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The law firm of Strange & Carpenter has handled complex business litigation, including class actions, for more than twenty-five years. As a boutique complex litigation firm, we represent clients in federal and state courts across the country and beyond. Our firm represents corporate, small business, and individual clients who have been damaged by anticompetitive conduct, unfair business practices, false advertising, and other instances of business and consumer fraud and wrongdoing. Our track record of success in resolving these cases has earned our firm a national reputation for excellence, and given us the substantial resources needed to litigate the largest and most complex cases facing clients today.
We are committed to achieving justice and fairness and to rectifying misconduct wherever it is found. To that end, our highly qualified Los Angeles complex litigation lawyers have obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements for our clients.
SELECTED RECENT CASES
Kickflip, Inc. Defeats Facebook's Motion to Dismiss:
On September 27, 2013, the Honorable Leonard P. Stark of the U.S. District Court of Delaware denied Facebook, Inc.'s motion to dismiss Plaintiff's complaint in Kickflip, Inc. v. Facebook, Inc., Case Number 12-cv-01369. Judge Stark upheld all of Plaintiff Kickflip's claims, including monopolization, unlawful tying and tortious interference. Plaintiff Kickflip contends Facebook engaged in a course of conduct to eliminate its competition by exploiting its dominant social-game network by, among other conduct, banning all developers on Facebook from using any virtual-currency services other than Credits. Since then, Facebook has received billions of dollars that would have otherwise gone to the competition, including Kickflip.
Memorandum Opinion in Kickflip v. Facebook
Law 360 - Facebook Can't Shake Virtual Currency Company's Monopoly Suit
NLJ - Facebook Faces Antitrust Claims Over Virtual Currency
Lucia v. Wells Fargo Bank, NA aka Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Inc.:
In a published Per Curiam Opinion dated August 8, 2013, with a Concurrence by Judge Noonan, Strange & Carpenter have successfully appealed the district court's dismissal of Lucia v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., aka Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Inc., Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Case No. 11-16242. The Ninth Circuit reversed the district court's judgment granting Wells Fargo's motion to dismiss and remanded the case, which is alleged as a class action, back to the district court.
Plaintiffs in the case allege that Wells Fargo offered them a trial period plan ("TPP") to modify their home mortgage under the Home Affordable Modification Program ("HAMP"), with the promise of a permanent modification if they fully complied with the TPP. Plaintiffs further allege that they made all TPP payments and fully complied with their obligations, but Wells Fargo nevertheless refused to provide them with a permanent modification, and instead, foreclosed on their home. The district court dismissed Plaintiffs' claims without leave to amend, and the Ninth Circuit reversed, holding that Plaintiffs had adequately alleged their claims, and remanding the case to the district court for further proceedings.
The court noted that "[t]he [ ] natural and fair interpretation of the TPP is that the servicer must send a signed Modification Agreement offering to modify the loan once borrowers meet their end of the bargain. . . . This interpretation of the TPP avoids the injustice that would result were Wells Fargo's position accepted and Wells Fargo allowed to keep borrowers' trial payments without fulfilling any obligations in return. The TPP does not contemplate such an unfair result." Corvello v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2013 WL 4017279, at *5.
In re Google, Inc. Cookie Placement Consumer Privacy Litigation:
Mr. Strange was recently appointed as Interim Co-Lead Counsel by the Honorable Sue L. Robinson in a privacy class action on behalf of users of Apple or Microsoft web browsers who visited websites that deployed third-party tracking cookies from Google, Inc. The case is pending in the District of Delaware.
In re Sony Gaming Networks and Customer Data Security Breach Litigation:
Plaintiffs' Steering Committee of this Multi-District Litigation, a class action on behalf of all persons or entities that have or had a PlayStation Network, Qriocity and/or Sony Online Entertainment account containing Financial, Personal ID or Usage Data at the time Defendants suffered a security breach on or about April 17-19, 2011. This action arises from Defendants' failure to adequately safeguard certain financial, personal identification, and related data belonging to Plaintiffs and others similarly situated who provided this data as part of Defendants' PlayStation Network and Qriocity and Sony Online Entertainment services. Plaintiffs allege that as a result of Defendants' actions and omissions, unauthorized third parties breached Defendants' security systems and were able to access the Financial, Personal ID and Usage Data of an estimated 101 million users.
Gram v. Intelligender, LLC:
A settlement has been reached in a class action involving Intelligender's marketing and selling of its Gender Prediction Tests, which Intelligender represents will predict the gender of unborn children at a high accuracy rate well before an ultrasound or sonogram can do so. Plaintiff has alleged that Intelligender's advertising and marketing relating to the accuracy rates and scientific bases of the Gender Prediction Tests are false and misleading and that the Tests are not reliable and do not accurately predict the sex of an unborn baby. For more details, visit the settlement website at www.genderpredictionsettlement.com.
