Mr. Bench primarily focuses on antitrust and consumer class actions. Representative cases include:
- Kaufman v. CVS Caremark Corp., (D. R.I. 2014) (alleging consumer protection violations);
- Weintraub v. Pharmavite, (C.D. Cal. 2014) (same);
- Mirakay v. Dakota Growers Pasta Co., Inc. (D. N.J. 2013) (alleging unfair trade practices and false advertising) ($7.92M settlement, preliminarily approved);
- In re Nexium (Esomeprazole) Antitrust Litigation (D. Mass. 2012) (alleging generic suppression claims on behalf of end-payors);
- In re Ductile Iron Pipe Fittings (DIPF) Direct Purchaser Antitrust Litigation (D.N.J. 2012) (alleging price fixing in the market for DIPF);
- Allan v. Realcomp II (E.D. Mich. 2010) (alleging antitrust violations) ($3.25M settlement pending approval);
- Boland v. Columbia Multi-Listing Service (D.S.C. 2009) (antitrust) ($1M settlement);
- Robertson v. Hilton-Head Multi-Listing Service (D.S.C. 2009) (antitrust) (settled on claims-paid basis).
Prior to joining Goldman Scarlato & Penny, P.C. in 2012, Mr. Bench served as a Death Penalty Law Clerk for the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Pennsylvania from 2010-2012. He was in private practice from 2008-2010 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and taught undergraduate macro and micro economics at the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown campus, from 2006-2008.
As a result of his economics background, Mr. Bench is naturally interested in antitrust violations, consumer fraud, and the market inefficiencies these violations engender.
Douglas J. Bench, Collateral Review of Career Offender Sentences: The Case for Coram Nobis, 45 U. Mich. J. L. Reform 155 (2011).
Douglas J. Bench, What Constitutes a Violent Felony After Begay?, 67 J. Mo. B. 209 (2011).