Hagens Berman Opens First International Office in London, Launches Hagens Berman UK LLP
LONDON - Hagens Berman, a United States-based plaintiffs’ class and group action litigation law firm today announced its first international office in London, formally launching Hagens Berman UK LLP.
“Hagens Berman’s decades of success in U.S. class actions have built a reputation of relentless representation of our clients, and we aim to achieve the same for those we represent in the United Kingdom,” said Steve Berman, managing partner and co-founder of Hagens Berman. “Today more than ever, it is important to protect consumers. COVID-19, volatile markets and changing regulations require greater scrutiny. Individual rights and resources need to be protected, and we are eager to do so in England and Wales.”
At the firm’s U.K. headquarters, led by co-managing director, Michael Gallagher, Hagens Berman’s London lawyers’ work will supplement the firm’s existing work in various spaces, including automotive and emissions-cheating group-action cases, competition and antitrust matters, investor fraud and more.
“We are pleased to join a cadre of excellent firms in the U.K,” Gallagher said. “Our tenacious pursuits on behalf of our clients, together with Steve’s vision, and Hagens Berman’s significant track record of success distinguishes us from other firms and will further create access to justice for England and Wales citizens by advocating for those who have suffered wrongdoing, protecting the interests of consumers and achieving success on their behalf.”
Hagens Berman UK’s first focus builds upon its success in the United States and its recent $700 million settlement with Mercedes on behalf of U.S. Mercedes owners of affected diesel vehicles following the firm’s independent investigation. The consumer settlement came in addition to the $1.5 billion joint settlement reached between the U.S. Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board with Mercedes over emission cheating. Mercedes was forced to conduct a nationwide recall, repair Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles, pay more than $945 million in penalties, perform projects to mitigate pollution and revamp its procedures.
In England and Wales the firm will be advocating in the same manner for owners of Mercedes diesel vehicles in a group-litigation action against the automaker for the use of an illegal emissions-cheating device used to mask non-compliant levels of pollution. Gallagher and senior solicitor Molly Ahmed will assist in Hagens Berman UK’s effort against Mercedes. The litigation team will be expanded and complemented through the collaboration, expertise and litigation acumen of Fox Williams LLP, led by partner Andrew Hill, as well as several expert consultants and a high-profile barrister team.
“I look forward to furthering Steve and Hagens Berman’s work in the U.S. by bringing their understanding and deep knowledge of the subject matter to the Mercedes litigation here in London,” Ahmed said. “Steve and Hagens Berman’s success in the U.S. in group litigation, particularly in the consumer and emission spaces differentiates us from other firms in this jurisdiction and enables us to best deliver for our clients. We will leverage the firm’s full resources and experience to achieve the best possible outcome for our claimants.”
Hagens Berman was the impetus for emissions-cheating claims against Mercedes in the U.S., having obtained and tested the vehicles itself. The firm’s diesel investigation into Mercedes came on the heels of its role as the first law firm in the U.S. to sue Volkswagen on behalf of consumers following the announcement of its widespread emissions cheating, dubbed Dieselgate. The firm went on to help lead that litigation, which culminated in a $14.7 billion settlement, the largest automotive case in history. Hagens Berman also represented owners of VW franchise dealerships against the automaker, obtaining an additional $1.6 billion in settlements for plaintiffs in that matter.
“We are immensely proud to have been led to this moment by so many groundbreaking achievements,” Berman said. “We look forward to continuing that same history into the future domestically and abroad. Our eyes are always on the horizon, and we are dedicated to working hard through the law to achieve the best possible outcome for those most vulnerable to wrongdoing.”
Hagens Berman UK LLP will be regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority pending Approval of its application.
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About Hagens Berman
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP is a consumer-rights class-action law firm with 10 offices globally. Hagens Berman UK LLP is headquartered in London. The firm’s tenacious drive for plaintiffs’ rights has earned it numerous national accolades, awards and titles of “Most Feared Plaintiff’s Firm,” and MVPs and Trailblazers of class-action law. More about the law firm and its successes can be found at www.hbsslaw.com. Follow the firm for updates and news at @ClassActionLaw.