Michael E. Mumford

Partner

Cleveland
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Overview

Mike Mumford concentrates his practice on antitrust counseling and litigation, as well as other complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on defending class actions against the financial services industry. Mike has specific experience defending domestic and foreign firms against claims of international price fixing and other cartel activities. He has defended some of the largest companies, as well as midsize firms, and has developed and implemented effective, cogent strategies of defense specifically suited to respective defendants.

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  • Represents one of the country's 10 largest automobile casualty insurers against antitrust claims brought in multidistrict litigation by more than 100 auto body repair shops alleging that the defendant insurers have unlawfully suppressed auto body repair rates and steered consumers to their direct repair provider network shops.  
  • Defended one of the largest publicly traded companies in Japan, and its foreign subsidiaries, against antitrust and consumer protection claims brought in multidistrict litigation by classes of direct and indirect purchasers and by original equipment manufacturers, retailers and distributors alleging that prices of LCD panels were fixed. After several years of contentious litigation, successfully negotiated settlements in favor of the client.
  • Defended one of numerous manufacturers in multijurisdictional class actions and suits by attorneys general alleging price fixing in the vitamin industry. Settled with the class plaintiffs and attorneys general on favorable terms.
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Experience

  • Represents one of the country's 10 largest automobile casualty insurers against antitrust claims brought in multidistrict litigation by more than 100 auto body repair shops alleging that the defendant insurers have unlawfully suppressed auto body repair rates and steered consumers to their direct repair provider network shops.  
  • Defended one of the largest publicly traded companies in Japan, and its foreign subsidiaries, against antitrust and consumer protection claims brought in multidistrict litigation by classes of direct and indirect purchasers and by original equipment manufacturers, retailers and distributors alleging that prices of LCD panels were fixed. After several years of contentious litigation, successfully negotiated settlements in favor of the client.
  • Defended one of numerous manufacturers in multijurisdictional class actions and suits by attorneys general alleging price fixing in the vitamin industry. Settled with the class plaintiffs and attorneys general on favorable terms.
  • Defended a major bank against fraud, conversion and Uniform Commercial Code claims in four putative class actions arising out of an alleged Ponzi scheme perpetrated by an account holder. Obtained dismissal of all claims on statute of limitations grounds. Argued cases before the Sixth Circuit after the decision was appealed. The Sixth Circuit unanimously affirmed each of the district court's decisions.
  • Defended a major Ohio bank against civil anti-racketeering law claims in a putative class action challenging the client's referral of title insurance work to its subsidiary title company. Settled the case on favorable terms while a motion to dismiss was pending. 
  • Defended one of the country's largest title insurers in a consumer class action challenging the client's alleged failure to provide a reissue rate discount on lenders' policies issued in residential mortgage refinancing transactions. Persuaded the district court to decertify the class. The decertification ruling was affirmed on appeal by the Sixth Circuit.
  • Represented the nation's largest product certification and testing organization in a putative class action challenging the client's testing protocols. Successfully defeated the class certification, leading the named plaintiffs to dismiss their claims.
  • Defended a national mortgage lender in a consumer class action asserting Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Truth in Lending Act and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act violations. Successfully defeated the class certification.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Ohio Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (2009, 2013 to 2016)
  • Martindale-Hubbell: AV Preeminent

Memberships

  • Judge John M. Manos American Inn of Court
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Prior Positions

  • Judicial extern for the Honorable Solomon Oliver on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2002
  • Ohio, 2001

Education

  • J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 2001, cum laude
  • M.A., Case Western Reserve University, 1998
  • B.A., Political Science, Case Western Reserve University, 1998, cum laude, with honors