John E.Iole

Partner

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John Iole handles large domestic and international insurance coverage disputes, including Bermuda Form arbitrations, EPLI, D&O, aviation (hull and liability), product recall, cyber (including privacy, data security/network interruption), and first-party property losses. He also counsels clients on insurance policy wordings and on attorney ethics. John routinely appears as lead counsel in federal and state trial and appellate courts and in domestic and international arbitrations.

John has been lead counsel in coverage disputes involving prescription pharmaceuticals (opioids), sports concussions, employment class actions, automobile parts, and natural and man-made catastrophes worldwide. Representative clients include Transocean, General Electric, General Motors, Macy's, and Safelite Solutions.

John is an elected member of The American Law Institute and is an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, teaching Insurance Law. He was a member of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania from 1997 to 2003, serving as its chairman. He also was a member of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Ad Hoc Committee on Evidence, which drafted Pennsylvania's first rules of evidence.

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.
  • Schnitzer Steel and MMGL win full affirmance by 9th Circuit of $14.8 million judgment for legal and equitable reliefTwo years after winning a jury verdict and an equitable award for broad declaratory relief, the Jones Day team on behalf of Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. and MMGL won a full affirmance by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in two consolidated appeals dealing with defense cost reimbursements arising out of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.
  • Federal-Mogul obtains summary judgment on $25 million time element (business interruption) claim in Thailand flood insurance disputeJones Day represents Federal-Mogul Corporation in the United Stated District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
  • Schnitzer Steel Industries and MMGL awarded $3.4 million in attorneys' fees and costs for successful claims against Continental Casualty Company and Transportation Insurance CompanyOn December 11, 2014, the United States District Court for the District of Oregon awarded Jones Day clients Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. and MMGL Corp. (formerly known as Schnitzer Investment Corp.) more than $3.4 million in attorneys' fees and costs in litigation lasting four years and culminating in a unanimous jury verdict and equitable award for Schnitzer Steel Industries and MMGL.
  • Schnitzer Steel Industries and MMGL win unanimous federal jury verdict against Continental Casualty Company and Transportation Insurance CompanyJones Day won a unanimous jury verdict and equitable award for Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. and MMGL Corp. (formerly known as Schnitzer Investment Corp.), in a two-week jury trial held in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon (Portland).
  • Texas Keystone prevails against claim brought by Excalibur VenturesJones Day successfully defended Texas Keystone Inc., a U.S. oil and gas company based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, against Excalibur Ventures' $1.6 billion claim for an interest in various petroleum fields in Iraqi Kurdistan.
  • UPMC files lawsuit against Highmark alleging violation of section 43(a) of Lanham ActOn August 5, 2013, Jones Day filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) against Highmark Inc. alleging claims for false advertising in violation of section 43(a) of the Lanham Act and unfair competition under Pennsylvania law.
  • Fortune 100 company obtains insurance coverage for contingent business interruption lossJones Day represented a Fortune 100 company in obtaining insurance coverage for contingent business interruption loss from a Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
  • WESCO International obtains insurance coverage for product liability claimJones Day represented WESCO International, Inc. in an insurance coverage claim associated with a breach of warranty verdict for product liability.
  • Safelite wins dismissal of antitrust, unfair competition, and tort claimsJones Day successfully defended Safelite Solutions LLC in a lawsuit filed in New York Supreme Court by an automobile glass replacement and repair shop against Safelite, two third party administrators, and thirteen insurance companies for allegedly conspiring to set and enforce prices for automobile glass repair and replacement.
  • Safelite defeats claims of illegal "steering"Jones Day successfully represented Safelite Solutions, LLC, who operates a call center on behalf of various insurance companies, against claims brought by a large chain auto repair shop alleging that Safelite illegally "steers" insureds who call its call center to auto repair shops owned by Safelite's parent company.
