Hon. Edward A. Infante (Ret.)

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Hon. Edward A. Infante (Ret.) is known for his ability to mediate complex cases involving a wide range of issues. A former Chief Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Judge Infante has more than 30 years of dispute resolution experience. He has particular expertise in complex business litigation, securities class actions, securities, employment, intellectual property, and antitrust cases.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Conducted over 3,000 settlement conferences in all types of civil litigation including securities fraud and shareholder class actions, intellectual property disputes, and employment cases
  • Resolved thousands of pretrial matters including discovery, pleading, and summary judgment motions, and presided over numerous jury trials
  • Served as Special Master in several complex federal cases; Authored Chapter 53, entitled "Masters," in Moore's Federal Practice (copyright 1997) -- the chapter discusses the appointment and procedures of Special Masters

Representative Matters

  • Business/Commercial
    • Mediated all types of business suits involving breach of contract, accounting, valuation, joint ventures, partnerships, and breach of warranty claims
  • Civil Rights
    • Lopez v. San Francisco Unified School District, large ADA settlement that set the stage for accessibility upgrades in San Francisco public schools
    • Willits, et al. v. City of Los Angeles, the largest ADA class settlement
  • Class Actions
    • Mediated multiple class actions alleging autodialer calls and text messages were sent to consumers’ mobile phones in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and data breaches
    • Multiple products class actions, alleging defects in automobiles, fireplaces, etc.
    • False Advertisement/Misrepresentation: multiple food labeling cases alleging deceptive and misleading product packaging 
    • In re Payment Card Interchange Fee Antitrust Litigation, largest antitrust settlement of $7.25 billion in multi-district litigation on behalf of a class of approximately seven million merchants in the United States
  • Employment
    • Mediated race, gender, and age discrimination suits; mediated sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, and other employment related breach of contract disputes
    • Dispute alleging violation of ERISA for failure to pay patient claims or to honor patients’ out-of-network benefits, unfair business practices claims
    • Class action alleging gender discrimination against a major public educational institution
    • Settled multiple disputes alleging racial discrimination and working with the employer and EEOC to design the consent decrees
    • Settled numerous cases involving wage and hour claims
  • Health Care
    • State of California ex rel. Hunter Laboratories v. Quest Diagnostics, et al., settled for $300 million, largest False Claims Act settlement in California history, and the largest single-state False Claims Act settlement ever in United States history
    • Shurtleff vs. Health Net, settled this medical data breach/privacy class action
    • Antitrust class action alleging unlawful mark-up in the Average Wholesale Prices (“AWPs”) of various brand name drugs; settled for $350 million, one of the largest RICO settlements in history
  • Insurance
    • Mediated coverage disputes involving multi parties and bad faith allegations
  • Intellectual Property
    • Mediated a multi-million dollar web browser plug-in patent dispute
    • Global settlement of three patent-infringement lawsuits involving multiple patents involving software and audio technology
    • Nikon v. ASML, international patent dispute involving multiple patents resulting in complex cross-licensing agreements
    • Multiple cases involving consumer electronics, including smart phone technology
  • Securities
    • Successfully mediated class actions involving over 100 NASDAQ and NYSE companies
    • In re IndyMac Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS) Litigation, settled for $340 million, class action claims against six underwriters of the IndyMac mortgage-backed securities, resulting in one of the largest federal class action settlements in MBS

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Included on "National Mediators" list, Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2016-2017
  • Recognized as an “ADR Champion,” National Law Journal, 2016-2017
  • Recognized as a "Top California Neutral," Daily Journal, 2003-2004, 2006-2012
  • Recognized as the Best Neutral in the Bay Area (2007-2008) and as one of top Best Neutrals in the Bay Area (2009-2012), through an open survey of attorneys, The Recorder
  • Member, Federal Magistrate Judges Association, 1973-present
    • President, 1981, 1982; Vice President, 1979-1980
    • Moderator and panelist in various federal practice seminars including the Federal Practice Institute, 1983-1993
  • Adjunct professor at Santa Clara University Law School
    • Lectured in evidence, judicial administration, and alternative dispute resolution, 1990-2002

Background and Education

  • Chief Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1990-2001
  • United States Trustee, U.S. Dept. of Justice, Region XV Southern District of California, District of Hawaii, Territory of Guam, and Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, 1988-1990
  • Partner, Schall, Boudreau & Gore, San Diego, CA, 1986-1988
  • U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 1972-1986
  • J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1965
  • A.B., Boston College, 1962

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