Joel Schneider, United States Magistrate Judge (Ret.), serves as Of Counsel in Montgomery McCracken’s Litigation Department.
Judge Schneider served as United States Magistrate Judge in the District of New Jersey for 14 years. During his tenure, Judge Schneider managed, settled, and decided thousands of cases in all aspects of civil litigation, including employment, civil rights, IP, class/collective actions, products liability, contract, data breach, pharmaceutical, and other disputes. While on the Bench, Judge Schneider developed a well-deserved reputation for effectively managing and settling complex and multi-party individual and class action cases, including three multidistrict litigations.
Judge Schneider was recently appointed by the court to co-mediate the multi-billion J&J/LTL litigation involving J&J’s baby powder. He is also the Special Master in the MDL talc litigation (38,000 cases) and the coordinated talc (mesothelioma) cases pending in NJ state court.
Prior to his judicial appointment, Judge Schneider practiced in the tri-state area for 26 years, where he specialized in complex civil litigation.
Judge Schneider earned his law degree from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College.
Selected Cases Managed and Settled
- Business dispute between a long-time ex-NFL lineman who was a winning contestant on Shark Tank for his patented process for making boneless ribs. Litigation involved the ex-NFL player, a “shark,” and a prominent food company third-party investor.
- Dispute between Kobe Bryant, his mother, and a sports related auction company about who owned Kobe’s basketball memorabilia kept in a local storage locker by Kobe’s mother, including Kobe’s high school uniforms and trophies.
- Strip-search class action filed by arrestees at a local prison that was heard and decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of County of Burlington. 566 U.S. 318 (2012).
- Claim by parents of deceased female marathon runner who was found on the beach in the early morning of New Year’s Day while she visited Sea Isle to participate in the annual Polar Bear plunge. Parents sued Sea Isle, the police and others alleging that their daughter was alive when she was pronounced dead.
- Suit by owner of Trump Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino to recover the T-R-U-M-P letters removed from the rooftop on its tower in Atlantic City. Complaint filed after President Trump was elected and he purportedly came to learn that the letters were put up for sale on eBay with bids reaching six-figures.
A representative list of Joel’s cases can be accessed here.
Selected Complex and Multi-Party Cases Managed and Settled
- Management and settlement of 2000 case MDL involving allegation that ingestion of the high blood pressure prescription drug Benicar caused plaintiffs’ GI injuries. MDL settlement of $348 million was shared by 8000 claimants. In re Benicar (Olmesartan) Products Liability Litigation, MDL 15-2606 (RBK/JS).
- Management and settlement of class action filed on behalf of class of 50,000 D.O.’s who alleged the American Osteopathic Assoc. violated antitrust laws by requiring they join the AOA to be certified in their specialty. Case settled for a total value of approximately $80 million. Talone v. AOA, C.A. No. 16-4644 (NLH/JS).
- Management and settlement of 68 consolidated cases filed against Camden and individual police officers who falsified evidence and arrest reports resulting in plaintiffs’ arrests, convictions and imprisonment. In re Camden Police Cases, C.A. No. 11-5827 (RBK/JS).
- Settlement of ten (10) related cases filed by females who alleged they were assaulted at off-campus fraternity parties. In re: Stockton Sexual Assault Cases, C.A. No. 18-1143 (RMB/JS), et al.
- Numerous multi-million and six figure settlements filed by victims of excessive police force. Kilroy v. Township of Mount Laurel, C.A. No. 20-5885 (RMB/JS); Norman v. Haddon Township, C.A. No. 14-6034 (NLH/JS); Robinson v. Winslow Township, C.A. No. 11-530 (NLH/JS); Coney v. Caesar’s, C.A. No. 14-4981 (RBK/JS).
- Management and $19.5 million settlement approval of class and collective action filed on behalf of Burlington Assistant Store Managers who alleged they were not paid for their overtime work. Goodman v. Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corp., C.A. No. 11-4395 (JHR/JS).
- Settled class action and individual claims involving allegation that the properties of the class and individual plaintiffs were contaminated with the “forever” chemical PFAS. Class claim requested medical monitoring. Thomas, et al. v. Solvay Specialty Polymers USA, LLC., et al., C.A. No. 14-1870 (NLH/JS); Minix, et al. v. Solvay Specialty Polymers, C.A. No. 14-4405 (NLH/JS).
- Settled ANDA patent infringement action involving FORFIVO XL. IntelGenX v. Wockhardt Bio, AG, C.A. No. 13-5074 (JBS/JS).
A representative list of Joel’s complex and multiparty cases managed and settled can be accessed here. A representative list of Joel’s class/collective actions certified and/or settlement approval can be accessed here.
Joel is frequently asked to speak to local, state, and national bar groups and organizations.
Joel has authored hundreds of written opinions that are available in F. Supp. 2d and 3d, F.R.D., Westlaw and Lexis.
- Quoted in, “Montgomery McCracken Adds Retired NJ Judge,” Law360 Pulse, February 2021
- Quoted in, “Heading to Montgomery McCracken: Magistrate Judge Steps Down After 14 Years,” New Jersey Law Journal, January 2021
- Member, Lawyer’s Advisory Committee
- Trustee, Federal Bar Association of New Jersey
- Advisor, Historical Society for the District of New Jersey
- Former member, Federal-State Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States
- Former adjunct faculty member, Rutgers School of Law, Camden
- Former adjunct faculty member, Rowan University
- Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
- Brooklyn College
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