Few lawyers have done more to champion the rights of consumers, businesses, and investors who have been harmed by anticompetitive conduct, fraud, and negligence than high-stakes litigator Stacey Slaughter.
Recognized by The Legal 500 as “smart, hard-working, collegial,” Ms. Slaughter is a partner and member of the executive board at Robins Kaplan LLP with decades-long experience in consumer class action litigation, complex commercial litigation, antitrust litigation, and securities and financial markets litigation. The cases Ms. Slaughter has litigated have recovered more than $1 billion for victims of deceptive or unlawful conduct, and have included some of the largest, most high profile, and most innovative cases affecting financial markets and arising under federal securities laws and antitrust laws. At home in the courtroom, Ms. Slaughter has litigated numerous cases to trial, arbitration, and resolution, with experience in courts and arbitration forums around the United States.
A Fierce Champion for Consumers
For over 20 years, Ms. Slaughter has regularly served in court-appointed leadership roles representing consumers whose rights and wellbeing have been compromised. Serving as court-appointed co-lead counsel for consumer plaintiffs, she recently secured a $14 million settlement in a putative class action filed in late 2019 against meal kit delivery company HelloFresh for alleged violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Ms. Slaughter serves on the plaintiffs’ steering committee representing a class of consumers in a lawsuit against an airbag manufacturer and auto manufacturers involving allegedly defective airbag safety systems. Ms. Slaughter also served in a court-appointed leadership role representing a class of consumers and reseller car dealers against Fiat Chrysler and Bosch alleging RICO claims for diesel emissions violations, which recently settled for $546 million in cash and repairs.
A Trusted Advocate for Businesses and Investors in Commercial and Financial Markets Litigation
Ms. Slaughter represents businesses, organizations, institutional investors, shareholders, and brokers that face significant commercial disputes, complex business problems, and novel legal issues. She currently represents direct action plaintiffs alleging manipulation of the LIBOR benchmark in the billion-dollar multi-district litigation in the Southern District of New York against numerous bank defendants surrounding the BBA LIBOR-rigging scandal.
Among the noteworthy results she has obtained on behalf of organizations and investors, Ms. Slaughter represented financial institutions in a class action lawsuit against Equifax regarding its unprecedented security failure, one of the largest data breaches in history that impacted an estimated 143 million Americans. She represented investors in an antitrust class action lawsuit against the largest private equity firms for a conspiracy to suppress the buyout price for public companies, which settled for $590.5 million. Ms. Slaughter also represented a class of over 10 million U.S. merchants who accepted Visa and Mastercard credit and debit cards for the purchase of goods and services, resulting in a $6.26 billion settlement, the largest known in a private antitrust case in the 120-year history of the Sherman Act.
Ms. Slaughter represented an institutional investor to recover a confidential amount for toxic, residential mortgage-backed securities. She represented three institutional investors in a closely-held company to recover $40 million arising from a failed tax shelter instituted as part of a stock sale. Ms. Slaughter also recovered millions in a FINRA arbitration for a sovereign nation whose financial broker recommended investments in unsuitable, non-traded real estate investment trusts.
A Respected Leader in the Firm and Plaintiff Bar Community
In addition to serving on the firm’s executive board, Ms. Slaughter serves as deputy office managing partner for associate development in the Robins Kaplan Business Litigation Department. She also serves on the firm’s advancement, hiring, and pro bono committees. She is active in a number of high-profile legal organizations, including the American Association for Justice, American Bar Association, and Federal Bar Association.
Ms. Slaughter’s recent recognition includes Twin Cities Business "Notable Women in Law" (2020), Benchmark Litigation "Litigation Star" (2020-2022 Editions), National Law Journal "Elite Women of the Plaintiff's Bar" (2020), and Super Lawyers "New York Super Lawyer" (2015-2021). Ms. Slaughter was also named to the Law360 Consumer Protection Editorial Advisory Board (2021).
- Securities Fraud and Manipulation
- Asset-Backed Securities and Other Structured Financial Products
- Collateralized Loan Obligations (CLOs)
- LIBOR Interest Rate and Other Benchmark Manipulation
- Unsuitable Investments and Failure to Supervise
- FINRA Arbitrations
- FTC Actions
In addition to her professional practice, Ms. Slaughter runs a pro bono legal clinic for the Jeremiah Program, a nonprofit organization that supports single mothers who are earning a college degree and provides early childhood development opportunities.
