The Eden Memorial Park Cemetery Class Action. Our lawyers represented over 25,000 families in a certified class action against Service Corporation International, the largest owner and operator of cemeteries in the United States. The case involved a Jewish cemetery in Los Angeles where employees were ordered to break burial vaults in neighboring graves in order to make new graves fit. The case included claims for fraud and violation of various consumer protection statutes. The case was featured on 60 Minutes and CNN. This case was also one of the rare class actions that actually went to trial before a jury. It settled during the fourth week of trial for $80,500,000.
Pelicano Wiretapping Litigation. We represent AT&T in the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping litigation, including defending a putative class-action and 18 individual lawsuits in state and federal court. To date, we have successfully resolved 12 of the individual actions via dispositive motions, and secured favorable settlements in the proposed class action and 5 other individual actions. The last remaining action is scheduled for trial in 2017.
The LA Fitness Class Actions. Our lawyers served as counsel representing LA Fitness in a number of class actions across the county, including a nationwide class action in Pennsylvania. The cases involved various challenges to LA Fitness’ membership terms and billing and cancellation practices, including claims for fraud and violation of consumer protection statutes. The nationwide class action was named one of the 10 most significant cases of the year after we secured a favorable result on behalf of LA Fitness.
Meridian Funds Litigation: Our lawyers represented the Trustee of the Meridian Funds and over 600 individual investors in the Meridian Funds in litigation against the Commerce Bank of Washington for aiding and abetting Darren Berg’s $150+ million Ponzi scheme. After defeating multiple summary judgment motions by Commerce Bank, our lawyers obtained a confidential settlement from Commerce Bank on the eve of trial. Our lawyers also represented his clients in audit malpractice litigation against Moss Adams, LLP. That case was also resolved in a confidential settlement.
The Estate of Jonathan Spound v. SSV Properties. Our lawyers represented the Estate of Jonathan Spound in a partnership dispute concerning a $330 Million commercial real estate development in El Segundo, California. We were able to successfully prove that Jonathan Spound, prior to his death, was a partner in the development and entitled to over 30% of the profits even though there were no written contracts and his partners were denying any such agreements. The case settled shortly before trial, resulting in the Estate receiving over 30% of the profits from the sale of the development.
Parrish v. FLIR Systems, Inc. Our lawyers represented two individuals in a malicious prosecution action related to their former employer wrongfully suing them for misappropriation of trade secrets. The case settled for $39 million.
The Pacific Coin Payphone Litigation. Our lawyers represented a payphone company against William E. Simon & Sons and its investors in a case involving claims for fraud, unfair competition and breach of fiduciary duty. After a one-month jury trial, the jury unanimously ruled in favor of our client and awarded over $32.2 million in compensatory damages and $65 million in punitive damages for a total verdict of over $97.2 Million.
The GE Healthcare EBT Scanner Litigation. Our lawyers represented GE Healthcare in a number of consumer actions across the country relating to claims that GE Healthcare fraudulently failed to disclose its plans to stop supporting certain medical scanning devices. We obtained judgments in GE Healthcare’s favor in all of the cases, including a defense verdict after a three-month jury trial in Santa Barbara, California.