Admissions

  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Education

St. John's University School of Law, J.D.

University of Pennsylvania, B.A.

Alex Barnett is a Principal at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy where he specializes in class actions involving: antitrust and securities law violations; consumer fraud; negligent product design and manufacture; wage and overtime disputes; civil rights violations; and violation of environmental laws.  He also handles mass tort litigation.

Representative class action cases include: In re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation (MDL. No. 2311), in which Mr. Barnett (along with other attorneys from CPM) is co-lead counsel on behalf of end-party payors.

In re LIBOR-based Financial Instruments Antitrust Litigation, (MDL No. 2262), wherein Mr. Barnett represents more than a dozen public entities including the UC Regents, San Diego Association of Government, the County of Sacramento the Counties of San Mateo and San Diego, the Cities of Richmond and Riverside, East Bay Municipal Utility District, and others who invested in financial instruments with interest rates that were set to the London Interbank Offered Rate, or LIBOR. The complaints allege that the Defendant banks conspired to suppress LIBOR, both to reduce the amounts they were required to pay on LIBOR-based transactions, and to increase their perceived credit strength in the market.

In re Domestic Airline Travel Antitrust Litigation, (MDL No. 2656) where CPM and Mr. Barnett represent plaintiffs in an action alleging a conspiracy by the four largest commercial air passenger carriers in the United States to fix, raise, maintain, and/or stabilize prices for air passenger transportation services within the United States, its territories and the District of Columbia in violation of Sections 1 and 3 of the Sherman Antitrust Act (15 U.S.C. §§ 1, 3).

In re Generic Pharmaceuticals Antitrust Litigation, (MDL No. 2724) in which CPM and Mr. Barnett represent end-party payors alleging price-fixing by manufacturers of generic pharmaceuticals.

Patane, et al. v. Nestle Waters North America, Inc., No. 3:17-cv-01381-JAM (D. Ct.), in which CPM and Mr. Barnett represent purchasers of Nestle’s Poland Spring water and who allege that Nestle has mislabeled the water.  ESTLE WATERS NORTH AMERICA, INC.

The class actions that Mr. Barnett worked on prior to joining CPM include, but are not limited to: Turner v. General Electric Company, No.  2:05-CV-186-FtM-33DNF (M.D. Fla.) (claims by purchasers of allegedly defective General Electric refrigerators); Staton v. IMI South, LLC, No.  03-CI-588 (Ky. Cir. Ct.) (claims by purchasers of defective concrete for repair of home foundations and flatwork); In re Bridgestone/Firestone Inc., ATX, ATX II and Wilderness Tires, MDL No. 1373 (S.D. Ind.) (claims by purchasers of allegedly defective tires), and Harman v. Lipari (claims for medical monitoring for residents of neighborhood bordering a Superfund site in New Jersey).   Mr. Barnett also has represented individuals injured by pharmaceutical products such as Redux and Pondimin, Baycol, Serzone, and Vioxx.  In addition, Mr. Barnett served as counsel for the cities of Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and San Francisco against the handgun industry and as counsel for the City of Milwaukee in a case against the lead pigment industry.

Mr. Barnett served as panel speaker at the 1st Annual National Class Actions Symposium (Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Canada) (2001) and at the 3rd Annual Class Actions for Non-Class-Action Lawyers - Growing Your Business by Understanding the Basics and Recognizing Opportunities (hosted by Los Angeles County Bar Association) (2005). 

Community/Civic Activities

Mr. Barnett and his wife are active participants in the multiracial family community, and have served as speakers for and supporters of various organizations (including LovingDay.org) dedicated to fostering understanding and acceptance of multiracial families.  They also were the founders of a stuffed animal company and through that entity donated thousands of newly-made stuffed animals to children in New York City’s Homes for the Homeless program.

In addition, Mr. Barnett has served as a volunteer for the following organizations:

K.E.E.N. (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now), an organization dedicated to developing the athletic skills of disabled children;

New York Cares, an organization that provides volunteer assistance to charities and non-profit organizations throughout the Metropolitan New York area;

D.C. Cares, an organization that provides volunteer assistance to charities and non-profit organizations throughout the Washington, D.C. area; and 

A Broader Image, Inc., a Washington, D.C. non-profit organization that provides Internet access and other technology-based educational tools to children in inner-city schools.

Publications

Professional Affiliations

New York State Bar Association

Association of the Bar of the City of New York