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King & Spalding LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10036
United States
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John Hooper defends multinational companies in complex litigations, including a variety of commercial, product liability, financial services, false and misleading advertising and other consumer class actions where he has served as national, regional and/or strategic counsel.  He provides clients with all-inclusive strategic litigation management and counseling services to mitigate the reputational and financial risk associated with high exposure, viral and bet-the-company litigations.

John’s advises companies to create and execute litigation and strategic resolution options in some of the largest, most complex class actions, commercial litigations and mass torts in federal and state courts. Hooper’s experience ranges from trials and arbitrations to mediations and settlements, and all stages of a case, from prelitigation to appeal.  John’s clients include some of the world’s largest manufacturers of automobiles, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, building materials, tires, sporting goods and apparel as well as retailers, railroads, hedge funds, life insurance companies, private equity firms, banks and other financial services institutions.

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United States > Industry focus > Transport: rail and road - litigation and regulation

In addition to King & Spalding LLP‘s regulatory, enforcement and policy expertise, its automotive and transportation practice houses specialists in complex litigation and government investigations. In recent years, the group has been highly involved in the headline diesel-related issues surrounding the automotive industry. In Washington DC environmental law expert Granta Nakayama co-leads the team and is regularly sought out by automakers facing high-profile diesel-related issues and litigation. Co-head John Hooper in New York is a complex litigation specialist; Chicago-based Livia Kiser is a vehicle component expert; and Susan Vargas in Los Angeles litigates high-exposure cases. Atlanta’s Susan Clare predominantly represents automotive manufacturers and transportation companies. In 2021, Jackie Glassman left the firm, while former counsel Christie Iannetta also departed.

United States > Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: automotive/transport

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Able to leverage a trial-ready approach should the need arise, King & Spalding LLP is well-equipped to provide a ‘very effective‘ service to major automotive manufacturers (including Honda, General Motors and Mercedes-Benz) across a wide array of their highest-stakes product liability and mass action litigation. This experience includes cases consolidated in federal multi-district litigation (MDL) proceedings, as well as individual and class actions in separate federal and state courts throughout the length and breadth of the country. New York-based John Hooper  has longstanding expertise in the sector, including his ongoing representation of Toyota across a range of product liability matters, including on the negotiation of a settlement resolving claims that the company’s hybrid Prius cars were prone to stalling. Susan Clare  in Atlanta co-heads the auto and transport litigation group alongside Hooper and her broad practice includes acting as strategic counsel to automotive manufacturers in connection with hundreds of consumer fraud and breach of warranty cases.