Burt Rublin
Burt Rublin

Burt M. Rublin

Partner

rublin@ballardspahr.com
Tel 215.864.8116
Fax 215.864.9783
Philadelphia

Burt M. Rublin is the Practice Leader of the firm's Appellate Group. Mr. Rublin has a diverse practice, and for the past 35 years he has successfully handled numerous significant appellate matters, as well as complex commercial litigation and class actions in state and federal courts around the country. He has substantial experience in defending consumer class actions brought against banks and credit card issuers involving a wide array of state and federal statutes. He also has considerable experience with the enforcement of arbitration clauses in consumer contracts and has prevailed on numerous motions to compel arbitration. In addition, Mr. Rublin has handled many cases involving antitrust claims and has defended a number of defamation lawsuits.

Representative Matters

Appellate Cases

  • Beneficial National Bank v. Anderson, 539 U.S. 1 (2003) (allowing national banks to remove usury cases to federal court)
  • American Manufacturers Mutual Ins. Co. v. Sullivan, 526 U.S. 40 (1999) (insurance companies not "state actors" under Federal Civil Rights laws)
  • Cosmetic Gallery, Inc. v. Schoeneman, 495 F.3d 46 (3d Cir. 2007) (affirming summary judgment for defendants on antitrust claim arising from alleged group boycott of retailer)
  • Turner v. Beneficial Corp., 242 F.3d 1023 (11th Cir. 2001) (en banc) (affirming denial of certification of nationwide class)
  • Household Bank v. JFS Group, 320 F.3d 1249 (11th Cir. 2003) (finding federal jurisdiction in declaratory judgment action against opt-outs from class settlement)
  • Roberts v. Fleet Bank, 342 F.3d 260 (3d Cir. 2003) (affirming dismissal of all state law claims arising from credit-card APR increase)
  • Jackson v. Countrywide Home Loans, 222 Fed. Appx. 156, 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 1430 (3d Cir. Jan. 23, 2007) (affirming summary judgment for mortgage lender on all claims by borrower)
  • Hall v. Midland Group, 275 F.3d 35 (3d Cir. 2001) (approving settlement of class action despite objections)
  • Maio v. Aetna, Inc., 221 F.3d 472 (3d Cir. 2000) (affirming dismissal of RICO class action by HMO subscribers)
  • Gallas v. Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 211 F.3d 760 (3d Cir. 2000) (affirming dismissal of all of plaintiff's claims on basis of legislative immunity)
  • Harris v. Green Tree Fin. Corp., 183 F.3d 173 (3d Cir. 1999) (ordered arbitration of borrowers' claims)
  • Jones v. H&R Block, 117 F.3d 1433 (11th Cir. 1997) (affirming denial of certification of nationwide class)
  • Rogal v. American Broadcasting Co., 74 F.3d 40 (3d Cir. 1996) (successful defense of ABC in two-week trial of libel action arising from "20/20" broadcast)
  • Ezold v. Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen, 983 F.2d 509 (3d Cir. 1992) (finding no sex discrimination in denial of law firm partnership)
  • Greenwood Trust Co. v. Massachusetts, 971 F.2d 818 (1st Cir. 1992) (allowing credit-card issuer to charge late fees allowed under laws of its home state)
  • In re Capital Cities/ABC Application for Access, 913 F.2d 89 (3d Cir. 1990) (upholding news media access to transcript of in-chambers conference at criminal trial)
  • Pierce Assocs. v. Nemours Foundation, 865 F.2d 530 (3d Cir. 1988) (reversing $32 million verdict rendered after 79-day jury trial)
  • Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. v. Fleming, 586 Pa. 622, 896 A.2d 565 (2006) (holding that order denying claim of attorney-client privilege is appealable under collateral order doctrine)
  • Chavers v. Fleet Bank, 844 A.2d 666 (R.I. 2004) (affirming dismissal of consumer fraud class action claim arising from credit-card APR increase)
  • Huggins v. Citibank, N.A., 355 S.C. 329, 585 S.E.2d 275 (S.Car. 2003) (refusing to recognize cause of action for "negligent enablement of impostor fraud")
  • Solomon v. United States Healthcare Systems of PA, 797 A.2d 346 (Pa. Super. 2002), alloc. denied, 570 Pa. 688, 808 A.2d 573 (2002) (affirming summary judgment for defendant HMO in class action alleging late payment of bills submitted by doctors)

Recent Trial Court Cases

  • Cohen v. Chicago Title Ins. Co., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 31735 (E.D. Pa. March 7, 2013) (granting motion to decertify class in consumer fraud class action)
  • USA Technologies, Inc. v. Tirpak, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 72318 (E.D. Pa. May 24, 2012) (granting preliminary injunction against opposing slate in proxy contest)
  • Carlson v. Raymour and Flanigan Furniture Co., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 31161 (W.D. N.Y. March 23, 2011) (dismissing Truth in Lending Act class action)
  • Kelen v. World Financial Network National Bank, 763 F.Supp.2d 391 (S.D.N.Y. 2011) (dismissing Truth in Lending Act class action)
  • Elinich v. Discover Bank, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12659 (E.D. Pa. Jan. 29, 2013) (granting motion to compel arbitration in class action)
  • Martin v. Discover Bank, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 177881 (E.D. Pa. Nov. 30, 2012) (granting motion to compel arbitration in class action)
  • Passmore v. Discover Bank, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 123918 (N.D. Ohio Oct. 26, 2011) (granting motion to compel arbitration in class action)
  • Black v. JP Morgan Chase & Co., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 99428 (W.D. Pa. Aug. 25, 2011) (granting motion to compel arbitration in class action)
  • Brown v. City of Philadelphia, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 119163 (E.D. Pa. Nov. 9, 2010) (enforcing arbitration clause)

Recognition & Accomplishments

Elected to The American Law Institute, 2006

The Best Lawyers in America, First Amendment litigation, 1995-2014

Benchmark Litigation, "local litigation star," antitrust, appellate, and general commercial litigation, 2010-2013

Publications

Author of numerous Ballard Spahr legal alerts

Co-author, "Reaffirming Mandatory Arbitration of Consumer Claims," Law360, January 17, 2012

Author, chapter on class actions, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Civil Practice Manual, 9th-16th eds., 1998-2013

Speaking Engagements

Frequent presenter at Practising Law Institute and Pennsylvania Bar Institute programs and seminars

University of Chicago Law School (J.D. 1978)
Research Assistant to Professor Philip B. Kurland, one of the nation's leading constitutional law scholars, assisting in the research, writing, and editing of The Supreme Court Review (1975 and 1976) and Watergate and the Constitution (1978)

University of Chicago (B.A. 1976)
Member, Phi Beta Kappa

New York

Pennsylvania

Illinois (no longer admitted to practice)

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court