Jacqueline Seidel is a New York-based partner in King & Spalding’s Trial & Global Disputes practice who defends multi-national companies in complex class and mass action litigation pending in both state and federal court.
She frequently partners with clients at the outset of a matter to develop and implement all-inclusive exit strategies for large-scale bet-the-company litigation. Often, such strategies include liaising with clients and virtual law firms to plan a long term, systematic exit strategy and/or global resolution, structuring and implementing court-approved comprehensive settlement programs and successfully resolving large groups of cases.
She has also successfully managed putative class, mass and individual actions alleging false advertising, unfair business practices, unfair and deceptive trade practices, consumer fraud, consumer protection, and a wide range of common law personal injury and property damage claims.
While Ms. Seidel has represented clients in a wide range of industries, including the automobile, pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer goods, insurance, reinsurance and media industries, recently her practice has centered on negotiating and executing resolutions of some of the largest and most complex litigations in the automotive industry.
Ms. Seidel represented client, Toyota, in its settlements of the “unintended acceleration” economic loss class actions that involved the consolidation of nearly 200 class actions and required close coordination of efforts with the client’s virtual law firm partners handling various aspects of the litigation and governmental/regulatory investigations. At the time this class action litigation was settled, it represented the largest automotive settlement in US history.
Ms. Seidel was also involved in the establishment of a court-ordered “intensive settlement process” for the related personal injury and wrongful death product liability cases. This settlement process effectively resolved the majority of individual product liability cases in the litigation.
More recently, Ms. Seidel assisted in the negotiations and drafted relevant documents for resolving another billion-dollar class action settlement on behalf of Toyota resulting from the Takata airbag recall that implicated multiple automobile manufacturers and Ms. Seidel continues to manage and coordinate roll-out of the multi-year settlement relief. This settlement was finally approved in 2017 and set the tone for subsequent similar settlements by several other auto manufacturers.
- J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
- B.A. Government and Asian Studies, Columbia University
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
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