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Jaret J. Fuente

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Overview

Jaret Fuente represents businesses and professionals in commercial disputes, class actions, and tort litigation in the construction, development, health care, insurance, products manufacturing, and real estate industries.

Jaret represents product manufacturers in the automotive, aviation, chemical, medical device, pharmaceutical, and sporting goods sectors in connection with consumer fraud, crashworthiness, design and manufacturing defect, and warranty claims.  He also has extensive experience handling personal injury and wrongful death matters ranging from premises liability to benzene exposure.

Jaret represents builders, contractors, and developers in breach of contract, construction defect, mold, and building product-related claims. He represented home builders involved in the Chinese drywall product liability multi-district litigation proceeding in Louisiana.

Jaret has experience in all phases of litigation, including early case assessments and resolutions, class certification determination, binding arbitration, and trial.

Jaret is certified as a Circuit Civil Mediator by the Florida Supreme Court. He is also certified as a mediator by the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Jaret is a contributor and editor of the Firm’s Classified: The Class Action Blog, and also serves on the firm’s e-discovery team.

 

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Experience

  • Defended aircraft manufacturer in product liability litigation in state and federal courts arising from fatal crashes in general aviation.
  • Represented home builders in individual and class actions and in multi-district litigation proceedings involving Chinese drywall.
  • Represented contractors, home builders, and residential property lessors in construction defect litigation, including litigation arising from mold.
  • Represented prescription drug manufacturers in individual and mass tort actions involving personal injury and wrongful death claims.
  • Represented medical device manufacturers in individual and mass tort actions involving hip and knee implants.
  • Represented automotive manufacturer in class actions arising from consumer fraud and warranty claims, and defeated class certification.
  • Represented automotive manufacturers in personal injury and wrongful death actions arising from crashworthiness claims.
  • Represented chemical product manufacturer in personal injury and wrongful death actions arising from exposure to trace benzene.

Representative Decisions

  • Cramer v. Ford Motor Co., No. 2D-11-3402, 2012 WL 1537784 (Fla. 2d DCA May 2, 2012) (affirming, per curiam, summary judgment on individual Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act claim where plaintiff lacked expert proof of design defect, after denial of class certification).
  • Cramer v. Ford Motor Co., No. 2007-CA-2135-NC, 2010 WL 3337647 (Fla. Cir. Ct. 12th Jud. Cir. Aug. 25, 2010) (granting partial summary judgment on individual claims for express warranty and injunctive relief under the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act, after denial of class certification).
  • Cramer v. Ford Motor Co., 49 So. 3d 241 (Fla. 2d DCA 2010) (affirming denial of plaintiffs’ motion for class certification as to claim for violation of Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act).
  • Lewis v. Ford Motor Co., 685 F. Supp. 2d 557 (W.D. Pa. 2010) (holding that CAFA jurisdiction existed at time of removal, that denial of class certification did not divest Court of CAFA jurisdiction, and denying plaintiffs’ renewed motion to remand in Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law claim).
  • Lewis v. Ford Motor Co., 263 F.R.D. 252 (W.D. Pa. 2009) (denying plaintiffs’ motion for class certification as to claim for violation of Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law).
  • Lewis v. Ford Motor Co., No. 09-164, 2009 WL 2355744 (W.D. Pa. June 30, 2009) (denying plaintiffs’ motion to exclude defense expert in consumer class action under the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law).
  • Brisson v. Ford Motor Co., 602 F. Supp. 2d 1227 (M.D. Fla. 2009) (dismissing consumer class action against vehicle manufacturer for breach of express and implied warranties).
  • Marzullo v. Crosman Corp., 289 F. Supp. 2d 1337 (M.D. Fla. 2003) (granting summary judgment in favor of air rifle manufacturer on design defect and failure to warn claims).
  • Palermo v. Correctional Medical Services, Inc., et. al., 148 F. Supp. 2d 1340 (S.D. Fla. 2001) (granting summary judgment in favor of physician on § 1983 claims).
  • Palermo v. Correctional Medical Services, Inc., et. al., 133 F. Supp. 2d 1348 (S.D. Fla. 2001) (granting partial summary judgment in favor of physician on § 1983 claims).

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Recognition

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
  • Certified mediator by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Leadership Tampa Class of 2014
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Trend's Legal Elite (2007, 2011, 2017)
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers (2012-2018)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • The Florida Bar 
    • Civil Procedure Rules Committee (2013 - present)
    • Grievance Committee, Thirteenth Circuit "F" (2016 - present)
    •  Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section, Construction Law Committee
    •  Trial Lawyers Section
  • American Bar Association 
    • ABA Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section 
      • Aviation and Space Law Committee 
      •  Business Litigation Committee
      •   Product Liability Committee
    • ABA Section of Litigation 
      • Business Torts Litigation Committee 
      • Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee 
      • Commercial and Business Litigation Committee 
      •  Construction Litigation Committee 
      •  Mass Torts Litigation Committee 
      • Products Liability Committee
  • Defense Research Institute 
    • DRI Aviation Law Committee 
    • DRI Commercial Litigation Committee 
      • Class Actions Specialized Litigation Group 
    • DRI Construction Law Committee 
      • Construction Defect Specialized Litigation Group 
    • DRI Drug & Medical Device Committee 
    • DRI Products Liability Committee 
      •  Building Products Specialized Litigation Group
      •  Co-Editor, Building Blocks Newsletter
    • Mass Torts / Class Actions Specialized Litigation Group
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel 
    • State Representative for Florida 
    • FDCC Class Action and Multidistrict Litigation Section 
    • FDCC Construction Section 
    • FDCC Drug, Device and Biotechnology Section 
    • FDCC Products Liability Section 
    • FDCC Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Section
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association 
    • FDLA Products Liability Committee
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association 
    • Board of Directors, Trial and Litigation Section (2006-present) 
    • Member, Construction Law Section
  • Ferguson-White Inn of Court 
    • Board of Directors (2008-2010) 
    • Barrister (2005-present)
  • Florida State University College of Law Alumni Association 
    • Board of Directors (2007-2010)
  • The Tampa Connection
    • Board of Directors (2007-2010) 
    • Class of 2006
  • American Diabetes Association 
    • Leadership Council (2003-2007)

Credentials

Education
  • Florida State University College of Law (J.D., 1998)
  • Florida State University (B.S., 1994)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Board Certifications
  • Circuit Civil Mediator
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • Florida State Courts

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