KSG represents consumers who have been victimized by unfair and deceptive business practices, including false advertising, breach of warranty, false labeling of food products, sales of defective goods, predatory lending, and other violations of consumer rights. We believe the class action device is an essential weapon against consumer fraud, because in most cases the damages incurred by a single consumer make it impractical to sue the offending business, which will avoid liability and not be deterred from engaging in unfair business practices in the future. While an individual lawsuit can effectively punish a business for cheating $1 million out of one person, it cannot prevent a business from cheating 10,000 persons out of $100.
The following are examples of the consumer class actions KSG successfully litigated on behalf of millions of consumers:
- IBM 75GXP Hard Disk Drive Litigation (Superior Ct. Cal.) ($35 million settlement on behalf of an allegedly defective hard disk drive)
- Mikhail, et al. v. Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., No. BC 278163 (Superior Ct. Cal.) ($32 million settlement on behalf of purchasers of allegedly defective laptop computers)
- In re Rio Hair Naturalizer Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1055 (E.D. Mich.) ($4.5 million settlement on behalf of purchasers of a defective and dangerous hair straightening product)
- Radonsky, et al. v. Next Proteins International, No. BC 304799 (Superior Ct. Cal.) ($1 million settlement on behalf of purchasers of allegedly mislabeled protein bar)
- Pilkington, et al. v. U.S.Search.com, No. BC 234858 (Superior Ct. Cal.) ($1 million consumer class action settlement on behalf of customers of an allegedly fraudulent online adoption service)
- Kleeman v. Verizon Communications Inc., et al. (Superior Ct. Cal.) (consumer class action settlement pending on behalf of subscribers of email service that allegedly did not deliver legitimate email from certain parts of the world)
- Miller v. Pep Boys, Inc., et al., No. 0201-41489 (C.C.P. Phila. Cy.) (consumer class action settled on behalf of purchasers of an allegedly fraudulent lifetime brakes warranty)
- Winigrad v. Franklin Electronics (Superior Ct. N.J.) (consumer class action settled on behalf of purchasers of an allegedly defective pocket organizer)
- Pacillo v. Philips Electronics (Superior Ct. N.J.) (consumer class action settled on behalf of purchasers of an allegedly defective CD recorder).
- Schwab v. America Online, Inc., No. 96 CH 13732 (Cook County, Ill.) (consumer class action settlement on behalf of allegedly overcharged AOL subscribers)