Class Action

Jason J. Thompson

Senior Shareholder

Direct Dial (248) 415-3206
Direct Fax (248) 436-8453
Email jthompson@sommerspc.com

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Jason Thompson is a nationally board certified trial attorney and co-chairs the Sommers Schwartz’s Complex Litigation Department. He has a formidable breadth of litigation experience, including class action and multidistrict litigation (MDL), and practices nationwide in both state and federal courts.

Jason has handled a wide variety of cases, including defective pharmaceutical drugs and devices, consumer rights, RICO, employee rights (wage and hour violations), qui tam (False Claim Act and whistle blower cases), antitrust, and environmental tort. He represents institutional clients, such as municipalities, healthcare plans and unions in complex business litigation, as well as individuals in personal injury and mass tort cases. He has been asked to testify before the Michigan Legislature on Medicaid fraud qui tam bills and bills to repeal Michigan's drug product liability immunity law, and is regularly appointed by the courts to serve as lead counsel in class actions and MDLs.

Among Jason’s current complex litigation cases are multi-district antitrust actions against several auto parts suppliers; a price-fixing case against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and over twenty Michigan hospitals; unpaid minimum wages and overtime claims for more than 850 salespeople working in Tennessee, Nevada, and Florida for timeshare giant Westgate; and numerous people injured by defective drugs and devices including Transvaginal Mesh, Zimmer CR-Flex NexGen replacement knees, and DePuy ASR hip devices. He also successfully represented consumers in insurance abuse cases against Allstate and Lawyers Title Insurance, consumer protection cases against Ford and AT&T, and wage and hour claims against Quicken. In March 2012, he was appointed lead class counsel in a 38-state class action settlement against Allstate valued at approximately $22.5 million, and in 2010 he was lead class counsel in an $11.3 million nationwide wage and hour class action on behalf of dancers working for Déjà Vu Clubs.

Some of Jason’s past cases include price-gouging claims and personal injury cases against the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer, Merck, Eli Lilly, and Abbott. He has successfully prosecuted environmental tort cases on behalf of residents who endured the effects of chemical spills, air pollution, and other adverse effects caused by large industry, against companies such as National Steel, ATOFINA Chemical, Dow Chemical, and Waste Management. He has tried many successful personal injury and wrongful death cases, and in 2006 he tried the first case arising out of the high-profile 2004 Pacers-Piston's Brawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Education

  • Michigan State University College of Law, Juris Doctor cum laude, 1992
    • Law Review - Note and Comment Editor
    • Clerk, Hon. John Bruff, 16th Judicial Circuit Court of Michigan
    • Clerk, Hon. Marvin Stempien, 3rd Judicial Circuit Court of Michigan
  • University of Southern California, Bachelor of Arts in Economics, 1989

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Areas of Practice

Mr. Thompson has been appointed to leadership positions in a variety of complex litigation matters:

  • Ross v Jack Rabbit Services, LLC, et al. (Co-Class Counsel)
  • Lawrence v. Maxim Healthcare Services (Co-Lead Class Counsel)
  • Stelmachers v. Maxim Healthcare Services (Co-Lead Class Counsel)
  • Williams vs. Sykes Enterprises, Inc. (Co-Lead Class Counsel)
  • Flores vs. Velocity Express, Inc. (Co-Lead Class Counsel)
  • Allstate Class Action: Jimenez et al vs. Allstate Insurance Company et al (Lead Class Counsel)
  • Automotive Wire Harness Systems Antitrust Litigation MDL No 2311 (Direct Purchaser PSC)
  • Jackson's Five Star Catering, Inc. v John R. Beason d/b/a Tax Connection World & Tax Connection Worldwide LLC (Co-Lead Class Counsel)
  • Exclusively Veterinary Cats Hospital, P.C. v Anesthetic Vaporizer Services, Inc. (Co-Lead Class Counsel) 
  • Northstar Education Finance, Inc. Contract Litigation MDL No. 1990 (Executive Committee)
  • Stanley vs. United States Steel Corporation (Lead Class Counsel) 
  • Amgen Off Label Marketing Litigation MDL No 1934 (Executive Committee)
  • In Re: Neurontin Sales and Marketing MDL No. 1629 (Purchase Claims Committee)
  • In Re: Vioxx Sales and Marketing MDL No. 1657 (Purchase Claims Committee)
  • In Re: Bextra/Celebrex Sales and Marketing MDL No. 1699 (Purchase Claims Committee)
  • In Re: Tricor (TPP Allocation Counsel)
  • In Re: Zyprexa MDL No. 1596 (Purchase Claims Committee)
  • Haase vs. Frank J. Bluestein, et al. (Co-Lead PSLRA Counsel)
  • Regina vs. Comcast of Detroit, Inc. (Co-Lead Class Counsel)
  • Snow v Atofina Chemical Inc. (Co-Class Counsel)
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • American Association for Justice - Wage & Hour Litigation Group (Co-Chair), Class Action Litigation Group, Section on Toxic Environmental and Pharmaceutical Torts, Employment Rights Section
  • Michigan Association for Justice - Executive Committee, 2003-2009

Thank you Jason, I would recommend your law firm in a heartbeat. If I ever did need more help with something concerning the law, I will certainly contact you.

