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Aaron Van Oort is a legal strategist, class action opponent, and appellate lawyer who co-chairs the Faegre Baker Daniels appellate advocacy group. Before joining the firm, Aaron clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia at the United States Supreme Court and for Chief Judge Richard Posner at the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Aaron has represented clients in nine of the 13 United States Courts of Appeal, as well as in the United States Supreme Court and in state appellate courts. In recent appeals, he successfully obtained reversal of a jury verdict, Vaidyanathan v. Seagate US LLC , 691 F.3d 972 (8 th Cir. 2012), and successfully defended a summary judgment ruling over the opposition of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on an issue that has split the circuits, Keiran v. Home Capital, Inc. , ___ F.3d ___, 2013 WL 3481366 (8 th Cir. July 12, 2013). His appellate clients have included Seagate, the NFL, Bank of America, Capital One, U.S. Bank, Wells Fargo, Koch Industries, State Farm and Xcel Energy.
Aaron leads class-action defense teams across the country. In recent cases, he won dismissal of a putative nationwide class action alleging claims under California's Bus. and Prof. Code § 17200, Barton v. Capital One Bank (USA), N.A. , 2013 WL 2252108 (N.D. Cal. May 22, 2013), defeated certification of a putative California class seeking to certify employment classification claims, Juarez v. Jani-King , 273 F.R.D. 571 (N.D. Cal. 2011), and won dismissal of a putative nationwide class alleging consumer fraud claims, Taradejna v. General Mills, Inc. , 909 F.Supp.2d 1128 (D. Minn. 2012). He is currently defending the National Football League (NFL) against a putative class of all retired NFL players. His class-action clients have included Google, the NFL, Capital One, General Mills, Jani-King International, Wells Fargo, U.S. Bank, American Family Insurance, Koch Industries and Life Time Fitness.
Aaron joins litigation and trial teams as a legal strategist in complex litigation. In a billion-dollar patent case representing Seagate Technology, he worked with trial counsel to first win partial summary judgment, then judgment as a matter of law dismissing more than two-thirds of the remaining damages claims, and finally a complete defense verdict from the jury, invalidating Siemens' patent. Siemens v. Seagate (C.D. Cal. 2008). On appeal, the Federal Circuit summarily affirmed.
Representative cases that Aaron has briefed or argued on appeal include:
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