John G. Papianou is vice-chairman of Montgomery McCracken, chair of the Litigation Department, chair of the Consumer Financial Services Practice Group, the Firm’s Strategic Planning Partner, and a member of the Firm’s Management Committee. He concentrates his practice in complex civil litigation, with particular emphasis on consumer class actions involving claims under federal and state consumer protection statutes. He has counseled and represented numerous clients in class actions across the country, including Microsoft, Tommy Hilfiger, Verifone, PVH Corp., Fitness International, LLC, and Walmart.
John has extensive experience briefing significant and novel class action issues at the trial and appellate levels. He obtained a favorable decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit that is now frequently cited by courts and defendants in cases brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. He also recently obtained a notable ruling from a federal district court in which it shifted to plaintiffs the cost to comply with class certification discovery.
In addition to his class action experience, John has substantial experience defending consumer reporting agencies against claims brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”). As counsel to some of the largest consumer reporting agencies in the country, he has handled hundreds of FCRA matters and successfully resolved them all.
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.
John received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 2001. He graduated from Long Island University, summa cum laude, with a B.A. in 1996.
Government Liability and Civil Rights Defense
Consumer Financial Services
- MFW Wine v. Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board – Obtained a declaratory relief and the issuance of a writ of mandamus against the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board in the first virtual, live-streamed evidentiary proceeding in Pennsylvania.
- Titeflex Corporation – Represents manufacturer of tubing in putative class actions brought in several states. Has obtained orders granting motions to dismiss in all cases, including a First Circuit affirmance.
- Shiyan v. Lucille Roberts Health Clubs, Inc. – Represented Lucille Roberts in putative class action brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Favorably settled case on individual basis after Lucille Roberts moved for summary judgment.
- Addison Automatics, Inc. v. The RTC Group, et al. – Represented Microsoft in putative class action brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Favorably settled case on individual basis.
- Fortune 100 Retailer – Represented international Fortune 100 retailer in putative class action asserting claims under New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act. Obtained published decision from the Third Circuit vacating order of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey granting a motion for class certification. Following the Third Circuit’s Order, the client moved for summary judgment, which the court granted.
- Boeynaems v. LA Fitness, International, LLC – Represented LA Fitness International, LLC in putative nationwide class involving claims under the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act and the Washington Consumer Protection Act. Received favorable ruling shifting costs associated with class certification discovery to plaintiffs. 285 F.R.D. 331 (E.D. Pa. 2012).
- Blackthorn Partners, L.P. v. John C. Malone – Represented Blackthorn Partners in shareholder class action against John Malone and others arising out of the merger of Liberty Entertainment, Inc. and DirecTV. Settled case on favorable terms for client.
- Fleisher v. Fiber Composites, LLC – Represents manufacturer of outdoor decking in putative nationwide products liability class action alleging defects in decking and asserting claims under various state consumer protection statutes. Case is ongoing.
- Long v. Tommy Hilfiger USA, Inc. – Represented Tommy Hilfiger USA, Inc. in putative nationwide class involving claims brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. District court granted Hilfiger’s motion to dismiss and the Third Circuit affirmed. 671 F.3d 371 (3d Cir. 2012).
- In re Xbox 360 Scratched Disc Litigation – Represented Microsoft in putative nationwide products liability class action alleging defects in the Xbox 360 console. Court denied class certification in October 2009, and the Ninth Circuit denied review on Jan. 21, 2010. In re Xbox 360 Scratched Disc Litig., 2009 WL 481325 (W.D. Wash. 2009). Case settled on favorable terms on individual basis. (W.D. Wash. 2010).
