Steven N.Geise (Steve)

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With over a dozen first chair trials since 2010, Steve Geise is a trial lawyer who focuses on defending companies in product liability lawsuits in state and federal courts throughout the United States. He has represented manufacturers of airplanes, cigarettes, medical devices, off-road vehicles, pharmaceuticals, and other consumer goods in individual and class action litigation.

Steve's litigation experience covers issues including false advertising, unfair competition, duty to warn, preemption, and privacy. He represents clients in coordinated complex litigation including multidistrict litigation (MDL) nationally and JCCP actions in California. He has worked with experts in numerous medical, industrial, and scientific fields.

In 2016, Steve was a member of the trial team that achieved the largest patent infringement verdict in U.S. history. After a two-week trial, the jury ordered Gilead Sciences to pay $2.54 billion in damages to Idenix Pharmaceuticals (a subsidiary of Merck & Co.) for sales of sofosbuvir-based medicines, including Sovaldi and Harvoni, for its infringement of an Idenix patent related to the treatment of patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection.

Since 1996, Steve has been part of the national coordinating counsel team defending R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in complex personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits in multiple states. He was active in the Firm's representation of Yamaha Motor Co. in litigation involving the Rhino side-by-side vehicle. Recently, he defended medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers in product liability lawsuits and defended other clients in two purported class actions alleging privacy violations for monitoring calls to customer service centers.

Steve also serves as the head of litigation and as the Administrative Partner in the San Diego Office.

Experience

  • R.J. Reynolds wins complete defense verdict in Ellis "Engle progeny" lawsuitOn December 7, 2018, following ten days of trial, a jury in Tampa, Florida returned a defense verdict in favor of Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a wrongful death action.
  • Idenix wins $2.54 billion jury verdict in Gilead patent dispute involving hepatitis C drugsAfter a nine day trial and less than two hours of jury deliberation, Jones Day, on behalf of Idenix Pharmaceuticals LLC (a subsidiary of Merck & Co.), won the largest patent infringement verdict in U.S. history to date, involving a multi-billion dollar patent dispute with Gilead Sciences Inc. over sofosbuvir, the active ingredient in Gilead’s hepatitis C drugs Sovaldi® and Harvoni®.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins Bay Area jury verdict in Pooshs trialOn February 8, 2016, following three weeks of trial and nearly 12 years of litigation, a federal jury in Oakland, California took less than 90 minutes to return a defense verdict in favor of Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a personal injury action.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins jury verdict in Ellis "Engle progeny" lawsuitOn September 11, 2014, following three weeks of trial and less than four hours of deliberation, a jury in Jacksonville, Florida returned a verdict in favor of Jones Day client R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company ("R.J. Reynolds") in a wrongful death action, finding that the decedent-smoker was not a member of the Engle class.
  • Jones Day San Diego reaches settlement of civil rights claimsPursuant to the Southern District of California’s Plan for the Representation of Pro Se Litigants in Civil Cases, Jones Day San Diego was selected for pro bono representation of Raynard Vallery, the plaintiff in a civil rights action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.
  • R.J. Reynolds obtains dismissal of In re Tobacco II Cases class action in CaliforniaJones Day represented R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in this multi billion dollar, statewide smokers' class action against the major tobacco companies.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins jury verdict in Pickett ''Engle progeny'' lawsuitJones Day obtained another win on behalf of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in Pickett v. R.J. Reynolds, the third “Engle progeny” lawsuit tried to verdict in federal court.
  • Celgene secures nonsuit in Texas pain pump litigationJones Day defended Celgene Corporation in a personal injury product liability action brought against pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers.
  • Celgene obtains dismissal of pain pump case in PhiladelphiaJones Day represented Celgene Corporation in this personal injury lawsuit alleging chondrolysis of the shoulder following the administration of bupivacaine and marcaine via a pain pump.
  • Celgene obtains dismissal in Washington product liability actionJones Day, on behalf of Celgene Corporation, obtained a dismissal of a product liability suit against a host of drug and medical device manufacturers stemming from alleged heparin-induced thrombocytopenia or "HIT".
  • R.J. Reynolds defeats wrongful death litigationJones Day defended R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in a wrongful death trial brought against four cigarette manufacturers seeking to recover for the decedent's death from lung cancer following decades of smoking.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins jury verdict in Vasko ''Engle progeny'' lawsuitJones Day successfully represented R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in the latest "Engle progeny" lawsuit to reach a jury verdict, marking the continuation of a string of seven defense verdicts in the past two months.
  • Yamaha successfully defends nationwide litigation of product liability cases and claims involving the Rhino side-by-side ("SxS") vehicleJones Day leads Yamaha's defense of Rhino cases and claims pending in the United States.
  • Novo Industries defends child strangulation case involving window blindsJones Day represents Novo Industries in a child strangulation case involving window blinds.
  • R.J. Reynolds obtains summary judgment in 40-count wrongful death actionJones Day represented R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a 40-count survival and wrongful death action alleging that the decedent's lengthy smoking history caused his lung cancer and, ultimately, his death.
  • R.J. Reynolds obtains stipulated dismissal with prejudice of smoking and health case in the District Court of the Navajo NationJones Day, on behalf of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, obtained a stipulated dismissal with prejudice of a smoking-and-health case brought in the District Court of the Navajo Nation after filing an aggressive motion to dismiss based in part on the tribal court's lack of subject matter jurisdiction.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins dismissal of smoking and health action filed in the District of ArizonaJones Day represented R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in this smoking and health action filed in the District of Arizona.
  • Experian defends nationwide class action involving credit reportingJones Day defended Experian in a proposed nationwide class action involving a legal issue of first impression: whether the Fair Credit Reporting Act requires credit reporting agencies to obtain and report credit information from credit grantors who do not choose to submit such credit information.
  • R.J. Reynolds wins jury verdict in first smoking and health case tried in ManhattanIn the first smoking and health case to be tried in Manhattan, Jones Day defended R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company against claims that the plaintiff's cancer was caused by her cigarette smoking.
  • R.J. Reynolds obtains dismissal with prejudice in smoking and health case in New JerseyJones Day represented R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in a smoking and health case in New Jersey.
  • Additional Publications

    • December 2016Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Court, Chapter 14, Multidistrict Litigation (4th Ed.) 2016
    • 1995A Whole New Ballgame: The Application of Trademark Law to Sports Mark Litigation, 5 Seton Hall J. Sport L. 553
    • 1994Casenote: Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals: The Admissibility of Expert Scientific Testimony Under the Federal Rules of Evidence Does Not Require 'Frye-ing', 20 Ohio N.U.L. , Rev. 1061

    Speaking Engagements

    • June 2011Class Action Litigation Strategy 2011 -- Current Trends and Hot Topics, Association of Corporate Counsel, San Diego Chapter
    • January 2010Ethical Considerations for In-House Counsel
    • January 2010Handling a Mistake with Benefit of Hindsight
    • August 12, 2009Ethical Considerations for In-House Counsel, Celgene CLE Summit
    • August 2009Ethical Considerations for In-House Counsel
    • January 2006Winning Legal Strategies for Product Liability 2006
    • February 2004Personal Injury Discovery in a Private World
    • San Antonio, TexasEmerging Issues and Strategies in Tobacco Litigation
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