Matthew Insley-Pruitt became a partner at Wolf Popper LLP on January 1, 2016. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago (B.A., Sociology & Public Policy, 2000) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 2005). During law school he served as Technology Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Mr. Insley-Pruitt was listed as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers (New York--Metro Edition) in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, and 2021. Prior to joining Wolf Popper, he was an associate in the New York office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP.
Mr. Insley-Pruitt was part of the team that recovered $280 million on behalf of investors in JPMorgan Acceptance Corp. He also represented the minority shareholders in In re Venoco, Inc. Shareholder Litigation, which settled days before the company declared bankruptcy and established a $19 million fund for class members. These were just some of the several substantial recoveries for investors Mr. Insley-Pruitt was involved in, including In re Prospect Medical Holdings, Inc. Shareholders Litigation (establishing a common fund of $6.25 million for public shareholders) and In re Playboy Enterprises, Inc. Shareholders Litig. (establishing a common fund of $5.25 million for public shareholders). He is currently representing the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi in Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi v. TreeHouse Foods, Inc., No. 1:16-CV-10632 (N.D. Ill.), in which the court granted preliminary approval of a proposed class action settlement in the amount of $27 million, after having denied defendants’ motion to dismiss; and Edwards v. McDermott International, Inc., et al., Case No.: 4:18-cv-04330 (S.D. Tex.), which is currently in discovery after the court denied defendants’ motion to dismiss.
Mr. Insley-Pruitt’s cases have also accomplished real benefits for consumers across the country. Mr. Insley-Pruitt was one of plaintiff's counsel in McLaughlin v. Wells Fargo Bank, NA., in which the Court in the Northern District of California issued a precedent setting Order under the Truth in Lending Act’s (“TILA”) Regulation Z, finding that the bank is required under TILA to indicate the amount of property insurance proceeds held by the bank on the plaintiff customer’s payoff statement. The Court recently approved a settlement where eligible homeowners will receive approximately $2,500 each and Wells Fargo will change its practices going forward. A settlement in an action in Oklahoma against Bank of America established a common fund that provided eligible home owners in the class with payments of approximately $1,300 each and also required Bank of America to change its practices. In Belfiore v. Procter & Gamble, Mr. Insley-Pruitt represents consumers of Charmin Freshmates flushable wipes, who allege that they paid too much for wet bathroom tissue that was not actually flushable. After defeating the motion to dismiss and repeatedly defeating defendant’s attacks on class certification, Wolf Popper negotiated a settlement with P&G where class members are eligible to receive up to $50.20 per household and P&G agreed to remove the representation that Freshmates are “safe for sewer and septic systems.” The court approved the settlement on July 23, 2020.
Mr. Insley-Pruitt recently co-authored an article published by the New York Law Journal on July 5, 2016, titled "Mandatory Arbitration Clauses in Consumer Contracts and CFPB's Proposed Rules."
Mr. Insley-Pruitt is admitted to the bar of the State of New York.