about Laura Mummert
Ms. Mummert is a partner and member of the Healthcare and Antitrust practice group, focusing her practice on large-scale cost recovery litigation on behalf of major health insurers including Humana, Aetna, Anthem, and Cigna. Ms. Mummert also has extensive experience prosecuting large-scale securities, antitrust and consumer fraud cases.
Ms. Mummert represents Humana, Health Care Services Corp, and Molina Healthcare in multi-district antitrust litigation against more than 50 generic pharmaceutical manufacturers for engaging in a conspiracy to fix, increase, or maintain the price of over 200 generic drugs, with certain drugs experiencing a price increase of over 8,000%. The conspiracy has been described as the “largest cartel in the history of the United States.” Ms. Mummert was part of the team that secured a favorable decision upholding the Plaintiffs’ overarching conspiracy allegations, which impose joint and several liability on all Defendants not just for their participation in any individual drug conspiracy, but also for their participation in the alleged overarching scheme.
Ms. Mummert represented more than 40 health insurers that collectively supply 60% of the health insurance market in litigation against GlaxoSmithKline. The health insurers alleged that GSK sold huge amounts of adulterated drugs manufactured in its Cidra, Puerto Rico plant. Plaintiffs commenced litigation after GSK’s parent company pled guilty to shipping adulterated drugs manufactured at Cidra, with intent to defraud and mislead, in violation of the FDCA and paid a $150 million criminal fine, as well as a $600 million settlement for a related civil whistleblower case. Ms. Mummert was part of the litigation team that obtained a favorable decision on summary judgment, as well as a substantial settlement for the health insurers on the eve of trial.
Ms. Mummert serves as co-lead counsel on behalf of a proposed class of borrowers of federal student loans owned or guaranteed by the federal government in litigation against the Department of Education, Secretary Elizabeth DeVos, and one of the Department’s student loan servicers. Plaintiffs’ claims arise from the Department and its servicer’s wide-spread failures in administrating three programs designed to make higher education more affordable for those who otherwise could not afford it: (1) the Public Service Loan Program, which forgives the remaining balance on loans of eligible borrowers who complete 10 years of public service employment, (2) Income Driven Repayment plans based on the borrower’s income and family size, and (3) Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (“TEACH”) grants awarded to eligible students who teach full-time for 4 years in a high-need subject area in a low-income school.
Other Notable Achievements:
Ms. Mummert served as part of the teams that prosecuted a number of securities fraud class actions, including In re General Motors Corp. Securities Litigation, which settled for $300 million, In re Oppenheimer Champion Fund Securities Litigation and In re Oppenheimer Core Bond Fund Securities Litigation, both of which settled for a combined $100 million after successfully opposing Defendants’ request for dismissal, and In re Take-Two Interactive Securities Litigation where investors achieved a $20.1 million settlement. Ms. Mummert also played a significant role in the prosecution of In re Amgen Inc. Securities Litigation, which settled for $95 million and resulted in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision, Amgen Inc. v. Conn. Ret. Plans & Tr. Funds, 568 U.S. 455 (2013).
She served as one of the lead attorneys who obtained class certification of a nationwide class against Avis Rent-A-Car Systems, LLC and Budget Rent-A-Car Systems, Inc., for allegedly charging customers a deceptive fee for earning frequent flyer miles in connection with their car rentals, a case which resulted in a $13.7 million recovery for the class. Ms. Mummert also served on the litigation team in a breach of fiduciary duty action against the Board of Pensions for one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States and obtained a full recovery for each of the plaintiffs.
She also served on the litigation team that prosecuted the data breach action against Target after hackers stole the personal and financial information of up to 110 million Target customers during the height of the 2013 holiday season, and the team that brought the concussive injury case against the National Hockey League for its failure to disclose to its players the long-term risk of neurodegenerative disorders and diseases involved with repeated head traumas that have become inherent to the League.
Ms. Mummert was part of the lead counsel team in In re Aftermarket Automotive Sheet Metal Indirect Purchaser Litigation, which led to a $9.85 million recovery, and participated on the litigation teams prosecuting several other antitrust class actions, including In re Disposable Contact Lens Antitrust Litigation, and In re Dental Supplies Antitrust Litigation.
While at Dickinson, Ms. Mummert served as an articles editor for the Dickinson Law Review; her student law review note, “Concerned or Just Plain Nosy – The Consequences of Parental Wiretapping under the Federal Wiretap Act in Light of Pollock v. Pollock,” was published in the December 2000 Law Review.
B.S. Penn State University (1992)
J.D. Penn State Dickinson Law School (2000)
Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the District of Colorado, and the Eastern District of Wisconsin.