Mr. Underwood has represented clients in class actions and complex litigation in state and federal courts, including coordinated and multi-district proceedings. Soon after Mr. Underwood received his license, he served as the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustee in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Northern District of Alabama Eastern Division from 1987 until 1988.
Mr. Underwood’s experience includes serving as court-appointed lead class counsel and/or liaison counsel on behalf of plaintiffs in numerous class actions and consumer-related proceedings. His more notable cases include:
- Tolbert et al., v. Monsanto et al.,: a $700 million settlement against Monsanto and Solutia on behalf of citizens of Anniston, Alabama for pollution with chemicals called PCBs, which were banned by the US government in the 1970s as a possible carcinogen;
- Hughes v. Commercial Credit; a $2 million dollar settlement with Commercial Credit Corporation on behalf of Alabama Citizens regarding charges for credit life insurance;
- Goodson v. Cherokee National: a $500 thousand dollar settlement on behalf of Alabama Citizens regarding charges for credit life insurance;
- Ray W. McCleney, et al. v. MCD et al.,; a $310,000.00 settlement on behalf of Alabama workers for unpaid wages from a bankrupt company.
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