Anthony J. Anscombe

Partner

Anthony J. Anscombe

Partner

What Makes Anthony Deliberately Different

The power of the written word, tactical thinking, and unpredictabiliy set Anthony apart from opponents and competitors, alike. So too does his belief that the practice of law is improved with civility and MORE COWBELL.

Overview Overview Experience Credentials

Anthony Anscombe co-chairs Sedgwick’s class action and food industry practice groups. He has defended class action matters across the country, with an emphasis on matters involving consumer fraud, deceptive trade practices, warranty, mass tort and statutory claims. For his food industry clients, Mr. Anscombe has defended product liability and class action matters, and provided counseling on advertising issues, risk management and commercial practices.

In addition to his class action and food industry work, Mr. Anscombe has broad experience in commercial, product liability and toxic tort litigation. He particularly enjoys work presenting novel and complex legal, scientific and procedural issues.

Mr. Anscombe began his career in the firm’s San Francisco office, where he worked for eleven years. In 1999, he relocated to Chicago. He now maintains dual residence between the Chicago and San Francisco offices.

 

Publications

  • “Legal Backgrounder: Facteau Conviction Underlines Government’s Unhealthy Control Over Patient-Treatment Information,” Washington Legal Foundation (October 27, 2016).
  • “Class Action Fallout From 9th Circ. Google AdWords Case,” Law360 (November 6, 2015).
  • “What’s in a Name? Putting a Value on Label Claims,” The Food and Drug Law Institute’s Update (July/August 2015). 
  • “A Critical Look at the UCL’s Role in Food and Beverage Class Actions,” Bloomberg BNA Class Action Litigation Report (November 14, 2014).
  • “Is the ‘Food Court’ Losing Steam? An Update on Food and Beverage Consumer Class Actions in the Northern District of California,” Bloomberg BNA Class Action Litigation Report (July 11, 2014).
  • “What Food Professionals Can Learn from GM about Internal Safety Communications,” Food Safety Magazine (July 1, 2014).
  • “The Adequacy of Class Representatives Whose Legal Interests Are Antagonistic to Class Members’ Non-Legal Interests,” Mealey’s Litigation Report: Class Actions, Vol. 14, No. 7 (June 2014).
  • “Take What FCC Says About TCPA With A Grain Of Salt: Part 2,” Law360 (April 10, 2014).
  • “Take What FCC Says About TCPA With A Grain Of Salt: Part 1,” Law360 (April 9, 2014).
  • “Food Defense in Food Litigation: A Vulnerability Assessment,” Food Safety Magazine (February/March 2014).
  • “Presumptions of Reliance: What They Really Mean and How to Defeat Them,” Bloomberg BNA Class Action Litigation Report and Bloomberg BNA Product Safety & Liability Reporter(January 2014).
  • “What’s Terrible About the TCPA? Almost Everything,” Corporate Counsel (December 2013).
  • “Cy Pres: ‘As Close As Possible’ Is Not Good Enough,” Law360 (October 7, 2013).
  • “Jury Still Out on the ‘Food Court’: An Examination of Food Law Class Actions and the Popularity of the Northern District of California,” BNA Class Action Litigation Report (July 2013).
  • “Analyzing the Seeds of Pom Wonderful,” ABA Section of Litigation News (April 11, 2013).
  • “Fighting Back Against Statutory Penalty Class Actions, Part II,” Corporate Counsel (February 2012).
  • “Fighting Back Against Statutory Penalty Class Actions, Part I,” Corporate Counsel (February 2012).
  • “Protecting Yourself From Class Action Lawsuits,” Food Technology (December 2011).
  • “Illinois Supreme Court Rules That Tender of Complete Relief to Class Representative Before Class Certification Motion Moots Putative Class Action,” Sedgwick’s Class Action Alert (April 12, 2011).
  • “Defeating Presumptions of Reliance in Medical Product Class Actions,” Sedgwick’s Issue Tracker  (December 2009).
  • Lead Author, International Comparative Legal Guide to: Class Actions 2010, Chapter on the United States (Global Legal Group).
  • Lead Author: ABA 50 State Guide to Consumer Fraud Class Actions, Chapter on Illinois.
  • “N.J. Supreme Court Dismisses Vioxx Medical Monitoring Claims in Putative Class Action,” Sedgwick’s News Flash (June 2008) (coauthor).
  • “The Final Pretrial Hearing,” 90 Days Before Trial: The Final Countdown, Chicago Bar Association (October 24, 2007); accompanying articles: “90 Days Before Trial: Part 1” (October 2007) and “90 Days Before Trial: Part 2” (January 2008), Chicago Bar Association Record.
  • “N.J. Supreme Court Overturns Third-Party Payor Class Certification in Consumer Fraud Action,” Sedgwick’s News Flash (September 2007) (co-author).
  • “Illinois High Court Refines State Class Action Jurisprudence,” Legal Backgrounder, Vol. 22, No. 8, Washington Legal Foundation (March 9, 2007).
  • “Class Action Fairness Act Changes Litigation Landscape,” Sedgwick’s Sidebar (March 2005).
  • “Regulating Botanicals in Food,” Food Technology (January 2003).

