Jeff D. Friedman

Mr. Friedman is extensively involved in the firm's representation of government entities, successfully recovering hundreds of millions of dollars.
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Current Role

  • Partner, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP
  • Specializing in class actions against some of the largest companies in the United States, Mr. Friedman litigates cases involving securities fraud, consumer protection and antitrust violations including litigation against technology companies and cutting-edge competition policy issues
  • Extensively involved in the firm’s representation of government entities, successfully recovering hundreds of millions of dollars
  • Has taken and defended the depositions of dozens of the top economists in the United States concerning cartel behavior and statistical models relating to antitrust impact and damages. Mr. Friedman has also developed subject matter expertise in econometrics relating to regressions and economic theory proving pass-through of cartel overcharges through complex distribution channels.
  • Involved in firm’s position as lead counsel on behalf of purchasers of millions of electronics products, including lap top computers and cell phones, against several multi-national corporations alleged to have fixed the prices of lithium ion battery cells for more than a decade

Experience

  • General Counsel, public fiber-optic component company in Silicon Valley
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, Criminal Division, Central District of California (Los Angeles)
  • Clerk for the Honorable Manuel L. Real, U.S. District Court Judge, Central District of California

Recognition

  • Northern District of California Super Lawyer, 2013 - 2017

Notable Cases

  • In re Electronic Books Antitrust Litig., No. 11-md-02293 (DLC) (S.D.N.Y.)
    A nationwide class of eBook consumers allege five of the largest book publishers in the United States and Apple conspired to raise the prices of eBooks and restrain competition.
  • In re Optical Disk Drive Prods. Antitrust Litig., No. 3:10-md-2143 RS (N.D. Cal.)
    An action on behalf of consumers in more than two dozen states against the manufacturers of optical disk drives. The plaintiffs allege defendants conspired to increase the price of ODDs that were sold to original equipment manufacturers. Defendants’ conduct allegedly caused millions of consumer electronics products, such as computers, to be sold at illegally inflated prices.
  • Pecover et al. v. Electronic Arts Inc., No. 3:08-cv-02820-CW (N.D. Cal.)
    A nationwide certified class of consumers who bought interactive football video games. Plaintiffs allege Electronic Arts entered into a series of exclusive licenses with football intellectual property owners, such as the NFL, in order to lock-up the market. A $27 million settlement in the case has been agreed to by the parties, but awaits approval by the court.
  • San Francisco Health Plan v. McKesson Corp., No. 1:08-CV-10843-PBS (D. Mass.); State of Utah v. McKesson Corp., No. CV 10-04743 SI (N.D. Cal.); The Commonwealth of Virginia v. McKesson Corp. et al., No. CV-11-02782 SI (N.D. Cal.); State of Oregon v. McKesson Corp., No. CV-11-5384-SI (N.D. Cal.)
  • In re eBay Seller Antitrust Litigation, action on behalf of millions of eBay sellers, claiming eBay monopolized the online auction market and attempted to monopolize the person-to-persons payment systems market (Paypal)
  • Dell Inc. Bait-And-Switch Sales Litigation, negotiated multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of nearly one million consumers

Personal Insight

After daily discussions with his Sherpa guide while trekking in the Annapurna mountain range in Nepal, Mr. Friedman decided to devote his legal career to specializing in representing persons in collective actions who are individually powerless against corporations.