Practice/Industry Group Overview
Attorneys at Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP have represented consumers in a variety of state and federal complex class action cases. Recently, in Thomas v. Global Vision Products, Inc., et al., Case No. RG-03091195 (Cal. Super. Ct., Alameda Cty.), Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP served as co-lead counsel in a consumer class action lawsuit against Global Vision Products, Inc., the manufacturer of the Avacor hair restoration product and its officers, directors and spokespersons, in connection with the false and misleading advertising claims regarding the Avacor product. Though the company had declared bankruptcy in 2007, Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP, along with its co-counsel, successfully prosecuted two trials to obtain relief for the class of Avacor purchasers. In January 2008, a jury in the first trial returned a verdict of almost $37 million against two of the creators of the product. In November 2009, another jury awarded plaintiff and the class more than $50 million in a separate trial against two other company directors and officers. This jury award represented the largest consumer class action jury award in California in 2009 (according to VerdictSearch, a legal trade publication).
In In re: HP Power-Plug Litigation, Case No. 06-1221 (N.D. Cal.), Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP was able to obtain full relief to class members with a settlement of a cash payment up to $650.00, or in the alternative, a repair free-of-charge and free of shipping and handling costs and new limited warranty, to compensate class members for defective laptops manufactured by defendant HP. Also, in Delre v. Hewlett-Packard Co., C.A. No. 3232-02 (N.J. Super. Ct. 2002), Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP obtained full relief for a class of approximately 170,000 members who purchased HP dvd-100i dvd-writers (“HP 100i”) after HP misrepresented the write-once (“DVD+R”) capabilities of the HP 100i; including, the compatibility of DVD+RW disks written by HP 100i with DVD players and other optical storage devices. HP agreed to replace the defective HP 100i with its more current, second generation DVD writer, the HP 200i, for affected class members and refund the $99 it had charged some consumers to upgrade from the HP 100i to the HP 200i prior to the settlement.
Other consumer class actions include In re Wireless Telephone 911 Class Litigation, No. 03-CV-2597 (N.D. Ill.) (consumer case alleging industry non-compliance with FCC rules) and Potter v. Sharper Image Corp., No. CGC-03426350 (Cal. Sup. Ct.) (asserting class claims alleging unfair and deceptive trade practices).
The firm prosecutes class action consumer litigation on a contingent fee basis.