Bradley Arant Boult Cummings Partner John Parker Sweeney Testifies Before Congress on Class Action Reform on Behalf of DRI

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Partner T. Sky Woodward Represents DRI Center for Law & Public Policy as Member of Delegation

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is pleased to announce that firm partner and current DRI president John Parker Sweeney led a DRI delegation in testifying before Congress on class action reform on Feb. 27.

Mr. Sweeney’s testimony focused primarily on the need to remedy litigation where there are no-injury plaintiffs, the use of cy pres in award distribution, and the removal of class action suits to federal courts. The testimony was before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice. The full text of Mr. Sweeney’s statement is available on the DRI website.

Class action reform has been a focus of DRI’s Center for Law & Public Policy since its inception in 2012. Bradley Arant Boult Cummings partner T. Sky Woodward, who also attended the February 27th hearing as part of the DRI delegation, chairs the Center for Law & Public Policy.

DRI is the leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel. As the “Voice of the Defense Bar,” DRI continues to represent the interests of its members and their clients by advocating for a fair and balanced judicial system.

Mr. Sweeney has more than 30 years of experience defending major class action and mass torts involving product liability and warranty, consumer protection, environmental and toxic tort cases. He regularly serves as national counsel, creating and supervising comprehensive defense strategies in class action and mass tort cases across the country. Mr. Sweeney holds a J.D. (summa cum laude) from the American University Washington College of Law and a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Ms. Woodward has more than 20 years of experience defending companies in class and mass tort actions, as well as in helping companies avoid litigation altogether through strategic risk management and early investigation and resolution of claims. She received her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and a B.A. from the University of Oklahoma, where she was a President’s Leadership Scholar. After law school, Ms. Woodward served as a judicial law clerk to a judge on the Maryland Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court.

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