Representative Class Action Cases

Quadra & Coll’s attorneys have acted as lead counsel and class counsel on numerous class actions involving employment violations, consumer protection, antitrust claims and unfair business practices. Representative cases include:

  • John LaBriola v. Bank of America, N.A. et al., No. 12-0079 (CW) (U.S.D.C., N.D. Cal). Quadra & Coll was counsel for a class of financial advisors who left employment with Merrill Lynch and allegedly were not paid their final commission wages within the time required by law. A settlement of the matter was approved by the Court in December 2013. The average recovery per claimant was in excess of $8,500.
  • Neil Franklin v. Brown & Brown of California, Orange County Sup. Ct. No. 30-00502219-CU-BT-CXC. Quadra & Coll is co-counsel for a putative class of purchasers of insurance who allegedly paid improper brokerage fees. The parties settled the matter with the Court's approval. The average recovery per claimant was approximately $225 in cash.
  • Ruelas v. Top Productions, S.F. Sup. Ct. No. CGC-10-496879. James Quadra and Rebecca Coll represented a class of primarily Latino Spanish-speaking employees in a wage and hour class action. The San Francisco Superior Court entered an order approving a class settlement in October 2012. The average recovery per claimant was almost $2,000.
  • In re Sony PS3 “Other OS” Litigation, No. 10-1811 (RS) (U.S.D.C., N.D. Cal). James Quadra and Rebecca Coll represented a nationwide putative class of consumers against Sony Computer Entertainment America and served as interim co-lead counsel. The lawsuit arises out of Sony’s decision to eliminate a valuable, advertised function on its Playstation 3 video game console. The suit seeks damages under California’s Business and Professions Code Section 17200, California’s Consumer Legal Remedies Act, and other causes of action. The case is currently on appeal.
  • In Re Complete® Cases, J.C.C.P. 4521 (Lazar et al v. AMO, Inc. et al., O.C.S.C. No. 07-CC-01296). James Quadra and Rebecca Coll were co-counsel for a class of consumers throughout California who purchased AMO’s Complete Moisture Plus contact lens solution, alleging violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law (Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code section 17200 et seq.), False Advertising Act (Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code section 17500 et seq.) and Consumer Legal Remedies Act. James Quadra was co-lead counsel. A settlement of the action was approved by the Court in March 2012. The settlement provided class members the opportunity to obtain a full reimbursement for amounts paid for the lens solution.
  • Create-A-Card v. Intuit, No. 07-6452 (WHA) (U.S.D.C., N.D. Cal). James Quadra and Rebecca Coll were co-counsel for a nationwide class in an action alleging that Intuit’s faulty programming caused QuickBooks for Mac users to lose the contents of their desktops. The action was certified and settled. The settlement provided for full reimbursement of all out of pocket costs paid to third parties by class members to recover data, plus additional amounts to compensate class members for in-house recovery and reconstruction efforts.
  • Vienna Hall, et al., v. Cinema 7, Inc., et al., S.F. Sup. Ct. No. 02-409105. James Quadra was lead class counsel representing a class of approximately 400 current and former performers who alleged that their employer violated provisions of the California Labor and Business & Professions Codes. James Quadra was also lead trial counsel for the Class. The Class obtained a judgment regarding liability at trial which led to a settlement approved by the San Francisco Superior Court in which the recovery for claimants ranged between $5,000 and $30,000.
  • Old Republic Title Company Cases, J.C.C.P. No. 4111; (Wisper v. Old Republic Title Company, et al.) James Quadra represented a class comprised of customers of escrow services throughout California who alleged they were charged reconveyance fees for services not provided and were not paid interest on escrow funds. The class settled a portion of the case for more than $3,000,000. The trial regarding the remaining claims resulted in judgment for customers of escrow services throughout California of $14,000,000. James Quadra was one of trial attorneys who tried the case.
  • Doe v. Gold Club, S.F. Sup. Ct. No. 04-431683. James Quadra and Rebecca Coll were class counsel for a class of approximately 300 performers who alleged that their employer violated provisions of the California Labor and Business & Professions Codes. The San Francisco Superior Court granted final approval of a class settlement in which the recovery for claimants ranged between $5,000 and $15,000.
  • Electrical Carbon Product Cases, J.C.C.P. 4294 (City and County of San Francisco v. Morganite, Inc., et al.) James Quadra and Rebecca Coll were co-counsel for a class of individuals and public entities throughout California who purchased electrical carbon products allegedly at artificially inflated prices. A related federal matter settled for $24 million. The state court settlements totaled $1,935,000. James Quadra was one of the lead attorneys that negotiated the settlements with defendants.
  • ADT Security Services Commission Cases, J.C.C.P. 4404 (Kelly v. ADT Security Services, Inc.) James Quadra was co-class counsel for a class of employees who filed suit for an alleged improper policy of recouping commissions previously paid to class members. James Quadra negotiated a settlement that reimbursed class members almost $1 million in commissions.
  • Doe v. Darkside Productions, Inc., S.F. Sup. Ct. No. 05-439667. James Quadra and Rebecca Coll were class counsel for a class of advertisers who claimed they were charged more for web advertising based on gender. The Court approved a settlement which provided class members free advertising valued at approximately $1 million.
  • MCC CASES I, II and III, J.C.C.P. Nos. 4173, 4178 and 4181 (Vignoles v. FMC Corporation). James Quadra was one of the class attorneys representing a class of indirect purchasers of microcrystalline cellulose, which is a binding agent used in the manufacture of pharmaceutical tablets. The class alleged violations of the Cartwright and Unfair Competition Acts by manufacturers of microcrystalline cellulose. The San Francisco Superior Court granted final approval of the settlement of the action in the amount of $2,500,000.