Presentations

  • “Shaping Agency Priorities — Response to Emerging Forces,” Food and Drug Law Journal Symposium, Law and Food Systems, Georgetown University Law School (November 4, 2016). 
  • “Shop Around: Pricing Class Action Trends,” Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), Retail Law Conference (October 26, 2016). 
  • “Advertising and Labelling Trends,” The Food and Drug Law Institute’s Food Advertising and Litigation Conference (September 14-15, 2016).
  • “The Use of Survey Evidence in Class Litigation — Design and Admissibility,” Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Section of the State Bar of California (May 25, 2016).
  • “Master Class on Upgrading your Advertising Compliance Program: What Risk Management Lessons Can be Gleaned from those in the Class Action Trenches,” American Conference Institute’s 6th Advanced Regulatory and Compliance Summit on Food & Beverage Marketing and Advertising (May 10-12, 2016).
  • “The First Amendment and Marketing — What Amarin, Bayer and POM Wonderful Will Really Mean for the Promotion of Food and Beverage Products,” American Conference Institute’s 6th Advanced Regulatory and Compliance Summit on Food & Beverage Marketing and Advertising (May 10-12, 2016).
  • “The New Battleground for Class Certification: Plaintiff and Defense Burdens; Commonality Requirements; and What the Future Holds,” ACI’s Cross-Industry Interdisciplinary Summit on Defending and Managing Class Actions (April 11-12, 2016).
  • “Labeling and Consumer Fraud Litigation,” Food Litigation ExecuSummit (February 2-3, 2016).
  • “Attacking Plaintiffs’ Damages Model – Understanding Damage Theories Used in Consumer Fraud Class Actions,” ACI’s 4th Advanced Summit on Defending Food and Beverage Consumer Fraud Litigation (January 26, 2016).
  • “Resolving a Case: Damages Models, Comcast Implications,” The Food and Drug Law Institute’s Food Advertising and Litigation Conference (September 24, 2015).
  • “Recalls: How They Are Impacting Class Actions, Duty to Warn, and Recall-Based Rule 23 Arguments,” ACI’s 8th Annual Summit on Defending & Managing Automotive Product Liability Litigation (June 3, 2015).
  • “‘All Natural,’ Ingredient Labeling, and Health Claims, Oh My: Recent Developments in the Smorgasbord of Food Labeling Class Actions,” ABA Section of Litigation Environmental, Mass Torts, and Products Liability Litigation Committees’ Joint CLE Seminar (January 30, 2015).
  • “Food and Beverage Industry: 2014 Legal Year in Review,” Sedgwick-hosted webinar (December 17, 2014).
  • “What’s Cooking in Food and Beverage Litigation, and Tips For Staying Out of the Stew,” Chicago Section of the Institute of Food Technologists, Chicago, IL (December 8, 2014).
  • "POM Wonderful v. Coca-Cola - Lessons in Food Labeling, False Advertising and FDA Authority" Food and Beverage Marketing and Advertising Law Summit, Chicago, IL (September 16, 2014).
  • “Does our Legal System Promote and Protect Public Health? Views from the Science, Industry and Consumer Perspectives,” ACI’s 5th Advanced Regulatory and Compliance Summit on Food & Beverage Marketing and Advertising, Chicago, IL (July 30, 2014).
  • “Short Topics: Food Defense & Internal Communications,” New Jersey Association for Food Protection Spring 2014 Seminar, New Brunswick, NJ (May 7, 2014).
  • “Microbiological Issues in Liability and Medical Causation,” American Conference Institute’s 7th National Forum on Food Borne Illness Litigation, San Francisco, CA (January 29, 2014).
  • “What’s New In Class Actions,” Sedgwick Chicago Seminar Series (September 2010).
  • “Small Packages, Big Claims?: The Proliferation of consumer product class actions,” DRI Consumer Product Meeting, San Diego, CA (April 15, 2009).
  • “Navigating Ethical Gray Areas in Class Action Litigation,” ACI Defense Counsel Summit on Positioning the Class Action Defense for Early Success, Scottsdale, AZ (October 27, 2008).
  • “An Ounce of Prevention: Arbitration Agreements and Class Action Waivers,” and “Defeating Presumptions of Reliance,” Class Action Task Force CLE Seminar, Chicago, IL (May 22, 2008).
  • “The Final Pretrial Hearing,” 90 Days Before Trial: The Final Countdown, Chicago Bar Association (September 27, 2006).
  • “Special Strategies for Section 17200 Consumer Finance Class Actions,” 4th National Advanced Guide to Consumer Finance Litigation and Class Actions, American Conference Institute (April 7, 2005).
  • “Resolving Mold Claims: Practical Approaches to Settling, Mediating, and Minimizing Exposure,” moderator, Sterling Educational Services (June 9, 2004).

Representative Matters

  • Available upon request.

Admissions

  • California
  • Illinois
  • 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court (E.D. Ark.)
  • U.S. District Court (W.D. Ark.)
  • U.S. District Court (C.D. Cal.)
  • U.S. District Court (E.D. Cal.)
  • U.S. District Court (N.D. Cal.)
  • U.S. District Court (S.D. Cal.)
  • U.S. District Court (C.D. Ill.)
  • U.S. District Court (N.D. Ill.)
  • U.S. District Court (S.D. Ill.)
  • U.S. District Court (E.D. Mich.)
  • U.S. District Court (W.D. Mich.)
  • U.S. District Court (E.D. Wis.)
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • J.D. (1988) University of Virginia School of Law
  • B.A. (1983) Yale University, cum laude

Awards

  • AV Preeminent® certified by the Martindale-Hubbell peer rating system

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Food and Drug Law Institute
  • Editorial Board member of the Food and Drug Law Journal
  • Chicago Section of the Institute of Food Technologists
  • Immediate past president of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR), a leading nonprofit resource for mediation services and conflict management training

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