Ernest E. Vargo

Partner

Cleveland
T 216.861.7349  |  F 216.696.0740

“The ‘very good’ Ernest Vargo enjoys a fine reputation for his commercial litigation expertise” and “is someone you look to as an expert in his area.”

— Chambers USA 2015 and 2013

Ernest Vargo has significant experience defending domestic and foreign companies in antitrust litigation involving alleged price fixing and related cartel activities. He has also defended major companies in consumer and business class actions and other complex commercial litigation. Ernest brings a focused, accountable and results-oriented approach to his cases, and is trusted by clients for their most important matters. He has defended high-profile, high-exposure lawsuits of critical importance in various industries and is in high demand as a source of considered judgment for major clients.

Ernest chaired the firm's National Consumer Class Action Defense Team from its inception in 1998 until 2013, and currently serves on the firm's Policy Committee. He has achieved ranking in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2008.

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  • Defended large publicly traded foreign and domestic entities against price-fixing claims in multidistrict antitrust litigation in various industries, including LCD panels, vitamins, pharmaceuticals, health care and auto repair.
  • Defended and oversaw the national defense of numerous class actions against major auto insurers relating to claims adjustment practices, including the use of nonoriginal equipment parts, diminished value claims, the use of estimating software, salvage titles and the determination of prevailing repair rates.
  • Defended certain of the largest domestic title insurers in consumer class actions challenging rate discounts in residential mortgage refinancing transactions, as well as financial services insurers in consumer class actions challenging collateral protection and forced order hazard programs.
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Experience

  • Defended large publicly traded foreign and domestic entities against price-fixing claims in multidistrict antitrust litigation in various industries, including LCD panels, vitamins, pharmaceuticals, health care and auto repair.
  • Defended and oversaw the national defense of numerous class actions against major auto insurers relating to claims adjustment practices, including the use of nonoriginal equipment parts, diminished value claims, the use of estimating software, salvage titles and the determination of prevailing repair rates.
  • Defended certain of the largest domestic title insurers in consumer class actions challenging rate discounts in residential mortgage refinancing transactions, as well as financial services insurers in consumer class actions challenging collateral protection and forced order hazard programs.
  • Defended various insurers in high-exposure bad-faith litigation.
  • Defended a national actuary firm and law firms against high-exposure professional liability claims.

Recognitions

  • Chambers USA: Litigation: General Commercial in Ohio (2011 to 2016)
  • The Legal 500 United States: Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts – Antitrust
    • "Recommended Lawyer" (2014)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2008 to 2017)
    • Cleveland: Commercial Litigation
    • Cleveland Litigation – Antitrust

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
    • Antitrust Section
    • Class Action Section: Former Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Community

  • Youth Challenge: Board of Trustees President (2013 to 2015)
    • Board of Trustees Member (2008 to 2015)
    • Advisory Board (2015 to 2016)

Pro Bono

  • Attorney Volunteer for Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeast Ohio from (1999 to 2009)
  • Attorney Volunteer for Youth Challenge (2008 to present)

Services

Industries

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1986
  • Ohio

Education

  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1985, cum laude 
  • B.A., The Ohio State University, 1982, summa cum laude