Ronald J. Aranoff
Ronald J. Aranoff received his bachelor’s degree in 1992 from Yeshiva University, graduating cum laude, and received his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where he was a David Berg academic scholar.
Mr. Aranoff joined the Firm in 2002 and concentrates his practice on antitrust and consumer class action litigation. He is currently the co-chair of the Firm’s antitrust practice.
In 2016, Mr. Aranoff serving on the Direct Purchaser Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, secured a settlement of $15.95 million for anticompetitive conduct by three of the nation’s leading pool product manufacturers (In re Pool Products Distribution Market Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 2328 (E.D.L.A.)).
In 2015, Mr. Aranoff and the Firm, serving on the Direct Purchaser Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, secured a complete settlement in excess of $430 million in In Re Polyurethane Foam Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 2196 (N.D. Ohio). The case involved a price-fixing conspiracy by some of the world’s largest manufacturers of flexible polyurethane foam. The case settled just days before trial.
Mr. Aranoff, serving as co-lead counsel, secured a $146.85 million settlement on behalf of the tenants of the Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village rental apartment complexes in Manhattan for rent overcharges stemming from the landlord having illegally charged market-rate rents for apartments that should have been rent stabilized under New York City’s Rent Stabilization Law.
Mr. Aranoff and the Firm, serving as co-lead counsel, secured partial settlements in excess of $50 million in In re Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litigation, No. 08-MD-2002 (E.D. Pa.). The case is ongoing and alleges a conspiracy among egg producers and trade groups to manipulate the supply of shell eggs and egg products thereby affecting domestic prices.
Mr. Aranoff won a $14.7 million jury verdict under the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (“CUTPA”) for a class of Connecticut independent automobile repair shops against The Hartford Fire Insurance Company (“The Hartford”). The case was litigated for over six years in Connecticut Superior Court (Stamford-Norwalk Division), including a three-week jury selection process and a four-week jury trial. The verdict provided a recovery for a class of approximately 1,500 independent auto body shops whose labor rates for work performed on automobiles insured by The Hartford had been suppressed for years. Four years later, in 2013, the Court issued a permanent injunction against The Hartford and also awarded the class $20 million in punitive damages. The punitive damage award is the largest awarded by a judge in the history of CUTPA
Currently, in addition to the In re Processed Egg Products Litigation, Mr. Aranoff is representing clients in a wide range of other matters, including, most recently, deceptive and anti-competitive conduct in the food industry (In Re Packaged Seafood Products Antitrust Litigation, No. 15-MD-2670 (S.D. Cal)); airline industry (In Re Domestic Airline Travel Antitrust Litigation, 15-MC 01404; railroad industry (In re Rail Freight Fuel Surcharge Antitrust Litigation, No. 07-MC-0489 (D.D.C.)); and real estate industry (Doerr v. London Terrace Gardens L.P., No. 603696/09) (N.Y. Sup. Ct.)).
Other representative matters have concerned requiring the manufacturer of an ovulation predictor kit to re-label its product so that it would accurately reflect the product’s limitations (Wagner v. Inverness Medical Innovations, Inc., No. 03-CV-404-J-20 (M.D. Fla.)) and requiring a prominent computer manufacturer to compensate consumers for a defective power adapter (Gordon v. Apple Computer Inc., No. 06-CV-5358 (N.D. Cal.)).
Before joining the Firm, Mr. Aranoff served as an assistant district attorney in Kings County, Brooklyn, New York, where he tried numerous cases to verdict. Thereafter, he was associated with Slotnick, Shapiro & Crocker, LLP (now part of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC), where he represented corporate, institutional, and individual clients in civil, criminal, and administrative matters. For example, Mr. Aranoff was part of the defense team that defended an accused Colombian national of leading an international money laundering scheme. He also defended a prominent adult home in a civil trial alleging administrative violations levied by the State of New York.
Mr. Aranoff is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, and Eleventh Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.