Making a Molehill out of a Mountain
A publicly traded company turned to us when one California customer sued over a small charge for one of the company's services.
Plaintiff sought class certification for the thousands of customers affected by the charge. This move exponentially increased the company's exposure.
We approached the problem from several angles - successfully challenging the most dangerous consumer claims under California law, transferring venue from state to federal court and moving to dismiss the federal claims. This approach brought the plaintiff to the negotiating table on the eve of a hearing to dismiss the remaining claims. We negotiated with the single plaintiff to settle on terms very favorable to the client.
By working through federal courts, we were not required to seek the court's approval of the settlement, or disclose the settlement details. By keeping the settlement confidential, we limited potential copycat litigation.