What We’ve Done
Ahdoot & Wolfson, PC has an impressive track record of litigation success in state and federal courts. As class counsel in numerous class actions, our attorneys have obtained extensive experience in prosecuting complex class action and representative lawsuits. Firm principals Robert Ahdoot and Tina Wolfson have served as plaintiffs’ lead counsel and co-counsel, litigating numerous class actions against large corporate defendants involving varied consumer rights claims. The following examples have all been successfully resolved, conferring millions of dollars to the class, the general public, and/or charity beneficiaries, as well as injunctive relief.
Resolved Consumer Class Actions
In Mirto v. AIG / Granite State Insurance Co. et al., our attorneys successfully resolved a consumer class action against a nationwide automobile insurance provider for charging higher premiums to consumers who lacked or had a lapse in prior coverage, violating California business and insurance codes. We have also achieved successful results against numerous banking and credit card institutions in class actions alleging invasions of privacy, unjust enrichment, and unfair business practices. These cases, listed below, involved the unauthorized disclosure of consumers’ personal and financial information to third parties:
- Zadeh v. Chase Manhattan Bank, et al.
- Steinhaus v. American Express Travel Related Services Co. et al.
- Bernard v. MBNA America Bank, et al.
- Shakib v. Discover Bank, et al.
- Baumsteiger v. FleetBoston Bank, et al.
Our attorneys also successfully reformed the ginseng consumer industry in Citizens for Responsible Business v. Rite Aid Corporation, et al. by eradicating the unlawful labeling of products containing “Siberian ginseng,” which was not real ginseng root, in national grocery markets. In Axen v. Ginco International, et al., Ahdoot & Wolfson was successful in a class action against vendors and retailers who sold ginseng contaminated with illegal pesticides.
Protected Employee Rights
Ahdoot & Wolfson also has prosecuted actions for violations of wage and hour laws and other employee rights, in the form of class actions and representative lawsuits. In Nazlou v. Answer Financial, Inc., we successfully represented a class of salespersons for an insurance provider who failed to provide adequate compensation for overtime hours worked. In Inganni v. Artists Group, our attorneys were successful in a sexual harassment case on behalf of an employee.
Our firm successfully represented workers in Gitterman v. Def Jam Records, a wage and hour action against a record company that refused to compensate the workers for services in violation of an employment agreement. We also were successful in Bertoli v. Katy Castings, Inc., a wage and hour action against a casting agency for fraudulently classifying plaintiffs as independent contractors rather than employees to avoid paying wages and providing other employment benefits required by law.
Additional successful wage and hour cases resolved by the firm include Jones v. Morris, in which food delivery workers were not being paid any wages, and Citizens for Responsible Business v. Ming International, Inc., in which a clothing manufacturer in downtown Los Angeles unlawfully deprived its workers of overtime pay. Another employment case successfully resolved by our attorneys was Atwood v. Richardson Inc., in which the employer refused to provide benefits under a pension plan despite the employee’s rights vesting in that plan.
Prosecuted Unlawful Business Practices
Ahdoot & Wolfson also prosecuted claims against the auto industry on behalf of a representative plaintiff and the general public for alleged violations of California Business & Professions Code Section 17200 et seq. (California’s unfair/unlawful business practice law) and the California’s Safe Drinking Water & Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (known as “Proposition 65”). These matters, involving approximately 1,600 separate auto dealerships in California and almost every car manufacturer, resulted in the California automotive industry commencing and instituting a program of warning and educating the public regarding the hazardous effects of automobile emissions and other automobile-related exposures. In recognition of these efforts, which included complex scientific analysis and accumulation of vast data, the California Attorney General took the unprecedented step of publishing a letter in support of the firm’s and our client’s efforts to combat pollution and related carcinogens emitted by automobiles.
In addition, in a matter entitled Citizens for Responsible Business v. Rite Aid Corporation, et al., Ahdoot & Wolfson prosecuted claims of false and illegal labeling in the herbal supplement industry against 107 large companies who were gleaning millions of dollars from this nationwide practice. We were successful in completely eradicating this practice in the United States. Learn more about what we do and what we can do for you.