Kevin D.Boyce

Partner

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Kevin Boyce advocates for clients in high-damage jury trials involving allegations of wrongful death and permanent injury and claims of product defect and alleged consumer fraud. Kevin also has in-depth experience defending all types of class actions, with a special focus on cases alleging false and misleading advertising or inaccuracies in the labeling or descriptions of a product. He has recently obtained favorable results in these types of cases for clients such as FirstEnergy, Procter & Gamble, H&R Block, J.M. Smucker, and Macy's.

Kevin also has obtained favorable verdicts in multiple high-risk cases and served as lead trial counsel for clients in state and federal courts around the United States. Currently, he serves as lead counsel for R.J. Reynolds in several of the Engle progeny cases in Florida. In addition to coordinating the defense in hundreds of the progeny cases that stem from a decertified class action, Kevin is one of the attorneys to have secured defense verdicts in these cases.

Kevin also represents clients in connection with government investigations arising under the Consumer Product Safety Act. Other representations include FirstEnergy, The Cleveland Browns, H&R Block, Mattel, Parker Hannifin, and Procter & Gamble in connection with a variety of business litigation and strategic planning matters. He recently helped Parker Hannifin reach favorable resolutions of complex commercial contract issues and, in the past, secured a defense verdict for Nextel Communications in an action brought by affiliates of Sprint Corporation.

Experience

R.J. Reynolds wins complete defense verdict in Massachusetts wrongful death lawsuit
On March 27, 2019, following nearly four weeks of trial, a jury in state court in Dedham, Massachusetts returned a defense verdict in favor of Jones Day client, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, in a wrongful death case.

R.J. Reynolds wins complete defense verdict in Durrance "Engle progeny" trial
On February 8, 2017, Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company received a complete defense verdict in a wrongful death action.

R.J. Reynolds wins jury verdict in Kloppenburg "Engle progeny" trial
On November 14, 2016, following 10 days of trial, a jury in Naples, Florida returned a complete defense verdict for Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a personal injury action.

H&R Block wins summary judgment in putative class action alleging UCL and CLRA violations
On April 25, 2016, Jones Day client H&R Block, Inc. won summary judgment on a putative class action alleging violations of California's Unfair Competition Law ("UCL") and Consumers Legal Remedies Act ("CLRA").

R.J. Reynolds wins jury verdict in Gordon ''Engle progeny'' trial
On October 5, 2015, a jury in Punta Gorda, Florida returned a verdict favorable to Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company following 10 days of trial and approximately 4 hours of deliberation in an "Engle progeny" lawsuit.

J.M. Smucker defends putative class action lawsuit over marketing and distribution of Natural Brew Root Beer
Jones Day is defending The J.M. Smucker Company in a putative nationwide class action lawsuit brought by plaintiffs alleging consumer fraud related to the marketing and distribution of Natural Brew Root Beer.

Cleveland Browns defends putative class action lawsuit alleging securities violations and consumer fraud
Jones Day is representing the Cleveland Browns football club in connection with an Ohio-wide class action alleging securities violations and consumer fraud related to the marketing and distribution of Permanent Seat Licenses.

H&R Block prevails as 8th Circuit upholds denial of class certification
On June 18, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit upheld the denial of plaintiff's motion for class certification in an important ruling that implicates the choice of law used in class actions.

R.J. Reynolds successfully defends multimillion dollar wrongful death action
In February of 2015, Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company successfully defended an "Engle progeny" lawsuit.

H&R Block wins consumer arbitration agreement enforcement case in Missouri Court of Appeals
On May 6, 2014, the Missouri Court of Appeals reversed a Missouri trial court's order finding Jones Day client H&R Block, Inc.'s consumer arbitration agreement unconscionable.

Procter & Gamble resolves nationwide class actions related to marketing for Crest Sensitivity & Protection Toothpaste
Jones Day represented The Procter & Gamble Company in connection with a number of nationwide class actions alleging consumer fraud related to the marketing and distribution of Crest Sensitivity & Protection Toothpaste.

Parker Aerospace launches joint venture with GE Aviation to form Advanced Atomization Technologies
Jones Day advised Parker Aerospace, a subsidiary of Parker Hannifin Corporation, in a joint venture with GE Aviation to form Advanced Atomization Technologies, LLC, to enhance the development and manufacture of commercial aircraft engine fuel nozzles.

Hilite International completes sale to 3i
Jones Day represented Hilite International, Inc., a manufacturer of hydraulic drives and timing systems for the automotive industry, in connection with its sale to 3i, a Germany-based private equity fund.

R.J. Reynolds prevails in closely watched emphysema-related Florida lawsuit
On March 28, 2011, after two weeks of trial, a state court jury in Green Cove Springs, Florida returned a verdict in favor of Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and Philip Morris USA in the closely watched emphysema-related case.

R.J. Reynolds prevails on medical monitoring claims at trial
Following a multiyear trial of a class action in New Orleans, Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company won a defense verdict on a $12 billion medical monitoring claim in a venue long recognized as one of the most hostile to corporate defendants.

R.J. Reynolds wins jury verdict in Willis ''Engle progeny'' lawsuit
In October 2010, Jones Day successfully obtained a complete defense verdict in favor of its client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a personal injury lawsuit brought by an individual plaintiff.

R.J. Reynolds wins jury verdict in Budnick ''Engle progeny'' lawsuit
Jones Day successfully represented R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in an "Engle progeny" lawsuit.

Mattel settles voluntary toy recall litigation
Jones Day represented Mattel, Inc. ("Mattel") in connection with a number of U.S. federal and state and foreign lawsuits and regulatory actions arising out of voluntary recalls of certain Mattel and Fisher-Price toys.

Parker Hannifin defends against multidistrict wrongful death litigation arising out of airline crash in Indonesia
Jones Day represented manufacturing defendant Parker Hannifin Corporation in multidistrict wrongful death litigation arising out of airline crash that occurred near Palembang, Indonesia.

Parker Hannifin resolves successfully multi-plaintiff wrongful death action arising from crash of flight en route from Egypt to France
On behalf of Parker Hannifin Corporation, and as part of a joint defense effort, Jones Day obtained a favorable ruling of the French Supreme Court which effectively prevented plaintiffs from returning to sue Parker and others in U.S. courts.

Additional Publications

  • May 2016Deciphering Sikkelee: Implications for Aviation Claims and Product Manufacturers
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