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  • Sauder Schelkopf filed a class action lawsuit against Dr. Patrick Sutton and Huntington Memorial Hospital located in Pasadena, California on behalf of individuals who were subjected to sexual misconduct by Sutton, a gynecologist at the hospital. If you were a patient of Dr. Patrick Sutton, contact one of Sauder Schelkopf’s female sexual assault lawyers here.
  • Sauder Schelkopf is investigating potential litigation on behalf of individuals who have been sexually assaulted by clergy in the Catholic Dioceses in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently released a grand jury report on sex abuse in the Catholic Church, listing more than 300 accused clergy and detailing a “systematic” coverup effort by church leaders over 70 years. The report identified more than 1,000 child victims.  The investigation is the most comprehensive yet on Catholic Church sex abuse in the United States. The report covered eight of Pennsylvania’s dioceses — Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Scranton, Erie, and Greensburg. Please contact us here for a free confidential consultation.
  • Sauder Schelkopf filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of individuals who were sexually abused by Dr. Richard Strauss while they were students at Ohio State University (“OSU”).  If you were sexually abused by Dr. Strauss while you were a student at OSU, contact us here for a free confidential consultation with our sexual assault attorneys.
  • Sauder Schelkopf filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of patients of Dr. George Tyndalla gynecologist at the University of Southern California accused of sexually assaulting students since the 1990s.   For a free confidential consultation with our female sexual assault attorneys contact us here.
  • A federal court judge in Chicago granted final approval to a $295 million settlement with Stericycle for excessive and repeated price increases for medical waste disposal.  Sauder Schelkopf represented dentists, physicians and veterinarians as part of the nationwide class action settlement.
  • We are pleased to announce that Joe Sauder and Matt Schelkopf have been named as Super Lawyers in 2018, and Joe Kenney has been named a Rising Star in 2018. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. These selections were made by a research-driven, peer influenced rating service that included peer nominations, independent research by Super Lawyers, and evaluations by a highly credentialed panel of attorneys. For more information about Super Lawyers, please go to SuperLawyers.com
  • Sauder Schelkopf filed a class action lawsuit in Washington state on behalf of over 2,600 patients who were treated at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital, located in Puyallup, Washington between August 2017 and March 2018 to get tested for hepatitis C and other bloodborne pathogens.  Contact us here about the case.
  • Sauder Schelkopf filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of consumers who purchased the Nyko Dock.  It is alleged the Nyko Dock may cause damage to the Nintendo Switch.  Contact us here about the case.
  • North Carolina Power Outages – The Court granted preliminary approval of the $10.3 million settlement reached by Sauder Schelkopf, and co-counsel, on behalf of businesses impacted by a massive power outage caused by a bridge builder on the Outer Banks.  Final approval is scheduled for September 14, 2018.
  • Pacific Fertility Center – Sauder Schelkopf filed the first class action in San Francisco on behalf of individuals whose frozen eggs and embryos were impacted by Pacific Fertility storage tank malfunction.
  • R.M. v Skating Club of Wilmington – Sauder Schelkopf is currently litigating two individual lawsuits in Newark federal court on behalf of two youth hockey players who suffered carbon monoxide poisoning from the continued and alleged negligent use of a malfunctioning Zamboni during a youth hockey tournament in a skating rink without carbon monoxide detectors.

