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Class Action, Professional Negligence and Other Litigation

The Nolan Law Firm has served as Maryland counsel in several consumer class actions, including, but limited to, class actions relating to household electrical devices, pharmaceutical litigation and the defective tire case described below.

Namovicz v. Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland,WMN00-3676 (on removal from the Circuit Court for Baltimore City Case No. 24-C-00-005703) (Opposing counsel: M. King Hill, III.) Class action complaint originally filed on November 20, 2000, on behalf of all Maryland purchasers of steel belted radial tires manufactured by Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. from 1985 to 2000. The suit alleged that Defendant violated Maryland's Consumer Protection Act by concealing the fact that its tires had been awl- punctured, which could lead to tread separation and tire failure. Following denial of Defendant's motion to dismiss and Plaintiff's motion to remand, U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson signed a Memorandum and Order dated February 26, 2001, staying the action due to the issuance of a conditional transfer order by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (MDL Docket No. 1393). Mr. Nolan participated in coordinating and undertaking discovery efforts at the national level. Together with plaintiffs' counsel in other state class actions, Mr. Nolan's representative class plaintiff, through his national counsel, Allan Kanner, reached a national settlement of all plaintiffs' claims, which settlement is being implemented in the New Jersey action styled Talalai, et al. v. Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., No. L-008830-MT (Superior Court of N.J. Middlesex County). The Court held a final approval hearing on January 29 and 30, 2002. On September 13, 2002, a Final Order And Judgment was entered by the court (Corodemus, J.) confirming the certification of the Settlement Class and approving the terms of the Settlement. The Court accepted the affidavits of the parties' experts valuing the Settlement at between $1 billion and $3 billion in benefits to Class Members.

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The Nolan Law Firm served as lead litigation counsel for the estate of a successful business owner in a legal malpractice case against his former attorney. Mr. Nolan was successful in negotiating a confidential settlement recovery amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars, which inured to the benefit of the beneficiaries.

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Sykes v. BASF Corporation, et al., U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Northern Division, AMD97-3009 (on removal from Circuit Court Case No. 97198039/CC4252). Sole Maryland Counsel for plaintiff class in consumer fraud action pending on behalf of all Maryland purchasers of Synthroid. This case is related to In Re: Synthroid Marketing Litigation and represents separate legal work performed by Mr. Nolan on behalf of the consumer class of plaintiffs in Maryland.

O'Donnell, et al. v. Sardegna, et al., 336 Md. 18 (1994). Mr. Nolan was co-lead counsel for plaintiff subscribers against officers and directors of then Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland (BCBSM) in a member derivative action filed in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County, claiming more than $50 million due to gross mismanagement and corporate waste. Litigation directly resulted from an investigation of the Committee on Governmental Affairs of the U.S. Senate (Senator Nunn, Chair) "which concluded that BCBSM suffered from poor management." 336 Md. at 23. Court of Appeals affirmed trial court's dismissal due to subscriber's lack of standing to maintain action on behalf of the nonprofit health plan. University of Maryland Law School Professor Abraham Dash served as lead appellate counsel. This case is significant because it brought to light millions of dollars in losses suffered by BCBSM and led to that Board's pursuit of claims against its consultants, general counsel and others.

Amchem Products, Inc. v. Windsor, 521 U.S. 591, 117 S.Ct. 2231, 138 L.Ed.2d 689 (1997), affirming Georgine, et al. v. Amchem Products, 83 F.3d 610 (C.A.3 1996). Mr. Nolan participated in intensive discovery and Rule 23 fairness hearing in 1994, before Judge Lowell A. Reed, Jr., of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Nolan did not participate in the appeal proceedings, which are identified here merely for reference purposes. With respect to the class action filed January 15, 1993, Mr. Nolan represented six of the fourteen representative class plaintiffs who sought approval of a $1.3 billion global settlement of current and future asbestos personal injury claims against 20 former manufacturers and suppliers of asbestos products. Mr. Nolan conducted the direct examination of Maryland representative class plaintiffs during the fairness hearing in open court. On June 25, 1997, the U.S. Supreme Court held that requirements for class certification were not met.

Sefcik v. Swiezynski, et al., Case Nos. 03-C-96-001293, 03-C-96-001046 and 03-C-95-005762 In February, 1997, Mr. Nolan was counsel in 3 of 4 consolidated cases during a seven day jury trial in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County ( Hennegan, J. presiding). Following a pro bono referral from the County Bar President and County Attorney, Mr. Nolan successfully represented three (3) uninsured Baltimore County families who had been sued for malicious prosecution by a pro se plaintiff who had been charged with repeated acts of indecent exposure. Mr. Nolan agreed to serve as trial counsel five weeks prior to trial because defendants lacked representation. Mr. Nolan obtained defense verdicts in all three cases for the benefit of his clients.

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