Civil & Human Rights Litigation

Hagens Berman has built its reputation on a willingness and ability to take on extraordinarily challenging cases, setting us apart from other firms. Our firm has taken down some of the world's most well-financed and aggressive legal adversaries.

Our tenacity carries over to our work upholding civil and human rights, where we tackle cases with exceptionally difficult legal barriers. Hagens Berman has the legal savvy and resources to delivery top-notch results for our clients, and our firm has represented individuals and organizations in some of the more difficult civil rights challenges that have arisen in the past two decades. In doing so, we’ve managed cases that have presented very complex legal and factual issues, which were often related to highly charged political and historical events. Our clients have included such diverse communities as World War II prisoners of war, conscripted civilians and entire villages.

In this cutting-edge practice area, the firm vigilantly keeps abreast of new state and national legislation and case-law developments. We achieve positive precedents by zealously prosecuting in our clients’ interests.

Civil & Human Rights Litigation Cases and Investigations:

Dole Bananas 11/13/12 Civil & Human Rights Litigation, Consumer Rights, Environmental Litigation Settled
Hungarian Gold Train - Civil & Human Rights Litigation Settled
Mars Chocolate - Slave Labor 09/28/15 Civil & Human Rights Litigation, Consumer Rights Active
Nestle Chocolate
Child Labor
09/28/15 Civil & Human Rights Litigation, Consumer Rights Active
Canned Tuna - Slave Labor 09/25/15 Civil & Human Rights Litigation, Consumer Rights Active
Cat Food - Slave Labor 08/27/15 Civil & Human Rights Litigation, Consumer Rights Active
Meow Mix Slave Labor 10/12/15 Civil & Human Rights Litigation, Consumer Rights Active
Hershey Chocolate Slave Labor 09/28/15 Civil & Human Rights Litigation, Consumer Rights Active
Idaho Grass Burning 04/10/03 Civil & Human Rights Litigation, Environmental Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation Settled
Illinois Property Rights 12/28/15 Civil & Human Rights Litigation Active
Chicago Lead Pipe Water Contamination 02/18/16 Civil & Human Rights Litigation, Environmental Litigation Active
03/13/07 Anti-Terrorism, Civil & Human Rights Litigation Settled
FARC Anti-Terrorism 12/30/08 Anti-Terrorism, Civil & Human Rights Litigation

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Why Select Hagens Berman?

Selecting an civil & human rights attorney will have a significant impact on the outcome of your case.
When searching for a civil & human rights attorney to represent you,
you want a firm with a record of success at the top of the profession.

Stellar Reputation

Stellar Reputation

Hagens Berman fights with the creativity and tenacity to continue to raise the bar and take on every case with the goal of achieving the best outcome for the largest group of individuals.

No Cost to You Unless We Win

No Cost to You Unless We Win

Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis, meaning the victims we represent pay nothing at all unless we win. Attorney fees are paid based on an industry percentage of overall settlement terms, allowing plaintiffs to reap the rewards.

Real Results

Real Results

We achieve results, and our track record proves it. While many class-action or individual plaintiff cases result in large legal fees and no meaningful result for the client, Hagens Berman finds ways to return real value.



At the basis of all that motivates Hagens Berman is our mission for corporate reform. It’s through our work that we continue to uphold and fight for the rights of those most vulnerable to corporate greed and negligence.

Civil & Human Rights Litigation Blog Posts:

Amtrak crash survivor has to give up dream of being police officer due to...

SEATTLE — Tiffani Vincent had her whole life planned out. Following her career as an Air Force military police officer, she hoped to work for a civilian police department. "Unfortunately... more »

Written May 14, 2019 Personal Injury

New York Passes Child Victims Act for Survivors of Sexual Abuse

For victims of sexual abuse, mere moments can affect lifetimes, and short windows can predicate decades. When the New York state legislature passed The Child Victims Act last month, the... more »

Written February 22, 2019 Child Sexual Abuse, Steve W. Berman, Sexual Harassment

The CFPB Does Its Job. Will Congress Let It Stand?

It is 775 pages long. I have not read all of it. But I know this: it is a great win for consumers. more »

Written July 25, 2017 General

NDCA Names New Lawyer Representatives, Including Hagens Berman's Peter...

From the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California: The Court is pleased to announce the selection of six new Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council.... more »

Written November 03, 2016 Investor Fraud, General

"Class counsel has consistently
demonstrated extraordinary skill and effort."

— U.S. District Judge James Selna, Central District of California

In re Toyota Motor Corp. Unintended Acceleration Marketing

"...the track record of Hagens Berman['s] Steve Berman is...impressive, having racked...a $1.6 billion settlement in the Toyota Unintended Acceleration Litigation and a substantial number of really outstanding big-ticket results."

— Milton I. Shadur, Senior U.S. District Judge

Naming Hagens Berman Interim Class Counsel in Stericycle Pricing MDL

Hagens Berman has been featured
on the Plaintiffs' Hot List eight times

— The National Law Journal

The NLJ's List of the Year's Hottest Firms

"If it has to do with class-action litigation,
Berman's the go-to guy."

— I. Basso, client

Source: Avvo

The firm's "innovative approaches to litigation
have earned significant recognition"

— The Law Business Insider

"[A] clear choice emerges.
That choice is the Hagens Berman firm."

— United States District Court for the Northern District of California

In re Optical Disk Drive Products Antitrust Litigation (appointing the firm lead counsel)

Recent Recognition:

Hagens Berman is a plaintiffs’ class-action law firm that helps victims of auto accidents, sports injuries, defective products, dangerous drugs and business fraud pursue their legal rights. We take on large corporations for negligence and fraud, and hold them accountable.
Our attorneys are champions of consumer rights. The size or clout of the corporations we pursue is never a deterrent to our pursuit for justice. Over the years, we have built the resources we need to thoroughly investigate these personal injury and product defect cases, and achieve the best possible outcome for our clients. Our work is consistently recognized for industry excellence.

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