On February 24, 2017, Girard Gibbs partner Dena Sharp will present at the 2017 Impact Fund Class Action Conference, on the subject “Class Actions Gone Wrong: How to Avoid Filing Bad Cases and What to Do When Your Good Case Goes Bad.” The panel will discuss how to anticipate potential issues and obtain the best outcome for your client or class.

On January 23, 2017, Hon. Beth Freeman of the United States District Court, Northern District of California, granted final approval to a settlement that resolves a class action lawsuit filed in 2015 on behalf of owners and lessees of 2011-2014 model year Hyundai Sonata vehicles who alleged that their vehicles were sold with defective engines that suffered premature failure.  The settlement class vehicles include 2011-2014 Hyundai Sonatas with a Theta II 2.0 or 2.4 liter gasoline direct injection engine, and the settlement provides for a number of benefits to class members, including:  free inspections and repairs, warranty extensions, and reimbursements for past repairs and related costs.  For more specific details on the settlement benefits,  you can view the Hyundai Sonata Engine Failure Class Action page.

Eric Gibbs co-chaired, and David Berger presented, at the Data Breach Litigation and Investigation Forum hosted by HB Litigation Conferences on January 24, 2017. The comprehensive program brought together a collection of leading plaintiff and defense attorneys, judges, regulators, insurance professionals and data breach experts for a critical discussion on developments and trends in data breach from both the litigation and regulatory perspectives. Panels addressed a variety of key issues, including:

David Stein will present at the 2017 Annual Consumer Class Action Conference hosted by Bridgeport Continuing Education on January 13, 2017.  He is one of two faculty members who will lead the discussion entitled “Hot Topics and Trends in Prosecuting & Defending of Consumer Class Actions.”   David will provide the plaintiffs’ perspective on a number of “hot topics,” including class action waivers in arbitration agreements, personal jurisdiction in light of last year’s BMS decision, recalls and voluntary market actions, scrutiny of class settlements and an overview of some recent, significant Ninth Circuit decisions.

David Berger and Aaron Blumenthal presented at the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology on January 10, 2017 in an interactive program, entitled “Winning Strategies in Privacy and Data Security Class Actions: The Plaintiffs’ Perspective.” The discussion touched on a variety of current issues impacting complex data breach and privacy litigation, including:

On December 27, 2016, Girard Gibbs LLP was selected as interim-lead counsel in litigation alleging that manufacturers of topical steroids had conspired to fix drug prices. A total of six drug makers who produce generic versions of clobetasol, desonide, and fluocinonide have been suspected of involvement. Judge William Pauley of the Southern District of New York appointed Girard Gibbs for its experience with other litigation involving the anticompetitive practices of pharmaceutical companies. To read more, click here.

On November 23, 2016, Eric Gibbs was appointed by Judge Holden of the District of Arizona to the Plantiffs’ Executive Committee in a lawsuit involving a massive data breach at Banner Health. Banner Health announced in August 2016 that a significant data breach may have exposed the personal health and other sensitive information of up to 3.7 million individuals (including patients, health plan members, providers and food/ beverage customers); it was one of the largest data breaches of 2016 based on number of individuals impacted.