The experienced trial lawyers of Tadler Law LLP have extensive experience litigating high-profile, complex class actions on behalf of consumers, small businesses, and investors. The cases we have handled span a variety of subject matter across various industries, including consumer fraud, data breaches, antitrust violations, defective products, and unfair and deceptive practices. The Tadler Law Team is committed to achieving results efficiently and effectively through the application of streamlined strategies and best practices.
What are Class Actions?
In cases that impact hundreds of thousands of individuals, a class action is an effective way to litigate common issues without requiring every person to file their own lawsuit. “Class representatives”—a handful of individuals—file a lawsuit on behalf of everyone else similarly situated by the unlawful conduct. For example, if a certain SUV model has a defective steering wheel that impacted thousands of consumers, one individual (the “plaintiff”) will file a lawsuit against the SUV manufacturer (the “defendant”) on behalf of all individuals impacted by the steering wheel (“the class”). While these cases are often filed in federal court, they are also occasionally brought in state courts.
Typically, a single class action has multiple class representatives. Cases may thus be filed in different states depending on where the plaintiffs and defendants are located. The scattered individual matters are then generally consolidated in a single court before one judge. Once all cases are consolidated, the class action litigation can move forward.
If you serve as a class representative, you may be required to provide detailed information about your case, to produce relevant documents, to sit for a deposition (the equivalent of an interview under oath), and to testify at a trial should one be necessary. While many class actions are resolved prior to trial, cases can take several years to resolve. Some courts have shortened the timeframe for the resolution of class action cases, which helps speed up the process so plaintiffs can obtain a quicker resolution.
Types of Class Actions
There is an almost endless list of what can be the subject of a class action lawsuit. Common types of class actions include matters involving antitrust, employment, environmental, securities, civil rights, and more. Our firm is equipped to handle virtually any type of class action case where we believe our clients can be successful. If you or someone you know believes that a group of people has suffered damage due to the actions of a bad actor, we will take the time needed to listen to your story and give you our best advice regarding how to move forward, if possible. The types of class actions our firm most commonly handles include:
Consumer Fraud and/or False Advertising
Tadler Law attorneys regularly pursue cases against corporate giants when consumers have been the victims of fraud or deceptive conduct, or where consumers have purchased defective or unsafe products. Tadler Law attorneys have represented plaintiffs against Apple related to claims that Apple “throttled” users’ iPhones, Sensa alleging that the company misrepresented the efficacy of its weight loss product, food companies like FritoLay, Tyson, and ConAgra alleging that “all natural” labeling was misleading for products containing genetically modified organisms, or “GMOs,” and other large companies.
Tadler Law works tirelessly on behalf of consumers that suffered harm due to massive data breaches and other violations of their personal and data privacy. Our attorneys have spearheaded numerous highly technical cases, successfully advancing novel legal theories to protect consumers from ever-evolving cybersecurity and data privacy threats. Our law firm’s representative data privacy class action matters include some of the largest and most significant data breaches in history, including data breaches at Facebook, Marriott, Equifax, Yahoo!, and Anthem. Our attorneys are able to leverage their substantive data breach experience as well as their deep knowledge of e-Discovery best practices to successfully litigate these cases to completion. In an age where consumer data is a valuable commodity, these cases continue to grow in relevance and importance.
Antitrust (Anticompetitive Business Practices)
Tadler Law’s class action attorneys are well versed in litigating national antitrust matters in various industries, including in the pharmaceutical industry. Our attorneys work on large cases frequently exposing anticompetitive conduct, such as price-fixing, pay-for-delay, monopolization, tying arrangements, exclusive dealing, patent suppression, and refusals to deal. Partner A.J. de Bartolomeo was appointed to the Direct Purchaser’s Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in In re Glumetza Antitrust Litigation, No. 3:19-cv-5822 (N.D. Cal.), a case alleging defendants violated federal antitrust laws by engaging in a scheme to charge supracompetitive prices for diabetes prescription drug Glumetza.
Several of our attorneys have also litigated large antitrust matters in other industries, including class actions involving consumer electronics and financial services. For example, A.J. de Bartolomeo served on the Trial Prep Committee when her prior firm was Liaison Counsel in In re TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation, MDL Case No. 07-1827, against several of the world’s largest electronics manufacturers alleging that a cartel of major international manufacturers fixed the prices of LCD displays used in computer monitors, laptops, televisions, cell phones, and other products. The case resulted in more than $400 million in settlements.
Why Choose Tadler Law to Represent You?
Class actions are inherently complex cases that require significant discovery, the process by which parties exchange information about the facts of the case. The attorneys of Tadler Law are award-winning, nationally recognized experts in the field of electronic discovery. Our attorneys are equipped with the technical skills to handle complex issues as they arise during cases. This is a significant strategic advantage in litigation because technology plays a huge part in class actions regarding the types of documents exchanged, the types of communication platforms used, and the enormous amount of data stored and used by large companies.
Moreover, our attorneys have been appointed to leadership positions in large class actions in many different courts. We have been chosen by federal and state judges to lead significant cases, including class actions involving data breaches, consumer fraud, and product defects. Those experiences enable us to litigate cases efficiently and confidently.
Additionally, Tadler Law is thoughtful and attentive to its clients, and we aim to be collaborative. We are not a large firm where your case will get lost in the shuffle, but instead we have a lean team dedicated to client service. We keep our clients in the loop throughout their entire case.
If we file a class action on your behalf, we do not charge you any hourly fees or expenses. Instead, we operate on a contingency fee basis. This means we do not get paid any money unless we obtain financial compensation or equitable relief on behalf of the class of impacted individuals.
If you believe that you have a potential claim that may be well suited as a class action, please contact us.