Robert L. Ciotti
Bob Ciotti practices primarily in the areas of major commercial litigation, including private class actions and regulatory agency investigations. For over two decades, the vast majority of Mr. Ciotti’s matters have involved opposition to efforts by plaintiffs to certify classes in federal and state courts, as well as in an arbitration. His experience in this area cuts across a wide variety of substantive claims including antitrust and trade regulation (in which he is board certified), environmental (including claims for property damage, personal injuries, and medical monitoring stemming from alleged exposure to on- and off-site contaminates), product liability, and construction defect and misrepresentation claims. Mr. Ciotti also has an M.B.A. and often uses his training in this discipline in analyzing expert economic or damage reports, and in deposing expert witnesses.
Antitrust & Trade Regulation Cases:
- Nitro Leisure Products, LLC v. Acushnet Co., Case No. 02-14008 (S.D. Fla.) (represented golf ball manufacturer accused of monopolizing market).
- Execu-Tech Business Systems, Inc. v. Appleton Papers, Inc., 743 So. 2d 19 (Fla. 4th DCA 1999) (affirming denial of class action certification after four-day evidentiary hearing in alleged price fixing action under Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act).
- Texas v. Zeneca, Inc., 1997-2 Trade Cases 71,888 (N.D. Tex. 1997) (entering consent decree negotiated with National Association of Attorneys General in connection with coordinated investigation by 48 states, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico of alleged price fixing).
Environmental Contamination Cases:
- Moore v. Agrico Chemical Co., Case No. G99-2794, Section 04 (Polk Cir. Ct. Aug. 7, 2001) (resolving putative class action for alleged off-site property damage and medical monitoring for exposure from a Superfund site).
- Mills v. Stauffer Chemical Co., Case 97-1197-CIV-T-24A (M.D. Fla. May 12, 1999) (denying class certification for alleged off-site personal injuries, property damage, and medical monitoring for exposure from a Superfund site).
Class Action Cases (see also those above):
- Lam v. General Mills, Inc., 859 F. Supp. 2d 1097 (N.D. Cal. 2012) (dismissing in part consumer protection claims challenging labeling of defendant’s fruit snack products; case subsequently resolved with no class certified).
- Addleman v. The Ryland Group, Inc., No. 11 181 01524 05 (American Arbitration Ass'n) (putative class arbitration regarding alleged construction defects).
- Hoyle v. Stauffer Chemical Co., 2002 WL 31892830 (Pinellas Cir. Ct., Nov. 6, 2002) (denying certification, after four day evidentiary hearing, of a putative class of former workers seeking medical monitoring for alleged exposure at a Superfund site).
- Panelist, "Proven Strategies for Defending Class Actions," Carlton Fields Class Action Symposium, New York, NY (June 2013)
- AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
- Certified in Antitrust and Trade Regulation by The Florida Bar
- Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers (2010-2013)
- The Florida Bar
Chair, Antitrust and Trade Regulation Certification Committee
Present Member, Grievance Committee 13-D
Former Chair, Grievance Committee 13-C
- American Bar Association, Antitrust Section
Former Vice-Chair, State Action and Noerr Doctrine Committee