- Speaker, “How To Kickstart Your Compliance Department And Minimize Your Risk,” PBSA, September 2022
- Panelist, “Working Remote: How Technology is Impacting Practice in the New Normal,” Webinar, April 2020
- Speaker, “Is Sharing Caring? How and When to Share Consumer Reports and Other Fun FCRA Facts,” 2019 National Association of Professional Background Screeners Annual Conference, September 2019
- Speaker, “I’ve Been Sued! Now what? How to Improve Your Chances of Success and Keep Costs Under Control,” 2017 National Association of Background Screeners Annual Conference, September 2017
- Panelist, “eDiscovery Cost-Shifting & Taxation of Costs,” CDS seminar, July 2014
- Quoted in, “Class-action suit seeking up to $45M in refunds from Pa. Liquor Control Board gets big win; fees for ‘special orders’ disputed,” Lancaster Online, June 2022
- Quoted in, “The Pa. Liquor Control Board is liable for damages and legal fees in wine shipping fight, an appeals court ruled,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 2022
- Mentioned in, “Montgomery McCracken Elects Three New Members to Management Committee; Louis A. Petroni Re-Elected as Chair,” March 2022
- Quoted in, “A judge puts the PLCB on the hot seat for its wine fees to restaurants,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 2021
- Mentioned in, “How Montgomery McCracken Popped Pa. Liquor Control Fight,” Law360 Pulse, April 2021
- Mentioned in, “Pa. Supreme Court upholds ruling that the PLCB illegally restricted wine shipping,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 2021
- Mentioned in, “High Court Allows for Direct Delivery of Specialty Wines to Pennsylvania Consumers,” The Legal Intelligencer, March 2021
- Co-author, “Just Sign the Authorization,” September 29, 2020
- Noted in, “Restaurants sue the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board over wine handling fees,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 2020
- Noted in, “Liquor Board Must Allow for Direct Sales of Specialty Wines, Court Rules,” The Legal Intelligencer, May 2020
- Noted in, “Court Tackles Direct Wine Deliveries Amid COVID-19 Shutdown in Its First Livestreamed Session,” The Legal Intelligencer, April 2020
- Noted in, “Wine dealers sue the PLCB over allegedly illegal shipping restriction,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 2020
- Quoted in, “Pa. Ruling May Spur More Class Suits Against In-State Cos.” Law360, February 2018
- Co-author, “The End May Be Nigh For FACTA Claims,” Law360, October 2017
- Quoted in, “3rd Circ. TCPA Ruling Saps Spokeo Defenses In Class Actions,” Law360, July 2017
- Quoted in, “Post-Spokeo Trends Offer Clues For Standing In Privacy Suits,” Law360, February 2017
- Author, “Post-Spokeo, Not All Statutory Violations Are Created Equal,” Law360, February 2017
- Quoted in, “Attorneys React to Supreme Court’s Spokeo Ruling,” Law360, May 2016
- Quoted in, “1st Circuit opens door to ‘future harm’ standing,” Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, November 2014
- 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
- Quoted in, “Clapper Defense No Sure Bet In Home Depot Breach Suits,” Law360, September 2014
- Author, “Some Sanity Amid Skyrocketing TCPA Litigation,” Law360, April 2014
- Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2019-2022
- Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2005-2006, 2008, 2010-2013
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- Treasurer, American Hellenic Lawyers Association
- Ex officio member of the board of trustees, Curtis Institute of Music
- John is also an avid CrossFitter and frequently competes in local competitions
- University of Pennsylvania Law School
John Papianou Joins The Rich Zeoli Show To Discuss PA Liquor Control Board Case
John Papianou, Chair of the Litigation Department at Montgomery McCracken, joined The Rich Zeoli Show on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT Philadelphia to discuss his recent case against the Pennsylvania Liquor […]
Class-action suit seeking up to $45M in refunds from Pa. Liquor Control Board gets big win; fees for ‘special orders’ disputed
Individuals, bars and restaurants statewide are a step closer to receiving refunds potentially worth tens of millions of dollars on orders of alcohol not carried at Fine Wine & Good […]
Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Greenlights Class Claims Against Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and Orders Them to Pay Damages and Attorneys’ Fees
On May 27, 2022, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court published two related opinions permitting damages claims to proceed against the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) and ordering them to pay petitioners’ […]
The Pa. Liquor Control Board is liable for damages and legal fees in wine shipping fight, an appeals court ruled
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has taken another loss in a long-running legal fight over the direct shipment to restaurants of wines that the state monopoly declines to carry in […]