Benjamin F. Johns
Benjamin F. Johns first began working at the firm as a Summer Associate while pursuing a J.D./M.B.A. joint degree program in business school and law school. He became a full-time Associate upon graduation, and is now a Partner. Over the course of his legal career, Ben has argued in state and federal courts, at both the appellate and trial level, across the country. Among other witnesses, he has deposed prison guards, lawyers, bankers, experts, engineers, I.R.S. officials, and information technology personnel.
Ben is currently serving as Court appointed interim co-lead counsel in several consumer data breach class actions, including Perdue et al. v. Hy-Vee, Inc., No. 1:19-cv-01330-MMM-JEH (C.D. Ill.); In re Wawa, Inc. Data Security Litig., Lead Case No. 2:19-cv-06019-GEKP (E.D. Pa); and In re Rutter’s Inc. Data Security Breach Litig., No. 1:20-cv-382 (M.D. Pa.). He has also been appointed Chair of the Executive Committee in In re Subaru Battery Drain Prods. Liab. Litig., Civil Action No. 1:20-cv-03095-JHR-JS (D.N.J.), a consumer automobile case that largely withstood a motion to dismiss, and is among the lead lawyers prosecuting a case against Apple related to allegedly defective MacBook keyboards. In re Macbook Keyboard Litig., No. 5:18-cv-02813-EJD (N.D. Cal.). Along with his co-counsel, Ben successfully argued against two motions to dismiss and for class certification in that case.
Over the course of his career, Ben has provided substantial assistance in the prosecution of the following cases:
- Udeen v. Subaru of Am., Inc., 18-17334 (RBK/JS) (D.N.J.) (Mr. Johns was co-lead counsel in this consumer class action involving allegedly defective infotainment systems in certain Subaru automobiles, which resulted a settlement valued at $6.25 million. At the hearing granting final approval of the settlement, the district court commented that the plaintiffs’ team “are very skilled and very efficient lawyers…They’ve done a nice job.”)
- In re Nexus 6P Product Liability Litig., No. 5:17-cv-02185-BLF (N.D. Cal.) (Mr. Johns served as co-lead counsel – and argued two of the motions to dismiss – in this defective smartphone class action. The case resulted in a settlement valued at $9.75 million, which Judge Beth Labson Freeman described as “substantial” and an “excellent resolution of the case.”)
- In re MyFord Touch Consumer Litig., No. 13-cv-03072-EMC (N.D. Cal.) (Mr. Johns served as court-appointed co-lead counsel in this consumer class action concerning allegedly defective MyFord Touch infotainment systems, which settled for $17 million shortly before trial)
- Weeks v. Google LLC, 5:18-cv-00801-NC, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 215943, at *8-9 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 13, 2019) (Mr. Johns was co-lead counsel – and successfully argued against a motion to dismiss – in this defective smartphone class action. A $7.25 million settlement was reached, which Magistrate Judge Nathanael M. Cousins described as being an “excellent result.”)
- Gordon v. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., No. 17-cv-01415-CMA-SKC (D. Colo.) (Mr. Johns served as co-lead counsel of behalf of a class of millions of cardholders who were impacted by a data breach at Chipotle restaurants. After largely defeating a motion to dismiss filed by Chipotle, the case resulted in a favorable settlement for affected consumers. At the final approval of the settlement, the district court noted that class counsel has “extensive experience in class action litigation, and are very familiar with claims, remedies, and defenses at issue in this case.”)
- Bray et al. v. GameStop Corp., 1:17-cv-01365-JEJ (D. Del.) (Mr. Johns served as co-lead counsel for consumers affected by a data breach at GameStop. After largely defeating a motion to dismiss, the case was resolved on favorable terms that provided significant relief to GameStop customers. At the final approval hearing, the District Judge found the settlement to be “so comprehensive that really there’s nothing else that I need developed further,” that “the settlement is fair,” “reasonable,” and “that under the circumstances it is good for the members of the class under the circumstances of the claim.”)
