We take on car manufacturers and know how to win. Read about some of the cases our firm has handled or been involved with as co-counsel over the years.

Our attorneys also successfully represent employees in employment law class actions related to wage and hour disputes, discrimination and employee misclassification. You can read about some of our employment law case results on this page as well.

Products Liability: Automotive Defects Litigation

Olson v. Volkswagen, 2007-cv-05334 — settlement in excess of $10 million. This was an automotive defect class action lawsuit with a class size of over 170,000 vehicles.

Marsikian v. Mercedes-Benz, 2008-cv-04876 — settlement in excess of $10 million. This was an automotive defect class action lawsuit with a class size of over 110,000 vehicles. The court's ruling on the motion to dismiss has been cited in several subsequent automotive defect cases.

Ehrlich v. BMW, No. 10-1151-MMM (C.D. Cal. 2012) — settled for an amount in excess of $10 million. This was another automotive defect lawsuit resulting in nationwide settlement involving over 100,000 vehicles. The defect related to problems with the windshield, resulting in stress fractures.

Sadowska v. VW, No. 11-cv-00665 — settlement in excess of $10 million. This was an automotive defect lawsuit resulting in a pending nationwide settlement that involved over 30,000 vehicles. The defect relates to problems in the CVT transmission.

Keegan v.Honda, 10-cv-09508 — settled for an amount valued in excess of $10 million. A class action lawsuit against Honda relating to uneven tire wear involving more than 100,000 vehicles nationwide.

Zakskorn v. Honda, 11-cv-02610 — settled for an amount valued in excess of $10 million in a class action lawsuit against Honda relating to premature tire wear involving more than 100,000 vehicles.

Catalano v. BMW, 15-cv-04889 — the case settled, with preliminary approval granted and is pending final approval of the court. The case is valued at over $400 million. Class action lawsuit against BMW involving over 100,000 vehicles, relating to defects in certain 5 series BMW vehicles, which caused electrical problems and other related problems.

Representative Employment Law Case Results

Terry v. Sapphire, Clark County Superior Court Case Number A-09-602800-C —settled for an amount valued in excess of $6 million. This was an employment law claim involving several thousand class members.

Arfat v. Déjà vu, Case Number BC367362 and related actions — ultimately resolved as part of a nationwide settlement, with a settlement value of $10 million. This was a wage and hour case that was certified as a class action.

Perez v. Lewis, Marenstein, Case Number, BC391313 — settled for $750,000. This wage and hour case was filed on behalf of a class of 60 employees.

Trauth v. Spearmint Rhino, and Omlor v. Spearmint Rhino, related class action litigation against Spearmint Rhino — where the district court granted final approval to this approximately $12 million settlement (also containing injunctive relief provisions).

Vadura v. Paddy Murphy's, case pending in Orange County superior court. The court granted final approval of a $700,000 class action settlement on behalf of exotic dancers. This settlement also required the defendant to reclassify its employees, cease imposing financial penalties upon them and refrain from continuing to charge them stage fees.

Ababa v. Promise, BC566121 and consolidated cases — was resolved for the gross amount of $5 million dollars, and the Los Angeles County Superior Court granted preliminary approval of this class action settlement in April of 2017. This wage and hour case against Promise Hospital and Promise Healthcare of California.

Trasovan v. Lawrence Rubenstein & Associates , Los Angeles Superior Court Case Number 13C322960 — settled for a gross settlement amount of $375,000. I was co-counsel in this wage and hour case. This case was filed on October 13, 2004, and was the first class action lawsuit that I had ever been involved in. I worked almost exclusively with the plaintiff, participated in drafting the complaint, participated in settlement negotiations, participated in the drafting of the motion for preliminary approval and participated in the drafting of the motion for final approval.

Ramirez v. Arevalo Landscaping, Los Angeles Superior Court Case Number BC397109 — this matter settled for $100,000. This is a wage and hour class action. This matter was a relatively small case, with a low settlement amount, primarily due to the dire financial condition of the defendant and the size of the class.