Peter C. Neger has more than 30 years of litigation experience in both federal and state courts, and in arbitrations and mediations. His experience covers all phases of complex litigation, including litigation avoidance counseling, trials and appeals, pre-trial discovery, and Daubert proceedings.
Currently, among other matters, Peter represents the owners of a large affordable housing project located in Brooklyn, N.Y., in federal and state court litigation challenging rent increase orders issued by government authorities; a European fund manager in connection with a dispute arising out of foreign investment in an alternative energy project; and the general partner of a real estate limited partnership in a lawsuit brought by the putative assignee of certain limited partnership interests. Peter is also pro bono appellate counsel for a Dominican citizen who was awarded custody of her infant daughter by the New York courts following a proceeding in the Dominican Republic under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of Child Abduction.
Peter served as lead national counsel for a pharmaceutical manufacturer in the fen/phen diet drug litigation, involving more than 7,000 individual and class action lawsuits filed in a federal MDL and state courts throughout the United States. He was also the court-appointed defense liaison counsel in the Ephedra MDL and a member of the defendants’ coordinating counsel. Peter served as national coordinating counsel for a manufacturer of generic methylphenidate and functioned in the same capacity in litigation involving claims that the use of a mercury-based preservative in childhood vaccines caused autism.
Peter has also represented clients in securities fraud and class actions; civil RICO actions; real estate litigation; foreclosure and other bank-related litigation; SEC enforcement proceedings; trademark infringement actions; and actions involving professional liability claims, sex and race discrimination claims, and alleged bankruptcy frauds.
Note: This list includes engagements completed prior to joining Morgan Lewis.
Represented the nonoperating leaseholders of the Macondo 252 well in an MDL in New Orleans, La., arising out of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
Represented a pharmaceutical manufacturer in a civil action arising out of a teenager’s murder of his parents, allegedly while under the influence of stimulant medication
Obtained dismissal of a suit filed under the federal False Claims Act by a “whistleblower” who claimed that a Manhattan, N.Y., landlord submitted overstated claims to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for Section 8 payments based on allegedly inflated rents charged to tenants
Achieved a favorable settlement for a cable television provider in a putative class action involving the privacy of former subscribers’ personally identifiable information
Represented a utility in a 180-day tax certiorari trial in which the utility was awarded a property tax refund in excess of $200 million
Represented a Manhattan, N.Y., cooperative apartment building in a boundary dispute with the city of New York over ownership of a waterfront backyard garden
Obtained dismissals on behalf of an arbitrage firm in an SEC enforcement proceeding and a related civil action arising out of a proxy contest for control of a cellular communications company
Represented a Dutch pension fund in a dispute with the general partner of a partnership in which it invested over alleged breaches of the general partner’s fiduciary duty
Represented a Manhattan, N.Y., apartment building in a dispute with New York City Department of Buildings concerning alleged violation of zoning regulations
Defended a financial institution in a class action alleging wrongful calculation and collection of mortgage escrow funds
Fordham University School of Law, 1981, Juris Doctor
Yale University, 1977, Bachelor of Arts
US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
US District Court for the Eastern District of New York
US District Court for the Southern District of New York
US Supreme Court
Awards and Affiliations
Chairman of the Board, Coro New York Leadership Center
Association of the Bar of the City of New York
New York State Bar Association
Federal Bar Council
Co-chair, American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Subcommittee of the Mass Tort Litigation Committee (2005–2009)
Defense Research Institute, Committees on Product Liability and Drug and Medical Devices
Food and Drug Law Institute
American Bar Association, Product Liability and Mass Tort Litigation Committees
Best Lawyers, Product Liability Litigation (2006–2015)
Best Lawyers, Mass Tort Litigation and Class Actions (2014–2015)
Super Lawyers, New York Metro (2006–2014)
Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Product Liability Lawyers (9th edition), global product liability litigation (2012)