained a favorable settlement following a mediation guided by the Honorable Jeffrey T. Gilbert,U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois.
    • Investigated allegations of price fixing in the domestic drywall industry and represented direct purchaser drywall contractors in Illinois on claims that certain manufacturers agreed to restrict the supply of drywall and significantly increase prices. Appeared before the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation (JPML) to support the pre-trial consolidation of all actions in the Northern District of Illinois. The JPML assigned the case to the Honorable Michael M. Baylson of U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The case settled with a total of six defendants for nearly $191 million. Judge Baylson remarked “There was no government case or investigation, on which the Plaintiffs could build their own case. Few cases with no government action, or investigation, result in class settlements as large as this one.”
    • Represented the named class representatives of a putative class of hospitals and other health care suppliers that alleged certain pharmaceutical companies agreed to restrict the supply of plasma therapies in order to drive up the price of these therapies. The case settled for $128 million during class certification briefing.
    • Represented a group of bedding companies that directly purchased polyurethane foam from a number of companies for alleged price-fixing. The multi-district litigation stemmed from competition regulators raid of offices of several foam makers in July 2010. Numerous proposed class actions that were brought by both direct and indirect purchasers in courts throughout the country. Favorable settlements reached for all clients in the weeks before trial.
    • Investigated and filed direct opt out action on behalf of global technology organization arising out of a multidistrict litigation matter which alleged that various capacitor manufacturers artificially raised, fixed, or stabilized the prices of capacitors in violation of U.S. federal antitrust law. Capacitors are a common electronic component that are used to even out the flow of electrical energy, and so are contained in most electrical products. The U.S. Department of Justice and regulators in China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Canada, Brazil, and Europe have actively investigated the price-fixing allegations and many have imposed fines on some or all the same defendant manufacturers. Over $604 million has been recovered in settlements to date.
    • Represented a motor freight line carrier and its driver in a negligence action arising out of injuries sustained by the plaintiff after two cargo containers fell from defendant’s semi-tractor trailer and landed onto the hood of plaintiff’s vehicle. The plaintiff originally sought $7.7 million in compensatory damages as well as punitive damages against our clients. Successfully defended the case, obtaining a favorable settlement for our clients several weeks before trial.
    • Served as Special Assistant Corporation Counsel and prosecuted charges brought against Police Officer Dale Prince for multiple violations of the Rules and Regulations of the Chicago Police Department. Tried case before an Administrative Hearing Officer and secured a guilty finding against the accused Officer resulting in the Officer’s separation from the Chicago Police Department. The result was upheld on appeal before the Illinois Appellate Court, First District.
    • Won decision for oil company, an interested party, in bankruptcy court litigation. The debtor, an environmental company, provided remediation services on property containing underground natural gas storage tanks. At issue was whether the contracts between oil company and the debtor were executory in nature and therefore required to be held as part of the debtor's property in the bankruptcy estate. Court granted motion to reject the contracts from the bankruptcy estate on the basis that the debtor could not perform the work required pursuant to the agreements, finding in favor of the client and rejecting the contracts.
    • Tried case before Administrative Hearing Officer and secured a guilty finding against the accused officer resulting in separation from the Chicago Police Department. Successfully defended case on petition for administrative review before the Circuit Court of Cook County’s Chancery Division.
    • Achieved defense verdict in favor of propane tank manufacturer after seven-week trial of product liability lawsuit seeking $32 million in damages. Plaintiff alleged that a defective 20 lb. propane cylinder was overfilled, resulting in a fire that caused plaintiff to suffer burns over 97 percent of his body, incur more than $6.6 million in medical expenses and die from his injuries 6 ½ years later.
    • Represented medical device manufacturer in multimillion-dollar product liability lawsuit arising out of the injuries and premature death of a nursing home resident. Obtained favorable settlement for client prior to trial.
    • Favorably resolved claims against a subcontractor client in commercial property damage lawsuit arising out of damages to the balconies in high-end area of Chicago, Illinois. At the time of its construction, the property was the tallest residential condominium building in Chicago. Settled several days before trial.
    • Represented consumer products manufacturer in product liability lawsuit brought against supplier to recover damages caused by recall of 1.8 million refrigerators. Supplier manufactured start relay connected to compressor. Settlement achieved on eve of trial.

Education

  • J.D., Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, cum laude, 2007
  • B.A., University of Oklahoma, 2004

Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • Arizona Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Courts: Northern District of Illinois, Northern District of California, Northern District of Ohio
  • Chief Risk Officer Certification, Carnegie Mellon University, 2020

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