Roopal P. Luhana
Roopal Luhana focuses her practice on representing injured consumers in mass tort litigation and consumer fraud actions. Ms. Luhana has spent considerable time representing injured women and her commitment to women's causes has been recognized by the federal courts. Most recently, Judge Herndon of the Southern District of Illinois appointed Ms. Luhana, one of only two women, to the Plaintiff Steering Committee in the In re Yasmin and Yaz (Drospirenone) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation.
Ms. Luhana has served on committees in other multi-district litigations (MDLs) involving over-the-counter consumer products, defective pharmaceuticals, and medical devices, including the Discovery Committee in the Guidant MDL. She is extensively involved in the denture cream litigation in federal and state courts and serves as the Chair of the Law & Briefing Committee in the federal Denture Cream MDL. Ms. Luhana also works closely with her female clients and co-counsel on transvaginal mesh injury cases, including cases involving injuries from the Bard Avaulta Mesh, Mentor Sling and the Gynecare Prolift.
Ms. Luhana's career as a woman in the male-dominated Plaintiffs' bar began early in her career when she clerked for Judge Marina Corodemus (now retired), who at the time was the Mass Tort Judge of New Jersey—which has one of the most active mass tort dockets in the United States. Judge Corodemus taught Ms. Luhana to be a strong but fair and balanced voice for women, which is an ideal that Ms. Luhana still emulates in her practice today. While clerking for Judge Corodemus, on a day-to-day basis, Ms. Luhana was responsible for managing thousands of mass tort cases and various class actions. Ms. Luhana worked closely with the judge to develop case management orders and strategies for efficiently and effectively managing and resolving cases. The national litigations that Ms. Luhana worked on as a law clerk included the pharmaceutical drugs, Rezulin, Propulsid and PPA, as well as non-pharmaceutical actions such as the highly publicized consumer fraud class action against Cooper Tire and an environmental mass tort against Ciba Geigy.
Since clerking for Judge Corodemus, Ms. Luhana has also litigated significant class actions. She was class counsel in the In re: IPO Securities Litigation, which recently settled for $586 million. She was also class counsel in the ETS nationwide litigation that resulted in a settlement of $11.1 million for teaching candidates who were inaccurately scored on PPLT tests. Ms. Luhana was also class counsel in a national consumer fraud action against IBM that resulted in a $35 million settlement for purchasers of defective IBM hard drives.
Ms. Luhana received her B.A. from Rutgers University, Douglass College, in Economics and Political Science, and her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law where she was a Merit Scholar.