- In re: Elk Cross Timbers Decking Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litig., No. 15-cv-18-JLL-JAD (D.N.J.) (Mr. Johns served on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in this MDL proceeding, which involved allegedly defective wood-composite decking, and which ultimately resulted in a $20 million settlement)
- In re Checking Account Overdraft Litig., No. 1:09-MD-02036-JLK (S.D. Fla.). (Ben was actively involved in these Multidistrict Litigation proceedings, which involve allegations that dozens of banks reorder and manipulate the posting order of debit transactions. Settlements collectively in excess of $1 billion were reached with several banks. Ben was actively involved in prosecuting the actions against U.S. Bank ($55 million settlement) and Comerica Bank ($14.5 million settlement)
- In re Flonase Antitrust Litig., 2:08-cv-03301-AB (E.D. Pa.). (indirect purchaser plaintiffs alleged that the manufacturer of Flonase (a nasal allergy spray) filed “sham” citizen petitions with the FDA in order to delay the approval of less expensive generic versions of the drug. A $46 million settlement was reached on behalf of all indirect purchasers. Ben argued a motion before the District Court.)
- In re TriCor Indirect Purchasers Antitrust Litig., No. 05-360-SLR (D. Del.). ($65.7 million settlement on behalf of indirect purchasers who claimed that the manufacturers of a cholesterol drug engaged in anticompetitive conduct designed to keep generic versions off of the market.)
- Physicians of Winter Haven LLC, d/b/a Day Surgery Center v. STERIS Corporation, No. 1:10-cv-00264-CAB (N.D. Ohio). ($20 million settlement on behalf of hospitals and surgery centers that purchased a sterilization device that allegedly did not receive the required pre-sale authorization from the FDA.)
- West v. ExamSoft Worldwide, Inc., No. 14-cv-22950-UU (S.D. Fla.) ($2.1 million settlement on behalf of July 2014 bar exam applicants in several states who paid to use software for the written portion of the exam which allegedly failed to function properly)
- Henderson v. Volvo Cars of North America, LLC, No. 2:09-cv-04146-CCC-JAD (D. N.J.). (provided substantial assistance in this consumer automobile case that settled after the plaintiffs prevailed, in large part, on a motion to dismiss)
- In re Marine Hose Antitrust Litig., No. 08-MDL-1888 (S.D. Fla.) (Settlements totaling nearly $32 million on behalf of purchasers of marine hose.)
- In re Philips/Magnavox Television Litig., No. 2:09-cv-03072-CCC-JAD (D. N.J.). (Settlement in excess of $4 million on behalf of consumers whose flat screen televisions failed due to an alleged design defect. Ben argued against one of the motions to dismiss.)
- Allison, et al. v. The GEO Group, No. 2:08-cv-467-JD (E.D. Pa.), and Kurian v. County of Lancaster, No. 2:07-cv-03482-PD (E.D. Pa.). (Settlements totaling $5.4 million in two civil rights class action lawsuits involving allegedly unconstitutional strip searches at prisons)
- In re Recoton Sec. Litig., 6:03-cv-00734-JA-KRS (M.D.Fla.). ($3 million settlement for alleged violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934)
- Smith v. Gaiam, Inc., No. 09-cv-02545-WYD-BNB (D. Colo.). (Obtained a settlement in this consumer fraud case that provided full recovery to approximately 930,000 class members.)
Ben has also had success at the appellate level in cases to which he substantially contributed. See Cohen v. United States, 578 F.3d 1 (D.C. Cir. 2009), reh’g granted per curiam, 599 F.3d 652 (D.C. Cir. 2010), remanded by, 650 F.3d 717 (D.C. Cir. 2011) (en banc) (reversing district court’s decision to the extent that it dismissed taxpayers’ claims under the Administrative Procedure Act); Lone Star Nat’l Bank, N.A. v. Heartland Payment Sys., 729 F.3d 421 (5th Cir. 2013) (reversing district court’s decision dismissing financial institutions’ common law tort claims against a credit card processor).
Ben was elected by fellow members of the Philadelphia Bar Association to serve a three year term on the Executive Committee of the organization’s Young Lawyers Division. He also served on the Editorial Board of the Philadelphia Bar Reporter and the Board of Directors for the Dickinson School of Law Alumni Society. Ben was also a head coach in the Narberth basketball summer league for several years. He has been published in the Philadelphia Lawyer magazine and the Philadelphia Bar Reporter, presented a Continuing Legal Education course, and spoken to a class of law school students about the practice. While in college, Ben was on the varsity basketball team and spent a semester studying abroad in Osaka, Japan. He graduated from Harriton High School in 1998 as the then all-time leading scorer in the history of the boys’ basketball program. Ben has been named a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intelligencer, a “Top 40 Under 40” attorney by The National Trial Lawyers, and a Pennsylvania “Rising Star” for the past nine years.