Our attorneys have a strong history of successfully investigating and prosecuting claims on behalf of consumers around the country. Federal and state laws protect consumers against a wide range of unfair business practices. The federal Telecommunications Privacy Act (“TCPA”)protects consumers against junk robocalls, texts and faxes sent without the consumer’s prior consent. The federal Fair Credit and Reporting Act (“FCRA”) protects job applicants against from being subject to background checks without proper disclosures. We have litigated claims arising out of data breaches, consumer loyalty programs, student loans, food labeling, and product defects.
Representative Cases/Reported Decisions
- Sateriale v. R.J. Reyolds Tobacco Co., Inc., United States District Court for the Central District of California. We represented a class of California adult smokers who purchased packs of Camel cigarettes and collected Camel Cash, or “C-Notes,” as part of the Camel Cash loyalty program. The class asserted claims that Reynolds breached its contract with program members when, on October 1, 2006, Reynolds removed all of the non-tobacco related merchandise from the Camel Cash program, and program members could redeem C-Notes only for cigarettes or coupons for dollars off cigarettes. In 2012, we obtained a victory before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed the district court’s dismissal of the complaint. Pursuant to a settlement reached in 2016, R.J. Reynolds offered Class Members the opportunity to use C-Notes that they collected and held as of October 1, 2006, to redeem for non-tobacco merchandise.
- Castillo v. Seagate Technology LLC, United States District Court for the Northern District of California. We represented current and former employees of Seagate and its affiliates, and the employees’ spouses, seeking damages arising from Seagate’s March 2016 data breach in which Seagate wrongfully disclosed the employees’ 2015 Form W-2 tax information in a “phishing” scam. The matter settled in March 2018. Pursuant to the settlement, Seagate agreed to provide Class Members with the option to obtain an two years of identity theft protection and to reimburse Class Members for certain economic costs.
- Feinman v. TD Bank, N.A., Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County. We were co-class counsel in consumer class action alleging that TD Bank’s “Penny Arcade” coin-counting machines under-counted coins deposited by consumers. Class counsel negotiated a $7.5 million settlement in favor of the class.
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