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William Duffey

Hon. William S. Duffey, Jr. (Ret.)

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Hon. William S. Duffey, Jr. (Ret.) joins JAMS following a distinguished judicial career on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Judge Duffey served on the federal bench for 14 years, presiding over significant and complex cases, including antitrust, civil rights, employment, insurance, intellectual property, securities and class actions.

Prior to being appointed to the federal bench, Judge Duffey served as a United States Attorney in Atlanta, where he managed all civil cases brought on behalf of or against the United States, including qui tam, medical malpractice and personal injury actions, as well as all criminal prosecutions. Before his service as a United States Attorney, Judge Duffey was a partner at King & Spalding, specializing in complex commercial, banking and government fraud, and product liability matters. He also had a substantial practice in conducting complex internal corporate investigations, giving him unique insights into company and agency internal operations, organization, cultures and leadership. 

Judge Duffey is known for his objectivity and thorough case preparation. His recognized ability to grasp complex facts and the unique dynamics of a case allow him to build a foundation of trust among the lawyers and parties in a dispute, and create an atmosphere that promotes dispute resolution.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Presided over hundreds of civil matters in district court ranging in subject matter and complexity, especially in securities, antitrust, products liability, patents and trademarks, employment, fraud and insurance
  • Convened and conducted meetings, conferences and hearings as a means of promoting dispute resolution in the cases over which he presided.
  • Extensive litigation background as United States Attorney and advocate in private practice

Representative Matters

Antitrust

  • Qualserv Corp. v. Kason Industries, Inc. et al., 10-1849 (several associated cases involving food service equipment price-fixing scheme)
  • In re LTL Shipping Services Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1895 (price-fixing conspiracy)
  • Vest v. Waring, et al, (conspiracy to restrain trade)
  • BellSouth Advertising and Pub. Corp. v. Donnelly Information Pub. Inc. (S.D. Fla.) (monopoly over subscriber information)

Business Commercial

  • GOTI, LLC v. XRT, Inc., 16-38 (breach of agreement to settle patent dispute)
  • Classic Harvest LLC v. Freshworks LLC, 15-2988 (trust over proceeds from sale of perishable products)
  • Strategic Decisions, LLC v. The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc., 13-2510 (dispute over consulting agreement performance)
  • Purchasing Power, LLC v. Bluestem Brands, Inc., 12-258 (violation of confidentiality agreement; theft of service idea)
  • Christenbury v. Locke Lord Bissell & Liddel, LLP, 11-3459 (dispute over legal services)
  • nVision Global Technology Solutions, Inc. v. Cardinal Health, LLC, 11-389 (breach of logistics and supply contract)

Civil Rights

  • One World Adoption Services, Inc. v. Council Accreditation for Children and Family Services, Inc., 14-1441 (challenge to failure to accredit)
  • Innis et al. v. Aderhold et al. 14-1180 (challenge to Georgia same-sex marriage law)
  • Royal v. Reese, 14-25 (skilled nursing care for young adult with neuromuscular disease)
  • Bartko v. Delta Air Lines, Inc. et al., 08-2688 (discrimination in removal from aircraft)
  • Speaker v. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 09-1137 (privacy rights violation from disclosure of infectious disease)

Education

  • Cobb County School District v. C.A., 15-1858 (education plan for disabled child)
  • Todd v. Carstarphen, 16-3729 (claim of disability discrimination in school transportation, based on blindness)
  • Paul Quinn College v. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 09-2327 (revocation of accreditation of historically black college)
  • St. Andrews Presbyterian College v. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 07-2967 (revocation of accreditation)

Employment

  • Benton et al. v. A-Tow, Inc., et al., 15-1257 (truck driver overtime)
  • Henley v. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., 16-4506 (class action claiming race discrimination)
  • Jackson et al. v. Nikolas Diner, Inc., 3-3555 (overtime dispute)
  • Matthew Focht Enterprises, Inc. v. Lapore, 12-4479 (violation of employment agreement and commission dispute)
  • Godwin v. Wellstar Health Systems, Inc., 12-3752 (race and sex discrimination)
  • Pinder et al. v. John Marshall Law School, LLC, 12-3300 (race discrimination)
  • Bynum v. Dolgencorp, Inc., 10-1147 (Fair Labor Standards Act)
  • Ivey v. DeKalb County Fire and Rescue Dept., 08-2782 (pay disparity)
  • Vurv Technology v. Kenexa Corp., 08-3442 (breach of restrictive covenant; trade secrets)
  • Bryant v. Jones, 04-2462 (discrimination against white employees)