Kickflip v. Facebook:
Strange & Carpenter represents Kickflip, a virtual-currency service provider, in a lawsuit involving alleged monopolization and tying by Facebook. For years, Kickflip had been a leading provider of virtual currency and payment processing for software companies that develop games to be played on Facebook. Virtual currency services include payment processing engines for virtual currency — which users purchase using real money — that can be used to buy upgrades or items in certain Facebook games, such as Zynga’s FarmVille. In 2009, Facebook began offering its own proprietary virtual currency service called Credits. In 2011, after failing to gain market share through competition on the merits, Facebook leveraged its dominant position in the market for social game networks to require all social game developers to process their payments through Facebook Credits. Facebook’s actions eliminated competition and destroyed Kickflip’s virtual currency business. Kickflip's suit alleges that the mandated switch to the Facebook Credits system was an illegal monopolization and tying arrangement in violation of the Sherman Act. The case is pending in the District of Delaware. For further information, please visit http://stopfacebookcredits.com.
In Re Polyurethane Foam Antitrust Litigation:
Mr. Strange has been approved by Judge Jack Zouhary to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in a multidistrict antitrust litigation involving allegations of price fixing in the sale of polyurethane foam. The firm represents a class of direct purchasers products containing foam, such as mattresses, pillows, furniture, auto seats, and carpet cushion. The case is pending in the Northern District of Ohio.
In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation:
Strange & Carpenter is advising a range of merchants in connection with non-class recoveries from Visa, MasterCard, and their member banks based on alleged anticompetitive conduct in the payment card industry. The related class litigation is pending in the Eastern District of New York.
Monsanto - Genetically Altered Wheat:
Strange & Carpenter is investigating claims against Monsanto based on genetically altered wheat. If you have any information on these investigations or claims, please contact our office.
Payroll Debit Cards:
Strange & Carpenter is investigating various companies, primarily retail stores and restaurants, that pay their employees with fee-based debit cards rather than checks or direct deposit. If you work or have worked for a company that paid your wages by debit card, please contact our office for a free consultation.
Ford Hybrid Ignite Engine Shutdown:
Strange & Carpenter is investigating potential claims that Ford's hybrid sedans can shut down because of an issue in the engine cooling systems. Ford's hybrid sedans under investigation are Escape Hybrid, 2005 through 2008; and Mercury Mariner, 2006 through 2008 models. These models may shut down while traveling without warning. If you experienced a shut down while traveling, and purchased, lease or own one of these Ford hybrid models, please contact Strange & Carpenter for a free consultation.
Nizoral (Ketoconazole) Oral Tablets:
Strange & Carpenter is investigating claims that Nizoral (ketoconazole) oral tablets may cause severe liver injuries, adrenal gland problems and possibly lead to harmful drug interactions with other medications. If you take or know someone who takes Nizoral (ketoconazole) oral tablets, please contact Strange & Carpenter at (310) 207-5055 for a free consultation.
Enteric Coated Aspirin Tablets:
Strange & Carpenter is investigating a nationwide recall of one lot of 81 mg Enteric Coated Aspirin Tablets because the bottles may contain tablets with 500 mg of acetaminophen instead of 81 mg. The mislabled products instruct patients to take fourt to eight tablets every four hours, but not more than 48 tablets in 24 hours. Consumers who take 48 tablets daily of the defective and/or mislabeled product may be ingesting up to 24,000 mg of acetaminophen, which is six times the maximum recommended daily dose. The affected lot is Lot 13A026 with an expiration date of January 2015.
Nordstrom Tracking Customers' Mobile Devices:
Strange & Carpenter is investigating allegations that Nordstrom tracked shoppers' movements by following the Wi-Fi signals from shoppers' Smartphones and/or mobile devices. If you were a Nordstrom shopper and had a Smartphone and/or mobile device with you while shopping between approximately September 2012 and May 2013, please contact our office for a free consultation.
Strange & Carpenter is representing plaintiffs in a putative class action pursuing claims against Hulu, LLC, based on claims that Hulu violated the Video Privacy Protection Act by disclosing users' video viewing selections and personally identifiable information without consent. If you have viewed videos on Hulu.com, please contact our office for a free consultation.
Path Mobile App:
Strange & Carpenter is representing a plaintiff in a putative class action pursuing claims against Path, Inc., creator of the Path social networking mobile app, based on claims of Path accessing and using Users' contact address books without authorization and consent, to obtain and store contact address data, including personally identifiable information within the contact address book. If you are a California resident who has used the Path app, please contact our office for a free consultation.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. advertising HP TouchPad Tablets at a discounted price:
Strange & Carpenter is investigating Barnes & Noble, Inc. for advertising HP TouchPad Tablets at a discounted price on its website in August, 2011, but then not honoring thousands of such orders, instead cancelling them hours or days after the orders were placed. If you are a California resident who ordered an HP TouchPad Tablet from Barnes & Noble's website during the liquidation sale in August, 2011, but later had your order cancelled by Barnes & Noble, please contact our office for a free consultation.
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