Scott W. Carlson
J.D. cum laude, U. of Minnesota Law School
Admitted: Minnesota; District of Columbia;
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
Mr. Carlson is a senior associate of the firm. In his previous professional experience, he served as a Senior Analyst on the staff of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee (2000-01), as a Legislative Assistant (1997-2000) and Legislative Correspondent (1993-94) to U.S. Senator Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), as the Communications Director of the Lee Kaldor for Governor of North Dakota campaign (1996), and as the Policy & Communications Director of the N.D. Department of Agriculture (1994-96).
Mr. Carlson served as trial counsel in In re High Pressure Laminates Antitrust Litigation, a six-week federal antitrust trial in the Southern District of New York (2006), and in In re Polyester Staple Antitrust Litigation (W.D.N.C.), a federal antitrust case that settled with the last remaining defendant on the eve of trial (2008), ultimately recovering more than the single damages suffered by the Class. He is currently working on several class actions, including Pastor Benjamin A. Johnson, et al. v. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, et al. (D. Minn.) (breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty claims against the ELCA and the ELCA Board of Pensions on behalf of retired pastors and church employees); In re Lawnmower Engines Horsepower Marketing & Sales Practices Litigation (MDL No. 1999, E.D.Wis.) (consumer fraud; civil conspiracy and unjust enrichment claims against manufacturers of lawn mowers and lawn mower engines); In re Puerto Rican Cabotage Antitrust Litigation (D.P.R.) (price-fixing claims against providers of domestic ocean shipping services between the United States and Puerto Rico); In re Packaged Ice Antitrust Litigation (E.D. Mich.) (price-fixing claims against manufacturers of packaged ice); In re Flat Glass Antitrust Litigation (W.D. Pa.) (price-fixing claims against manufacturers of flat glass); In re Rail Freight Fuel Surcharge Antitrust Litigation (D.D.C.) (claims alleging conspiracy among major domestic railroads to fix prices for rail freight transportation); Hoffman v. Northern States Power Company (Minn.) (breach of contract class action alleging electric company's failure to maintain residential meter boxes); In re AOL Time Warner Securities Litigation (S.D.N.Y.) (securities fraud claims against AOL and Time Warner on behalf of shareholders); In re Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Cal.) (price-fixing claims against manufacturers of cathode ray tubes); In re Chocolate Confectionary Antitrust Litigation (M.D. Pa.) (price-fixing claims against manufacturers of chocolate); In re Flash Memory Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Cal.) (price-fixing claims against manufacturers of flash memory chips); In re Guidant Corp. Implantable Defibrillators Products Liability Litigation (D. Minn.) (product liability claims on behalf of patients with implanted defibrillators); In re Hydrogen Peroxide Antitrust Litigation (E.D. Pa.) (price-fixing claims against manufacturers of hydrogen peroxide); In re Korean Air Lines Co.; Ltd.; Antitrust Litigation (claims against Korea's major airlines alleging price-fixing of fuel surcharges); In re Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) Antitrust Litigation (E.D. Pa.) (price-fixing action against manufacturers of a chemical used to produce plastic); In re Monosodium Glutamate Antitrust Litigation (D. Minn.) (price-fixing claims on behalf of business purchasers of MSG against manufacturers); In re Ready-Mixed Concrete Antitrust Litigation (S.D. Ind.) (price-fixing claims against ready-mixed concrete suppliers); In re Static Random Access Memory (SRAM) Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Cal.) (price-fixing claims against manufacturers of static random access memory chips); In re TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Cal.) (price-fixing claims against producers of Thin Film Transistor Liquid Crystal Displays); and other complex litigation. Class actions in which Scott has previously been involved include In re Fannie Mae Securities Litigation (D.D.C.) (securities fraud claims against Fannie Mae on behalf of its shareholders); In re Fiber Optic Cable Litigation (N.D. Ill.) (claims on behalf of property owners alleging that telecommunication companies installed facilities within rights of way without consent) and In re Relafen Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Cal.) (antitrust claims on behalf of consumers against manufacturers of brand name nabumetone tablets).
At the University of Minnesota Law School (J.D.), Mr. Carlson served as a Managing Editor of the Minnesota Law Review, as the first Chairman of the Minnesota Law Review Technology Committee, and was a recipient of the Legal Writing & Research Program's "Best Oralist Award." Mr. Carlson served as a judicial extern to the Honorable United States Chief Magistrate Judge Franklin L. Noel, United States District Court, District of Minnesota.