Robert Haffke is a partner in Benesch’s Ligation Practice Group. His practice is concentrated in complex civil litigation involving product liability, business tort, and commercial matters. He has experience in all aspects of discovery and trial preparation, evidentiary and privilege issues, briefing and motion practice, and appellate practice in state and federal courts.
Robert has devoted a significant portion of his practice to complex business disputes. Recently, he served as trial counsel for a major hospital system before the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals in the successful defense of the system’s status as a charitable institution, thereby preserving its real property as exempt from Ohio real estate taxation. He was also part of a team that obtained summary judgment for another major Ohio hospital system dismissing claims that the hospitals within the system had conspired in violation of the Sherman Act, and a team that defended a major Colorado hospital system against claims that it conspired with health insurance companies in violation of the Sherman Act.
Robert also has substantial experience defending companies in product liability actions, including obtaining dismissal of a putative class action against a U.S. automotive parts company brought by former employees of a factory in France that asserted various tort claims against the company arising out of alleged workplace exposures to toxic substances. He was also part of team that defended a Tier 1 automotive supplier in lawsuits in state and federal courts throughout the United States alleging defects in the design of seat belts, air bags, and steering gears. Robert’s representative experience also includes defending a major oil company against class action tort and environmental claims for property damage and groundwater contamination arising out of closed refineries; obtaining — and affirming on appeal — the dismissal by a federal district court of claims alleging RICO violations against a health insurance provider in connection with its out-of-network provider reimbursement practices; and obtaining an injunction from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals prohibiting members of a decertified 29-jurisdiction putative class from initiating class actions in state or federal courts alleging consumer fraud by a Fortune 50 retailer.