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Ben Thomassen

Associate

I graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Philosophy from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and received my J.D., magna cum laude from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law. I focus on privacy-related class actions.

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Who would play you in a movie about you?

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My little brother Mike, because that would be hilarious.

Curriculum Vitae

BEN THOMASSEN is an Associate at Edelson PC where his practice focuses on consumer litigation, with an emphasis on privacy and data breach class actions. He has played a leading role in numerous class action cases, which have collectively resulted in millions of dollars to consumers.

 

Representative Plaintiffs’ Class Actions:

  • Harris v. comScore, Inc., No. 11-cv-5807 (N.D. Ill.) (achieved adversarial certification in privacy case (with claims primarily asserted under the federal Wiretap Act and Stored Communications Act) against data analytics company, which resulted in a $14 million settlement)
  • Resnick, et al. v. AvMed, Inc., No. 10-cv-24513 (S.D. Fla.) (appointed class counsel in data breach case and delivered winning oral argument before Eleventh Circuit, which set industry-changing precedent for data breach cases)
  • Coulter-Owens v. Time, Inc., No. 12-cv-14390 (E.D. Mich.) (achieved adversarial certification in privacy case brought by class of magazine subscribers against magazine publisher under Michigan’s Preservation of Personal Privacy Act)
  • Kinder v. Meredith Corp., No. 14-cv-11284 and Coulter-Owens v. Rodale Inc., No. 14-cv-12688 (E.D. Mich.) (appointed class counsel in privacy cases brought against magazine publishers, resulting in $7.5 and $4.5 million settlement)
  • In re Netflix Privacy Litig., No. 11-cv-379 (N.D. Cal.) ($9 million settlement in class action where current and former subscribers alleged that Netflix wrongfully retained and disclosed video tape rental records in violation of federal Video Privacy Protection Act)
  • Greene, et al. v. MtGox, Inc., et al., No. 14-cv-01437 (N.D. Ill.) and Hussein v. Coinabul, LLC, et al., No. 14-cv-05735 (N.D. Ill.) (counsel in consumer fraud cases brought against major players in the Bitcoin industry)
  • Dancel v. Groupon, Inc., No. 16-CH-01716 (Cir. Ct. of Cook Cty.) (counsel in case brought against online retailer under Illinois Right to Publicity Act)

 

Honors:

  • Selected as an Illinois Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers (May 2017)
  • Order of the Coif (2011)
  • Received seven CALI awards in law school (Appellate Advocacy, Business Organizations, Conflict of Laws, Family Law, Personal Income Tax, Property, and Torts)

 

Miscellaneous:

Before settling into his legal career, Ben worked in and around the Chicago and Washington, D.C. areas in a number of capacities, including stints as a website designer/developer, a regular contributor to a monthly Capitol Hill newspaper, and a film projectionist and media technician for commercial theatres, museums, and educational institutions. Ben received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago.

 

At law school, Ben earned a certificate in Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, served as Vice President of Chicago-Kent’s Moot Court Honor Society, and spent his two summers as a law clerk for the Cook County State’s Attorney and Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago.

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