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Our recent class action experience includes the following matters:
- In Re: Pacquiao-Mayweather Boxing Match Pay-Per-View Litigation (Central District of California)
Defended undefeated champ Floyd Mayweather and Mayweather Promotions LLC, obtaining dismissal of 26 putative class actions pending in an MDL.
- Lomeli, et al. v. Jackson Hewitt Inc. et al. (Central District of California)
Currently defending putative class action fraud claims that a Jackson Hewitt franchisee in the LA-area city of South Gate manipulated Plaintiff’s tax returns to get a larger refund and retained a portion of the ill-gotten refund in fees.
- Major v. Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. (Ninth Circuit)
Affirmance of an earlier GT win on summary judgment defeating a putative false advertising class action against longtime client Ocean Spray.
- Markman v. Whole Foods Market Inc. et al. (Western District of Texas)
Obtained dismissal of a putative securities fraud class action targeting Whole Foods and six current and former executives over its overpricing scandal, finding that a twice-amended complaint made no credible allegation that the grocery giant now owned by Amazon.com intended to deceive shareholders.
- Allen et al. v. Fluor Corp. (Northern District of Texas)
Obtained dismissal of a putative class action by contractors who claimed Fluor failed to pay overtime on a contract in Afghanistan, ruling the country’s labor code does not apply to foreign citizens without work permits.
- Thomas Martone v. Walter E. Robb, III, et al. (Fifth Circuit)
A putative class of participants in the Whole Foods Market 401(k) plan brought this case in the Western District of Texas alleging that the fiduciary of the 401(k) plan failed to warn about the alleged manipulation of revenue through overweighing of products, causing the stock to be inflated. The matter presents a unique theory – that the fiduciary, once it allegedly learned of the alleged intentional overweighing of product, was obligated to purchase a hedging product to protect the investments by the employees in company stock. The trial court dismissed with prejudice. The case is now on appeal, has been argued, and the parties await the court’s decision.
- Eike et al. v. Allergan Inc. et al. (Seventh Circuit)
Won a reversal of a district court ruling granting class certification to a group of glaucoma sufferers suing Allergan Inc. and other drug makers (including our client Alcon) over the size of their eyedrop dispensers.
- Zurbriggen et al. v. Twin Hill Acquisition Inc. (Northern District of Illinois)
This case is one of four proposed class actions the Chicago office is defending, brought by American Airlines employees over a new batch of chemically treated uniforms manufactured by our client (a subsidiary of The Men’s Wearhouse) that has allegedly led to a “cascade of health problems” among flight attendants and pilots.
- In Re: 100% Grated Parmesan Cheese Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation (Northern District of Illinois)
Obtained dismissal for Wal-Mart and other cheese makers and sellers in an MDL alleging that they deceived customers by labeling products containing “a nontrivial amount of cellulose” as “100% grated Parmesan cheese.”
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With 38 offices globally, GT is equipped to handle litigation matters that arise in key jurisdictions across the U.S. and abroad. The following jurisdictional capabilities reflect our discussion last week, and we would be happy to provide information about our capabilities in additional jurisdictions.