Investigations

  • Girard Sharp’s attorneys are investigating potential claims on behalf of owners of Toyota Highlander and Toyota RAV4 vehicles, following consumer reports that these models are affected by a defect causing their sunroofs to spontaneously shatter. The shattering sunroofs are reported to occur in 2016-2022 Toyota Highlanders (including hybrids) and RAV4 models from 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 (including hybrids).

  • Girard Sharp is investigating potential claims on behalf of California consumers who were charged subscription renewal fees by Business Insider, a financial and business news website. Charging customers for automatically renewing subscriptions without clear and conspicuous notice of the terms of the subscription plan may violate California law.

Pending Cases

  • In re. Subaru Battery Drain Products Liability Litigation

    Co-lead counsel in class action alleging defective electronic system resulting in premature battery failures in Subaru vehicles. Proposed settlement reached—click here to find out if you have a claim.

  • Shirin Bayati & Mojan Kamalvand v. GWG Holdings

    Representing purchasers of GWG Holdings, Inc. in a class action lawsuit alleging that the company may have made false and misleading statements to investors in connection with the issuance and sale of L Bonds.

Results

  • Pacific Fertility Center

    Girard Sharp represents IVF patients of Pacific Fertility Center whose eggs and embryos were damaged or destroyed in a cryopreservation tank failure. On June 11, 2021, after a three-week trial, a jury found the tank manufacturer, Chart Industries Inc., liable for a defect in the tank and for its negligent failure to recall a part that malfunctioned, a “controller” meant to monitor liquid nitrogen levels. The jury awarded more than $14 million in damages to three women who lost eggs and a married couple who lost embryos in the catastrophic March 2018 tank failure. The three women were each awarded between $2 million and $3 million, and the couple was awarded $7.2 million. Girard Sharp represents over 80 families who lost reproductive material in the tank failure.

  • USC and George Tyndall

    Girard Sharp served as co-lead counsel in a class action against the University of Southern California and campus gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall on behalf of women who were sexually abused by Tyndall during his long tenure at USC. The case generated $215 million in recoveries for survivors. In addition to requiring that USC recognize the harm done to all of Tyndall’s patients, the settlement requires USC to adopt and implement procedures for identification, prevention and reporting of sexual and racial misconduct.

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