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James J. Pizzirusso
Mr. Pizzirusso is a partner in Hausfeld LLP’s Washington, DC office. He has a diverse practice focusing on consumer protection and unfair business practices, antitrust, sports and entertainment with a specific emphasis on royalties and copyright law in the digital era, and environmental torts. In addition to practicing law, Mr. Pizzirusso has served as a Visiting Professor at George Washington University Law School.
Mr. Pizzirusso heads Hausfeld LLP’s Consumer Protection practice group and has been appointed or served as lead counsel in numerous class actions including Wolph v. Acer, Inc., 272 F.R.D. 477 (N.D.Cal. 2011) (court certified nationwide class of one million computer owners, $22 million settlement pending final approval); Radosti v. Envision EMI, LLC, (D.D.C.) ($17.5 million nationwide settlement); and In re Tyson Foods, Inc., Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics Consumer Litigation (D. Md.) ($8 million nationwide settlement). He is also serving as court-appointed co-lead class counsel in In re Sony PS3 “Other OS” Litig. (N.D.Cal.) (currently on appeal in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals) and In Re Honey Transshipping Litigation (N.D. Ill) (asserting RICO and Lanham Act claims on behalf of domestic honey producers against various honey importers). Mr. Pizzirusso was recently involved in Pelletz v. Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies, Inc. (W.D. Wa.) and Ross v. Trex, Inc. (N.D. Cal.) -- both of which resulted in nationwide settlements on behalf of owners of defective decking materials. Mr. Pizzirusso also represents municipalities around the country seeking unpaid real estate transfer taxes from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
In the antitrust arena, Mr. Pizzirusso represents clients alleging price fixing and collusion in various agricultural sectors. Mr. Pizzirusso is one of the firm’s principal attorneys in In re Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litigation (E.D. Pa.) ($53 million in settlements reached, litigation pending against remaining defendants) and In re Fresh and Process Potatoes Antitrust Litigation (D. Idaho) (alleging nationwide supply reduction and price fixing conspiracy in the potato industry). In the Potatoes matter, he argued and won the first case involving the inapplicability of the Capper Volstead Act to an agricultural cooperative’s supply reduction and price fixing scheme. 2011 WL 6020859 (D. Idaho Dec. 2, 2011). He was also actively involved in antitrust litigation involving dairy farmers in the Southeast region where the plaintiffs reached settlements totaling over $300 million. In addition to his agricultural antitrust work, in In re New Jersey Tax Sales Antitrust Litigation, Mr. Pizzirusso represents homeowners alleging collusion in the sale of tax lien certificates where several million dollars in settlements have already been reached. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s Trade, Sports, and Professional Associations Antitrust Committee.
Mr. Pizzirusso is the primary attorney at Hausfeld LLP representing several prominent musicians -- including Carlton Ridenhour (“Chuck D”) of the hip hop group Public Enemy, Sister Sledge, The Temptations, Black Sheep, Gary Wright, and others -- in seeking compensation for unpaid digital download royalties from their records labels including Universal, EMI, and Warner. He represents several prominent retired football players, including Jim Brown and Billy Joe Dupree, in the Dryer v. Nat’l Football League litigation ($50 million settlement pending) asserting copyright and publicity rights claims from the NFL’s use of retired players’ images and likenesses. Mr. Pizzirusso is also currently representing John Ossenmacher, CEO of ReDigi, Inc. - the world’s first and only online marketplace for pre-owned digital music, in copyright litigation filed by Capitol Records.
Mr. Pizzirusso’s practice also includes domestic and international environmental and public health litigation. He successfully resolved the claims of numerous farmers and landowners in Barbados who suffered reduced crop yields and property damages as a result of a massive jet fuel spill. Mr. Pizzirusso also currently represents wheat farmers and The Center for Food Safety seeking damages related to Monsanto’s unauthorized release of genetically modified wheat which led to import bans on US wheat in Asia.
