Lecturer in Law
John Grogan and Howard Langer founded their firm, currently Langer, Grogan & Diver P.C., in 2004. Since that time, John has focused his practice on antitrust, consumer rights and constitutional matters. In the antitrust area, John has represented clients in large matters involving the intersection of antitrust law and intellectual property especially in the pharmaceutical context. John served with others in the firm as antitrust counsel for a large generic pharmaceutical manufacturer in a series of high profile antitrust matters. See Apotex, Inc. v. Cephalon, Inc. (E.D. Pa. on-going); Sanofi-Synthelabo v. Apotex Inc. 488 F.Supp. 2d 317 (S.D.N.Y. 2006). John also represented the Italian active pharmaceutical ingredient manufacturer, Chemi, SpA in litigation against GlaxoSmithKline. See Chemi, SpA v. GlaxoSmithKline, Inc., 385 F.Supp. 2d 514 (E.D. Pa. 2005).
In the area of consumer rights, John served as one of the counsel to the class in Faloney v. Wachovia Bank, (E.D. Pa. 2008), which resulted in a settlement providing over $150 million to more than 500,000 consumers victimized by telemarketing fraud. In addition, John is counsel for the putative class in Reyes v. Zions Bank, et. al., a matter currently pending in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. John and Irv Ackelsberg currently serve as special counsel to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in an action against pay-day lenders. See Commonwealth v. Think Finance, et. al. (E.D. Pa. 2014).
John also maintains an active practice in constitutional law. Currently, John is co-counsel with the ACLU of Pennsylvania in a series of cases pending in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania challenging police conduct in detaining and arresting citizens for filming or videotaping police misconduct. See, e.g. Geraci v. City of Philadelphia (E.D. Pa. 2014). In addition, John and Irv Ackelsberg represent a putative class of landlords in the City of Philadelphia challenging the constitutionality of the Philadelphia Gas Works practice of liening landlord property for unpaid tenant gas bills. See Augustin v. City of Philadelphia (E.D. Pa. 2014). John has also been active in representing immigrants in federal court. In conjunction with the ACLU of Pennsylvania John helped obtain a landmark precedent establishing the right of an undocumented alien to marry. Buck v. Stankovic, 485 F.Supp.2d 576 (M.D. Pa. 2007). John is a frequent consultant with local non-profit organizations on issue affecting immigrants and their communities.
John graduated, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1993, where he was the Kramer Public Interest Scholar. He received a B.A., cum laud en cursu honorum from Fordham University in 1988. John was born and raised in Doylestown Pennsylvania and graduated from La Salle College High School in 1983.
Immediately following law school, John served as a law clerk to the Hon. Alan B. Handler, Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court for the 1993-1994 Court term. In 1994, John was named an Echoing Green Public Service Fellow and that fellowship allowed him to co-founded the Camden Center for Law and Social Justice, Inc.