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A. J. De Bartolomeo
Awards & Honors
  • Northern California Super Lawyers (2013 - 2014)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating for Highest Ethics and Legal Skills
Current Cases - Leadership Positions
  • In re: Actos (Pioglitazone) Products Liability Litigation
    • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee
    • Member, Law and Briefing
    • Representing people across the country who have been diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking the oral anti-diabetic drug Actos
  • In re: Pradaxa (Dabigatran Etexilate) Products Liability Litigation
    • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee
    • Member, Science Committee       
    • Advocate for individuals who have suffered bleeding injuries after using the blood-thinner drug Pradaxa
  • In re: Yasmin and Yaz (Drospirenone) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation
    • Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee
    • Co-chair, Law and Briefing Committee
    • Substantially contributed to the Daubert briefing that defeated all of the Defendants’ 16 challenges to Plaintiffs' expert testimony
    • Representing women across the country who have suffered serious side effects after taking the birth control pills Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella
  • In re: Electronic Database Copyright Litigation
    • Co-lead counsel
    • Representing freelance authors whose works were published in newspapers, magazines, and other print publications with the authors’ permission, then licensed to the commercial databases for electronic publication without the authors’ permission, in violation of the Federal Copyright Act


Significant Recoveries
  • Telstar v. MCI, Inc.
    • Achieved settlement of more than $2.8 million in cash on behalf of class of commercial subscribers alleging FCA violations for unfair billing practices.
  • Powers Law Offices v. Cable & Wireless, USA
    • Achieved settlement for over $2.2 million in cash after Chapter 7 filing on behalf of Rule 23(b)(3) certified class of commercial customers alleging FCA violations.
  • Brennan v. AT&T Corp.
    • Achieved a cash settlement on behalf of hundreds of thousands of people who were listed in AT&T’s client database as residential long-distance customers but who Plaintiffs alleged were not AT&T’s customers and did not use its services, but who were charged monthly service fees by AT&T.
  • In re MCI Non-Subscriber Rates Litigation
    • Helped to achieve $90 million cash settlement on behalf of MCI subscribers who were charged MCI’s non-subscriber or “casual caller” rates and surcharges instead of the lower rates which MCI advertised and subscribers expected to be charged.
  • Lehman v. Blue Shield
    • Achieved a settlement for more than $6.5 million in cash on behalf of class of subscribers overpaying insurance premiums.
  • In re Cosmo Store Services
    • Achieved settlement for $1 million in cash after Chapter 11 filing on behalf of class of unsecured creditor employees.
  • In re Girls Gone Wild Litigation
    • Achieved full reimbursement for Girls Gone Wild customers who were charged for unwanted or unordered videos, DVDs, and shipping and handling costs in a continuity billing scheme.
  • In re American Express Advisors Securities Litigation
    • Achieved settlement of $100 million on behalf of individuals who bought financial plans and invested mutual funds from American Express Financial advisors. 
  • CalSTRS v. Qwest Communications, et al.
    • Member of the litigation team that recovered $45 million on behalf of California school teachers for securities fraud claims over investment in Qwest Communications, Inc.
Professional Information
  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of Law, 1988
  • B.A., Fairfield University, 1982
  • University of London, London School of Economics (General Course Degree, 1981)
  • Member, American Bar Association Sections on Litigation and Antitrust Law
  • Member, Women's Caucus, American Association for Justice
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Former member, Task Force on Securities Litigation and Damage Calculation, National Association of Public Pension Attorneys
Court Admissions
  • California
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • First Circuit
    • Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court
    • Northern District of California
    • Southern District of California
    • Central District of California
    • Eastern District of California
    • Southern District of Texas
Publications & Speaking Engagements
Case Studies on Best Practices in Qualified Settlement Funds
Fact-finding Mission on Class Actions in the United States