Charles B. Casper
Charles B. Casper is chair of Montgomery McCracken's Class Action Defense Practice Group. His practice emphasizes the defense of consumer and antitrust class actions, computer software and hardware litigation, insurance coverage litigation, complex commercial litigation and environmental litigation.
Since 1993, Chuck has served as class action counsel to Microsoft Corporation in class actions in federal and state courts across the country, including consumer and indirect-purchaser antitrust class actions.
Courts in California, Washington, New York, New Jersey, Texas, Illinois, Louisiana, Alabama and Colorado have dismissed nationwide class actions on motion or denied nationwide class certification in cases involving Microsoft's most widely used software, hardware and services: Windows Vista, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows 95 (two cases), MS-DOS 6.0 (three cases), the Microsoft Network (MSN) (five cases), Xbox (four cases) and Zune. Courts in Michigan and Maine denied statewide class certification in three indirect-purchaser antitrust cases challenging Microsoft Windows and Office. Several of these cases have resulted in published opinions.
Chuck has also represented companies and their directors in a variety of other industries including computer hardware and software, pharmaceuticals, health care, retailing, heavy truck manufacturing, lease financing, and alarm systems in class actions and significant individual cases.
He also serves as an editor of the Firm's Ahead of the Class blog, which focuses on issues related to class action defense, addressing current cases and decisions, trends and strategies associated with class action law.
Chuck was previously a member of the Firm's Management Committee.
Chuck received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1977 and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University in 1974. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, awarded in 1985.
Energy and Environmental
- Moderator, “Recent Developments and Best Practices in Class Actions and MDLs,” 2018 Federal Bench Bar Conference, June 15, 2018
- Speaker, “You’ve Red an Arbitration Clause and Class-Action Waiver, but Need You Feel Blue? The State of the Union Between Arbitration and Litigation,” American Bar Association’s 21st Annual National Institute on Class Actions, October 27, 2017
- Lecturer, “Cost-Benefit Analysis in Superfund Site Remediation,” Superfund Research and Training Center in the Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania, December 14, 2015
- Lecturer, “Selecting a Remedy and Paying for It,” Superfund Research and Training Center in the Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania, December 3, 2015
- Speaker, “National Class Action Trends: Where is the Case Law Taking Us?” Law Seminars International’s 11th Annual Comprehensive Conference on Class Actions, June 4, 2015
- Speaker, “Never a Day Off, ‘Understanding and Managing Economic Risks for Lawyers on Both Sides of the v.’,” American Bar Association’s 18th Annual National Institute on Class Actions, October 24, 2014
- Speaker, “Update on National Class Action Trends” Law Seminars International’s Class Actions and Alternatives for Resolving Aggregate Claims – New Decisions, Trends, and Strategies for Plaintiffs and Defendants”
- Speaker, “National Class Action Trends,” Law Seminars International’s 9th Annual Comprehensive Conference on Class Actions and Other Aggregate Litigation, May 2013
- Moderator, “New Strategies for Class Certification,” Law Seminars International, August 2012
- Speaker, “National Class Action Trends – Federal Circuit Class Certification Rulings: Strategies and Arguments for Winning or Defeating Class Certifications,” Law Seminars International’s 8th Annual Comprehensive Conference on Class Actions and Other Aggregate Litigation, May 2012
- Moderator, “Trends in Federal Circuit Class Certification Rulings-Practical Implications for Litigators,” January 2012
- Presenter, “The Impact of Recent Developments on Class Action Law” Camden County Bar Association CLE program, April 2011
- Faculty member, American Law Institute-American Bar Association (ALI-ABA) three-day annual advanced course of study on Civil Practice and Litigation Techniques in Federal and State Courts in Charleston, South Carolina
- Presented programs on trial techniques to the American Bar Association Section on Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law and to the Pennsylvania Bar Association Environmental, Mineral and Natural Resources Law Section
- Noted In, “Video Game Developer Looks To Toss Players’ Antitrust Suit,” Law360, July 2021
- Co-author, “Pa. Insureds’ Path to Pandemic Biz Interruption Coverage,” Law360, May 2020
- Co-author, “The Path to the Recovery of Business Interruption Losses for Pennsylvania Policyholders,” April 2020
- Co-author, “Pa. Court’s Ruling On Uber Terms Clashes With Case Law,” January 2020
- Noted in, “She fractured her spine after the car ran a red light. Uber said she signed away her rights to a jury trial,” January 2020
- Co-author, “On Novel Grounds, Philadelphia Judge Rejects Uber’s Bid to Arbitrate Passenger’s Personal Injury Claim,” January 2020
- Noted in, “Top Product Liability Cases of 2017: Midyear Report,” Law360, June 2017
- Noted in, “First Circuit: Allegations in class action against Titeflex ‘too speculative,” Washington Examiner, November 2014
- Noted in, “1st Circ. Throws Out Titeflex Steel Tubing Class Action,” Law360, November 2014
- The Class Action Fairness Act’s Impact on Settlements, 20 ANTITRUST 26 (Fall 2005) and Settlements Under the Class Action Fairness Act, 2 THE ANTITRUST PRACTITIONER 2 (June 2005) and Rule 12(e) Motions for More Definite Statement, 18 THE PRACTICAL LITIGATOR 5 (September 2007)
- Principal author of the chapter on class certification in the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law’s Indirect Purchaser Handbook (2007)
- Selected to Law360’s “MVP of the Year” series for his work in Class Action law
- Recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in the field of Class Actions and Mass Torts, 2005-2019
- Received the United Way Committed Community Volunteer Award in 2005 from the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, the organization’s highest tribute to an individual who volunteers on standing committees and has made major contributions to the United Way’s activities.
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Chuck chairs the Philadelphia Local Board of the Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program, which awards the annual congressional appropriation of McKinney Act funds to local food, shelter and emergency assistance agencies. He served as chair of the board of directors of Partners for Sacred Places, a national organization headquartered in Philadelphia that brings the historic preservation and religious communities together, from 2003 to 2006 and served on the board from 1999 to 2007 and again beginning in 2015. He was a guest professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Utah in 1980 and served as associate pastor of the Arch Street United Methodist Church in Philadelphia from 1985 to 1989. He was a consultant to a committee of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) on church-state relations.
- University of Virginia School of Law
- Princeton Theological Seminary
- Yale University
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