Labor

  • The Circle Group, LLC v. Southeastern Carpenters Regional Council of Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, 09-3039 (labor dispute and trademark violations)

Environmental

  • ILCO Site Remediation Group v. Taracorp, 12-232 (site remediation)
  • Premier Associates, Inc. v. EXL Polymers, Inc., 08-3490 (ground contamination)

ERISA

  • Prelutsky v. Greater Georgia Life Insurance Company, 15-628 (coverage issue regarding cause of death)
  • Brucks v. Coca-Cola Company, 03-2492 (coverage issue)

Fraud

  • Federal Trade Commission v. Wise Media, LLC, 13-1234 (cramming of charges on cellular phone bills)
  • United States v. Allergan, Inc., 07-1288 (qui tam action for off-label use of Botox)
  • CSX v. Leggett, 07-1152 (fraudulent conveyances of liquid assets and real property)
  • Strong v. First American Cash Advance of Georgia, LLC, and Strong v. Georgia Cash America, Nos. 04-2610 and 2611 (usurious interest rates in payday loans)
  • U.S. Faucets, Inc. v. Home Depot, USA, Inc., 03-1572 (fraud and racketeering)

Insurance

  • Interactive Comm. Int’l, Inc. v. Great American Insurance Co., 15-2671 (insurance coverage for computer fraud)
  • Piedmont Office Realty Trust v. XL Specialty Insurance Co., 13-2128 (coverage of amount paid to settle securities fraud claim)
  • Akpele v. Pacific Life Ins. Co., 12-2170 (family dispute over insurance proceeds)
  • Racetrac Petroleum, Inc. v. Ace American Insurance Co., 10-2162 (pollution clause coverage)
  • Armstead v. Allstate Property & Cas. Ins. Co., 14-586 (insurance dispute and sanctions litigation)

Intellectual Property

Patents

  • GroupChatter, LLC v. Path, Inc., 17-1421 (software patent)
  • Automated Tracking Solutions, LLC v. Validfill, LLC, 15-4348 (automated tracking system for objects and people patent)
  • Interface, Inc. v. Tandus Flooring Inc., 13-3352; Interface, Inc. v. J&J Industries, Inc., 13-3353 (carpet tile patent)
  • Capital Securities Systems, Inc. v. NCR Corp., 14-1516 (ATM patent)
  • Mattress Safe, Inc. v. Just Encase My Mattress, Inc., 11-2492 (mattress cover patent)
  • Southern Mills, Inc. v. Burlington Indus. LLC, 11-721 (flame-retardant fabric patent)
  • Pollard Banknote Limited Partnership v. Scientific Games Int’l, Inc., 10-621 (lottery card patent)
  • Hubbard/Downing v. Innovative Safety Technology, LLC, 09-939, 10-1131 (infringement of race car helmet safety device)
  • TiVo, Inc. v. Echostar Communications Corp., 05-2799 (DVR technology patent)
  • UCB Societe Anonyme v. Dr. Reddy Labs, et al., 04-792 (generic drug patent)
  • Automed Tech v. Knapp Logistics, 04-1152 (medicine dispensing system patent)

Trademark and Copyright

  • Appelrouth Tutoring Services, LLC v. McWilliams, 17-4352 (injunction for infringement of copyrighted tutoring materials)
  • The Preston Partnership, LLC v. ADG Design Studio, LLC, 17-2846 (infringement and misrepresentation of plaintiff’s design work)
  • Cathedral Art Metal Co., Inc. v. Divinity Boutique, LLC, 18-141 (preliminary injunction for breach of trademark and trade dress)
  • RMS Titanic, Inc. v. Zaller et al., 13-625 (infringement of artifacts exhibit)
  • K-Beech, Inc. v. Does 1-47, 11-2968 (infringement by downloaded videos)
  • AOD Group, LLC v. D. H. Pace Company, Inc., 11-1288 (garage door company patent)
  • Coach, Inc. v. Big Atlanta, Inc., 10-2651 (sale of infringing products)
  • Atlanta Allergy and Asthma Clinic, P.A. v. Allergy and Asthma of Atlanta, LLC, 08-3033 (trademark name dispute)
  • Kimberly-Clark Worldwide v. Innovative Healthcare Corp., 06-1464 (dispute over surgical glove color)

