Consumer Protection, Products 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
In re Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation
(N.D. Cal.). Keller Rohrback filed the first multi-Plaintiff complaint against Volkswagen on September 20, 2015, two days after the defeat device scheme came to light. Keller Rohrback represented consumers nationwide who alleged they were damaged by Volkswagen’s fraudulent use of an emissions “defeat device” in over 500,000 vehicles in the United States. Keller Rohrback Managing Partner Lynn Sarko served on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for this national litigation. Additionally, Lynn Sarko and Gretchen Freeman Cappio served on the negotiating team for the $15 billion class action settlement for 2.0-liter vehicles, the largest auto-related consumer class action in U.S history. Keller Rohrback attorneys also played a similar role in reaching and implementing similar settlements with Volkswagen and Bosch regarding approximately 100,000 3-liter vehicles.
In re Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep EcoDiesel Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation
(N.D. Cal.). From the outset, Keller Rohrback played a major role in this multidistrict litigation, representing consumers nationwide who alleged that Fiat Chrysler used an emissions defeat device in over 100,000 Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel trucks and SUVs. Keller Rohrback Managing Partner Lynn Sarko was appointed by the Court to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee leading this case, and Keller Rohrback attorneys took an active role in discovery and served on the negotiating team that achieved and implemented a settlement worth over $307 million. The settlement, involving both Fiat Chrysler and supplier Bosch, provided owners and lessees of the affected vehicles with substantial cash payments in addition to government-approved emissions repairs and valuable extended warranty protection.
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 approved on June 14, 2018, and Keller Rohrback was appointed Class Counsel. The case is currently on appeal in the Ninth Circuit.
In re JPMorgan Chase Mortgage Modification Litigation
(D. Mass.). Keller Rohrback served as co-lead counsel in this multi-district litigation (“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 prerequisites. 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 was appointed Class 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 approved by Judge Klausner in April 2016.
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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