Consumer Rights

Hagens Berman is a leader in consumer-protection litigation, taking cases stemming from the full range of deceptive, unfair and fraudulent business practices often used by large corporations.

We realize that often-voiceless consumers suffer the brunt of corporate wrongdoing and have little power to hold companies responsible for their behavior.

We pursue class-action litigation to confront fraudulent practices that individual consumers alone cannot effectively dispute. We make consumers' concerns a priority, collecting complaints against suspected companies and exploring all avenues for prosecution. The firm has been an innovator in organizing and prosecuting individual class cases across many states involving the same defendants and similar factual and legal issues.

Consumer fraud has many faces. As one court has said, "It is impossible to frame definitions which embrace all unfair practices. There is no limit to human inventiveness in this field." Hagens Berman's legacy of protecting consumer rights reflects the wide spectrum of scams that occur in the marketplace. Our skill in this area was confirmed when the judge overseeing the Toyota unintended acceleration cases appointed Steve Berman to lead that case. The judge did so on his own initiative.

Consumer Cases and Investigations

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Case Date Status Court
Expedia Waiver Jul 6, 2015 Investigation Not Filed, N/A
Espar Inc. and Webasto Parking Heaters May 27, 2015 Active U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
Alaska Regional Hospital - Overbilling Apr 29, 2015 Investigation
Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) Apr 15, 2015 Active U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Ambit Energy Mar 26, 2015 Active U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
SeaWorld Consumer Lawsuit Mar 25, 2015 Active U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
Contact Lens Antitrust Mar 9, 2015 Active U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
Lumber Liquidators - Formaldehyde Flooring Mar 3, 2015 Active U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Microwave Handle Defect Lawsuit Feb 25, 2015 Active U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
La Autoridad de Energia Electrica (AEE) Feb 24, 2015 Active U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) Feb 24, 2015 Active U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
Chiquita Bananas Feb 9, 2015 Active U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
Supplements from Walmart, Walgreens, Target and GNC Feb 3, 2015 Active U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Shea Homes Oct 10, 2014 Settled Western District of Washington
General Motors - OCDA Jul 1, 2014 Active Superior Court, California
Fluidmaster Inc. Jun 30, 2014 Active U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
General Motors – Diminution of Value Jun 5, 2014 Active U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
Google AdSense May 20, 2014 U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
General Motors Mar 13, 2014 Active U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Guggenheim Feb 12, 2014 Active U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Anatabloc Jan 31, 2014 Active U.S. District Court, N.D.I.L.
Target Data Breach Dec 19, 2013 Settled U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
Hyundai Tiburon Nov 25, 2013 Active U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Kia Motors Gas Tank Defect Nov 13, 2013 Active U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Stericycle Oct 15, 2013 Active U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Wells Fargo Force Placed Insurance Sep 11, 2013 Active
Kia Soul Products Liability Aug 21, 2013 Active U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Huggies Baby Wipes Aug 15, 2013 Investigation
Ford - MyFord Touch Jul 15, 2013 Active California, Northern District
Bank of America RICO Jul 11, 2013 Active U.S. District Court, Colorado
Parkay Spray Mar 21, 2013 Active U.S. District Court, Northern California
Infinity Insurance Jan 31, 2013 Investigation Not Filed, N/A
SunRun Inc Jan 4, 2013 Active California Superior Court
Dole Bananas Nov 13, 2012 Settled U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Hyundai / Kia Fuel Efficiency Nov 2, 2012 Active U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Chase Force-Placed Insurance May 1, 2012 Active U.S. District Court of California
Portico Decking Mar 15, 2012 Settled U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
CIQ Dec 1, 2011 Active U.S. District Court, California
Noteworld/Meracord Jul 27, 2011 Active U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
Ford Spark Plugs Jun 15, 2011 Active U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
Aurora Loan Services LLC Aug 17, 2010 Settled U.S. District Court, Northern California, CA
Wells Fargo Home Loan Modification Debt Collection Apr 19, 2010 Settled U.S. District Court, Northern California, CA
Optical Disc Drives - Oregon Apr 6, 2010 Active U.S. District Court, District of Northern California
Optical Disc Drives - Washington D.C. Apr 6, 2010 Active U.S. District Court, District of Northern California
Optical Disc Drives - North Dakota Apr 6, 2010 Active U.S. District Court, District of Northern California
Bank of America Home Loans (HAMP) Mar 22, 2010 Active U.S. District Court, Seattle, WA
Toyota Mar 15, 2010 Settled U.S. District Courts, Multi-States, US
Hyundai Air Bags Nov 6, 2009 Settled U.S. District Court, California, CA
AmeriGas Jun 4, 2009 Settled U.S. District Court, Western Missouri, MO
NCAA - Video Games May 5, 2009 Active U.S. District Court, District of Northern California
Trex Company, Inc. Jan 13, 2009 Settled U.S. District Court for Northern California
LifeLock Mar 27, 2008 Settled U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
Wal-Mart Organic Milk Jan 4, 2008 Settled U.S. District Court, Eastern Arkansas, AR
Midland National Life Insurance Company Jan 5, 2007 Active U.S. District Court, District of Iowa
Toys "R" Us Baby Products Nov 3, 2006 Settled U.S. District Court, Pennsylvania
American Equity Investment Life Insurance Feb 15, 2006 Settled U.S. District Court, Central California, CA
Tenet Healthcare Settlement Mar 10, 2005 Settled Superior Court, Los Angeles, CA

'Date' refers to the date of a settlement, the date an investigation started, or the date a case was filed.