Matt Wilson prosecutes the firm’s class action and mass tort cases. He serves as counsel for certified and putative classes in cases pending throughout the country involving defective products, privacy of medical information, violations of the federal telephone consumer protection statute (“TCPA”), mortgage problems, securities fraud, and deceptive advertising. His mass tort practice currently includes representation of persons suffering amputations while on the diabetes drug Invokana.
Matt has been court-appointed class counsel in numerous cases across the country in which the defendants were alleged to have made unauthorized calls or sent text messages to cellular telephones through the use of an automated telephone dialing system and/or an artificial or prerecorded voice, in violation of the TCPA. The TCPA class settlements – in the last five years alone – in which Matt has been class counsel total over $260 million in cash for consumers.
Several of Matt’s cases against national banks have resulted in nationwide settlements for consumers that are among the largest since the TCPA was enacted in 1991, including In re: Capital One Telephone Consumer Protection Act Litigation, 1:12-cv-10064 (N.D. Ill.) ($75.5 million – largest all-cash TCPA class settlement) (final approval granted February, 2015); Wilkins v. HSBC Bank Nevada, N.A. et al., 1:14-cv-00190 (N.D. Ill.) ($39.9 million – third-largest all-cash TCPA class settlement); Rose v. Bank of America Corp., 5:11-cv-02390-EJD (N.D. Cal.) ($32 million – largest all-cash TCPA class settlement at the time final approval was granted in 2014); and Arthur, et al. v. Sallie Mae, Inc., No. 10-cv-198-JLR (W.D. Wash.) ($24.15 million – largest all-cash TCPA class settlement at the time final approval was granted). Most recently, Matt has been co-counsel for the classes in a series of TCPA cases against Wells Fargo that have resulted in five separate class settlements totaling more than $70 million in cash for consumers (three settlements approved; two settlements preliminarily approved).
In another matter, Matt was co-lead counsel in Yarger v. ING Bank, fsb, 1:11-cv-00154-LPS (D. Del.), representing consumers who alleged that ING breached its promise to allow them to refinance their home mortgages for a fixed flat fee of $500 or $750, and instead charged a higher fee. In 2012, the court certified a class of consumers in ten states who purchased or retained an ING adjustable rate mortgage. In October 2014, the court approved a $20.35 million all-cash class settlement.
Before joining Meyer Wilson in 2006, Matt spent four years with the international law firm Jones Day, and two years prior to that with Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP. During those six years, he defended many of the world’s largest corporations in class actions, wage and hour collective actions, product liability cases, and a wide variety of other types of complex civil litigation.
Matt graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in Philosophy from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School in Charlottesville, Virginia. Matt is licensed to practice in the states of California and Ohio, and has been admitted in the following courts: the Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals; the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio; the Central and Northern Districts of Illinois; the Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California; and the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin.
Matt has served as chair of the Central Ohio Association for Justice Class Action Committee since 2007, and he is a frequent speaker on class/mass action law and practice.
Matt has served as chair of the Central Ohio Association for Justice Class Action Committee since 2007, and he is a member of the Class Action Preservation Project Committee with Public Justice. He is frequent speaker on class action law and practice.