Consumer Fraud Litigation

Pritzker Levine LLP and its attorneys have the knowledge, skill and experience to represent consumers in class action litigation against businesses and corporations who engage in fraud, deceptive marketing practices or produce defective, substandard goods and services.  A “class action” is a lawsuit in which one individual, or a group of individuals, file a lawsuit on behalf of persons who have been harmed by the same wrong or who have similar claims against the company.  By allowing multiple claims to be brought in one lawsuit, a class action provides a vehicle for everyday consumers to seek redress from large businesses and corporations for harms that might otherwise be too small – or too expensive — for them to address through individual lawsuits.   These suits also benefit our cash-strapped courts by allowing similar claims to be resolved in a single court and before one judge, as opposed to many courtrooms and judges.

Pritzker Levine regularly represents consumers in class actions against corporations- including lenders, manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies. time share operators and others – that engage in fraud, employ business practices that violate the law, or produce defective and dangerous products.

To learn how our consumer fraud attorneys can help you, or to discuss a possible consumer fraud claim, please contact Elizabeth Pritzker at or call 415-805-8532 for a free consultation.


CVS Generic Drug Pricing Lawsuit

Pritzker Levine (as Class Counsel) represents six certified classes of consumers in a nationwide class action against CVS Pharmacy, Inc. Plaintiffs allege that CVS wrongfully overcharged consumers who were insured and had third-party prescription drug coverage for more than 400 of the most popular and commonly-prescribed generic prescription drugs. Following a jury trial, the case is on appeal before the Ninth Circuit.

In re ZF-TRW Airbag Control Units Litigation

Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel Jonathan Levine and Pritzker Levine represent a proposed class of consumers in a nationwide class action against ZF-TRW, Toyota, Honda, Acura, Mitsubishi, Hyundai, Kia and Fiat-Chrysler.  Plaintiffs allege that airbag control units manufactured by ZF-TRW and installed in certain vehicle models manufactured and sold by the manufacturer defendants are defective and may, in an accident, result in the vehicle airbags failing to inflate.  The litigation is ongoing.

VW “Clean Diesel” Litigation

Pritzker Levine represented a proposed class of consumers in a nationwide class action against Volkswagen for damages arising from the company’s shocking admission that it had installed illegal software in its 2009-2015 “clean diesel” Jetta, Passat, Golf, Beetle and Audi A3 vehicles to evade federal and state emissions testing.  These vehicles, when driven, emitted 10 to 40 times the lawful amount of certain pollutants.  As a result of the litigation, VW paid out around $30 billion in settlements and penalties, including a buyback program for class members’ defective vehicles valued at $10 billion dollars.

In re Providian Credit Card Cases

Jonathan Levine, as Co-lead Counsel, represented a nationwide class of Providian credit card holders.  The lawsuit alleged that Providian engaged in unlawful, unfair and fraudulent business practices by charging its customers unauthorized fees and charges.  The case resulted in a $105 million settlement, plus injunctive relief—one of the largest class action recoveries ever in the United States arising out of consumer credit card litigation.

Gathron v. Chrysler Group, LLC

Pritzker Levine represented consumers and a proposed class of California owners and lessees of model year 2011-2012 Dodge Chargers in class action litigation alleging that the headlight harness that Chrysler factory-installed in these vehicles was defective and posed a safety hazard.  The litigation was resolved after Chrysler agreed to a recall to fix the defect.

In re GIB, LLC Cases / In re Brazilian Blowout Class Action Litigation

Elizabeth Pritzker, as Co-lead Class Counsel, represented a certified settlement class of stylist and consumers in Judicial Council Coordinated Proceedings alleging that the distributor of the Brazilian Blowout line of hair-smoothing products and treatments deceptively marketed and sold the products/treatments as “formaldehyde free,” “salon safe” and as not containing harsh chemicals.  The class settlement provided monetary benefits and reimbursement of specified medical expenses to stylists and consumers, and includes substantial business practice changes with respect to the marketing, sale, handling, use and disposition of the Brazilian Blowout products.

GM Silverado “Piston Slap” Secret Warranty Lawsuit

Elizabeth Pritzker, as Class Counsel, represented a certified class of owners and lessees of Chevrolet Silverado trucks whose vehicle engines had abnormal “knock, ping or slap” noises.  The complaint alleged that GM maintained an Engine Knock Noise Adjustment Program that gave owners and lessees who complained about the problem free extended warranties, GM Protection Plans and other benefits, but that GM failed to notify all affected owners and lessees of the Adjustment Program and its benefits.  A court-approved class settlement ultimately was ratified by the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York after GM filed for bankruptcy protection, and cash payments obtained in the original settlement were paid out to class members in January 2013.

Apple iPod Battery Life Class Action

Elizabeth Pritzker, as Co-lead Class Counsel, represented consumers in a nationwide class action lawsuit alleging that Apple’s advertising about the battery life of its First and Second Generation iPods was false and misleading.  The case resulted in a settlement conservatively valued at approximately $15 million, which provided warranty extensions, battery replacements, cash payments and store credits for those class members who experienced a battery failure.

Sony BMG Digital Rights Management Consumer Class Action

Elizabeth Pritzker, as Co-lead Class Counsel, represented a nationwide class of consumers alleging deceptive conduct in design, manufacture and sale of music CDs containing digital rights management (DRM) software containing security flaws and limiting use of the CDs.  The case resulted in a settlement that provided for a nationwide recall of certain CDs, the dissemination of software utilities to remove the offending DRM software, cash and other compensation for consumers, and injunctive relief governing SONY BMG’s use of DRM.

Raintree Vacation Club Class Action

Represented (as Class Counsel) U.S. timeshare vacation program members of Raintree Vacation Club and Club Regina who were charged a Special Assessment Fee.  The case was settled on favorable terms for the class.

Wyndham/WorldMark-the-Club Class Action and Derivative Action

Represented (as Lead Class and Derivative Counsel) time-share owners in a nationwide class action challenging pricing of WorldMark resorts and in derivative litigation against the WorldMark Board of Directors challenging corporate governance matters. After more than four years of litigation in federal and state court, the case was settled on favorable terms for the class.

Benedict v. Diamond Resorts Corporation

Represented (as Co-lead Counsel) a class of timeshare owners challenging the imposition of an unauthorized Special Assessment fee for the repair of one of the timeshare resorts in Hawaii.  The case was settled in 2012.