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Janine L. Pollack

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Janine L. Pollack

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Janine Pollack has been prosecuting class actions for over 28 years. She focuses on representing consumers against companies who utilize unfair and deceptive practices, such as false advertising, to sell their products. She has also prosecuted cases involving the False Claims Act, civil rights, and defective products.

Ms. Pollack has been successful in recovering settlements worth millions of dollars on behalf of defrauded consumers, including against the makers of so-called toning and barefoot running shoes and children’s sippy cups. Courts routinely appoint her as lead counsel in such class actions and she has been designated as a Super Lawyer™ every year since 2012. Ms. Pollack has also served as lead trial counsel, including obtaining a jury verdict against R.J. Reynolds in a wrongful death tobacco case.

Ms. Pollack engages in numerous professional activities as well. She has been appointed to Law360 editorial boards and frequently lectures on consumer fraud, time and stress management, and other topics. She serves as Co-President of the National Association of Shareholder & Consumer Attorneys (NASCAT) and chairs its Women’s Initiative, organizing professional and charitable events.

Ms. Pollack is currently serving as a team leader in developing Standards and Best Practices for Increasing Diversity in Mass Tort and Class Action Leadership for the Duke Law School Center for Judicial Studies. She is working with law professors, industry leaders, and judges in helping to prepare these Standards and Best Practices.

Ms. Pollack is also a member of the Women in the Legal Profession Committee of the Bar Association of the City of New York, where she participates in professional development and charitable events. She co-chairs the Women Litigators Subcommittee which sponsors and organizes educational and other programs at the City Bar. She participated as a co-editor of the Committee’s publication, “Street Smarts for Women Lawyers.”

Ms. Pollack graduated from Rutgers University in 1986 with a B.A. with High Honors, where she majored in both French and English. She spent a semester at NYU in France and is fluent in French. In 1989, she graduated from University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where she was elected to the Journal of International Business Law. Ms. Pollack is a member of the Bars of New York and New Jersey.

Education
  • J.D. University of Pennsylvania Law School - Graduate School 1989
  • B.A. Rutgers University - University 1986
Awards
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers
    Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers
  • New York Super Lawyers (2012-2018) Class Action/Mass Torts Litigation
Memberships
  • Law360 Editorial Board
  • Co-President of the National Association of Shareholder & Consumer Attorneys (NASCAT)
  • Chair of National Association of Shareholder & Consumer Attorneys (NASCAT) Women’s Initiative
  • Co-chairs the Women Litigators Subcommittee
  • Women in the Legal Profession Committee of the Bar Association of the City of New York
Publications
  • “Street Smarts for Women Lawyers”
Recent Presentations
  • “Conducting Depositions,” New York City Bar, “Bridge-the-Gap” program, New York, NY (2017; 2018; 2019)
  • “Steel Mill Safety & Health: A Lawyer’s Perspective,” Association for Iron & Steel Technology, Indianapolis, Indiana (2014)
  • “CPLR 3101 (d): Vetting and Selecting an Expert; Complying with Expert Disclosure Requirements; Trial Strategy Considerations; and Motions in Limine,” New York City Bar, New York, NY (2012)
Reported Cases
  • Federal Trade Commission v. Lifewatch Inc., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 179631 (N.D. Ill. Sep. 24, 2018) (regulatory enforcement)
  • Asset Enhancement Inc. v. LifeWatch Inc., 2018 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 9599 (Nassau Sup. Ct.) (commercial litigation)
  • Petrosino v. Stearn’s Prods., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 55818 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 30, 2018) (consumer class action)
  • Marasco v. Am. Expediting Co., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18842 (E.D.N.Y. Jan. 30, 2018) (wage and hour class action)
  • Rapoport-Hecht v. Seventh Generation, Inc., No. 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 219060 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 28, 2017) (consumer class action)
  • Dayan v. Swiss-American Prods., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 50773 (E.D.N.Y. Mar. 31, 2017) (consumer class action)
  • 101 Imaging LLC v. D.R. Rossi, M.D., P.C., 2016 NY Slip Op 32803 (U) (Nassau Sup. Ct.) (commercial litigation)
  • Sitt v. Nature’s Bounty, Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 131564 (E.D.N.Y. Sep. 26, 2016) (consumer class action)
  • Kaatz v. Hyland’s Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 87348 (S.D.N.Y. July 5, 2016) (consumer class action)
  • Reynolds v. Lifewatch, Inc., 136 F. Supp. 3d 503 (S.D.N.Y. 2015) (consumer class action)
  • Silva v. Smucker Nat. Foods, Inc., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 122186 (E.D.N.Y. Sep. 14, 2015) (consumer class action)
  • In re Lifewatch, Inc., 140 F. Supp. 3d 1342 (J.P.M.L. 2015) (consumer class action)
  • Life Alert Emergency Response, Inc. v. Connect Am.com LLC, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 119840 (C.D. Cal. Aug. 27, 2014) (trademark litigation)
  • Moyer v. Siemens Vai Servs., LLC, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 154977 (E.D. La. Oct. 29, 2013) (products liability)
Media
  • “Siemens Escapes $2.6M Liability in Steel Plant Death,” Law360, Portfolio Media (July 2013)
  • “And the Defense Wins,” DRI, The Voice (August 28, 2013)
  • “FTC Says Robocalls Misled Consumers As Companies Return Fire,” Law360, Portfolio Media (February 2018)
  • “FTC Demands Docs In Lifewatch Robocall Suit,” Law360, Portfolio Media (March 2017)
  • “Lifewatch Must Turn Over Some Evidence Sought By FTC,” Law360, Portfolio Media (February 2017)
  • “Lifewatch Fights FTC’s Discovery Request In Marketing Suit,” Law360, Portfolio Media (February 2017)
  • “FTC Asks To Keep Lifewatch Execs On Hook In Phone Scam,” Law360, Portfolio Media (September 2016)
  • “Lifewatch Disclaims Telemarketing Scam at Trial with FTC,” Law360, Portfolio Media (December 2015)
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