Significant Settlements or Judgments
Cox v. Shell Oil Company, et al. Filed by Ball and a number of other counsel in 1995
charging Shell Oil Company, E.I. du Pont de Nemours, and Hoescht Celanese with
manufacturing and marketing defective polybutylene pipes and plumbing systems. The
settlement provided a minimum of $950 million settlement in relief and is the largest
class action settlement of its kind in U. S. history.
Infant Formula Consumer Antitrust Litigation. Ball, along with co-counsel, instituted
class actions in multiple state courts against three companies who conspired to drive up
the price of infant formula. The cases resulted in an aggregate settlement of
$64,000,000.00. Foremost among the cases was Blake v. Abbott Laboratories, Civil
Action Number L-8950 (Circuit Court, Blount Cty., Tennessee). Blake was the first
opinion in the history of Tennessee jurisprudence granting indirect purchasers a private
right of action under state antitrust and consumer protection laws.
Spartanburg Regional Health Services District, Inc. v. Hillenbrand Industries, Inc.
Ball also represents Spartanburg Regional Health Services District in a direct purchaser
class action against Hillenbrand Industries that was filed in 2003. Spartanburg Regional
Health Services District, Inc. v. Hillenbrand Industries, Inc., No. CA 7:03-2141-HFF
(D.S.C.) After substantial discovery, a settlement was been reached between the parties
in the Spartanburg case, providing for certification of a class of purchasers and a total of
nearly $490 million in relief, including a cash payment to the class of $337.5 million
(representing the sixth largest amount ever recovered in an antitrust class action).
Research shows that Spartanburg was the first-ever direct purchaser class action
successfully challenging the monopoly bundling of medical products.
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Stinnett v. BellSouth Telecommunications
($45,000,000.00 consumer settlement)
Land v. United Tel. - Southeast
($5,000,000.00 consumer settlement)
In re Travel Agency Com’n Antitrust Litig.
Lowe v. Johnson City Medical Center Hospital
($1,500,000.00 consumer settlement)
Shelton v. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Tennessee
($4,000,000.00 consumer settlement)
Nabors v. General Motors
(nationwide settlement approved in Louisiana with settlement benefit to 6 million owners of GM vehicles)
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