Dana Statsky Smith
Dana Statsky Smith received her bachelor’s degree in 2002 from Binghamton University (B.A., Environmental Studies, with a concentration in Public Policy, Administration, and Law), graduating cum laude, and received her J.D. in 2005 from the Fordham University School of Law, where she was a member of the International Law Journal, and where she served as a legal intern in a non-profit legal clinic, the Lincoln Square Legal Services, Inc.
Ms. Smith is co-chair of the firm’s antitrust practice group and is currently working on several antitrust and consumer class action litigation matters, including: In re Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litigation, No. 08-MD-2002 (E.D. Pa.) (partial settlements in excess of $50 million); In Re: Pool Products Distribution Market Antitrust Litigation, No. 12-MD-2328 (E.D. La.) (partial settlement of $15.95 million); In re Packaged Seafood Products Antitrust Litigation, No. 15-md-02670 (S.D. Cal.); and In re Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation, No. 16-cv-08637 (N.D. Ill.).
Ms. Smith worked on In Re Polyurethane Foam Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 2196 (N.D. Ohio), a case involving a price-fixing conspiracy by some of the world’s largest manufacturers of flexible polyurethane foam. The case settled just days before trial (preliminary approval granted, final approval against some of the Defendants pending for settlements in excess of $400 million).
In 2009, Ms. Smith was a member of a trial team winning a $14.7 million jury verdict under the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (“CUTPA”) for a class of Connecticut independent automobile repair shops against The Hartford Fire Insurance Company (“The Hartford”). The case was litigated for over six years in Connecticut Superior Court (Stamford-Norwalk Division), including a three-week jury selection process and a four‑week jury trial. The verdict provided a recovery for a class of approximately 1,500 independent auto body shops whose labor rates for work performed on automobiles insured by The Hartford had been suppressed for years. Four years later, in 2013, the Court issued a permanent injunction against The Hartford and also awarded the class $20 million in punitive damages. The punitive damage award is the largest awarded by a judge in the history of CUTPA.
Ms. Smith has also been involved in several securities fraud class actions that were successfully prosecuted on behalf of aggrieved investors, such as In re Royal Dutch/Shell Transport Securities Litigation, No. 04-374 (JAP) (D.N.J.) (U.S. settlement with a minimum cash value of $138.3 million and a contingent value of more than $180 million, as well as an additional $28.34 million secured in connection with a related European settlement of $350 million that the Firm was substantially responsible for obtaining).
Ms. Smith is admitted to the Bars of the States of New York and New Jersey. She is also admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.