Sam A. Camardo

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Overview

Sam Camardo is an experienced litigator who represents clients in complex commercial and class-action litigation. He has a wide range of litigation experience, including defending clients in class-action and other high exposure litigation as well as prosecuting their claims.

Sam has considerable experience representing clients—both plaintiffs and defendants—in large class- or mass-action tort litigation, including defending Fortune 500 companies in data privacy litigation, representing financial institutions and insurance companies and prosecuting the claims of wildfire victims. He also frequently represents clients in complex commercial trials and arbitrations. In addition to litigating their matters, Sam counsels clients on regulatory and compliance matters, including data security, financial services, telemarketing and antitrust laws and regulations.

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  • Defended publicly traded professional services firm in high-exposure actuarial malpractice case that was tried to a jury. The matter settled at the end of trial.
  • Investigated and prosecuted claims on behalf of more than 200 families and seven industrial timber companies in litigation against a large utility company for losses suffered by the Douglas County, Oregon community from the Archie Creek Complex Fires of 2020.
  • Defended large grocery chain in class action brought by banks that suffered losses reimbursing their customers for fraudulent charges that allegedly resulted from a data breach the defendant-grocery chain suffered. The case was dismissed, and that dismissal was affirmed on appeal to the Seventh Circuit.
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Experience

  • Defended publicly traded professional services firm in high-exposure actuarial malpractice case that was tried to a jury. The matter settled at the end of trial.
  • Investigated and prosecuted claims on behalf of more than 200 families and seven industrial timber companies in litigation against a large utility company for losses suffered by the Douglas County, Oregon community from the Archie Creek Complex Fires of 2020.
  • Defended large grocery chain in class action brought by banks that suffered losses reimbursing their customers for fraudulent charges that allegedly resulted from a data breach the defendant-grocery chain suffered. The case was dismissed, and that dismissal was affirmed on appeal to the Seventh Circuit.
  • In similar issuing bank litigation brought against a publicly traded discount retailer, defeated the issuing bank’s motion for class certification.
  • Defended a large direct marketing company in multiple class actions asserting tort and statutory claims, including under the Telemarketing Consumer Protection Act.
  • Defended founder of health plan management services provider in dispute with minority owner of the company.
  • Represented numerous Fortune 500 and other entities facing class-action lawsuits brought by individuals who alleged the entity negligently stored or released their personal information, both at the trial and appellate level. For example, was a core team member that defended a healthcare organization in a data breach involving millions of patients in six different courts throughout the Chicago area, including obtaining dismissals that were upheld in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Illinois Court of Appeals.
  • Defended a Fortune 500 financial institution in a class action involving claims of fraud, breach of contract and other federal banking laws and regulations.
  • Represented a Fortune 500 financial institution in an appeal of an order denying a motion to compel arbitration in a class action related to overdraft fees. The appeal was granted, and the Eleventh Circuit reversed the district court’s denial and compelled arbitration.
  • Represented publicly traded client in arbitration in a dispute following an acquisition.
  • Represented clients under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and various state Attorneys General, including a healthcare organization under investigation by the Ohio Attorney General for alleged anti-competitive behavior.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America® 
    • “Ones to Watch” Ohio: Appellate Practice (2021 to 2023)
    • “Ones to Watch” Ohio: Mass Tort Litigation/ Class Actions - Defendants (2023)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • Ohio

Education

  • J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 2012, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, Order of the Barristers, Executive Board, Case Western Reserve University Law Review, National Moot Court Team
  • B.S.B.A., Finance, The Ohio State University, 2009, magna cum laude

Blog

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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Eleventh Circuit Stands Firm – No Incentive Awards for Class Representatives
By Kamran B. Ahmadian
August 12, 2022
Nearly two years after it issued its initial decision in Johnson v. NPAS Sols., LLC, in which it held incentive awards for class representatives to be per se unlawful, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit denied a...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
Florida Requires Concrete Injury For Standing - Class Action Defense
By Joel Griswold
July 14, 2022
On July 13, 2022, the Florida District Court of Appeal for the Fourth District affirmed an order dismissing a putative class action filed under the federal Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) for lack of standing. Southam v...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
The Demand Curve Problem for UCL Class Actions
By Brian A. Troyer
June 1, 2022
A recent opinion from a California federal court, Mier v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc. et al., No. 8:20-cv-01979-DOC-ADS, slip op. (C.D. Cal. May 9, 2022),touches on an aspect of econometric modeling that class action defense counsel should...
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BakerHostetler Releases Insurance Class Action Update
By Mark A. Johnson
May 19, 2022
The Class Action Defense team released its Insurance Quarterly Report covering the fourth quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022. Included in the report are updates and analyses about property and casualty class action lawsuits...
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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
The U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case Regarding Whether State Business Registration Requirements Can Create General Personal Jurisdiction
By Ali I. Haque
May 3, 2022
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits a state from requiring a corporation to consent to personal jurisdiction as a condition to doing business in the state...
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