Consumer Protection, Product Liability, and Mass Personal Injury Successes

 

For decades, consumers have trusted the attorneys of Keller Rohrback to protect them from harmful and unfair trade practices. Our team is a leader in representing consumers in class action lawsuits in diverse areas, including vehicles, children’s products, food contamination, drugs, mortgage modifications, identity theft, and data breaches. Keller Rohrback currently represents a wide range of consumers, such as vehicle owners and lessees, parents, environmentalists, shoremen, employees, professors, doctors, and nurses. Through decades of hard work, ingenuity, and creativity, Keller Rohrback has achieved meaningful results nationwide. These results impact not just our clients, but future consumers too; for example, homeowners now benefit from improved loan-modification practices at one of the country’s biggest banks as a result of our advocacy.

 

Representative Cases & Successes

Jabbari v. Wells Fargo & Company
(N.D. Cal.) Keller Rohrback filed a class action lawsuit against Wells Fargo alleging the bank victimized its customers by opening checking, savings and credit card accounts, and lines of credit without customers’ authorization. Keller Rohrback negotiated a $142 million settlement on behalf of consumers, which requires Wells Fargo to refund fees charged to unauthorized accounts, compensate consumers for increased borrowing costs due to credit damage, and provide other substantial compensation. The settlement was preliminarily approved on July 8, 2017, and Keller Rohrback was appointed Class Counsel. Final approval is pending.

In re JPMorgan Chase Mortgage Modification Litigation
(D. Mass.). Keller Rohrback served as co-lead counsel in this MDL, representing homeowners who attempted to obtain mortgage loan modifications from JPMorgan Chase and related entities. Plaintiffs alleged breach of contract and violations of consumer protection laws when defendants failed to timely evaluate or approve mortgage modification applications of homeowners who had completed identified prerequisities. We achieved a settlement for the class valued at over $500 million.

In re Mattel, Inc., Toy Lead Paint Products Liability Litigation
(C.D. Cal.). Keller Rohrback served as Chair of the Executive Committee in this nationwide MDL against Mattel and Fisher-Price on behalf of purchasers of toys recalled because they were manufactured using lead paint and/or dangerous magnets. On behalf of plaintiffs, we achieved a settlement valued at approximately $50 million.

Davis v. ExamSoft Worldwide, Inc.
(E.D. Wash.). Keller Rohrback filed multiple putative class actions against ExamSoft Worldwide, Inc. arising out of use of ExamSoft’s “SofTest” program in the summer 2014 bar exam. Plaintiffs alleged that software failures by ExamSoft prevented class members from uploading and submitting their bar exam responses, thereby failing to provide the services class members had purchased through use of the software. Keller Rohrback and co-lead counsel negotiated a substantial refund-based settlement.

In re Bisphenol-A (BPA) Polycarbonate Plastic Products Liability Litigation
(W.D. Mo.). Keller Rohrback served on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in this MDL on behalf of purchasers of plastic baby bottles and “sippy” cups which contained the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA). The action was favorably settled.

Brotherson v. Professional Basketball Club, L.L.C.
(W.D. Wash.). Keller Rohrback represented Seattle Sonics season ticket holders who renewed their season ticket packages for the 2007–2008 Sonics season before the team was relocated to Oklahoma City. After plaintiffs prevailed on summary judgment, the parties negotiated a significant settlement that returned substantial sums to the class.

Telephone Consumer Protection Act Cases
(King Cnty. Super. Ct., Wash.). Keller Rohrback prosecuted numerous class actions concerning the sending of unsolicited facsimiles in violation of the Washington Telephone Consumer Protection Act, resulting in the issuance of eleven permanent injunctions and the recovery of over $56 million on behalf of injured plaintiffs.

Herfert v. Crayola, LLC
(W.D. Wash.). Keller Rohrback represented consumers in pursuing false labeling and advertising claims against Crayola for its Washable Colored Bubbles. The action was favorably settled on behalf of the class. As part of the settlement, Crayola agreed to reimburse consumers or provide vouchers to purchasers and recipients of the 2011 Washable Colored Bubbles product. Crayola has now implemented significant product changes.

Ormond v. Anthem, Inc.
(S.D. Ind.). Anthem Insurance converted from a mutual company to a stock company on November 2, 2001. More than 700,000 former members of the mutual company sued Anthem, alleging that the cash compensation they received as a result of the demutualization was inadequate. After class certification and shortly before the start of trial, Keller Rohrback and co-counsel settled the action for $90 million.

Corona v. Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc.
(C.D. Cal.). Keller Rohrback serves as interim co lead counsel and liaison counsel in this case against Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc. on behalf of former and current Sony employees affected by the company’s highly publicized data breach. Plaintiffs alleged that Sony failed to secure and protect its computer systems, servers, and databases, resulting in the release of the named plaintiffs and other class members’ personal information. We obtained a significant settlement for the class in October 2015, which was preliminarily approved by Judge Klausner in November 2015.

Iacovelli v. SBTickets.com, LLC
(Maricopa Cnty. Super. Ct., Ariz.). Keller Rohrback filed a class action in Arizona state court on behalf of individuals who paid for but did not receive tickets to the 2014 Super Bowl (Super Bowl XLIX) from the ticket broker SBTickets. Despite purchasing tickets and receiving numerous representations that their tickets were guaranteed, SBTickets customers were told just days before the game, and in some instances, just hours before kickoff, that their ticket orders would not be fulfilled. The case was settled on favorable terms for the class notwithstanding the defendant’s insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings.

 

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