In 2003, Michael challenged the liability of tobacco companies for the deceptive marketing of “light” cigarettes on behalf of smokers in Illinois. The court returned a $10 billion verdict. The case remains under appeal, but the legal theories brought forth in the case have been accepted as valid in other state courts.
He pursued multi-district litigation against oil companies and gas station operators for failing to account for the temperature of gasoline and its effect on the value of the gasoline sold to consumers.
In the financial sector, Michael has worked on behalf of ordinary investors and consumers, by bringing actions against mutual funds for charging excessive fees, banks for rigging markets and insurance companies for incorrectly calculating risk premiums and failing to provide coverages promised.
Michael has also successfully handled medical and pharmaceutical malpractice cases. He currently has several such cases in various stages of litigation.
Michael is married to the former Tippy Stern. They have two sons. Michael is a devout NY Yankees, NY Giants and Boston Celtics fan. In addition he is an avid reader, who typically has two or three books all going at any given moment, which he admits causes him to confuse plot lines and topics.
Areas of Practice
Antitrust & Deceptive Trade
Asbestos & Mesothelioma
Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis
Medical Malpractice & Pharmacy Liability
Mutual Fund Litigation
1978, South Carolina
1978, Supreme Court of South Carolina
1979, U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
1986, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
1988, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
2004, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
2007, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
2008, U.S. Supreme Court
2010, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
2011, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
2011, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
University of South Carolina, J.D., cum laude, 1978
Harvard University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1975
American Bar Association
Best Lawyers in America
Charleston County Bar Association
Martindale-Hubbell Rated: AV
South Carolina Association for Justice
The American Association for Justice
University of South Carolina Law Review, Member, 1977-1978
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