A.J. De Bartolomeo has more than twenty years of experience prosecuting class actions and complex matters in courts throughout the country. She has extensive expertise litigating mass personal injury matters involving defective drugs and medical devices. A.J. currently serves in court-appointed leadership positions in several MDL mass tort actions, including serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees in the In re: Yaz and Yasmin Birth Control Litigation, In re: Actos Products Liability Litigation and In re: Pradaxa Products Liability Litigation. She serves on the Law and Briefing committees and has been involved with Daubert briefings in a number of cases. A.J. previously served on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee in the In re Transvaginal Mesh Litigation.
Committed to advancing opportunities for women lawyers, Ms. De Bartolomeo is past Chair of the Women’s Trial Lawyer Caucus of the American Association of Justice, overseeing the caucus’s work in leadership training, law student scholarship, membership and political outreach, and other pro-civil justice functions. She is an active member of the American Bar Association Sections on Tort Trial and Insurance Practice, the American Bankruptcy Institute and Consumer Attorneys of California. Ms. De Bartolomeo has been named among the highest class of attorneys for professional ethics and legal skills with an AV-Preeminent rating by Martindale Hubbell, and was recognized by her peers as a Northern California Super Lawyer every year since 2013.
Ms. De Bartolomeo frequently speaks before industry organizations on developments in consumer class actions, mass tort litigation, Daubert challenges, Rule 37 and Inherent Power sanctions, and the class action settlement approval process.
Mass Personal Injury
In re: Yaz & Yasmin Birth Control Litigation – A.J. serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in this coordinated litigation on behalf of women throughout the country who suffered serious side effects after taking Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella birth control. She serves as co-chair of the Law and Briefing committee and substantially contributed to the Daubert briefing that defeated all of the defendants’ 16 challenges to plaintiffs’ expert testimony.
In re: Actos Products Liability Litigation – A.J. serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in this coordinated litigation on behalf of individuals who were diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking the oral anti-diabetic drug Actos. She serves as a member of the Law and Briefing committee in this litigation.
In re: Pradaxa Products Liability Litigation – A.J. serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in this coordinated litigation on behalf of individuals who suffered internal hemorrhaging and other serious complications after taking the anticoagulant drug Pradaxa. She serves on the Daubert briefing committee in this case.
Consumer Protection, Bankruptcy and Securities Litigation
In re Motors Liquidation Company, et al., f/k/a General Motors Corp., et al. (Bankruptcy Litigation) – A.J. served as Lead Counsel for unsecured creditors in two class action cases in the General Motors bankruptcy proceedings (court-certified classes in In Re Piston Slap Class Litigation and In Re Dex-Cool Class Litigation). The cases were settled in Bankruptcy Court for nearly $12 million.
In re American Express Advisors Securities Litigation– Served as second chair and 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. – Served as Co-Lead Counsel in the representation of California State Teachers’ Retirement System in opt-out securities fraud action against Qwest Communications, Inc. and certain of its officers and directors, as well as its outside auditor Arthur Andersen. Settled for $45 million.
Telstar v. MCI, Inc. – Served as lead counsel achieving settlement of more than $2.8 million in cash on behalf of class of commercial subscribers alleging FCA violations for unfair billing practices.
In re MCI Non-Subscriber Rates Litigation – Served as second chair and achieved $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 – A.J. served as lead counsel and achieved a settlement for more than $6.5 million in cash on behalf of class of subscribers overpaying insurance premiums.
Publications and Recent Presentations
Presenter and Moderator, “Are you going to eat that? Issues, hurdles and opportunities in food and supplement litigation,” 26th Annual Spring CLE Meeting for the American Bar Association Tort and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee, April 2017.
Presenter, “Strategies for Dealing with Objectors to Class Action Settlements,” Consumer Attorneys of California Class Action Seminar, February 2017.
Presenter, “MDL Steering Committee Appointments: Structure and Leadership, What’s the Plan B?- MDL Alternatives,” Louisiana Bar Association, November 2016.
Presenter, “Plastic in the Pelvis: Essure and Mesh Litigation,” Harris Martin Women’s Health Litigation Conference, June 2016.
Presenter, “Combatting the Latest Defense Tactics in Mass Torts/ Plaintiff Practice,” Consumer Attorneys of California Sonoma Travel Seminar, April 2016.
Presenter, “Mass Tort Claims, Product Testing and Causation Issues,” 25th Annual Spring CLE Meeting for the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee, April 2016.
Chair and Moderator, “Women’s Trial Lawyers Caucus Leadership Summit,” American Association for Justice 2016 Winter Convention, February 2016.
Moderator, “Mindfulness,” American Association for Justice Annual Convention, July 2015.
Author, “Ethical Best Practices in Client and Case Management,” AAJ Women’s Trial Lawyers’ Caucus Newsletter, July 2013.