Elaine T. Byszewski

Title:
Partner
Office:
Los Angeles, California
Phone:
(213) 330-7149
Email:
reed@hbsslaw.com
Practice Areas

Consumer Protection

Qui Tam

Antitrust Litigation

Appellate

Education

Harvard Law School, J.D., Cum Laude, 2002

University of Southern California, B.S., Public Policy & Management, Summa Cum Laude, 1999

Overview

Ms. Byszewski is a partner at Hagens Berman where she has worked since 2004. She has litigated a number of complex class actions on behalf of consumers and employees resulting in multi-million dollar settlements, including cases against Toyota, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals, Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Costco, Apple and KB Homes.  Most recently, she was part of the team led by Mr. Berman that settled Toyota Unintended Acceleration Litigation for $1.6 billion and was a finalist for Public Justice’s Trial Lawyer of the Year award.

Ms. Byszewski is currently involved in the firm’s representation of the City of Los Angeles and other municipalities in litigation against major banks for discriminating against minority borrowers.  She is also involved in a multi-state antitrust action against major dairy cooperatives for colluding in the premature slaughter of a half a million cows to drive up the price of milk; a false advertising case against SunRun; and a multi-state deceptive sales practices case against EquiTrust Life Insurance Company.

Prior to joining Hagens Berman, Ms. Byszewski focused her practice on labor and employment litigation and counseling. During law school she worked in the trial division of the office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts.


Notable Cases

  • Municipal Lending Discrimination Litigation
     
  • Dairy Cooperatives Antitrust Litigation
     
  • Toyota Unintended Acceleration
  • EquiTrust Litigation
  • SunRun, Inc. Advertising Litigation
  • AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals (Nexium) Litigation
     
  • Merck (Vioxx) Litigation
     
  • Berkeley Nutraceuticals (Enzyte) Litigation
     
  • Solvay Pharmaceuticals (Estratest) Litigation
     
  • Apple iPod Litigation
     
  • Costco Wage and Hour Litigation

Publications

  • "Valuing Companion Animals in Wrongful Death Cases: A Survey of Current Court and Legislative Action and A Suggestion for Valuing Loss of Companionship" in Animal Law Review, 2003
     
  • "What's in the Wine? A History of FDA's Role" in Food and Drug Law Journal, 2002
     
  • “ERISA and RICO: New Tools for HMO Litigators” in Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 2000

Prior Experience

  • Jones Day, Labor & Employment Associate, 2002-2004
     
  • Jones Day, Summer Associate, 2001
     
  • Attorney General's Office of Massachusetts, Trial Division Law Clerk, Spring and Fall 2001
     
  • Legal Services Program For Pasadena, Law Clerk, Summer 2000