The following cases are representative of cases and appeals handled by Aron D. Robinson.
- Smucker’s Simply 100% Fruit litigation.
The Law Office of Aron D. Robinson was part of a group of lawyers prosecuting cases claiming the naming and marketing of the J.M. Smucker Co. product “Simply 100% Fruit” is deceptive and misleading. The main component of the product is fruit syrup and there is actually less fruit in the product than in preserves and jams. The case was settled and J.M. Smucker Co. now states on the product label that the product is sweetened with various natural fruit juices.
- Boland et. al. v. Simon Marketing and McDonald’s Corp.
A class action arising out of the defendant’s allowing certain games of chance to be played by consumers when the winning high value game pieces had been misdirected by a Simon employee. The action has been settled as a national class on behalf of game players and approved by the court. The settlement relief provided for $15,000,000 in new high value prizes to be awarded and other relief totaling approximately $20,000,000. Robinson served as national co-lead counsel.
- McCabe v. Crawford & Co.
A certified class action on behalf of consumers who received collection letters concerning amounts claimed due for damages to rented motor vehicles. The Court certified two classes under the FDCPA. The case was subsequently settled for payments of $525.00 per class member.
- Shubert v. Federal Express.
A certified national class action alleging the improper collection of a fuel surcharge by Federal Express. Reported at 306 Ill. App.3d 1056 (1st Dist. 1999). A class settlement of the action was approved in 2003.
- In Re: Starlink Corn Products Liability Litigation.
This class action involved the sale of food products contaminated with the genetically altered and unapproved “Starlink” corn gene. The case was settled on a nationwide basis for a fund of 9 million dollars. Robinson served on Plaintiff’s executive committee.
- Heilman et.al. v. Perfection Corporation et. al.
A class action against the manufacturers of hot water tanks and some of their component part manufacturers. A national class action filed in Illinois courts and courts around the country. By agreement of the parties the case was settled through an action in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. Class members have received replacement of the defective parts, reasonable costs incurred to replace a defective dip tube and reasonable costs to repair damaged property. The settlement has been valued in excess of $100,000,000.00. Robinson served as additional class counsel in the action.
- Hoffman v. First National Bank of Chicago.
A class action by CD depositors regarding promotional interest rates on certificates of deposit on renewal. The case settled for interest rate increments to depositor’s accounts. The settlement was a valued at $120,000,000.00.
- In re Kraft Ready to Roll Litigation.
Litigation over a sweepstakes promotion matter where contestants all received “winning game-pieces.” The case was settled for approximately $12, 000,000.00 in cash and free food coupons.
- Harris v. State Farm.
A class action on behalf of people who had medical payments claims reduced or denied by an insurance company. The case settled and class members received cash payments from the company.
- Trucway v. GECAL.
A class action on behalf of automobile lessors who were charged various amounts for unreasonable wear and tear and other lease end charges in violation of the terms of their lease agreements. The case settled for cash payments and credits valued at approximately $10,000,000.00.
- Puritt v. Allstate.
A certified class action involving reductions in medical payments insurance payments for people hurt in accidents. Reported at 284 Ill. App. 3d 482.
- Gianopolous et. al. v. Interstate Bakeries Corp.
A certified class action against the manufacturer of food products such as Twinkies®, Ho-Hos® and various others involving contamination in the food production process.
- Schneider v. Dominicks Finer Foods.
A class action against a food store chain concerning the sale of adulterated ground beef products. The case was settled for class-wide monetary and injunctive style relief valued at between one to two million dollars.
- Parinello v. Iwans Catercorp, Inc. et. al.
A class action concerning the sale of contaminated food products by a local food catering business over a “graduation” weekend in south suburban Chicago resulting in over 6,000 cases of food poisoning. The case was resolved for cash payments to those who became ill from the contaminated food. Robinson was appointed to the class action executive committee by the Court.
- In Re Chicago Flood Litigation.
A class action on behalf of individuals and businesses who suffered uninsured losses arising out of the Chicago Underground Tunnel flooding in 1993. The case was settled for over $25,000,000.00. The case has been reviewed by the United States Supreme Court, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (twice), the Illinois Supreme Court and the Illinois Appellate Courts.
- Cohen et. al. v. Blockbuster Entertainment.
A certified national class action concerning the collection of punitive late fees. Blockbuster has collected in excess of 2.5 billion in late fees during the class period.
- In Re Sears Automotive Litigation.
A class action regarding Sears automotive practice of “selling” unnecessary parts and repairs. The case resulted in a change in Sears’ sales practices, injunctive relief, and other claim procedures.
- Sanchez et al. v. Arista Records.
A class action involving misrepresentations to record purchasers regarding the actual performers of music and singing. The Case settled for cash payments to claimants.
- Grant v. Midwest Stock Exchange.
A class action concerning the clearing and settlement practices of the exchange.
- Stelk v. First National Bank.
A class action against the promoters of magazine subscription sweepstakes. The promoters agreed to change their marketing practices to make it clear that no purchase was necessary to obtain additional entries.
- Cottle v. Southland.
A class action concerning securities law violations. The case was settled in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.
Additionally, Mr. Robinson has been involved in consumer class actions against Audi ( Perona v. Volkswagen of America, Inc., 292 Ill. App. 3d 59 (1st Dist. 1997)), Suzuki (Connick v. Suzuki Motor Co, Inc., 174 Ill. 2d 482 (1996)), and Ford, Dewan v. Ford Motor Co. 343 Ill. App. 3d 1062 (1st Dist. 2003), involving defects in their automobiles and against cellular phone manufacturers. Verb v. Motorola 284 Ill. App. 3d 460 (1st Dist. 1996) and Schiffner v. Motorola 297 Ill. App. 3d 1099 (1st Dist. 1998).
- Board of Managers of the Village Centre Condominium Ass'n v. Wilmette Partners, 198 Ill. 2d 132 (2001).
- In re Chicago Flood Litigation, 176 Ill. 2d 179 (1997)
- Connick v. Suzuki Motor Co, Inc., 174 Ill. 2d 482 (1996)
- Anderson v. Vanden Dorple, 172 Ill. 2d 399 (1996)
- Dewan v. Ford Motor Co., 343 Ill. App. 3d 1062 (1st Dist. 2003)
- Shubert v. Fedreal Express, 306 Ill. App.3d 1056 (1st Dist. 1999)
- Schiffner v. Motorola, 297 Ill. App. 3d 1099 (1st Dist. 1998)
- Perona v. Volkswagen of America, Inc., 292 Ill. App. 3d 59 (1st Dist. 1997)
- In re Chicago Flood Litigation, 298 Ill App. 3d 937(1997)
- People ex rel. Schacht v. Prestige Cas. Co., 287 Ill. App. 3d 577 (1st Dist. 1997)
- Verb v. Motorola 284 Ill. App. 3d 460 (1st Dist. 1996)
- Puritt v. Allstate Ins. Co. 284 Ill. App. 3d 482 (1st Dist.1996)
- American National Bank & Trust Co. v. Steiner, 235 Ill. App. 3d 1101(1st Dist. 1991).
- Greil v. Travelodge International, Inc., 186 Ill. App. 3d 1061, (1st Dist.1989)
- Jankousky v. Jewel Cos., 182 Ill. App. 3d 763 (1st Dist. 1989)