Automotive Defects

  • Afzal v. BMW of North America, LLC, et al., (class action on behalf of purchasers and lessees of BMW M3 vehicles with S65 engines containing an alleged rotating assembly defect resulting in engine failure);
  • Bang v. BMW of North America, LLC, et al., (class action on behalf of hundreds of thousands of purchasers and lessees of certain BMW vehicles with N63 engines containing alleged oil consumption defect);
  • Baranco v. Ford Motor Company (class action on behalf of hundreds of thousands of purchasers and lessees of certain Ford vehicles containing defective door latch assemblies that can cause unwarranted “door ajar” warnings leading to the doors not locking and the batteries depleting);
  • Davitt v. Honda North America, Inc., (class action on behalf of hundreds of thousands of purchasers and lessees of Honda CR-V vehicles with alleged defective door lock actuators);
  • Henderson v. Volvo Cars of North America LLC, et al., (class action on behalf of 90,000 purchasers and lessees of Volvo vehicles with defective GM4T65 automatic transmissions);
  • In re: General Motors Corp. Air Conditioning Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation – (class action on behalf of owners and lessees of 2015-17 Cadillac Escalade models, 2014-17 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 models, 2015-17 Chevrolet Suburban models, 2015-17 Chevrolet Tahoe models, 2014-17 GMC Sierra 1500 models, and 2015-17 GMC Yukon models for defective air conditioning systems); 
  • In re: Kia Engine Litigation (class action on behalf of hundreds of thousands of purchasers and lessees of certain Kia Optima, Sorento and Sportage vehicles with alleged connecting rod bearing defect resulting in engine failure);
  • Kinnick v. Hyundai Motor America, Inc., (class action on behalf of hundreds of thousands of purchasers and lessees of certain Hyundai Sonata, Tucson and Santa Fe vehicles with alleged connecting rod bearing defect resulting in engine failure);
  • Lax v. Toyota Motor Corporation (class action on behalf of hundreds of thousands of purchasers and lessees of certain Toyota vehicles with alleged oil consumption defect);
  • Mendoza v. Hyundai Motor America, Inc., (class action on behalf of hundreds of thousands of purchasers and lessees of certain Hyundai Sonata vehicles with alleged connecting rod bearing defect resulting in engine failure);
  • McKee v. General Motors (class action on behalf of hundreds of thousands of purchasers and lessees of GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado trucks with defective 6L50 transmissions);
  • Neale v. Volvo Cars of North America LLC, et al., (certified class action on behalf of hundreds of thousands of purchasers and lessees of certain Volvo vehicles with alleged defective sunroof water drainage systems);
  • Rivera v. Ford Motor Company, (class action on behalf of hundreds of thousands of purchasers and lessees of certain Ford Focus vehicles with alleged defective Evaporative Emission Control (EVAP) systems causing sudden and unexpected engine stalling);
  • Salcedo v. Subaru of America, Inc., (D.N.J.) (class action on behalf of owners and lessees of MY 2012-2017 Subaru WRX and WRX STi vehicles with alleged connecting rod bearing defect resulting in engine failure);
  • Squires et al. v. Toyota Motor Corp., et al; (class action on behalf of hundreds of thousands of purchasers and lessees of Toyota Prius vehicles with alleged defective windshields prone to sudden cracking);
  • Tolmasoff v. General Motors, LLC, (E.D. Mich.) (as co-lead counsel Sauder Schelkopf achieved a $6 million nationwide settlement in class action involving a claim of overstated miles-per-gallon in GM vehicles);
  • Wallis v. Kia Motors America, Inc., (class action on behalf of hundreds of thousands of purchasers and lessees of certain Kia vehicles with alleged connecting rod bearing defect resulting in engine failure);
  • Whalen v. Ford Motor Co., (class action on behalf of hundreds of thousands of purchasers and lessees of certain Ford and Lincoln vehicles with alleged defective MyFord Touch infotainment systems);
  • Yaeger v. Subaru of America, Inc., (class action on behalf of hundreds of thousands of purchasers and lessees of certain Subaru vehicles with alleged oil consumption defect);

Consumer Protection

 

