Theodore B. Bell (“Theo”) is Of Counsel at Mason LLP. Theo is an experienced attorney with over 25 years of litigation experience. Theo is admitted to practice law in both Illinois and Michigan and various federal courts around the country. Before recently joining Mason LLP, Mr. Bell’s prior work experience included over 12 years at a mid-sized nationwide class action firm where Mr. Bell focused his practice mainly on antitrust, as well as consumer and securities class actions. Theo’s previous work experience also includes working at a firm that focused on representing class action opt-outs in antitrust cases, another firm that represented workers’ compensation insurance carriers where he focused his practice on litigating premium fraud cases in federal court, as well as a general practice firm where Theo gained extensive experience litigating state court cases in a wide array of civil practice areas.
Notable cases that Mr. Bell has worked on include:
· Shane Group, Inc., et al. v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, 10‐cv‐14360 (E.D. Mich.) (antitrust price-fixing case involving most-favored-nation agreements – $29.9 million class settlement);
· In re Dairy Farmers of America Cheese Antitrust Litigation, 09‐cv-3960, (N.D. Ill.) (antitrust price-fixing case involving manipulation of cheese and milk futures to raise prices of dairy products – $46 million class settlement);
· McDonough, et al. v. Toys “R” Us, 06-cv-242 (E.D. Pa.) (antitrust case involving retail price maintenance – $35.5 million class settlement);
· In re Sulfuric Acid, 03‐4576, (N.D. Ill.) (antitrust price-fixing case involving output restrictions – class settlements totaling over $6 million);
· In Re: Groupon Derivative Litigation, 12-cv-5300 (N.D. Ill.) (shareholder derivative suit involving materially false and misleading statements concerning Groupon’s business operations and financial condition prior to Groupon’s IPO – settlement obtained substantial beneficial corporate-governance reforms); and
· Messner v. Northshore University Health System, 669 F.3d 802 (7th Cir. 2012) (illegal monopolization and attempted monopolization through hospital mergers – Theo was part of the appellate team that successfully obtained reversal of the U.S. District Court’s denial of class certification).
Theo is a graduate of The University of Michigan, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, and the University Of Detroit Mercy School Of Law where Mr. Bell earned his law degree.