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Anthem Inc., one of the country’s largest health insurers, reported that its database containing personal information for about 80 million of its customers and employees, was hacked. Anthem said that the breach exposed employees’ and customers’ names, birthdays, addresses, and Social Security numbers. All of Anthem’s business units are affected by the data breach. Anthem notified its subscribers of the breach. Many subscribers have reported instances of identity theft resulting from the Anthem data breach, including cyber-thieves who stole their income tax refunds and who placed false charges on their credit cards.   Cases have now been consolidated and a single, consolidated complaint has been filed.  Click here to view complaint.  This case is pending in the Northern District of California.

In Re Anthem, Inc. Data Breach Litigation, Case No. 15-md.02617-LHK (N.D. Cal.)

Consumer fraud, data breach case brought against one of the nation’s leading hospital and medical care providers. Community Health’s conduct – which includes failing to take adequate and reasonable measures to ensure its data systems were protected – has allegedly led to widespread identity theft. The cyber-criminals who hacked Community Health’s data base had access to patients’ and subscribers names, addresses, and most importantly social security numbers, meaning that identity theft issues will be present for the life of the victims. This suit seeks to redress those wrongs.

In re Community Health Systems, Inc. Customer Security Data Breach Litigation, MDL 2595, Master File No. 15-CV-222-KPB (N.D. Ala.).

Consumer fraud case alleging the advertising for and packaging of Dreamfields pasta, touting its products as having a low glycemic index and low digestible carbohydrates, was not scientifically supported and was misleading. GSP partner Brian Penny spearheaded litigation which led to Defendants’ changing the product label to remove the allegedly false and misleading information and for overall cash compensation of $7.92 million. Mirakay v. Dakota Growers Pasta Co., et al., Case No. 3:13-cv-04429-JAP-LHG (D.N.J. 2013).

Antitrust lawsuit alleging that certain real estate brokers and the Realcomp MLS conspired to restrain the ability of smaller “innovative” brokers from competing in the Southeastern Michigan real estate market. Defendants agreed to pay damages of $3.25 million. Allan v. Realcomp II, Case No. 10-cv-14046-MAG/RSW (E.D. Mich. 2010).

This antitrust lawsuit claims that the defendant airlines conspired to fix and raise prices of airfreight shipping services by, among other things, coordinating surcharges (such as fuel and security surcharges) and by agreeing to eliminate or prevent discounting of surcharges. The lawsuit claims that, as a result, purchasers paid more for airfreight shipping services than they otherwise would have paid. To date, more than $900 million has been recovered for members of the class. The firm’s client, Benchmark Export Services, Inc. is one of six class representatives in this case. In re Air Cargo Shipping Services Antitrust Litig., MDL No. 1775 (E.D.N.Y. 2006).

Consumer fraud, data breach case brought against Target in connection with one of the largest data breaches in history, when hackers stole the personal and financial information of up to 110 million Target customers. Target’s conduct – failing to take adequate and reasonable measures to ensure its data systems were protected, failing to take available steps to prevent and stop the breach from ever happening, failing to disclose to its customers the material facts that it did not have adequate computer systems and security practices to safeguard customers’ financial account and personal data, and failing to provide timely and adequate notice of the Target data breach – has carved a wide trail of substantial consumer harm and injuries to consumers across the United States. This suit seeks to redress those wrongs. In re Target Customer Data Security Breach Litig., MDL No. 14-2522 (PAM/JJK)(D. Min.. 2014).

Case brought on behalf of professional ice hockey players against the National Hockey League seeking medical monitoring and compensation for the long term harm they suffered as a result of concussions sustained while playing Ice hockey at the NHL level. In re National Hockey League Players’ Concussion Injury Litig., MDL No. 14-2551 (SRN/JSM)(D. Minn. 2014).