Sam Camardo

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Cleveland
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Overview

Sam Camardo is a litigator concentrating on commercial disputes and class action defense. He frequently represents corporations in large disputes, including MDLs, class actions and complex commercial matters. Notably, Sam has significant experience defending companies in the evolving area of data privacy litigation.

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  • Defended several merchants in litigation brought by issuing banks following a payment card data breach.
  • Member of team that secured dismissal of an issuing bank’s numerous claims, ranging from RICO to negligence to breach of contract. Continued to represent the client in the appeal of case in which the Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s complete dismissal with prejudice.
  • Defeated an issuing bank’s motion for class certification in the Middle District of Alabama.
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Experience

  • Defended several merchants in litigation brought by issuing banks following a payment card data breach.
  • Member of team that secured dismissal of an issuing bank’s numerous claims, ranging from RICO to negligence to breach of contract. Continued to represent the client in the appeal of case in which the Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s complete dismissal with prejudice.
  • Defeated an issuing bank’s motion for class certification in the Middle District of Alabama.
  • Represented numerous entities facing lawsuits by individuals who alleged the entity negligently stored or released their personal information.
  • Part of team that defended a major 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.
  • Member of team representing a large bank in a class action involving claims of fraud, breach of contract, and other federal banking laws and regulations.
  • Represented a bank 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.
  • Routinely represents clients in complex commercial disputes, including representing a professional services firm in a malpractice dispute.
  • Second-chaired an arbitration in which a seller sued a publicly traded client following an acquisition.
  • Counsels clients on compliance issues on a wide range of issues, including data security, financial services, telemarketing, and antitrust laws and regulations.
  • 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® (2021)
    • “Ones to Watch” Ohio: Appellate Practice

Memberships

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

Prior Positions

  • Judicial Extern for the Honorable Randolph Baxter of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio

Admissions

  • 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

In The Blogs

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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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Class Action Lawsuit Defense
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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