Jason Thompson represented me in a gross neglence case, and I couldn't have been more impressed with his professionalism and energy throughout the entire process. I was very pleased with his service and how thorough his team was from start to finish. I would refer him to friends and family.

Just wanted to formally thank you for taking the time to discuss the area of class action. I admire all that you've done in your career and your advice is very valuable to me. It is my wish that we work together some day on cases, but I'm sure we will cross paths again in this exciting field of law. I wish you the best with everything. It has been a pleasure getting to know you and everyone at Sommers Schwartz.

Jason was an aggressive and thorough attorney when he represented my case. He spent the time listening to me as a client and he would explain what steps were next as we went through the process. Jason made me feel very confident in my case and in him as an attorney.

My husband and I had taken the advice of someone else over yours - only to later regret it. You got the results we wanted in three days after we wasted 7 weeks with someone else. You have no idea how much you and your team have helped me, and I truly appreciate all that you have done. Oh, and that loud whooshing noise you're hearing? It's just a big sigh of relief!

Honors/Awards

  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly – Top Settlement 2012 ($22.5 Million)
  • SuperLawyers (Michigan) – Class Actions
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Michigan, National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly "Up & Coming Lawyers," 2001
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • AV Preeminent Lawyer (Martindale Hubbell) – Peer Review Rating of 5.0 out of 5.0

Published Works

  • "Supreme Court Confirms Importance of Class Actions," Michigan Association for Justice Journal, Fall 2013
  • "Wage and Hour Litigation - Employee Status," Michigan Bar Journal, February 2011
  • "Establishing Causation in an Ambient Air Quality Nuisance Action," American Association for Justice, Section on Toxic, Environmental & Pharmaceutical Torts, Fall 2008
  • "Corporate Misconduct Helps Fuel Lawsuits," Crain's Detroit Business, August 30, 2005
  • "Mass Tort Settlement Options in Class Actions and Multidistrict Litigation," Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Section on Toxic, Environmental & Pharmaceutical Torts, Spring 2003
  • Environmental Pollution: Today's Lawsuits Against Polluters Are Inducing Claims for Emotional Distress Damages,” Michigan Bar Journal, September 2002
  • "’As Is’ Clause Holds Water Under the Michigan Underground Leaking Storage Tank Act," Detroit College of Law Review, 1993
  • “Room for Sobriety Checkpoints under the Fourth Amendment,” Detroit College of Law Review (note), 1991

Seminars/Lectures

Faculty Positions

  • Adjunct Professor, Complex Litigation, Michigan State University College of Law, 2013


Seminars/Presentations

  • Moderator, 2013 American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Employment Rights Section and Wage and Hour Litigation Group CLE Program
  • Speaker, 2013 American Association for Justice, Continuing Legal Education Program, "The Latest Developments Affecting your Class Action Strategy Teleseminar"
  • Sponsor, 2013 First Annual Great Lakes Mass Tort Seminar
  • Moderator, 2012 American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Employment Rights Section and Wage and Hour Litigation Group CLE Program
  • Moderator, 2011 American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Employment Rights Section and Wage and Hour Litigation Group CLE Program
  • Speaker, 2011 Ohio Association for Justice Wage & Hour Seminar, "H2B Visa Workers and FLSA Violations"
  • Moderator, 2011 American Association for Justice Annual Convention, New York, New York
  • Speaker, 2011 Ohio Association for Justice Wage and Hour Seminar
  • Speaker, 2010 Michigan Association for Justice New Lawyers "Discovery Workshop" 
  • Moderator, 2010 American Association for Justice Annual Convention, Wage & Hour Litigation Group Educational Seminar
  • Speaker, 2009 American Association for Justice Annual Convention - "Wage and Hour Litigation: Employee Status" 
  • Panel Member, 2007 Michigan Trial Lawyers Association Deposition Workshop
  • Speaker, 2005 American Association for Justice, Annual Convention - "Obtaining Recovery for Identity Theft Victims"
  • Speaker, 2005 Florida Justice Association - "Bringing Your Closing Argument to Life"
  • Speaker, 2005 Michigan Trial Lawyers Association Rapid Fire Seminar - "New Ways to Succeed"
  • Speaker, 2003 Product Liability and Personal Injury Law Conference, Kitzbühel, Austria - "Class Action and Multidistrict Litigation Settlements"
  • Judge, 3rd Annual National Trial Advocacy Competition, Michigan State University/Detroit College of Law, 2002
  • Speaker, 2002 Michigan Trial Lawyers Association Seminar -"Mass Torts and Environmental Class Actions"
  • Moderator, 2002 Michigan Trial Lawyers Association Rapid Fire Symposium - "Environmental Torts"
  • Speaker, 1998 Michigan Trial Lawyers Association Rapid Fire Symposium - "EMS Cases"