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Russell grew up in a rural Missouri town of 5,000 people. There were 103 people in his high school’s graduating class.

But he spent 23 years practicing law in NYC, beginning at Cravath and spending the majority of his career at Skadden, where he was a partner in the Mass Torts Group. He returned to Missouri, and now is a partner at Dowd Bennett LLP in St. Louis.

Russell loves St. Louis, so don’t even think about saying anything bad about it! He enjoys the world-class arts institutions here, and that they are freely accessible to the public. Russell served as the Chairman of the Board of Jazz St. Louis, a 501(c)(3) organization that presents internationally-known musicians on its stage and uses professional jazz musicians to teach area youth how to play jazz. He is a trustee of the St. Louis Public Library Foundation, and is on the board of Friends of St. Louis Public Radio.

This isn’t Russell’s first blog. In 2010 and 2011, the ABA Journal included his blog “Consumer Class Actions and Mass Torts” as among its “Blawg 100.” Russell also wrote a column on products liability for the National Law Journal for 19 years. 

Russell is an elected member of the American Law Institute and has taught aggregate litigation as an adjunct professor at Washington University in St. Louis for the last decade. Previously he taught products liability as an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School and Fordham University School of Law. He also is a former Chairman of the Products Liability Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

So I have been deficient. One of my goals is to show you the incredible range of entertainment that is available in St. Louis, and I had promised a periodic post about shows and concerts I have seen here. But my last such post was in October. This is a catch-up post–and for those of

Too often defendants with a national presence fail to assert a personal jurisdiction defense to class actions. A decision from the Eastern District of Missouri demonstrates why all defendants—even those with a national presence—should take care to consider personal jurisdiction as a first line of defense. See Jones v. Papa John’s Int’l, Inc., 2023

Ordinarily I don’t blog about decisions in cases where I or my firm represented a party. But this decision seems to have slipped through West’s fingers, so I’ll include it here with minimal commentary in case it may be of use to someone.

In this federal decision from the Western District of Missouri, the plaintiff

Wystan Ackerman has a post about an interesting class action situation: If you succeed in knocking out the named plaintiff in a putative class action because his claim was not timely, can a new plaintiff with a timely claim intervene in that suit to preserve the putative class’s statute of limitations period from the time

Increasingly companies are investing in environmental sustainability, reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, making their production facilities and distribution systems more energy efficient, and otherwise conserving vital resources like water. Sometimes companies purchase “credits” to offset things like greenhouse gas emissions. And often they work with private organizations that evaluate a company’s efforts and issue a

Last week I attended the ABA’s National Class Actions Institute in Chicago. If you weren’t there, you really missed out. The annual Institute is one of the few CLE programs with attendance that is evenly divided between the Plaintiff and Defense bars. The presenters are all at the top of their game, and their candor

I am always reminding my students that there is more than one way to make an argument, and if you are foreclosed from one route, you can always take another. For example, how do you defend against class claims brought by people who have not suffered any real injury? Most people initially would say “challenge