Charles Kopel

Charles Kopel

Associate

Charles Kopel’s practice focuses on price-fixing class actions and open records litigation. His most recent matters include:

In re European Government Bonds Antitrust Litigation, No. 1:19-CV-02601 (S.D.N.Y.), a class action alleging that six banking institutions colluded, at the expense of U.S.-based investors, to fix the prices of euro-denominated bonds issued by eurozone governments.

In re GSE Bonds Antitrust Litigation, No. 1:19-CV-01704 (S.D.N.Y.), a class action alleging that seventeen banking institutions colluded to fix the prices of unsecured debt issued by U.S. government-sponsored enterprises, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. On behalf of a class of U.S.-based investors harmed by the defendants’ conduct, Lowey Dannenberg has reached agreements to settle the claims for a total recovery of $386.5 million.

In re Mexican Government Bonds Antitrust Litigation, No. 1:18-CV-02830 (S.D.N.Y.), a class action alleging that nine banking institutions colluded, at the expense of U.S.-based investors, to fix the prices of Mexican government bonds. In the course of prosecuting this class action, Mr. Kopel also filed and litigated open records requests to five Mexican federal agencies. These requests led to the release of several documents supporting the claims of the class as well as an appellate order limiting the term of confidentiality applicable to other documents.

Humana Inc. v. Actavis Elizabeth, LLC et al., No. 2:18-CV-03299 (E.D. Pa.), a lawsuit alleging that 35 generic pharmaceutical manufacturers colluded to fix the prices of 16 different medications, at the expense of health insurer Humana Inc.

Dennis et al. v. JPMorgan Chase & Co. et al., No. 1:16-CV-06496 (S.D.N.Y.), a class action alleging that fifteen banking institutions and two brokerage firms conspired to manipulate the Bank Bill Swap Reference Rate (“BBSW”), an important Australian dollar interest rate benchmark, at the expense of U.S.-based investors. Lowey Dannenberg has reached an agreement to settle the claims against one defendant banking group, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and its affiliates, for $7 million.

Mr. Kopel also advises non-profit organizations pro bono. He is an active member of several Jewish communal groups in the Philadelphia area, including the Center City Kehillah and Mekor Habracha/Center City Synagogue.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Kopel served as a Legal Intern for the City of Philadelphia Law Department, and as a Law Clerk for the Delaware Department of Justice.

At NYU School of Law, Mr. Kopel served as a Senior Articles Editor of the Journal of International Law and Politics. He is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Recent Publications:

When a Defendant’s Employee Takes the Fifth During a Deposition,” Lowey Dannenberg Blog, January 7, 2020.

 

Education:

B.A. Yeshiva University (2014), summa cum laude

J.D. New York University School of Law (2017)

Bar/Court Admissions:

Pennsylvania

New York

New Jersey

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

 

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