Tom Thompson

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LITIGATION EXPERIENCE

  • Advising a rail company in complex mass tort litigation arising from a commuter rail collision involving 25 fatalities and multiple injuries
  • Recovering substantial monetary and non-monetary relief for misappropriation of trade secrets and violation of covenants not to compete
  • Responding to governmental investigations and defending lawsuits against accounting and auditing firms, including actions seeking deepening insolvency damages
  • Counseling the administrator of an industry-wide reinsurance pool and other clients on electronic discovery, including the implementation of legal holds and the development of collection and review strategies
  • Representation of a software and consulting company to obtain rights to intellectual property and source code for litigation support applications, among other matters
  • Defense of a hedge fund executive alleged to have aided and abetted financial fraud by entering into a short-term loan to conceal a counterparty's off-balance sheet liabilities
  • Obtaining the dismissal with prejudice of multimillion-dollar fraud claims against a broker arising from the failed sale of professional football team
  • Winning on summary judgment a ruling declaring a North Dakota state tax on clean-burning coal from other states to be unconstitutionally discriminatory under the dormant Commerce Clause

INSURANCE AND REINSURANCE EXPERIENCE

  • Defending one of the world's largest reinsurers in consolidated federal multidistrict litigation as well as state court class actions against RICO, fraud and deepened insolvency claims arising from the collapse of a reciprocal casualty insurance company and related risk retention groups in the Southeast
  • Defense of a large national insurer in numerous related state and federal class actions, including later service as liaison counsel for industry group of settling defendants in a nationwide class settlement of voluntary market premium litigation involving allegations of fraud in the pricing of workers' compensation insurance for large commercial insurance programs
  • Serving as national counsel to numerous insurers in Montana "common fund" actions, quasi-class actions arising from retroactive judicial decisions invalidating longstanding workers’ compensation benefit laws
  • Handling claims and coverage actions for direct insurers, including significant experience advising and litigating professional liability claims
  • Collecting millions of dollars from commercial policyholders with loss-sensitive insurance programs through arbitration and, occasionally, satellite litigation over arbitration issues
  • Defense of an insurer in federal litigation and before HUD's Office of Systemic Investigations against allegations that one of its homeowner's insurance products discriminates in violation of the Fair Housing Act
  • Obtaining the early dismissal from a Madison County, Illinois class action involving workers compensation rates for highly compensated employees

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