Malpractice

  • Monitronics Int’l, Inc. v. Hall, Booth & Smith, P.C., 15-3927 (malpractice)
  • Atlantic RIM Equities, LLC v. Slutsky, Wolfe & Bailey, 04-2647 (malpractice in real estate transaction)

Personal Injury

  • Chapman v. Trinity Highway Products, LLC, 17-575 (defective design of guardrails)
  • Campeau v. United States, 13-3682 (physician malpractice)
  • Wylie v. Red Bull North America, Inc., 13-2552 and 14-1086 (injury from use of beverage as cocktail mixer
  • Omolu v. Delta Airlines, Inc., 12-2828 (injury on jetway)
  • Weldon v. Anchor Hocking, LLC, 12-232 (injury from exploding glass dish)

Products Liability

  • Gaddy v. Terex Corp., 14-1928 (defect in crane boom; failure to warn)
  • In re Wright Technology, Inc., Conserve Hip Implant Products Liability, MDL No. 2329
  • Christiansen v. Wright Medical Technology, Inc., 13-279 (hip implant case tried to jury as bellwether in MDL)
  • Cochran v. The Brinkman Corp., No. 08-1790 (defect in turkey fryer; failure to warn)

Securities

  • SEC v. White, 16-2715 (insider trading)
  • SEC v. Torchia, 14-3904 (fraud involving sale of viatical insurance agreements and loans)
  • SEC v. Detroit Memorial, 13-1817 (securities fraud)
  • SEC v. Alleca, et al., 12-3261 (securities fraud)
  • SEC v. Schvacho, 12-2557 (insider trading)
  • U. S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Giddens, 11-2038 (trading scheme)
  • SEC v. Mannion, 10-3374 (insider trading)
  • Belmont Holdings Corp. v. SunTrust Holdings, 08-1185 (securities fraud class action)
  • Garfield v. NDC Health Corp., 04-970 (securities fraud class action)

Voting Rights

  • Project Vote, Inc. v. Kemp, 16-2445 (wrongful removal of registered voters from rolls)
  • Morales v. Handel, 08-3172 (database matching program to determine voter qualifications)
  • Thompson v. Kemp, 17-0127 (racial gerrymandering in state legislature districts)
  • Board of Advisors, University of South Carolina School of Law, 2018–present
    • Adjunct Professor, University of South Carolina (Business Torts)
  • Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Piedmont College, 2018
  • Atlanta Foundation, Grants Committee, 2017–present
  • Member, Committee on Pattern Jury Instructions, Eleventh Circuit Judicial Council, 2005–2018
  • Chair and member, Board of Directors, Atlanta Track Club, 2010–2017
  • Judiciary delegate, Ukraine USAID program on judicial independence, 2006–2016
  • Distinguished Alumni Service Award, Drake University, 2015
  • Founder, Kennesaw State University Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery
    •  Board Chair, 2009
  • PresidDuffeent, Eleventh Circuit District Judges Association
  • Member, Civil Justice Commission, Georgia Supreme Court

Writing

  • Contributor, Business Litigation, Wolters, 2004–2014
  • Author, “The Admissibility of Scientific Evidence: Primer on Federal Law,” Georgia Bar Journal, 2013
  • Co-author, “A Life in the Law: Advice for Young Lawyers,” ABA, 2009
  • Contributor, “Refractive Keratotomy for Myopia and Astigmatism,” 2002
  • Author, “Corporate Fraud and Accountability: A Primer on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002,” South Carolina Law Review, 2002
  • Civil RICO, South Carolina Law Review
  • United States District Judge, Northern District of Georgia (Atlanta), 2004–2018
  • United States Attorney, Northern District of Georgia (Atlanta), 2001–2004
  • Partner, King & Spalding (Atlanta), 1987–2001
  • United States Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps (Ankara, Turkey; Montgomery, Alabama) (foreign criminal trial observer, NATO exercise legal counsel, legal representative to U.S. military training mission in Saudi Arabia (Turkey) and circuit trial counsel representing the government in felony courts martial and officer elimination actions (Alabama))
  • J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, cum laude, 1977
  • B.A., Drake University, English, with Honors, 1973

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