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