- Humira Antitrust Litigation03.21.2019
On March 20, 2019, Girard Sharp filed a complaint against pharmaceutical companies AbbVie and Amgen alleging the companies engaged in anticompetitive practices with respect to the biologic drug Humira. Plaintiff Fraternal Order of Police Miami Lodge 20 Insurance Trust Fund, on behalf of itself and a proposed class of Humira purchasers, alleges that AbbVie has created a “thicket” of over 100 patents to frustrate other companies’ efforts to sell competing versions of Humira, and that AbbVie colluded with Amgen to keep Amgen’s product off the market, resulting in continued high prices for Humira.
Girard Sharp has filed a complaint following claims that Fidelity Investments is pocketing tens of millions of dollars per year at the expense of its retirement-plan clients by charging them hidden fees that may violate federal law.
Girard Sharp is investigating claims that Premier Financial Alliance, First Financial Security, FRA Financial Group, and similar companies have been carrying out an unlawful pyramid scheme involving the sale of universal life insurance policies issued by National Life Group.
On April 25, 2017 our Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) attorneys filed a class action lawsuit against Wells Fargo. The plaintiffs allege that Wells Fargo used an automatic telephone dialing system (“ATDS”) to repeatedly call the cellular phone numbers of persons who had no prior affiliation with Wells Fargo.
- Generic Pharmaceuticals Pricing Antitrust Litigation
We were appointed to serve on the plaintiffs’ steering committee in litigation against pharmaceutical manufacturers in which several executives have pleaded guilty to colluding to fix generic drug prices. 45 state attorneys general have alleged a sprawling conspiracy on the part of the drugmakers.
- Jay Peak EB-5 Ponzi Litigation
We were appointed to plaintiffs’ steering committee in EB-5 investor litigation in U.S. district court in Miami and secured a $150 million partial settlement for investors; the case continues against a remaining bank defendant and an individual defendant.
- Endurance Warranty Services TCPA Litigation
We sued Endurance Warranty Services for pestering our client with numerous telemarketing
calls. Our client never agreed to receive Endurance’s calls and continued to receive them even after asking to be taken off the calling list.
- FieldTurf Product Liability Litigation
We represent Fremont, California, in a case against the manufacturer of a defective artificial turf surfaces. This multidistrict case is pending in federal court in New Jersey.
- Capacitors Antitrust Litigation
We represent direct purchasers in a multidistrict proceeding in federal court in San Francisco in a case that follows a number of electronics executives pleading guilty to fixing the prices of capacitors, tiny electronic components found in devices from toasters to cell phones. Together with lead counsel, we have secured settlements of nearly $100 million to date and the case is proceeding to trial.
We sued Uber for sending dozens of text messages to our client’s cellular phone even though our client repeatedly asked Uber to stop texting him. We allege that Uber’s text messages violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
- Exploria Resorts TCPA Litigation
We sued Exploria Resorts for repeatedly calling our client to encourage him to purchase one of its timeshares. Our client never agreed to receive calls from Exploria, and Exploria continued to call after our client asked to be taken off the calling list.
- We serve as one of three law firms appointed by the federal court to represent women who were sexually abused by gynecologist George Tyndall M.D. in a class action against Tyndall and the University of Southern California. The plaintiffs allege that Tyndall abused potentially thousands of students as the university’s sole full-time OB/GYN, and that USC, despite receiving numerous complaints about Tyndall going back decades, failed to take action to protect its students.
We represent laptop purchasers in a case against Apple for selling MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops equipped with a “butterfly” keyboard mechanism. We allege that the butterfly keyboards are prone to fail when minimal amounts of dust or debris accumulate under or around a key. When keys fail, MacBook owners cannot type.
We sued ADT for making hundreds of collection calls to our client after our client asked ADT to stop calling her. We allege that these calls were illegal robocalls and invaded our client’s privacy.