  • Sherwin Williams Deck Stain (N.D. Ohio) (class action on behalf of homeowners who purchased Sherwin-Williams’ Duckback and/or SuperDeck deck stains that premature peel on outdoor decks)
  • Samsung Cracked Dryer Drum (S.D. Ohio) (class action on behalf of homeowners who purchased a Samsung clothes dryer and experienced a cracked dryer drum).
  • Davidson v Apple (N.D. CA) (consumer class action pertaining to the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus touchscreens to become unresponsive to users’ touch inputs);
  • Fritz v. North American Power (class action on behalf of individuals for the alleged deceptive pricing and sales tactics of electric and gas utilities);
  • Hartley v. Sig Sauer (class action on behalf of purchasers of Sig Sauer P320 handguns that are without the inclusion of an important safety item known as a disconnector safety, which can result in unintentional firing);
  • In re Checking Account Overdraft Litig., (S.D. FLA.) (class action resulting in a $55 million settlement with US Bank and $14.5 million settlement with Comerica);
  • In re Stericycle Inc., Sterisafe Contract Litigation (N.D. IL.)(commercial litigation brought on behalf of medical waste disposal customers of Stericycle regarding alleged automated price increases in violation of contractual terms);
  • McLaughlin v. IDT, et al., (class action on behalf of individuals for the alleged deceptive pricing and sales tactics of electric and gas utilities);
  • Sasso v. Hiko (settled class action on behalf of individuals for the alleged deceptive pricing and sales tactics of electric and gas utilities);
  • Smith v. Gaiam (D.CO.) ($10 million consumer class action settlement, which provided full relief to the class).

Home Products and Construction Defects

  • Traxler v. PPG Industries, Inc., (N.D. Ohio) ($6.5 million settlement on behalf of homeowners who purchased and used defective deck stain);
  • Cole v. NIBCO, Inc., (D.N.J.) (Appointed as Co-lead Counsel in a class action lawsuit on behalf of homeowners who purchased NIBCO’s allegedly defective plumbing products, including PEX tubing and clamps, or otherwise had those plumbing products installed in their homes or other structures);
  • Klug v. Watts Regulator Co.(D. Neb.) and Ponzo v. Watts Regulator Co., No. 8:16-200 (D. Neb.) (as co-lead counsel achieved a $14 million joint settlement on behalf of homeowners with defective toilet connectors and water heater connectors manufactured by Watts);

Employee Rights

  • Rangel v. Cardell Cabinetry, LLC(W.D. TX) ($800,000 settlement on behalf of hundreds of former employees of a Texas cabinetry maker for Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) violations when they were fired without notice);
  • McCoy v. North State Aviation, LLC and NSA Holdings, Inc. ($1.5 million settlement on behalf of hundreds of employees in North Carolina whose WARN Act rights were violated when they were abruptly fired without notice.)
  • Guill v Alliance Resource Partners (S.D. Illinois) (class action lawsuit on behalf of over 200 coal miners whose WARN Act rights were violated when they were abruptly fired without notice.)

Healthcare Litigation

  • In re: Arizona Theranos Inc. Litigation (D. AZ) (filed the first class action against Theranos on behalf of patients whose blood results were subsequently voided by lab);
  • Porras et al. v. Hospital Corporation of American (HCA) et al., (Denver) (filed a class action on behalf of over 3000 surgical patients who were notified by the hospital that a surgical tech swapped fentanyl needles possibly exposing them to infectious diseases);
  • Bhatia v. 3M Company (D. Minn) (class action on behalf of dentists to recoup out of pockets expenses related to failed crowns);
  • Physicians of Winter Haven v Steris Corp (N.D. Ohio) ($20 million nationwide class action settlement on behalf of surgical centers to recoup out of pocket expenses related to a recalled medical device);
  • B. v Tenet Healthcare Corp., (N.D. GA) (class action on behalf of pregnant women who were misled into believing they could only deliver their babies at Tenet hospitals. This suit is related to a $513 million settlement with the federal government over kickbacks for referrals of pregnant immigrants);
  • In re: Epipen Injection USP Marketing, Sales Practice Litigation (D. Kansas) (class action lawsuit on behalf of patients forced to purchase twin packs of EpiPen at exorbitant price increases);
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