  • RBS Citizens leads sponsor financing for Dymatize EnterprisesJones Day represented RBS Citizens, N.A., as arranger and agent, in connection with the $80 million sponsor acquisition financing.
  • Fortune 100 company obtains data security and network interruption coverageJones Day represents a Fortune 100 company in the placement of data security and network interruption coverage.
  • Pro se litigants receive pro bono assistance in mandatory federal ADR proceedings and Jones Day volunteers are honored for managing the programOn November 21, 2011, Jones Day's Pittsburgh Office hosted a luncheon to thank all the volunteers from Jones Day and other local law firms that have participated in the Pro Se Pro Bono ADR Program in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
  • Fortune 100 company obtains coverage for integrated occurrence under Bermuda FormJones Day represents a Fortune 100 company with respect to integrated occurrence coverage under Bermuda Form.
  • Manufacturing company wins insurance coverage arbitration over decision to try underlying case to verdictOn behalf of its manufacturing company client, Jones Day won an arbitration final award that conclusively rejected an insurance company's argument that the client should not have tried an underlying covered claim to verdict.
  • Fortune 100 company wins unanimous London arbitration award for D&O insurance coverage against Bermuda-based insurance companyFrom 2008 to 2010, Jones Day successfully represented a Fortune 100 company in an international commercial arbitration conducted pursuant to the English Arbitration Act of 1996, receiving a unanimous award for full policy limits, plus counsel fees, costs and interest.
  • Fortune 100 company successfully concludes international insurance coverage arbitration against Bermuda-based insurerJones Day represented a Fortune 100 company in an international arbitration conducted pursuant to the Bermuda Arbitration Act for coverage relating to a nearly $200 million securities class action lawsuit.
  • Fortune 250 company resolves London Court of International Arbitration proceeding against a Bermuda-based insurance companyIn 2008 Jones Day represented a Fortune 250 client in an international arbitration commenced in the London Court of International Arbitration against a Bermuda-based insurance company for coverage under an Employment Practices Liability policy.
  • Macy's resolves matter in voluntary mediation with its captive insurer for coverage arising out of department store damages by hurricanes Katrina and WilmaJones Day represented Macy's in a multi-million dollar suit to recover unpaid insurance proceeds for property damage and business interruption sustained at more than 20 department stores in Florida and Louisiana as a result of Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma, including stores that required virtually complete replacement.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • January 24, 2018
      Jones Day's 2018 Speaker Series: Preparing for Cybersecurity Incidents - What to Expect and How to Reduce Impact
    • June 16, 2015
      Mid-Year Cybersecurity and Data Protection Legal Summit
    • January 20, 2015
      CISO Executive Network Webinar: Cyber Insurance
    • December 17, 2014
      2014 Speaker Series: Covered Forms of Loss Under Cyber Insurance
    • February 5, 2014
      Aon Property Symposium: Coverage Issues for Large Insureds
    • October 7, 2013
      Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) Tactical-2-Practical - Additional Insured Status Under Texas Law: The Ranger Insurance, Limited v. Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling , et al. v. BP PLC, et al.
    • October 7, 2013
      Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) Tactical-2-Practical - Is "Actual Legal Liability" A Precondition to Coverage Under the Bermuda Form?: AstraZeneca Ins. Co. Ltd. vs. XL and ACE
    • December 3, 2010
      Ethics Plenary Session, 23rd Annual Bankruptcy Symposium
    • June 2010
      2010 Speaker Series: Critical Issues in Placing and Accessing D&O Coverage
    • April 2010
      Enterprise Risk Management: What Directors and Their Counsel Need to Know
    • April 2010
      Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee Update
    • March 2010
      The Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine in Pennsylvania and Beyond
    • October 22, 2009
      Crisis Management and Ethics: The Two (al)most Important Responsibilities of In-House Counsel
    • December 2008 & April 2009
      The Right to Associate In the Defense and Settlement of Insurance & Reinsurance Disputes
    • October 2008
      Property and Business Interruption Loss and Hurricane Ike -- Responding to Catastrophic Loss, RIMS webinar
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