Laurie A. Novion’s practice focuses on class actions, multidistrict litigation, antitrust and complex commercial litigation. She has represented Fortune 500 and other prominent companies from a wide range of industries, including pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturers, retailers, transportation providers, and food and beverage companies.
Laurie has defended clients in over 50 putative statewide and nationwide class actions in a wide variety of federal and state court jurisdictions. Laurie works to develop case strategies that are aligned with her client’s goals and needs, striving to successfully, effectively and efficiently resolve litigation.
While her current class action practice centers on antitrust litigation as well as consumer fraud and deceptive business practices claims, Laurie has also defended clients in class actions related to marketing practices, consumer protection, the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, breach of contract, warranties, employment and real property issues. She has successfully negotiated and implemented class action settlements.
Laurie has extensive experience with multidistrict litigation proceedings and managing parallel federal and state proceedings. In addition to her class action and MDL practices, Laurie advises clients on antitrust, pricing and distribution issues, and represents companies in high-stakes breach of contract, warranty and other commercial disputes.
Laurie is a member of the Class Action & Complex Litigation Practice’s Steering Committee. Laurie is also active on Shook’s Women’s Management Council as well as its Professional Development Committee. In 2010, she received the firm’s Stanley D. Davis Award for Excellence in Professional Development.
Laurie is significantly involved in the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation and currently serves as co-chair of the Mass Torts Litigation Committee. Over the years, Laurie has held a variety of Section of Litigation Committee leadership positions, and in 2012 was honored to receive an Outstanding Subcommittee Chair Award by the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation.
- Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litigation (jointly represented Capper-Volstead cooperatives and group of egg producer defendants as Kansas counsel in an opt-out Kansas state court action alleging an industry-wide antitrust conspiracy to reduce the supply and fix prices of eggs and egg products and presented oral argument on defendants’ summary judgment motion).
- Honey labeling class actions (recently represented large grocery retailers and honey processor in consumer class actions in Florida federal and state courts where plaintiffs alleged defendants violated Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act by failing to disclose whether any pollen was removed from honey products during standard processing; successfully resolved these matters, negotiating very favorable individual and class settlements).
- Kremers v. Coca-Cola Company, 712 F. Supp. 2d 759 (S.D. Ill. 2010); 2009 WL 6499418 (S.D. Ill. Sept. 2, 2009) (represented Coca-Cola in a putative consumer fraud action in which plaintiffs alleged that the marketing of Coca-Cola was deceptive under the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act; successfully opposed class certification and sought summary judgment, where court granted Coca-Cola summary judgment on the proposed class representatives’ claims and denied class certification motion as moot).
- MDL 1278 – In re Cardizem CD Antitrust Litigation (E.D. Mich.) (represented major pharmaceutical company accused of a market allocation agreement in connection with the settlement of certain patent litigation involving a generic company, defending 23 class actions involving both direct and indirect claims, individual opt-out actions, and actions by state attorneys general).
- Fiber Optic Railroad Right-of-Way Litigation, including Nicodemus v. Union Pacific Corp., 204 F.R.D. 479 (D. Wyo. 2001), reversed in part, 440 F.3d 1227 (10th Cir. 2006) (represented Union Pacific and successfully opposed class certification in 23 putative class actions alleging wrongful conduct in connection with the laying of fiber optic cable on the railroad’s right of way).
- Wagner v. Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc., No. 02-L-690 (Cir. Ct. of St. Clair Cnty, Ill. 2008) (represented Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc. in a putative class action alleging the retailer violated the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act by failing to provide a consumer rights brochure in connection with its installed sales contracted; negotiated a favorable class settlement, which the court approved in 2008).
- J.D., with honors, University of Texas School of Law, 1998
- B.A., with special honors, University of Texas, 1995
- U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
- American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law
- American Bar Association, Section of Litigation
- Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
- Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
- National Association of Women Judges, Resource Board Member (2006-2010)
- Kansas City United Way, Young Leaders Society’s Champions Committee (2010-2012)
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