Michael J. Boni

Email: MBoni@bonizack.com Phone: 610 822 0201

Michael J. Boni co-founded Boni and Zack LLC in March 2007 after practicing complex commercial litigation at Kohn, Swift and Graf, P.C. for 14 years, another complex commercial litigation firm before that, and Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis beginning in 1988. He specializes in antitrust, copyright, consumer and class action litigation.

Education

Mr. Boni graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1988, received an M.A. degree in psychology from the University of Connecticut, and received an A.B. degree from Albright College.


Experience

Mr. Boni has served as lead counsel in a number of complex matters, including:

  • Authors Guild, et al. v. Google Inc., No. 05-CV-8136-JES (S.D.N.Y.) (copyright infringement class action settlement negotiations pending concerning the Google Book Search program);
  • In re Literary Works in Electronic Databases Copyright Litig., MDL No. 1379 (S.D.N.Y.) ($18 million copyright class action settlement approved and on appeal);
  • Random House, Inc. v. Rosetta Books, LLC, et al., No. 01-Civ-1728 (S.D.N.Y.) (successful defense against copyright infringement claims brought by Random House against e-book publisher Rosetta Books);
  • In re Pillar Point Partners Antitrust and Patent Litig., MDL No. 1202 (D. Ariz.) ($50 million antitrust class action settlement approved);
  • In re Western States Wholesale Natural Gas Antitrust Litig., MDL No. 1566 (D. Nev.) ($25 million antitrust class action settlement approved);
  • Mikhail, et al. v. Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., No. BC 278163 (Superior Ct. Cal.) ($32 million consumer class action settlement approved);
  • Anderson v. Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., BC 299977 (Cal. Sup. Ct., L.A. County) (consumer class action settlement approved);
  • In re Yahoo! Litig., CV06-2737-CAS (C.D. Cal.) (class action settlement approved on behalf of Yahoo's advertising customers for alleged unfair business practices; settlement approved);
  • Next Proteins International v. Radonsky, et al., No. BC 304799 (Superior Ct. Cal.) (consumer class action settlement approved);
  • In re RF Tags Antitrust Litig., No. 02-CV-3730 (D.N.J.) ($4.6 million antitrust class action settlement approved);
  • Pilkington, et al. v. U.S.Search.com, No. BC 234858 (Superior Ct. Cal.) ($1 million consumer class action settlement approved);
  • True Communication, Inc., d/b/a Metrodate.com v. The Gator Corporation, No. CIV 430620 (Superior Ct. Cal.) (unfair competition class action settlement approved);
  • Miller v. Pep Boys, Inc., et al., No. 0201-41489 (C.C.P. Phila. Cy.) (consumer class action settlement approved);
  • Kleeman v. Verizon Communications Inc., et al. ($24 million consumer class action settlement approved);
  • In re Rio Hair Naturalizer Products Liability Litig., MDL No. 1055 (E.D. Mich.) ($4.5 million product liability class action settlement approved);
  • In re AMC Shareholder Derivative Litig., No. 12855 (Del. Chancery) ($2.2 million settlement approved);
  • Winigrad v. Franklin Electronics (Superior Ct. N.J.) (consumer class action settlement approved);
  • Pacillo v. Philips Electronics (Superior Ct. N.J.) (consumer class action settlement approved).

In its opinion granting final settlement approval in Rio, the court stated that "the work of [lead counsel] and the manner in which they conducted themselves exhibited the very highest level of professionalism and competence in our legal system." 1996 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20440, *57 (E.D. Mich. December 20, 1996).

Mr. Boni has served on the Executive Committee in a number of complex matters, including:

  • In re: OSB Antitrust Litig., Master File No. 06-CV-00826 (E.D. Pa.) ($120 million antitrust class action settlement approved);
  • In re: Sovereign Bancorp, Inc. Shareholders Litig., Nov. Term 2008, Case 2587 (Phila. C.C.P.) (shareholder class and derivative action settlement approved);
  • In re: Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litig., No. 05-md-1720 (E.D.N.Y.)(antitrust class action pending).

In addition, Mr. Boni has played an integral role in the prosecution of other complex matters:

  • In re Relafen Antitrust Litig., Master File No. 01-12239 (D. Mass.) ($175 million antitrust class action settlement approved);
  • In re Disposable Contact Lens Antitrust Litig., MDL Docket No. 1030 (M.D. Fla.) ($75 million antitrust class action settlement approved);
  • Schwab v. America Online, Inc., No. 96 CH 13732 (Cook County, Ill.) (consumer class action settlement approved);
  • In re: Intelligent Electronics, Inc. Securities Litig., Master File No. 92-CV-1905 (E.D. Pa.) ($10 million securities class action settlement approved);
  • In re Lockheed Securities Litig., Master File No. CV89-6745-TJH (Bx) (C.D. Ca.) ($17 million securities class action settlement approved);
  • In re Orion Securities Litig., Civil Action No. 91-3304 DT (JRx) (E.D.N.Y.)(securities class action settlement approved);
  • In re Budd Pension Plan Litig., Master File No. 91-4082 (E.D. Pa.) (ERISA class action settlement approved);
  • In re: Toys "R" Us Antitrust Litig., MDL Docket No. 1211 (E.D.N.Y.) (antitrust class action settlement approved);
  • First Eastern Corporation, et al. v. Mainwaring, et al., Civil Action No. 92-CV-1176 (RLB) (E.D. Pa.) (securities class action settlement approved).

Mr. Boni was named one of Pennsylvania's "Super Lawyers" in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.


Other Information

Mr. Boni is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Sixth and Ninth Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Northern District of California, and Eastern District of Michigan.

Mr. Boni is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Anti-Defamation League (Metropolitan Philadelphia Board), and has long been a member of the Board of Directors of Community Legal Services in Philadelphia and serves on that Board's Leadership Council. In May 2010, Mr. Boni was a recipient of Community Legal Services's Equal Justice Award. Mr. Boni is married with three children.


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