People: Daniel M. Blouin, Partner

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Daniel M. Blouin

Partner

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5966
Fax: (312) 460-7966
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Mr. Blouin is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  He is Chair of the national Commercial Class Action Defense Practice Group.  He is an elected member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.  He has over 25 years of experience defending class actions filed in state and federal courts around the country.  He has prepared and argued, both at the trial court and appellate court levels, numerous successful motions to dismiss false advertising and other consumer fraud class actions.  He also has defeated class certification in numerous cases around the country.  Mr. Blouin has extensive experience implementing and utilizing computer databases, extranets, and other litigation management technologies.  He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt.
 
In addition to Mr. Blouin’s experience defending class actions, he has extensive experience in state coordinated and federal multi district proceedings.  For years, he represented a leading medical device manufacturer in national tort litigation.  As a member of the client’s National Trial Team, Mr. Blouin played a significant role in preparing cases for trial.  In addition, as National Coordinating Counsel for the client, Mr. Blouin was responsible for the day-to-day management of hundreds of cases pending around the country.  He also developed a complex computer system used for case management purposes.  Furthermore, as National Defense Liaison Counsel, Seyfarth attorneys, including Mr. Blouin, coordinated the efforts of numerous parties, who, in many instances, had diverse interests.
 
Mr. Blouin is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  He is Chair of the national Commercial Class Action Defense Practice Group.  He is an elected member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.  He has over 25 years of experience defending class actions filed in state and federal courts around the country.  He has prepared and argued, both at the trial court and appellate court levels, numerous successful motions to dismiss false advertising and other consumer fraud class actions.  He also has defeated class certification in numerous cases around the country.  Mr. Blouin has extensive experience implementing and utilizing computer databases, extranets, and other litigation management technologies.  He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt.
 
In addition to Mr. Blouin’s experience defending class actions, he has extensive experience in state coordinated and federal multi district proceedings.  For years, he represented a leading medical device manufacturer in national tort litigation.  As a member of the client’s National Trial Team, Mr. Blouin played a significant role in preparing cases for trial.  In addition, as National Coordinating Counsel for the client, Mr. Blouin was responsible for the day-to-day management of hundreds of cases pending around the country.  He also developed a complex computer system used for case management purposes.  Furthermore, as National Defense Liaison Counsel, Seyfarth attorneys, including Mr. Blouin, coordinated the efforts of numerous parties, who, in many instances, had diverse interests.
 

Education

  • J.D., Loyola University, Chicago, School of Law (1988)
    Editor, Loyola Law Journal
  • B.S., Purdue University (1985)
  • Certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt 

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Pennsylvania

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
     

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Litigation Section; Class Action Subcommittee)
  • Chicago Bar Association (Class Action Subcommittee)
  • International Bar Association (Dispute Resolution Committee)
     

