Consumer Class Actions

The Firm has earned a national reputation for its advocacy on behalf of consumers. The Firm has represented consumers in class action cases involving a wide variety of industry practices.

For example, in a series of cases against banks and other lenders for overcharging when “force-placing” insurance, the Firm recovered approximately $150 million for consumers and obtained injunctions prohibiting future wrongful practices. In another example, the Firm’s cases against cell phone companies resulted in industry-wide changes in the companies’ practices as well as (thus far) recoveries of tens of millions of dollars in unlawful charges.

The firm’s cases have also challenged practices involving the administration of trusts and estates, toxic refinery emissions, false nutritional labeling, investor fraud, improper life insurance sales practices, excessive charges for residential phone and cable television services, unfair health insurance and health care billing practices and credit card abuses. Partners at the Firm have special expertise in several areas of Federal and State law that greatly affect consumers such as the Truth in Lending Act, the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”), California’s Consumer Legal Remedies Act and Business and Professions Code sections 17200 and 17500.