Bramson, Plutzik, Mahler & Birkhaeuser

2125 Oak Grove Rd.

Suite 120

Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Tel (925) 945-0200

Fax (925) 945-8792

RBramson@bramsonplutzik.com

 

Robert M. Bramson has been a partner in the firm since 1988. He received his undergraduate degree in economics magna cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley in 1977, and his law degree from Berkeley Law School's Boalt Hall in 1981.

Mr. Bramson specializes in consumer class action cases as well as in antitrust, business torts and communications litigation. He acted as contributing author to the Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth editions of the National Consumer Law Center’s publication Consumer Class Actions. He acted as reporter for the National Association of Consumer Advocates in preparing its influential Standards and Guidelines For Consumer Class Actions, 176 F.R.D. 375 (1997).

Mr. Bramson was a Founding Member of the National Association Of Consumer Advocates (NACA), an organization of consumer lawyers and advocates dedicated to the ethical and professional representation of consumers in litigation. From 1997 - 2003, he served on the Board Of Directors of NACA, and presently serves on NACA’s Long Term Planning Committee.  Mr. Bramson has filed numerous amicus curiae(“friend of the court”) briefs on NACA’s behalf before the United States Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court and several California Courts of Appeal.

Mr. Bramson’s lecture topics have included Things to Ponder When Seeking Attorney’s Fees” (National Consumer Law Center, Atlanta 2002), “Strategic and Ethical Issues in Litigating 17200 Cases” (Bar Association of San Francisco, San Francisco 2001), “Equitable Remedies In Class Actions and Under California’s Section 17200 Statute” (National Association of Consumer Advocates, Chicago 2000), “Ethical Issues Arising in Class Action Settlements” (National Consumer Law Center, Wash. DC and San Diego 1999 and 1998) “California’s Business & Professions Code Section 17200” (California Bar Association, Lake Tahoe 1997), “Preparation of Competitive Business Practices Cases” (Continuing Education of the Bar, Sacramento 1997), and “The Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984” (California State University, Fullerton 1993).

Significant Trials:

Pacific West Cable Company v. City of Sacramento, et al. (U.S. District Court, E.D. Cal.) Honorable Milton L. Schwarz, presiding. Co-lead counsel, with partner Barry Baskin, in antitrust jury trial on behalf of plaintiff. Case settled for $12 million after month long presentation of plaintiff’s case in chief.

Coleman v. Sacramento Cable Television (Sacramento Superior Court) Honorable Roger K. Warren, presiding. Judgment of $2.4 million obtained for clients in Bus. & Prof. Code 17200 “quasi-class” case, following 26 day trial. (Lead counsel.)

Campisi v. Chavez, et al. (Arbitration) Charles E. Farnsworth, Esq., Referee, presiding. Defended clients against claims of breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. Three week arbitration proceeding resulting in ruling limiting plaintiff to amount stipulated as due. (Lead Counsel.)

Pacific West Cable Company v. City of Sacramento, et al. (U.S. District Court, E.D. Cal.) Honorable Milton L. Schwarz, presiding. Twenty-nine day jury trial challenging municipal cable franchising activities. Favorable jury verdicts (see 672 F. Supp. 1322) led to $6 million settlement for client as well as injunction permitting access to the market. (Third chair.)

Nor-West Cable v. City of St. Paul (U.S. District Court, D. Minn.) Honorable Joseph Alsop, presiding. Three month jury trial challenging municipal policy fostering monopolization of local cable television market. (Second chair.)

Furniture Creations, Inc. v. Universal Furniture (Los Angeles Superior Court) Honorable Robert Einstein, presiding. Three week jury trial in breach of contract case resulting in $1 million verdict for clients. (Second chair.)

Other Recent Significant Cases:

Klussman v. Cross Country Bank (Alameda County Superior Court) Honorable Lawrence Appel, presiding. Settlement for $21 million obtained on the eve of trial on behalf of a class of California credit card holders.

Seaman v. Wells Fargo Bank (San Francisco Superior Court) Honorable Alex Saldamando, presiding. Class action challenging defendant’s trustee fees. Settlement for $42 million.

Acree v. General Motors Acceptance Corp. (Sacramento Superior Court; Third District Court of Appeal) Honorable James Long, presiding. Class action challenging insurance charges imposed upon borrowers by defendant. Following extended trial and multiple appeals, judgment for class and award of fees totaling approximately $7 million upheld on appeal.

In re Unocal Refinery Litigation (Contra Costa Superior Court) Honorable Ignacio Ruvulo, presiding. Acted as one of two co-lead counsel for a class of victims exposed to a toxic chemical spill. Following extensive discovery, including several months of daily depositions, an $80 million settlement was negotiated.

Published Decisions:

Klussman v. Cross Country Bank, 134 Cal.App.4th 1283 (2005)

Acree v. General Motors Acceptance Corp., 92 Cal.App.4th 385 (2001).

Heartland Communications, Inc. v. Sprint Corp., 161 F.R.D. 111 (D. Kan. 1995).

Preferred Communications, Inc. v. City of Los Angeles, 13 F.3d 1327 (9th Cir.), cert. denied, 512 U.S. 1235 (1994).

Gordon v. Ford Motor Credit Corp., 868 F. Supp. 1191 (N.D. Cal. 1992).

Century Federal, Inc. v. City of Palo Alto, 710 F.Supp. 1559 (N.D. Cal. 1988).

Pacific West Cable Company v. City of Sacramento, 672 F. Supp. 1322 (E.D. Cal. 1987) and 693 F. Supp. 865 (E.D. Cal. 1988).

Colorado Springs Cablevision, Inc. v. Lively, 579 F. Supp. 252 (D. Colo. 1984).