Gregory T. Fouts advises clients on complex litigation matters, largely focusing on consumer class action defense. Handling cases in federal and state courts across the United States, Greg primarily represents financial services firms, technology companies, retailers, and other consumer-facing clients in class actions that claim his clients have violated federal statutes, state consumer fraud and privacy statutes, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract. Greg also has experience representing technology companies in class actions filed under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.
In addition to defending class action cases, Greg represents clients in investigations, enforcement actions, and litigation brought by regulators including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and state attorneys general.
Greg’s experience also includes representing clients in commercial disputes. He defends clients in accounting malpractice suits, as well as lender liability, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty matters.
As part of his active pro bono practice, Greg was part of a team that secured a $1.8 million settlement on behalf of James Andrews, a victim of mistreatment by the Chicago Police Department. He also has represented clients in habeas corpus, immigration, and adoption proceedings.
Represented a major national bank in litigation brought by the Mississippi attorney general alleging deceptive and unfair conduct in connection with collections litigation and debt collection practices
Represented a national bank in litigation related to mortgage insurance practices
Represented a large national bank in settlement of investigations by the OCC, CFPB, and numerous state attorneys general regarding collections litigation and debt collection practices
Represented a major online retailer in several class action cases under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, including class action cases related to photographs, voice technology, and cloud services technology
Represented a manufacturer of electric cars in a Biometric Information Privacy Act case alleging improper collection of facial geometry data
Represented the developer of a popular social media app in litigation under the Biometric Information Privacy Act
Represented clients in numerous industries, including airlines, railroads, healthcare, and retail, in Biometric Privacy Act litigation
Represented a retailer in national litigation relating to the sale and dispensing of opioids
Represented a manufacturer of medical devices in multidistrict litigation related to the recall of respiratory products
Represented a major internet retailer in a class action alleging consumer fraud in connection with the sale of discount vouchers
Represented a prominent ride-sharing company in litigation alleging unfair competition and fraud
Indiana University School of Law, 2004, J.D., Magna Cum Laude
Wake Forest University, 1999, B.A., Magna Cum Laude
US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
US District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
Awards and Affiliations
Recognized, Commercial Litigation, Chicago, The Best Lawyers in America (2022, 2023)
Recommended, Dispute resolution - General commercial disputes, The Legal 500 US (2017)