As lead counsel for Tena Companies—an industry leader in mortgage quality control—reached a confidential settlement resolving a commercial contract dispute against Ellie Mae (n/k/a Intercontinental Exchange Mortgage Technologies, “ICE MT”) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. Tena alleged that ICE MT violated a contractual non-compete provision relating to federal and state mortgage regulatory reporting software, which the parties had partnered to developed as part of a joint venture. After ICE MT lost its motion to dismiss, the Court ordered the parties to mediate. The parties resolved the case confidentially. Tena v. Ellie Mae (n/k/a ICE MT)
Serving as court-appointed co-lead counsel for consumer plaintiffs, successfully secured a $14 million settlement in a putative class action filed in late 2019 against meal kit delivery company HelloFresh for alleged violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Murray v. Grocery Delivery E-Servs. USA Inc.
Serving on the plaintiffs’ steering committee, represents a class of consumers in a lawsuit against an airbag manufacturer and auto manufacturers involving allegedly defective airbag safety systems. ZF-TRW Airbag Component Claims
Represents a class of consumers and reseller car dealers against Fiat Chrysler and Bosch alleging RICO claims for diesel emissions violations, which settled for $546 million in cash and repairs. In re: Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep EcoDiesel Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, 3:17-md-02777
Represents direct action plaintiffs alleging manipulation of the LIBOR benchmark in the billion-dollar multi-district litigation in the Southern District of New York against numerous bank defendants surrounding the BBA LIBOR-rigging scandal. In re LIBOR-Based Financial Instruments Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 2262 (S.D.N.Y.)
Represents investors in complex tax shelter and accounting malpractice case.
Represented financial institutions in a class action lawsuit against Equifax over its unprecedented security failure, one of the largest data breaches in history that impacted an estimated 143 million Americans. In re Equifax, MDL No. 2800 (N.D. Ga.)
Represented a class of over 10 million U.S. merchants who accepted Visa and Mastercard credit and debit cards for the purchase of goods and services, resulting in a $6.26 billion settlement, the largest known in a private antitrust case in the 120-year history of the Sherman Act. In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 1720 (E.D.N.Y.)
Represented investors in a class action suit against the largest private equity firms over alleged conspiracy to suppress prices in large, leveraged buyouts. Defendants Goldman Sachs, Bain Capital, KKR, Blackstone, Silver Lake, Carlyle, and TPG agreed to settle the claims for $590.5 million. Kirk Dahl, et al. v. Bain Capital Partners, LLC et al., Court Case No. 07-cv-12388 (D. Mass.)
Represented three institutional investors in a closely-held company to recover $40 million arising from a failed tax shelter instituted as part of a stock sale.
Represented plaintiff Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh to recover a confidential amount for toxic, residential mortgage-backed securities. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh v. JP Morgan Chase & Co, et al., No. GD-09-016892 (Allegheny Ct., Penn.)
Recovered millions in a FINRA arbitration for a sovereign nation whose financial broker recommended investments in unsuitable, non-traded real estate investment trusts.
Represented investors in claim against broker and broker-dealer for theft and failure to supervise in FINRA arbitration.
Represented company in the financial services industry in a patent infringement suit over a method and system for transferring money.
- Jeremiah Program Board of Trustees
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- “Chrysler Loses Bid to Dismiss Diesel Emission Cheating Claims,” Bloomberg (March 15, 2018)
- “Case Alleging Fiat Chrysler Cheated on Emissions Test can Proceed,” Detroit Free Press (March 16, 2018)
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- “After the Breach, Equifax Now Faces the Lawsuits,” The Washington Post (September 22, 2017)
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- “Summit Credit Union Files Class-Action Suit Against Equifax” Credit Union Times (September 22, 2017)
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- “Nomura First to Fight U.S. Toxic Debt Claims at Trial,” National Mortgage News (March 13, 2015)
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- “The Fraud Case Standard & Poor’s Doesn’t Want You to Know About,” Reuters (November 19, 2014)
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- “JPMorgan is the Biggest Beneficiary of ‘Dark Pool’ Operators,” New York Post (July 22, 2014)
- “Private Equity Firms Lose Bid to Dodge Collusion Lawsuit,” The AmLaw Litigation Daily (July 18, 2013)
- “Bain, KKR, Other PE Giants Can't Escape Collusion Suit,” Law360 (July 18, 2013)
- “Libor Antitrust Risks Remain Despite Early Settlements,” Law360 (December 20, 2012)
- “Big Suits: In Re Swipe Fee Litigation,” American Lawyer (October 2012)
- “Investors Demand Goldman Execs’ Evals In Bid-Rigging Row,” Law360 (April 18, 2012)
- “Suit alleges fraudulent H&R Block loans,” Minnesota Lawyer (April 9, 2012)
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