JeffreyBaltruzak (Jeff)

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Jeff Baltruzak is a litigator with broad experience in complex commercial litigation, including insurance coverage disputes, consumer fraud/product liability class actions, and qui tam lawsuits. He has represented manufacturers of fertilizer, building products, and aircraft, as well as several leading health systems.

Recently, Jeff has represented a large health care provider in various commercial disputes with its largest payor and a leading asset manager in an earnout dispute.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2014, Jeff practiced at an international law firm in Chicago. During this time he had first-chair responsibility for a successful action to enforce a nationwide noncompete clause against a former employee who formed a competing business. His other recent work included representation of a leading national charity in multiple arbitrations and litigation in connection with disputes over the disposition of charitable assets. He also represented an investment advisory firm and its associated broker-dealer in a series of cases arising from millions in alleged thefts by a former associated person. In 2013, he successfully represented a large urban hospital in a qui tam lawsuit alleging that it double-billed for services to patients enrolled in research trials.

Jeff was selected as a Pennsylvania "Rising Star" in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 by Super Lawyers magazine. In 2014, he received the Seventh Circuit Bar Association's Pro Bono and Public Service Award for outstanding pro bono work for the U.S. District Courts of Illinois for his representation of a victim of police brutality.

Experience

  • Universities defend multidistrict putative class action litigation brought by former football playersJones Day is serving as lead counsel for all NCAA member institution defendants in a multidistrict litigation ("MDL") consolidating more than 300 putative class actions brought on behalf of former football players.
  • UPMC prevails before the Pennsylvania Supreme CourtFollowing a decision from the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, Jones Day led an expedited appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that resulted in a complete victory for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center ("UPMC"), one of the nation's preeminent integrated healthcare systems.
  • Red Sox prevail in first-ever foul ball trialJones Day prevailed on behalf of the Boston Red Sox in a two-week jury trial brought by a fan who was hit by a foul ball in an upper-level premium seating area of Fenway Park.
  • Wells Fargo obtains denial of class certification in RMBS trustee litigation alleging hundreds of millions of dollars in lossesJones Day represents Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., in a putative class action alleging hundreds of millions of dollars in classwide losses to investors on notes issued by two residential mortgage backed securities (RMBS) trusts for which Wells Fargo serves as trustee.
  • UPMC arbitrates rate increase and resolves dispute over continuity of care servicesJones Day represented the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in two last-best-offer, baseball-style arbitrations with Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurer Highmark Inc.
  • Potash Corporation seeks coverage for environmental liabilitiesJones Day represented Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, Inc. subsidiary PCS White Springs in connection with its claim for insurance coverage for environmental liabilities arising from Tropical Storm Debby.
  • UPMC awarded over $188 million in arbitration with Highmark over rates for outpatient oncology servicesJones Day client University of Pittsburgh Medical Center ("UPMC") won over $188 million in arbitration against health insurer Highmark Inc.
  • Wells Fargo defends against complaint filed by Nomura Credit & Capital Inc. alleging representations and warranties breachJones Day is representing Wells Fargo, National Association in a third-party complaint filed by Nomura Credit & Capital, Inc., the mortgage loan seller of six RMBS trusts.
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