Representative Engagements

  • Roe v. Home Shopping Network (Circuit Court, St. Petersburg, Florida).  National class action alleging false advertising.  Defendant’s motion for summary judgment granted.  The appellate court affirmed and also entered an order requiring plaintiff to pay all attorneys fees and costs incurred by defendant in connection with both the trial and appellate court proceedings.
  • Staver v. Hewlett Packard (Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois).  National class action alleging false advertising.  Motion to dismiss granted.
  • Johnson v. General Motors (US Dist. Court, NJ).  Putative class action alleging consumer fraud, breach of warranty and violation of Magnuson-Moss Warranty.  Motion to dismiss pending.
  • Frye v. Kemper Sports Management (Superior Court, Orange County, California).  Class action alleging violation of California’s Unruh Act.  Motion to decertify class granted.
  • Harris v. Home Shopping Network  (Superior Court, Orange County, California).  National class action alleging unfair business practices and false and misleading advertising.  Motion for class certification denied, affirmed on appeal. 
  • Held. v. AAA (U.S. Dist. Court, Connecticut). Class action alleging unfair business practices and breach of contract.  The action remains pending.
  • Warrick v. Insurance Company (U.S. Dist. Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania). Class action alleging consumer fraud and violation of various aspects of the Pennsylvania Insurance Code.  The action remains pending.
  • Tomaine v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company (U.S. Dist. Court,  ED PA).  Represented insurance company in putative class action alleging consumer fraud and violation of various aspects of the Pennsylvania Insurance Code.  Class resolution on favorable terms.
  • Waters v. EarthLink (Circuit Court, Cape Cod, Massachusetts).  Class action alleging false advertising regarding Internet services.  Motion for class certification denied.  Defendant’s motion for summary judgment granted.
  • Kennedy v. Baxter Healthcare Corporation (43 Cal.App. 4th 799).  Dismissal with prejudice of a product liability class action arising out of the use of latex gloves.   Plaintiffs in other jurisdictions dropped their class allegations following publication of the appellate opinion in this case.
  • Vigus v Harrah’s Casino (U.S. Dist. Court, Southern District of Illinois).  Class action alleging violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.  Motion for class certification denied.
  • Maggie Loftus v. Whole Foods Market Group, Inc. (U.S. Dist. Court. Northern District of Ohio).  National class action against grocery chain alleging breach of contract, consumer fraud, and false advertising on behalf of national putative class of consumers. The case involved alleged failure to apply a volume discount on purchases.  The action was resolved.
  • Moshiri v. Home Shopping Network (U.S. Dist. Court, ND CA). Putative national class action alleging consumer fraud and breach of contract.  Motion to dismiss granted.
  • Prime Development v. Heartland Bank (U.S. Dist. Court, Southern District of Illinois). Class action alleging violation of the Illinois Interest Act and breach of contract.  Motion to dismiss granted.
  • Vorst v. TBC (U.S. Dist. Court, Southern District of Florida). National class action alleging violation of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.  Motion to dismiss granted.
  • Daniel Cubert v. EarthLink (Superior Court, Los Angeles County, California).  National class action alleging unfair business practices under Business and Professions Code Section 17200 and Consumer Legal Remedies Act, and false and misleading advertising.  Motion for class certification denied.
  • Westbrooke Properties  v. Heartland Bank (Circuit Court, St. Clair County, Illinois). Class action alleging breach of contract.  The action remains pending.
  • Wilson v. Allstate Insurance Company (Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois).  Class action alleging consumer fraud and violation of various aspects of the Illinois Insurance Code.  The action remains pending.
  • Orelt v. Home Shopping Network (Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois).  National class action alleging false advertising. Motion to dismiss granted, affirmed on appeal.
  • Dr. Ira Satinover v. EarthLink, Inc. (Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois).  Class action alleging false advertising. Motion to dismiss granted, affirmed on appeal.
  • Abdoney v. TBC Retail Group (Circuit Court, Palm Beach County, Florida).  National class action alleging violation of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.  Motion to dismiss granted.
  • Dishkin v. TBC Retail Group (Circuit Court, Miami Beach County). Class action alleging violation of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act. Class resolution on favorable terms.
  • Arbelov. Charter One Bank (U. S. Dist. Court, Northern District of Illinois).  Class action alleging failure to provide requisite notice regarding ATM transaction fees in violation of the Electronic Funds Transfer Act.  The action was resolved.
  • Nicholas Cercola v. Hewlett-Packard (Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois).  Class action alleging false advertising.  Motion to dismiss granted.
  • Susan Osmanski v. Vital Dynamics, Inc. (Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois).  Class-action alleging false advertising.  The action was resolved for a de minimus amount.
  • McEntee v. Incredible Technologies (Circuit Court, Wayne County, Michigan). National class action alleging, among other things, false advertising.  Motion for summary disposition granted, affirmed on appeal.
  • Ozgur Aral v. EarthLink, Inc. (Superior Court, Los Angeles County, California).  Class action alleging violation of California’s consumer protection statutes.  Motion for class certification denied.
  • Coon Rapids Lincoln Mercury v. The Star Tribune Company (District Court, Hennepin County, Minnesota).  National class action alleging consumer fraud and breach of contract.  The case was resolved for a de minimus amount while defendant’s motion for summary judgment was pending.
  • James v. Charter One Bank (U. S. Dist. Court, Northern District of Illinois).  Class action alleging failure to provide requisite notice regarding ATM transaction fees in violation of the Electronic Funds Transfer Act. The action was resolved.
  • Linda Ranck v. EarthLink, Inc. (Superior Court, Orange County, California).  Class action alleging false advertising regarding Internet service.  The action was successfully resolved for a de minimus amount.
  • Dowhal v. Hewlett-Packard Company, (Superior Court, San Francisco County, California). Class action alleging unfair business practices and false advertising under Business and Professions Code Sections 17200, 17500 and Consumer Legal Remedies Act.  The action was resolved. 
  • Campbell v. Kemper Sports Management (Superior Court, Los Angeles County, California).  Class action alleging violation of California’s Unruh Act.  The action remains pending.
  • State of Illinois, ex rel Schad, Diamond v. Maidenform (Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois).  Action under the Illinois False Claims Act alleging failure to remit tax associated with Internet sales.  Action remains pending. 
  • State of Illinois, ex rel Schad, Diamond v. Smith & Noble (Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois).  Action under the Illinois False Claims Act alleging failure to remit tax associated with Internet sales.  Action remains pending.