Ed Notargiacomo

Mr. Notargiacomo is involved in a number of large class-action suits against large pharmaceutical manufacturers in both the consumer protection and antitrust areas.
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Current Role

  • Of Counsel, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP
  • Practice focuses on complex consumer, commercial and antitrust litigation

Recent Success

  • Relafen Antitrust Litigation ($85 million settlement)
  • In re Lupron Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation ($150 million settlement)
  • In re Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Average Wholesale Price Litigation ($300 million in settlements)
  • In re Vytorin/Zetia Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation ($80 million settlement)
  • In re Flonase Antitrust Litigation ($150 million settlement)
  • In re Wellbutrin Antitrust Litigation ($21 million settlement)
  • In re Skelaxin Antitrust Litigation (settlement pending)

Experience

  • Served as Special Assistant Attorney General for Massachusetts in its suit against the tobacco industry to recoup funds expended to treat smoking-related illnesses
  • Helped represent Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine in their suits against the tobacco industry
  • Represented the city of Boston in its suit against gun manufacturers and distributors in order to force them to take responsibility for violence perpetrated with firearms that they negligently and illegally distributed in cities like Boston
  • Experience also includes consumer class actions against predatory lenders and employment litigation against a major retail chain, as well as intense involvement in high-profile impact litigation against cigarette manufacturers and the firearms industry
  • Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, Boston, MA (February 2001 – June 2002)
    Litigation of consumer class actions to redress major corporate misconduct. Co-lead effort on behalf of the City of Boston and the Boston Public Health Commission in suit against major firearms manufacturers in an effort to recover the cost of gun violence to the City of Boston and its citizens. Heavily involved in extended negotiations to settle municipal gun suits on behalf of the City of Boston. Engaged in the litigation of several suits against major pharmaceutical manufacturers for illegal activities that artificially inflate the price of prescription drugs paid by consumers.
  • Law Offices of Edward Notargiacomo, Boston, MA (September 1998 – January 2001)
    Primary focus in civil litigation, including construction and contract claims, employment disputes as well as some personal injury. Represented clients in commercial and residential real estate conveyancing as well as advised clients on land use and zoning issues. Experience with mediation, arbitration and negotiation and settlement of a wide range of disputes. Drafted and negotiated contracts, commercial leases and settlement agreements. Provided aggressive representation to clients in construction and contract disputes, copyright actions, zoning and land use matters, and commercial and residential lease disputes.
  • Brown, Rudnick, Freed & Gesmer, P.C., Boston, MA (September 1994 – August 1998)
    Experience in real estate conveyancing and finance, including representation of international investment funds seeking to acquire investment grade commercial property in the United States. Provided legal representation in a wide range of practice areas including real estate development and complex real estate finance, zoning regulations, and commercial lease negotiation. Two years concentrating in commercial litigation, representing a wide range of business clients in state and federal courts.

Notable Cases

  • In re Relafen Antitrust Litigation ($85 million settlement)
  • In re Lupron Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation ($150 million settlement)
  • In re Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Average Wholesale Price Litigation ($300 million in settlements)
  • State of Connecticut v. Eli Lilly ($25 million settlement)
  • Pfizer Neurontin Promotions Litigation (jury verdict and judgment for $142 million)
  • In re Wellbutrin SR Antitrust Litigation
  • In re Vytorin/Zetio Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation
  • In re Flonase Antitrust Litigation

Publications

  • Boston University Public Interest Law Review, 1994

Personal Insight

Ed once had a one-on-one lunch with Cher while working as an investigator for the public defender’s office in Washington, D.C. Cher was researching her role as a public defense attorney in the movie Suspect. He also once owned a pot-bellied pig who could sit, play dead and turn in a circle on command (and for a tasty treat).