Matters

Pharmaceutical Company – Dismissal from Consumer Fraud Class Action

Herrick secured a significant win for a pharmaceutical company in a New Jersey federal court ruling dismissing our client from a putative class action for failure to state a claim. The wide-ranging lawsuit involved allegations concerning alleged violations of consumer fraud laws in the marketing of product.

Bridgestone Firestone – National Counsel

For over thirty years, Herrick has served as regional counsel in New York and New Jersey for Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC and its predecessors in connection with claims involving tires, rims, roofing materials, children's car seats, retail stores and employment matters. Since the company's recall of tires equipped on Ford Explorer vehicles in 2000, Herrick has acted with a small group of attorneys as National Counsel for the company and, in that capacity, has represented the company in hundreds of litigations pending around the country. Additionally, Firestone looks to Herrick for counsel and advice in crisis management and prevention. Summing up the relationship with the firm, the company's General Counsel stated "In the two decades we've worked with them, Herrick has proven to be the rare combination of top notch trial lawyers with solid business skills who know as much about presenting evidence to a jury as they do about risk management and cost containment."

National Energy Services Provider – Certification Denied in Consumer Fraud Class Action

Achieved a significant victory on behalf of a national energy services provider by defeating class certification sought by plaintiffs in a putative class action in Pennsylvania federal court, which targeted our client’s affiliate. Claiming to have been the victims of a scheme that “locked” them into variable rate contracts charging purportedly inflated rates for electricity service, plaintiffs sought certification allowing them to sue on behalf of practically anyone currently living in Pennsylvania that ever entered into a variable rate residential electric contract with the company. In its ruling, the court denied class certification on typicality, adequacy, predominance, and commonality. Herrick continues to represent the client on the plaintiffs’ appeal.

Consumer Products Manufacturer – Product Liability

Defense of a major international consumer products manufacturer in actions arising from misuse of personal care products.

Building Materials Manufacturer – Product Liability Disputes

Representing major manufacturer of commercial and residential roofing in multiple warranty claims.

Multinational Tire Manufacturer – Consumer Fraud Class Action Defense

Successful defense of the North American subsidiary of a multinational automotive parts manufacturer in national consumer fraud class actions involving allegations that an innovative tire design was more susceptible to road hazard damage than regular tires. The firm’s successes on behalf of the client include obtaining an important, precedent setting decision from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals that vacated the lower court’s certification of a limited New Jersey sub-class of plaintiffs, and then later securing the dismissal of all but one of the claims asserted in a copycat class action, effectively precluding the plaintiffs from further pursuing the litigation.

National Department Store Chain – Breach of Contract Dispute with Real Estate Brokerage Company

Defense of a national retail chain in litigation filed by a real estate brokerage company seeking damages related to an alleged breach of contract and other claims.

Global Medical Research Company – Software Licensing Dispute

Representation of a global medical research company seeking declaratory relief and claiming breach of contract for software license fees.

Pharmaceutical Company – Product Liability and Consumer Fraud

Defense of a major pharmaceutical manufacturer in a national litigation involving claims of failure to warn and consumer fraud.

Telecommunications Class Action Dismissal

Representation of a major telecommunications company in a New Jersey class action lawsuit alleging overcharges for telephone services.

Consumer Products Manufacturer – Class Action Defense

Represented a major consumer products manufacturer in consumer fraud class actions involving the marketing of food and cosmetic products.

Major Paint Manufacturer – Lead Paint Nuisance Claim

Successful defense of a major paint manufacturer in a suit in which the New Jersey Supreme Court held that a public nuisance claim brought by 26 cities and counties seeking lead paint abatement and healthcare costs failed as a matter of law.