A member of the firm's Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals team, Chris has represented various healthcare entities in class action litigation, securities complaints, civil litigation proceedings, multidistrict litigation and government disputes. He has extensive experience litigating a broad range of complex commercial matters throughout the country, both at the trial and appellate level. Chris also has represented clients in the finance, education, agribusiness and retail industries in national consumer, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and antitrust class action matters.
Chris' work on behalf of industry clients includes:
•Dismissal of putative class action lawsuit on the pleadings on behalf of healthcare management company.
Class certification denied and obtained summary judgment in favor of pharmacy benefits management company on ERISA claims.
Dismissal of a series of consolidated securities class action lawsuits on behalf of Fortune 100 pharmacy benefits client.
Summary judgment in favor of Fortune 100 pharmacy benefits management company in broad putative class action lawsuit.
In addition, Chris is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and co-author of the Missouri Bar Association's treatise on product liability.
Awards and Recognitions
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
•Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, Rising Star, 2012, 2013
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Dismissal of putative class action case on the pleadings and obtained favorable outcome on appeal for healthcare management company. Bradley v. First Health Services Corp. (No.B185672, 2007 Cal. App. LEXIS 1625 and 2007 Cal. LEXIS 6365)
•Class certification denied and summary judgment granted in favor of client, a Fortune 100 pharmacy benefits management company, on key Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) claims. Express Scripts Inc., PBM Litigation (2008 WL 2952787, E.D.Mo.)
•Dismissal of a series of consolidated securities class action lawsuits on behalf of Fortune 100 pharmacy benefits client. Express Scripts Inc., Securities Litigation (2010 WL 2671456, E.D.Mo.)
•Summary judgment in favor of client, a Fortune 100 pharmacy benefits management company, and class certification denied in broad putative class action case. Inola Drug v. Express Scripts Inc. (2009 WL 801838, N.D.Okla.; 2010 WL 3033628, 10th Cir. Aug. 4, 2010)
•Class certification denied and summary judgment entered in favor of clients on claims for violation of New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act. International Association of Firefighters Local 22, et al. v. National Prescription Administrators et al. (No. L-03216-02, N.J.Super.Ct.)
•Summary judgment on broad contract and consumer fraud claims in a putative class action lawsuit purporting to represent more than 50,000 pharmacies. Pearson's Pharmacy, et al. v. Express Scripts Inc. (2009 WL 3623395, M.D.Ala.; affirmed, 2010 WL 1841877, 11th Circuit)
•Dismissal of putative plaintiff and defendant class action case alleging improper medical billing practices and consumer fraud. Powell v. Washington University (No. 1122-CC0050, Mo.Cir.Ct. 2011)
•Dismissal of putative class action lawsuits asserting broad consumer fraud claims. Pharmacy Benefit Managers Cases (California Judicial Coordination Proceeding No. 4307)
•Class certification denied and summary judgment in favor of clients on all claims. City of Paterson, et al. v. BeneCard Services, et al. (No. L-005908-02, N.J. Super. Ct.)
•Summary judgment on all claims in putative class action lawsuit alleging consumer fraud and unauthorized practice of law against a national mortgage lender. Westerfeld v. Independent Processing LLC and Provident Funding Associates LP (No. 4:09-CV-01674-JAR, 2012 WL 1684500, E.D.Mo.)
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