James A. Morsch
Insurance, Antitrust and Competition Law, Class Actions and Commercial Litigation
For more than 20 years, Jim has been a commercial litigator focusing on complex and high-stakes litigation. Among other clients, he represents insurance companies in disputes with other insurers and policyholders.
During his career, Jim has developed broad experience in commercial litigation including areas such as class actions, trade secret and restrictive covenants, unfair competition and distribution disputes, and injunctions. He has a national reputation for his counsel with respect to opt-out plaintiffs in significant antitrust cases. Jim has been repeatedly cited as a leader in antitrust litigation by Illinois Super Lawyers and he was named as a leader in antitrust law in The Best Lawyers in America. As part of the Law Bulletin Publishing Group’s 2014-2016 surveys of the top lawyers in the state, Jim was designated a “Leading Lawyer” in Illinois in Antitrust Law, Commercial Litigation, Insurance, Insurance Coverage and Reinsurance Law, and Trade Secrets/Unfair Competition Law. Benchmark Plaintiff named him a Local Litigation Star (2013-2015) – Illinois in the areas of Antitrust, General Commercial and Securities. In addition, Jim won the Client Choice – USA & Canada 2014 and 2016 award in Insurance & Reinsurance – Illinois.
He is also an Adjunct Professor at Valparaiso University Law School.
Jim has represented clients in significant cases during his career including achieving successful results in:
- Safeco v. Lloyd’s (King County, WA): represent insurer as policyholder in E&O dispute in case involving bad faith and failure to settle underlying insurance claim stemming from auto accident.
- Anheuser-Busch v. CIGNA (E.D. Mo.): represent global health service company in a dispute involving allegations of overpayment of health care benefits to plan participants, including breach of contract and breach of ERISA fiduciary duty claims.
- Indiana Insurance v. CE Design (Ill., MA and WI): represent primary carrier in coverage dispute related to certified class action alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
- CPC v. High Ridge Brands (Ill.): successfully represented consumer products company in commercial replevin action against toll manufacturer.
- AIG v. ACE, et al. (N.D. Ill.): served as lead counsel in case involving allegations of decades-long fraud on workers compensation residual markets by leading insurer.
- Dardick v. FDIC (N.D. Ill.): successfully represented FDIC contractor in connection with dispute over shut-down of failed financial institution.
- P.H. Int’l v. Christia Confezioni (N.D. Ill.): successfully defended luxury goods manufacturer in dealer termination litigation involving claims of breach of contract, tortious interference and conspiracy.
- Motorola Mobility, Inc. v. AU Optronics, et al. (N.D. Ill.): currently defending manufacturer in opt-out case alleging price-fixing conspiracy in the LCD industry and raising novel issues regarding scope of the U.S. antitrust laws.
- In re Aftermarket Filters Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Ill.): represent and successfully settle class action against client in auto filters industry.
- In re Linerboard Antitrust Litigation (E.D. PA): represented corrugated purchaser in opt-out case challenging coordinated restrictions on linerboard supply.
- Last Atlantis v. CBOT (N.D. Ill.): defended market-maker in case alleging antitrust conspiracy and securities violations in options market.
- In re Vitamins Antitrust Litigation (D.D.C.): represented pet food company in recovery of damages in international price-fixing case.
- Treadco v. Bandag (American Arbitration Association): represented franchisee in bet-the-company case against franchisor.
- Bank One Dealer Litigation (American Arbitration Association): represented franchisee in price discrimination, breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing, and tortious interference claim brought against its supplier.
- Venzor v. Don King Productions (N.D. Ill.): represented promoter in RICO and consumer fraud case relating to boxing match.
- In re Fruit of the Loom (D.N.J.): prosecuted adversary proceeding on behalf of debtor against former executive.
- Liggett Tobacco Litigation (N.D. Ill.): represented manufacturer in RICO conspiracy and consumer fraud cases.
- Antler v. Brookdale (Ill.): represented life care facility in class action for consumer fraud and violation of the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance.
- State of Illinois v. Nicor et al (Ill.): represented contractor in all aspects of civil litigation involving indemnity obligations, violations of the environmental protection act and common law nuisance.
- Harter v. Auto Europe (Ill.): represented car rental provider in class action alleging deceptive advertising and violations of consumer fraud act.
Jim is the firm’s Pro Bono Director and has leadership roles in numerous pro bono and charitable organizations including the National Immigrant Justice Center, the Pro Bono Initiative, the Chicago Bar Foundation and The Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services. In 2009, he was awarded the Midwest Light of Human Rights Award by Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center. In 2011, Jim was awarded the Barristers Philanthropic Award by Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth.
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