In 2012, Mr. Pizzirusso was named as one of four “Rising Stars under 40” by Law360 in Consumer Protection and Privacy law. Additionally, The Benchmark Plaintiff Guide to America’s Leading Plaintiff’s Firms and Attorneys named Mr. Pizzirusso as one of the country’s top sixteen “Antitrust Litigation Stars” in 2012 and one of DC’s “Local Litigation Stars” from 2012-2014.
Mr. Pizzirusso has been asked to appear as a panelist at several conferences around the country and presented on topics including antitrust, consumer protection, toxic torts, and public interest litigation. Mr. Pizzirusso is also the author of several published papers.
University of Tennessee-Knoxville, B.A., summa cum laude, 1998
George Washington University Law School, J.D., with honors, 2001
District of Columbia
The Supreme Court of the United States
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
Several Federal District Courts
Vice Chair, ABA Antitrust Section’s Trade, Sports, Professional Associations Committee (2012-2013 ABA Year
Adjunct Professor, Environmental and Toxic Torts, George Washington University Law School, 2009
Visiting Associate Professor of Clinical Law, Vaccine Injury Clinic, George Washington University Law School, 2007
Publications & Honors
Benchmark Plaintiff Guide 2012 - Named as "Top Antitrust Star"
Benchmark Plaintiff Guide 2012-2014 - Named as "Local Litigation Star"
Co-author, “From the gold mine to the courtroom — Toxic tort, silicosis and the largest class-action lawsuit in South African history,” Westlaw Journal, Toxic Torts (Vol. 30, Issue 8/May 30, 2012)
Mr. Pizzirusso’s practice was recently profiled in Lawdragon's, "Lawyer Limelight," January 2012
Author, “Liberalizing Rule 27 in the Twombly/Iqbal Era,” Law 360 (November 11, 2009)
Author, “Utilizing Novel Technologies to Sustain Trespass and Battery as Toxic Torts,” The Environmental Litigator (Spring, 2008)
Author, “Agency Rule-Making Power and the Clean Air Act: Putting the Brakes on American Trucking,” Spring 2001 Term: Whitman v. American Trucking Associations, Inc., 7 Environmental Law 729 (June, 2001)
Author, “Increased Risk, Fear of Disease and Medical Monitoring – Are Novel Damage Claims Enough to Overcome Causation Difficulties in Toxic Torts?” 7 Environmental Law 183 (September, 2000)
“Plaintiff’s Class Action Forum - Class Action Settlements,” Cambridge Forums, April 2013, Boca Raton, FL
“A Bumper Crop of Attacks on Capper Volstead,” Antitrust Law 2013 Spring Meeting, American Bar Association, April 2013, Washington, DC
“Ongoing Football Litigation,” Independent Retired Football Players Summit & Conference, May 2012, Las Vegas, NV
“Plaintiff’s Class Action Forum - Nationwide Certification of Class Actions; Managing Class Actions,” Cambridge Forums, April 2012, Santa Barbara, CA
“Toxic Trespass and Other New and Emerging Toxic Torts,” ABA Committees Joint CLE Seminar, January, 2008, Snowmass, CO
“Strategies for Pursuing Litigation Remedies,” Northeast Regional Conference on Eliminating Childhood Lead Poisoning, November, 2006, Providence, RI
“Outlook for Litigation,” North Central Regional Conference on Eliminating Childhood Lead Poisoning, September, 2006, Chicago, IL
“Developing Novel Theories of Recovery in Toxic Tort Litigation,” Contamination Examination: A Workshop on the Changing Face of Chemical Contamination Litigation, ABA CLE Program - September 2006, Wilmington, DE
“Consumer Protection Law,” D.C. Bar Animal Law Conference, American University Washington College of Law - April, 2004, Washington, DC
“Public Interest Tort Litigation: Using Private Tort Actions to Further Environmental Justice & Public Ends,” The Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, University of Oregon School of Law - March, 2003, Eugene, OR