Governmental Representation

Hagens Berman often represents governments who have lost funds as a result of corporate fraud. Our firm has worked with state attorneys general, the Department of Justice and other federal agencies and municipalities, including county and city governments, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in recoveries.

Hagens Berman distinguishes itself from its competition through a sense of propriety often lacking among our competitors. Some firms take extravagant risks or employ questionable tactics to increase the bottom line. At Hagens Berman, our focus is exclusively on providing the best representation possible for our clients. We protect our clients’ integrity and name while litigating cases in a clear, concise and ethical manner.

Hagens Berman represents government agencies and public officials in civil law enforcement and damage recoupment actions designed to protect citizens and the treasury. We understand the needs of elected officials and their obligation to impartially and zealously represent the interests of the public without taking excessive risks in litigation. We are often chosen after competitive bidding, and have been hired by officials from across the political spectrum who recognize our ability to deliver successful outcomes.

Hagens Berman has assisted governments in recovering billions of dollars in damages from corporate wrongdoers and, in the process, helped alter the manner in which some industries do business. In serving government, we are often able to leverage the firm’s expertise and success in related private class litigation.

We have worked with state attorneys general, the Department of Justice and other federal agencies, and municipalities, including county and city governments. Our work has resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in recoveries.

Governmental Representation Cases and Investigations:

NAME DATE PRACTICE AREA(S) STATUS
General Motors - Arizona AG 11/20/14 Consumer Rights, Governmental Representation Settled
General Motors - California 06/27/14 Consumer Rights, Governmental Representation Settled
McKesson - Municipalities 08/07/08 Governmental Representation, Pharmaceutical Fraud Settled
State Tobacco Litigation 11/23/98 Consumer Rights, Governmental Representation Settled
California Opioids Litigation 05/21/14 Governmental Representation Active
Pharmaceutical Average Wholesale Price Litigation - Governmental Representation, Pharmaceutical Fraud Settled
State of WA v. Trump, et al. 02/02/17 Governmental Representation Active
Climate Change San Francisco & Oakland 09/19/17 Environmental Litigation, Governmental Representation Active
Seattle Opioids Litigation 09/28/17 Governmental Representation Active
Climate Change New York City 01/09/18 Environmental Litigation, Governmental Representation Active
Climate Change King County, Wash. 05/09/18 Environmental Litigation, Governmental Representation

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Why Select Hagens Berman?

We understand the needs of elected officials and their obligation to impartially and zealously represent the interests of the public
without taking excessive risks in litigation.

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 Until We Win

No Cost to You Until 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.

Dedication

Dedication

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.

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.

Governmental Representation Blog Posts:

MVP: Hagens Berman's Steve Berman

Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP's Steve Berman has had a stellar year, settling multiple class actions against big entities like the NCAA and U.S. Soccer and litigating suits against... more »

Written December 13, 2017 General

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

Consumer Rights News: Arbitration clauses can block your ability to sue...

Attorney Steve Berman said as with contracts for credit cards, cell phones and other consumer products, home improvement contractors are jumping on the binding arbitration bandwagon. more »

Written October 28, 2016 Consumer Rights, 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

"Landmark consumer cases are business as usual for Steve Berman."

— The National Law Journal

Naming Steve Berman one of the 100 most influential attorneys in the nation for the third time in a row

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

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

— The Law Business Insider

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"[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)

"All right, I think I can conclude on the basis with my five years with you all, watching this litigation progress and seeing it wind to a conclusion, that the results are exceptional..."

— Judge Hamilton, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

In re Dynamic Random Access Memory Antitrust Litigation (Hagens Berman was co-lead counsel and helped achieve the $325 million class settlement)

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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