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John E. Goodman

John E. Goodman



  • Antitrust and Competition
  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Class Actions

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John Goodman has represented clients in complex litigation for more than 25 years. He has tried jury and non-jury cases in state and federal courts in Alabama, throughout the region and beyond. His practice is principally in the area of class action and mass action defense, having served as lead counsel in more than 100 putative class actions and in more than 20 different states. John’s work in this area has covered a broad spectrum of substantive law, including securities, product liability, environmental, employment, contract and insurance class actions, and has likewise spanned a wide variety of industries. John has also litigated competition law issues, serving as lead counsel for businesses in more than 50 antitrust, intellectual property and noncompetition covenant cases. He has argued cases in both the Alabama Supreme Court and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. John is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of class action defense and commercial litigation.

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 1988

Court Admissions
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama


  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1988, Raven Society
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1984, Intermediate Honors; 47 West Range Room Honoree; Intermediate Honors; Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity
Areas of Practice

Antitrust and Competition | Banking and Financial Services | Class Actions | Cybersecurity and Privacy | Insurance | Intellectual Property and Competitive Practices Litigation | Life, Health and Disability Litigation | Litigation | Trade Secrets

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Infant formula antitrust litigation (Cir. Cts. Shelby, Calhoun, Mobile Cos., Ala.)
This controversy, involving alleged price-fixing by infant formula manufacturers, resulted in three putative statewide class actions in Alabama state court. The courts in the first two cases denied class certification after extensive briefing and evidentiary hearings; the court in the third case voluntarily dismissed the action with prejudice prior to reaching the class certification issue. The controversy resulted in the first ruling by an Alabama court that denial of class certification, if based on a ground other than inadequacy of representation, operates as res judicata as to the remainder of the class members as to class certification.

Brand-name prescription drug antitrust litigation
Ongoing for the better part of a decade, this litigation was centered in multidistrict proceedings in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. In addition to a nationwide class action there, the litigation included thousands of individual Robinson-Patman claims, and putative statewide class actions in nearly a dozen states. The firm, in addition to involvement in the nationwide proceedings, represented one of multiple defendants (the entire industry was sued) in four Alabama class actions. The Alabama litigation resulted in, among other things, the first denial anywhere in the nation of certification of a consumer class in this controversy, a decision of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals regarding aggregation of claims in the class action context, and a decision of the Alabama Supreme Court holding that the state’s antitrust statute does not apply to transactions in interstate commerce.

Abbott Point of Care, Inc. v. Epocal, Inc. (N.D. Ala.)
This matter involved claims against the defendant manufacturer of patient point-of-care testing equipment in two separate lawsuits, where plaintiff asserted claims of infringement related to four patents, interference with noncompetition agreements with former employees of plaintiff, and ownership over the subject patents. Represented the defendants and was lead trial counsel on all aspects of plaintiff’s state law claims. Following a two-week trial, the jury returned a verdict for defendant on all counts.

Pixsys Technologies, Inc. v. Agemni, LLC (N.D. Ala.)
This case involved innovative use of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to stop the competitor of the firm’s client from utilizing a legitimate customer’s credentialing and password to access the client’s internet-based proprietary software. Obtained a temporary restraining order against the competitor; following intensive discovery, the case was favorably settled. Aspects of the case are reported at 2013 WL 5739027 (N.D. Ala. Oct. 22, 2013). See additional case commentary here.





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