Jeffrey J. Bushofsky
With nearly 25 years of experience, Jeff is an accomplished trial lawyer who represents clients in litigation across a broad range of matters. Jeff co-leads Ropes & Gray's commercial litigation practice. He has taken national consumer fraud class actions to trial, litigated multi-district actions in the health care and securities areas, and led cases involving technology, professional malpractice, sports and entertainment law, and white-collar crime. Jeff has particular expertise in litigation related to private equity transactions, healthcare fraud, and disputes where those two areas overlap. Drawing from his litigation experience, Jeff leads internal investigations of portfolio companies for private equity clients to assess and minimize risk to fund managers and their investors. He also advises on deals for private equity clients regarding litigation risk and due diligence, as well as the negotiation and drafting of terms bearing on post-closing disputes. Jeff’s class action expertise began in 1994, with his dispositive examination of the class representative and his post-trial briefs in the landmark case Avery v. State Farm.
Jeff is committed to pro bono work. In early 2014, he led a pro bono team in the first civil rights case under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. That effort secured new anti-discrimination protections for people living with HIV. Jeff also handles fraud and family law matters for indigent and disabled individuals, as well as asylum cases.
- East v. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, et al. (M.D. La. 2014): successful action under the Affordable Care Act's nondiscrimination provisions, addressing the disparate impact on people living with HIV from insurers' anticipated rejection of federal Ryan White funds.
- Mayberry v. Walgreens Co., et al. (N.D. Ill. 2017): secured dismissal of a putative national class action alleging fraudulent billing and reimbursement practices against leading pharmacies in the sale and distribution of insulin.
- Capella Holdings v. Anderson (Del. Ch. 2017) and Anderson v. GTCR (D. Del. 2016): secured full dismissal of plaintiff’s alleged 9-figure claim and won summary judgment for our client, a private hospital system, in a dispute challenging the client’s recapitalization and sale. Also won dismissal of plaintiff’s related federal claim against Capella’s former private equity sponsor.
- Coordinating litigation counsel advising and representing the independent directors of a leading healthcare company in disputes arising from alleged product defects, including consumer fraud class actions, securities claims, False Claims Act cases, fiduciary duty claims, and indemnification disputes.
- Representing a major lodging company in litigation against its former credit card processor and clearing bank related to a data breach.
- Representing the American Kidney Fund nationwide in various matters related to insurers’ attacks on charitable healthcare assistance and allegations of improper “steering” of Medicare-eligible dialysis patients onto private plans, including civil litigations and interactions with CMS and state insurance regulators. See, Dialysis Patients Citizens v. Burwell (E.D. Tex. 2017) (enjoining a CMS interim final rule permitting insurers to refuse charitable premium assistance from our client).
- Zolna-Pitts v. ATI Physical Therapy (Cook Co. Ill., 2014): full dismissal of one of the first major cases brought under Illinois’ “private payer qui tam” statute, alleging fraudulent billing practices.
- Successfully represented dozens of private health care systems in arbitrations and litigations arising from disputes with group purchasing organizations, private insurance payers, joint venture partners, and other commercial disputes in the areas of dentistry, physical therapy, home infusion, dialysis, hospitals, physician practice groups, nursing homes, drug and addiction treatment, and mental health services.
- Successfully represented dozens of private equity funds and their portfolio companies in arbitrations, litigations, mediations, and other disputes related to indemnification claims for alleged breaches of representations and warranties, post-closing working capital adjustments, and other disputes relating to fund-to-fund, fund-to-strategic buyer, and take-private transactions.
- Prosecuted pharmaceutical industry trade secrets litigation against client's competitors in European arbitration before the ICC.
- Recovered a multi-million dollar arbitration award for a private equity client defrauded in a fund-to-fund portfolio company sale.
- Secured the favorable settlement of a 9-figure post-closing claim by a public company buyer against private equity clients for allegedly concealing their former portfolio company's liabilities in Asia.
- Obtained dismissal of a $50 million federal action against a major Internet company in the Northern District of Illinois alleging violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
- Obtained dismissal of a multistate consumer fraud class action against a national insurer in Madison County, Illinois alleging unfair claims practices.
- Obtained dismissal of a federal consumer fraud class action against a well-known food manufacturer in the Northern District of California.
- Defeated numerous state and federal consumer class actions against hospital systems related to billing and collection practices.
- Defeated a string of arbitrations brought by investors alleging securities fraud against a leading financial services company.
- Co-author, “The Broad Reach of Medicare Act’s Preemption Provision,” Law360 (November 28, 2017)