Charles J. Kocher is a member of the Class Action Practice Group at Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky P.C. Charles has a national class action practice, providing representation to individuals in cases involving consumer fraud and deception, product liability and product defect, wage and hour claims, and electronic data breach litigation.
Charles also has extensive experience in the representation of whistleblowers in health care fraud cases brought under the federal False Claims Act and the New Jersey False Claims Act. His practice also concentrates on antitrust, unfair competition and complex business litigation. Charles has been selected as a team leader in one of the largest antitrust class actions in the United States – the Containerboard Products Antitrust Litigation. Charles is frequently invited to participate in antitrust cases by other law firms throughout the country. His creative use of the class action device has also resulted in what is believed to be the first certified class action brought under the Pennsylvania Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act to recover monies for victims of a Ponzi scheme. Charles has tirelessly worked to obtain class-wide settlements in excess of $400 million.
Charles has achieved successful results on a number of significant class action cases, including:
- Containerboard Products Antitrust Litigation: Partial settlements of $376 million (team leader in antitrust case involving cardboard products).
- Trabakoolas v. Watts Water Technologies, Inc., et al., No. 12-cv-01172 (N.D. Cal) (counsel in product defect class action involving a defective plumbing product resulting in a $23 million settlement).
- Fleischer v. Fiber Composites, LLC, No. 12-cv-01326 (E.D. Pa.) (lead counsel in product defect class action involving composite decking).
- Carroll v. Stettler, et al., No. 10-cv-2262 (E.D. Pa.) (lead counsel in first ever class action under Pennsylvania Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act, achieving over $2 million in judgments and settlements for the class).
- Villanova University School of Law, JD, 2004
- Georgetown University, BA, 2001, cum laude
From 2013 through 2018, Charles was named as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer – Rising Star in the field of class actions, a listing of the top 2.5 percent of attorneys in the state who are 40 years old or younger.
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Upon graduation from law school, Charles served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Clarence C. Newcomer, a celebrated judge who sat on the federal bench for more than 30 years in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.