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Michael J. Boni

University of Pennsylvania School of Law (J.D., 1988)
University of Connecticut (M.A., Psychology, 1980)
Albright College (A.B., Psychology, 1977)

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.

Michael J. Boni

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Michael J. Boni has practiced complex commercial litigation for nearly 30 years. In 2007, he founded Boni & Zack after working at two leading plaintiffs’ class action firms. He specializes in antitrust, copyright, consumer, shareholder and class action litigation. Mr. Boni has been involved in all aspects of class action and other complex litigation, including trial work, evidentiary hearings, appellate advocacy, oral argument on motions concerning final and preliminary settlement approval, summary judgment, class certification, discovery and other motions, expert and merits discovery, and settlement negotiations. Mr. Boni’s antitrust practice has focused on industries including roofing, residential doors, drywall and other building products, Lasik technology, natural gas, pharmaceuticals and banking. His consumer class action practice includes cases against defendants such as IBM, Apple, Yahoo!, Toshiba, Verizon and Philips Electronics. He has also handled numerous securities class actions and shareholder derivative suits.

Mr. Boni has considerable experience litigating in other areas of complex litigation as well. In 1991, Mr. Boni represented a class of workers at the Budd Company, alleging that the employer violated its pension plan obligations under ERISA. In 1995, he was co-lead counsel in a class action against the manufacturer of a dangerous hair naturalizer, which advertised the product as chemical-free and harmless. Users of the product, however, experienced loss of hair and burnt scalps. In its opinion granting final settlement approval, 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.” In re Rio Hair Naturalizer Products Liability Litigation, 1996 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20440, *57 (E.D. Mich. December 20, 1996).

In 1999, Mr. Boni was retained by the Authors Guild, the nation’s leading authors’ rights trade organization, to represent a class of freelance authors in a copyright infringement action against electronic databases. That case was the first of many in which Mr. Boni was involved and which advanced the state of copyright and book publishing law in the digital age. In 2000, Mr. Boni was interviewed by Lawcast to discuss the freelance authors case.” In 2001, he was the subject of a Law.com and an IP Worldwide article on his work in the area of copyright law in the digital age. Mr. Boni was also the subject of the cover story in the Fall 2010 issue of the Penn Law Journal, entitled, “The New Digital Divide".

Mr. Boni also handles cases on behalf of victims of child sexual abuse. He has represented nearly a dozen victims of Jerry Sandusky, and represented a young man who as an altar boy was sexually abused by two priests and a teacher in the Philadelphia Archdiocese. More recently, Mr. Boni was retained by Clinton County, PA to bring a lawsuit against the manufacturers and distributors of opiates and benzodiazepines.

Mr. Boni has been awarded a rating of AV® PreeminentTM by Martindale-Hubbell®, and has been named by his peers as a Pennsylvania “Super Lawyer” every year from 2005 to the present.

Mr. Boni sits on the Eastern Pennsylvania Board of the Jewish National Fund, and has served for many years on the Board’s Executive Committee. He served as Chair of the JNF EPA Board from 2013-2015. He has also sat on the Philadelphia Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League, and served as Chair of that Board from 2005-2007. Mr. Boni also served for many years on the Leadership Council of Philadelphia Community Legal Services, and in 2010 he was honored with CLS’s Equal Justice Award.

Mr. Boni has served as lead counsel or on the plaintiffs’ executive committee in a number of complex matters, including:

  • In re: Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litig., MDL No. (E.D.N.Y.) (antitrust class action pending).
  • In re: OSB Antitrust Litig., Master File No. 06-CV-00826 (E.D. Pa.) (antitrust class action settlement).
  • In re: Literary Works in Electronic Databases Copyright Litig., MDL No. 1379 (S.D.N.Y.) (copyright class action settlement).
  • 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).
  • Michelson, et al. v. The Cutler Group, Inc. d/b/a/ The David Cutler Group, No. 2016-25076 (CCP, Montgomery County, Pa) (consumer class action pending).
  • In re: Pillar Point Partners Antitrust and Patent Litig., MDL No. 1202 (D. Ariz.) (antitrust class action settlement).
  • In re: Western States Wholesale Natural Gas Antitrust Litig., MDL No. 1566 (D. Nev.) (antitrust class action settlement).
  • Keiler, et al. v. Harlequin Enterprises Limited, et al., No. 12-5558 (S.D.N.Y.) (book publishing class action settlement).
  • Mikhail, et al. v. Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., No. BC 278163 (Superior Ct. Cal.) (consumer class action settlement).
  • Anderson v. Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., BC 299977 (Cal. Sup. Ct., L.A. County) (consumer class action settlement).
  • Savett v. Sealy Inc., Civil No. 1:11-cv-336 (D. N. Car.); and Baumgart v. Sealy Inc., 2:13-cv-02134-EFM-KGS (D. Kan.) (defended Sealy in two consumer class actions; settled for nuisance value at incipient stage in both actions).
  • In re: Sovereign Bancorp, Inc. Shareholders Litig., Nov. Term 2008, Case 2587 (Phila. C.C.P.) (shareholder class and derivative action settlement).
  • In re: Yahoo! Litig., CV06-2737-CAS (C.D. Cal.) (advertisers class action settlement).
  • Next Proteins International v. Radonsky, et al., No. BC 304799 (Superior Ct. Cal.) (consumer class action settlement).
  • In re: RF Tags Antitrust Litig., No. 02-CV-3730 (D.N.J.) (antitrust class action settlement).
  • Pilkington, et al. v. U.S.Search.com, No. BC 234858 (Superior Ct. Cal.) (consumer class action settlement).
  • True Communication, Inc., d/b/a Metrodate.com v. The Gator Corporation, No. CIV 430620 (Superior Ct. Cal.) (unfair competition class action settlement).
  • Miller v. Pep Boys, Inc., et al., No. 0201-41489 (C.C.P. Phila.) (consumer class action settlement).
  • Kleeman v. Verizon Communications Inc., et al. (consumer class action settlement).
  • In re: Rio Hair Naturalizer Products Liability Litig., MDL No. 1055 (E.D. Mich.) (product liability class action settlement).
  • In re: AMC Shareholder Derivative Litig., No. 12855 (Del. Chancery) (consumer class action settlement).
  • Winigrad v. Franklin Electronics, (Superior Ct. N.J.) (consumer class action settlement).
  • Pacillo v. Philips Electronics, (Superior Ct. N.J.) (consumer class action settlement).

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

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