Hon. Morton Denlow (Ret.)

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Class Actions

Hon. Morton Denlow (Ret.) joined JAMS following 16 1/2 years of distinguished service as a Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. During his time on the bench, Judge Denlow presided over thousands of matters in both the pretrial and trial stages. He has conducted over 2,000 settlement conferences.

A nationally recognized expert in settling cases, Judge Denlow has continued to prove invaluable to parties involved in intractable disputes at JAMS.  His breath of experience as an advocate, attorney neutral, and a settlement-focused judge makes him an ideal choice to mediate the complex case.

Click here to view or download Judge Denlow's Class Action Checklist, a guide designed to assist you in thinking through the issues necessary to settle your class action case.

Since coming to JAMS in 2012, Judge Denlow has had consistent success in mediating over 45 class action matters, resulting in $350,000,000 in total settlements, including:

Representative Matters

  • Antitrust matters
    • A $97.5 million settlement in a multidistrict (MDL) antitrust litigation against producers of potash
    • A natural chemical used in fertilizers, a $39 million settlement involving liquid crystal display (LCD) panels
    • A $4.8 million settlement involving the containerboard and corrugated paper industry
  • Breach of Contract: settled national breach of contract class action suit against list provider pending in USDC SD Indiana
  • Consumer Fraud violations, including: 
    • Settled national class action alleging defective barbecue grills and firebox trays
    • Settled national class action alleging sale of defective dog treats
    • Matters brought under the Illinois Private Business and Vocational Schools Act
    • A class action suit alleging hospital wrongfully asserted lien against patients' personal injury claims
    • Settlement of 11 consumer class action cases arising out of alleged internet violations
    • Settled national class action arising out of alleged misleading labels on cleaning products
    • Settled national class action alleging false advertisement of health benefits of shoes
    • Pre-suit settlement of claim alleging candy boxes were underfilled
    • Pre-suit settlement of claiming "all natural" food label was false and misleading
  • Employment: $1,500,000 class action settlement of a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in the hiring of temporary workers
    • Settled an ERISA anti-cutback class action for $15.5 million
    • A class action against a life insurance company alleging that it improperly received revenue sharing payments from mutual funds
    • $5,500,000 settlement of a class action alleging service date not properly calculated
  • Fair Credit Reporting
    • $4,975,000 settlement of FCRA/FACTA claim pending in USDC MD Florida
    • $620,000 settlement of FCRA claim arising out of report obtained for employment purposes in USDC WD Washington
    • $975,000 settlement alleging adverse employment action without providing report pending in USDC NDILL
    • $850,000 settlement of FCRA and data privacy claim in USDC
  • Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
    • $1,400,000 settlement of suit alleging unlawful vehicle repossesion pending in USDC Minn
    • $400,000 settlement of suit pending in USDC Montana
  • Insurance
    • $2,039,500 settlement of class action alleging defendant wrongfully denied coverage for claims based on alleged misrepresentations in insurance applications
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): settled class action lawsuits in the banking, temporary staffing, recruiting, healthcare (nursing), medical records, newspaper, restaurant, retail, and warehouse industries
  • Mortgage Class Action: settled a national class action against bank claiming that defendant bank breached its mortgage trial plan under the HAMP program
  • Privacy: $3,700,000 settlement of claim that defendant's sensual device improperly collects personal information without consent in USDC ND ILL
  • Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA): settled numerous cases with settlements totaling over $125,000,000 including multimillion dollar settlements arising out of auto industry marketing, wine telemarketing, mortgage telemarketing, school messaging student loan collection activities, debt collection, survey calls, faxes, text messages, telephone company, mortgage lender and pharmaceutical company receivables collection agency calls for cases pending in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin 

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Recipient, Edwin A. Rothschild Award for Lifetime Achievement in Civil Rights, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 2015
  • Member, Committee on the Administration of the Magistrate Judges System of the Judicial Conference, 2005-2012 
  • Immediate Past President and Board of Directors, Resolution Systems Institute
  • Vice President, Jewish Judges Association of Illinois
  • Board of Directors, Federal Bar Association and Chicago Bar Foundation, 2006-2012 
  • Member of Advisory Committee, J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management Dispute Resolution Research Center 
  • Adjunct Professor in Trial Advocacy, Northwestern University School of Law, 1990-1991 
  • Senior Lecturer in Law, Loyola University School of Law, 1983-1995
  • Faculty, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 1988-1998
  • Lecturer, American Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, Northwestern University Corporation Counsel Institute, National Employment Lawyers Association, American Intellectual Property Association, International Claim Association, Association of Attorney Mediators, Employers Counsel Network, and PLI Consumer Financial Services Institute
  • Judicial Profile published in the Federal Lawyer, December 2012
  • Recipient, Seymour Simon Justice Award, Jewish Judges Association of Illinois, 2010

Author of numerous articles including the following publications:

Background and Education

  • Magistrate Judge, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1996-2012 (Presiding Magistrate Judge, 2004-2008)
  • Partner, Dardick & Denlow, 1984-1993
  • Partner, Sachnoff & Weaver, Ltd., 1979-1984 (Of Counsel, 1993-1996)
  • Director of Professional Services for Chicago Regional Office, JAMS/Endispute, 1995-1996
  • Associate, Rosenthal & Schanfield, 1977-1979
  • Law Clerk and Associate, D’Ancona & Pflaum, 1971-1977
  • J.D., cum laude, Northwestern University School of Law, 1972 (Order of the Coif)
  • A.B., Economics, cum laude, Washington University, 1969


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