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Joseph C. Bourne

  • University of Minnesota Law School - J.D., magna cum laude (2009)
  • Emory University - B.A. (2005)
Court Admissions
  • Minnesota State Bar
  • California State Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California
  • Health Care's Invisible Giants: Pharmacy Benefit Managers, Federal Lawyer (2013) (Ellen Ahrens, coauthor)
  • Pro Se Litigation and the Costs of Access to Justice, 39 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 32 (2012) (Dan Gustafson and Karla Gluek, coauthors)
  • Prosecutorial Use of Forensic Science at Trial, 93 Minn. L. Rev. 1058 (2009)
Professional Associations
  • Federal Bar Association Health Law Section: Publications and Public Relations Chair (2014-2015)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association New Lawyers Section: Committee Chair of Hearsay Publication
  • Selected as Minnesota Rising Star by Super Lawyers in the area of antitrust litigation (2014 - 2017)
Joe is actively involved in the representation of plaintiffs and class members in antitrust and consumer protection class actions in federal court.

Joe Bourne is a partner with Gustafson Gluek, where he represents small businesses and consumers in complex civil litigation and class action litigation. Joe focuses his practice on antitrust, consumer fraud, data breach and privacy matters. He also represents qui tam whistleblowers who have personal knowledge of fraud committed by corporations against the United States.

Before joining Gustafson Gluek, Joe served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Edward Toussaint, Jr. (2010-2011) and to Judge Francis J. Connolly (2009-2010) on the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Joe is admitted to the Minnesota Bar and the California Bar, as well as the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota and the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California. He is also a member of the Federal, Minnesota, and Hennepin County Bar Associations. Before joining Gustafson Gluek in 2011, Joe served as a judicial law clerk to Judge Francis Connolly, and then to Chief Judge Edward Toussaint, at the Minnesota Court of Appeals. While in law school, he gained experience working at Greene Espel PLLP, a boutique litigation firm in Minneapolis focusing on complex commercial and constitutional litigation.

Joe graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he was an Articles Editor for the Minnesota Law Review and a member of the Dean’s List.

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Highlights of his recent experience include:

  • Precision Associates, Inc. v. Panalpina World Transport (Holding), Ltd. (E.D.N.Y.): Member of the lead counsel team that recovered over $400 million for direct purchasers of freight forwarding services. This was an international cartel case alleging that the major freight forwarders conspired to fix the surcharges imposed on their customers.
  • In re Disposable Contact Lens Antitrust Litigation (M.D. Fla.): Member of defendants’ discovery committee in ongoing litigation challenging the minimum-resale-price-maintenance scheme enacted by the major manufacturers and leading distributor of contact lenses in the U.S.
  • In re Automotive Parts Antitrust Litigation (E.D. Mich.): Active participant in litigation team representing end-payor purchasers of automobiles. This litigation is ongoing, but it is already one of the largest indirect-purchaser recoveries in U.S. history.
  • In re Capacitors Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Cal.): Member of litigation team representing indirect purchasers of capacitors, which are a component of virtually all electronic devices.
  • In re The Home Depot, Inc., Customer Data Security Breach Litigation (N.D. Ga.): Member of investigations and special projects committee representing financial institutions in ongoing litigation over one of the largest retail data breaches in history.
  • The Shane Group, Inc. v. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (E.D. Mich.): Firm appointed as co-lead counsel in action alleging that BCBSM’s use of most-favored-nation provisions in its contracts with Michigan hospitals caused purchasers of healthcare services to pay prices above competitive levels. The parties have agreed to a settlement worth approximately $30 million for direct-purchaser plaintiffs.
  • Landwehr v. AOL Inc. (E.D. Va.): Firm appointed as settlement class counsel in action alleging that AOL made available for public download its members’ private search data. Obtained a settlement that would pay up to $5 million for class members’ claims.
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