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
PF Chang's China Bistro, Inc. Aug 19, 2014
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, Northern District of Illinois
Michaels Data Breach Jan 30, 2014 Investigation
Neiman Marcus Jan 27, 2014 Investigation
Military Base Overdraft Jan 21, 2014 Investigation
Target Data Breach Dec 19, 2013 Active U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
Hyundai Tiburon Nov 25, 2013 Active U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Affordable Care Act Nov 15, 2013 Investigation
Emergency Room Nov 15, 2013 Investigation
Kia Motors Gas Tank Defect Nov 13, 2013 Active U.S. District Court, Central District of California
Shapewear Nov 13, 2013 Active U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
Stericycle Oct 15, 2013 Active U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Wells Fargo Force Placed Insurance Sep 11, 2013 Active
Huggies Baby Wipes Aug 15, 2013 Investigation
Neutrogena Aug 14, 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
Jeep Tailpipe Apr 12, 2013 Investigation
FordF150 Feb 19, 2013 Active U.S. District Court, Eastern Louisiana
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
Hotel Antitrust Aug 20, 2012 Active U.S. District Court, District of Northern 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 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 Active U.S. District Court, Northern California, CA
Wells Fargo Home Loan Modification Debt Collection Apr 19, 2010 Active U.S. District Court, Northern California, CA
Optical Disc Drives - North Dakota 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 - Oregon 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
Modified Home Loans (TARP) Investigation Mar 5, 2010 Investigation
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
Bank of America Appraisals Investigation Jan 22, 2009 Investigation
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 Active 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.