Hon. Edward A. Infante (Ret.)

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Class Action/Mass Tort

A former Chief Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court, Judge Infante has settled numerous class actions and presided over F.R.C.P. Rule 23(e) judicial settlement approval hearings. He is widely respected for his knowledge of the law, sharp business acumen, objectivity, and unflagging efforts to resolve disputes. Judge Infante has successfully resolved class actions involving shareholders’ rights, joint ventures, and business partnerships.

Representative Matters

  • Business
    • 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
  • 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 in history
  • Consumer
    • Class action lawsuits against businesses allegedly for violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. §227, et seq. (the “TCPA”) for contacts (by calls or text messages) allegedly made to cellular telephones through the use of automated telephone dialing systems and/or artificial or prerecorded voice (“automated calls”)
    • Multiple products class actions, alleging defects in automobiles, fireplaces, etc.
    • Numerous false advertisement/misrepresentation matters including food labeling cases alleging deceptive and misleading product packaging
    • Mediated multiple cases involving issues including:
      • Credit card customers
      • Insurance purchasers
      • Mortgage lending practices
      • Privacy
      • Unfair business practices, including Cal. B&P Code §17200 claims
      • Warranties
  • Employment
    • A case alleging discrimination and violation of the ADA against a large corporation
    • 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
    • Dispute alleging violation of ERISA (failure to pay patient claims or to honor patients’ out-of-network benefits, unfair business practices 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
    • 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
    • Health Care data security breach class action
  • Securities
    • Judge Infante has settled innumerable shareholder’s rights actions involving more than 100 NYSE and NASDAQ companies, including:
      • 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.
      • In re McKesson, HBOC, Inc. Securities Litigation, settled for $960 million, one of the largest securities fraud class settlements ever reported

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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