Eric Mattson is co-head of Sidley Austin LLP’s Insurance/Reinsurance Disputes practice. He has experience in all aspects of litigation, with a focus on the defense of consumer fraud, RICO, ERISA and Telephone Consumer Protection Act class actions. Eric has argued motions, tried cases and handled appeals in venues across the country. Recent notable cases include:
- Leimkuehler v. American United Life Insurance Co., ___ F.3d ___, Nos. 12-1081, 12-1213 & 12-2536, 2013 WL 1591450 (7th Cir. Apr. 16, 2013). Eric argued the motion for summary judgment and argued the appeal in this class action alleging that “revenue sharing” violates ERISA. The Seventh Circuit affirmed the judgment in favor of our client, rejecting plaintiff’s theories of fiduciary status under ERISA as well as another, novel theory of fiduciary status offered by the Department of Labor.
- Jamison v. First Credit Services, Inc., ___ F.R.D. ___, No. 12-cv-4415, 2013 WL 1248306 (N.D. Ill. Mar. 28, 2013). Eric represents one of the defendants in a class action under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The district court agreed with our arguments and denied plaintiff’s motion for class certification, providing useful precedent for other defendants in similar cases.
- Matthews v. American Honda Motor Co., No. 12-cv-60630, 2012 WL 2520675 (S.D. Fla. June 6, 2012). Eric represented the defendant in a consumer fraud class action alleging that our client sold cars with defective paint jobs. The court granted our motion to dismiss, and plaintiff elected not to appeal.
- Rowe v. Bankers Life and Casualty Co., No. 09-cv-491, 2012 WL 1068754 & 2013 WL 1245555 (N.D. Ill. Mar. 29, 2012 and Mar. 26, 2013). Eric represents the defendant in a RICO class action alleging fraud in the sale of annuities to senior citizens. The court denied plaintiff’s motion for certification of a nationwide class. After further briefing, the court granted partial summary judgment in favor of our client and denied a second motion for class certification.