Pending Cases Archive
On April 10, 2019, Girard Sharp LLP and its co-counsel filed a motion seeking approval of a proposed $9.75 million settlement in a class action lawsuit against Google and Huawei relating to the Nexus 6P smartphone which plaintiffs allege to be defective.
Girard Sharp has filed a class action lawsuit against LG on behalf of US consumers who purchased LG refrigerators equipped with linear compressors. Plaintiffs allege that LG has known about the compressor defect since 2014, and that despite its knowledge of the compressor defect, LG has sold and continues to sell these refrigerators without alerting purchasers to the problem.
- Humira Antitrust Litigation
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 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.
We are interim co-lead counsel and sole liaison counsel in a case against Pacific Fertility Center, Prelude Fertility Inc., and Chart Industries in a case arising out of a March 2018 incident in which a cryostorage tank failed, resulting in alleged damage to our clients’ cryopreserved eggs and embryos.
We serve as co-lead counsel in a case against Google for selling defective Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. We allege that the Pixel microphones prematurely fail, which prevents consumers from making phone calls or using Google Assistant.
We are investigating allegations that the Woodbridge Group of Companies may have defrauded investors.
Our investment fraud lawyers are investigating allegations that the Woodbridge Group of Companies may have defrauded investors, from whom more than $1 billion has been raised nationwide.
- Restasis Pay for Delay Litigation
We serve as co-lead counsel for end-payers in a case against pharmaceutical giant Allergan for its multifaceted conspiracy to delay generic competition in the market for the blockbuster drug Restasis.
We serve as co-lead counsel in a case against Google and Huawei for selling defective Nexus 6P phones with alleged premature battery drain and rebooting problems.
- Wells Fargo TCPA Litigation
We were appointed co-lead counsel in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act case against Wells Fargo for making credit card collection robocalls to individuals who did not have Wells Fargo credit card accounts.
- Hewlett-Packard Ink Cartridge Litigation04.2017
We were named lead counsel in a case in the Northern District of California against Hewlett-Packard, in which the company is accused of using remote access to disable non-HP ink cartridges.
- Lincoln National Universal Life Insurance Litigation
We represent life insurance policyholders in the Lincoln National 2017 COI Litigation in federal court in Philadelphia. We contend Lincoln raised cost of insurance rates in an effort to force people to cancel policies that are no longer profitable for Lincoln.
- Samsung Waterproof Phones Litigation
We sued Samsung for advertising that its Galaxy S7 phones are waterproof, showing a famous rapper pouring champagne on the device and dipping it into an aquarium. Our client’s phone was briefly dropped in water and failed for good. Samsung refused to replace the phone.
- John Hancock Universal Life Insurance Litigation
We serve as liaison counsel in a case against John Hancock in Alameda County Superior court, alleging that John Hancock overcharged over 100,000 life insurance policy owners. The court granted final approval of a $59.75 million settlement in May 2018.
We represent universal life insurance policyholders in ongoing cases against Sentry Life Insurance Company, State Farm, USAA, and Security Life of Denver.
- UCLA Data Breach
We are investigating possible violations of patients’ privacy rights and other consumer protection laws following reports that UCLA Health computer systems had been hacked and as many as 4.5 million individuals’ personally identifiable information may have been stolen.
In June 2015, the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced that it had been the target of a data breach targeting the private records of several million of federal employees. By July 2015, the government’s estimate of the number of stolen employee records had increased to 21.5 million.
We serve as co-lead counsel, representing the California State Teachers' Retirement System, in derivative litigation following reports that Walmart’s Mexican subsidiary orchestrated a bribery campaign to win market dominance. The lawsuit alleges that Walmart officials failed to take appropriate action after learning that the company's Mexican subsidiary had engaged in a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme in an attempt to expand its operations in Mexico. The lawsuit seeks monetary damages along with changes in governance and corporate culture at Walmart.