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John A. Yanchunis

Morgan & Morgan

Tampa, FL, USA

John A. Yanchunis currently leads the National Consumer Class Action and False Claims Act sections of Morgan & Morgan’s Complex Litigation Group and has dedicated his practice to consumer class litigation for the past 19 years.  Throughout his career, Mr. Yanchunis has represented consumers in numerous privacy rights and data breach cases, beginning with the multidistrict consolidated class case of In re DoubleClick Inc. Privacy Litigation, No. 00-cv-0641-NRB (S.D.N.Y.), a seminal privacy class action that settled in 2002 and involved DoubleClick’s use of cookies to track the private activities of internet users.  Mr. Yanchunis has also served as co-lead counsel in the successful prosecution and settlement of the two largest class action cases in the United States:  Fresco v. Automotive Directions, Inc., No. 03-61063-JEM, and Fresco v. R.L. Polk, No. 07-cv-60695-JEM (S.D. Fla.).  Mr. Yanchunis’ role as lead counsel in these cases is particularly noteworthy as these cases were filed against the world’s largest data and information brokers, including Experian, R.L. Polk, Acxiom, Reed Elsevier (which owns Lexis/Nexis), and other companies to protect the important privacy rights of consumers.

Mr. Yanchunis also served as co-lead counsel in the successful resolution of the following privacy class actions:  Davis v. Bank of America, No. 05-cv-80806 (S.D. Fla.); Kehoe v. Fidelity Federal Bank and Trust, No. 03-cv-80593 (S.D. Fla.) and Pino v. Warranty Acceptance Corporation, No. 05-cv-61576 (S.D. Fla.).  In addition, Mr. Yanchunis served as lead counsel in the following data breach class cases: Burrows v. Purchasing Power, LLC, No. 1:12-cv-22800 (S.D. Fla.), and Carsten v. University of Miami, No. 14-cv-20497 (S.D. Fla.), both of which settled and provided monetary and injunctive relief to members of the class.  

Currently, Mr. Yanchunis is serving as lead counsel in the following privacy/data breach class litigation involving the loss of medical and financial information: John Doe v. Tampa General Hospital, No. 14-CA-012657 (Fla. 13th Judicial Cir. Ct. 2014) and Elyzabeth Ramirez v. ChenMed, LLC, No. 1:14-cv-20497-KMW (Fla. 11th Judicial Cir. 2014).  Mr. Yanchunis is also class counsel in two other data breach cases against retailers: Mary Jane Whalen v. Michael Stores Inc., No. 14-cv-07006 (S.D.N.Y. 2014) and Remijas v. Neiman Marcus Group, LLC, No. 14-cv-01735 (N.D. Ill.).

Mr. Yanchunis also currently serves on the Executive Committee overseeing the consumer class, bank class and shareholder derivative litigation pending against Target Corporation for perhaps the largest data breach case to date, In re Target Corporation Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, MDL No. 2522 (D. Minn.), pending before United States District Judge Paul A. Magnuson. 

As a result of his experience in privacy and data breach litigation, Mr. Yanchunis has lectured at seminars regarding privacy litigation.  In addition, Mr. Yanchunis has served as lead, co-lead, or class counsel in numerous class actions involving a wide variety of areas affecting consumers, including antitrust, defective products, life insurance, annuities, and deceptive and unfair acts and practices.  As a result of his experience, beginning in 2005, Mr. Yanchunis was selected to serve as lead counsel for the Florida Department of Financial Services and the Florida Department of Insurance Regulation (the insurance regulators in the state of Florida) in their investigation of the insurance industry over issues concerning possible antitrust activity, and other possible unlawful activities regarding the payment of undisclosed compensation to insurance brokers.  This litigation and investigation resulted in millions of dollars in restitution being paid to Florida consumers, and also resulted in significant changes in the way commercial insurance is sold in the state of Florida and across the country.

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