Schubert Jonckheer & Kolbe is a leading plaintiffs' class action and shareholder derivative law firm, focusing on consumer and financial fraud.
Operating for over thirty-five years, our firm serves as Lead or Co-Lead Counsel in numerous actions in state and federal courts across the country. Our class action practice focuses on prosecuting cases involving consumer and securities fraud, privacy and data breaches, antitrust violations, and employment law. We also litigate shareholder derivative cases against corporate officers and directors for insider trading and breaches of fiduciary duty.
If you've been the victim of corporate fraud—or you are interested in starting or joining a class action or shareholder derivative action—please click the link below to contact us for a free legal consultation.
current court-appointed leadership Roles
- In re Google AdWords Litigation, No. 08-cv-3369-EJD (N.D. Cal.). Lead Counsel for nationwide class of advertisers alleging violations of California’s unfair competition and false advertising laws.
- Fisher v. United States, No. 13-cv-608-MMS (Fed. Cl.). Lead Counsel in derivative actions on behalf of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac alleging unconstitutional takings of private property against U.S. government.
- In re Zynga Shareholder Derivative Litigation, No. CGC-12-522934 (Cal. Super. Ct.). Lead Counsel in derivative action alleging insider trading and breaches of fiduciary duty in connection with its IPO.
- In re Solar City Corporation Securities Litigation, No. 16-cv-04686-LHK (N.D. Cal.). Co-Lead Counsel in securities class action alleging false and misleading statements concerning its financial projections.
- In re The Home Depot, Inc. Shareholder Derivative Litigation, No. 15-cv-2999-TWT (N.D. Ga.). Co-Lead Counsel in derivative action alleging breaches of fiduciary duty concerning data breach.
- Oakland Police & Fire Ret. Sys. v. Mayer Brown, No. 15-cv-6742 (N.D. Ill.). Co-Lead Counsel for class of participants in a secured term loan with GM alleging negligence against Mayer Brown.
From false advertising to defective products, we are committed to protecting consumer rights. Are you being overcharged on late fees by your landlord? Does your hard drive have a fatal flaw that causes data loss? Is that food product really all-natural organic? We're here to help.
PRIVACY & DATA BREACH
In today's rapidly changing digital world, the companies you turn over your personal, financial, and medical data to have a duty to safeguard it. When companies fail to take data security seriously or sell your information without your consent, we take action to protect you.
Our securities fraud practice represents investors who have been defrauded by corporations. From small holders to large pension funds, investors have a right to a fair market free from manipulation by industry insiders. We fight back against the corporations that rig our financial markets.
From price fixing to monopolization, our antitrust practice works to level the economic playing field for consumers. If you paid too much for a product because the company that made it conspired with its competitors, you may be able to bring a class action case and recover triple damages.
Shareholder derivative suits provide a unique opportunity for small investors to step into the shoes of a company they hold stock in to prosecute its officers and directors for corporate malfeasance. We work to reform corporate governance and claw back ill-gotten gains.
Many companies are increasingly misclassifying their workers as independent contractors, cheating them out of important benefits like overtime pay, retirement plans, and health insurance. Whether you earn a salary or work by the hour, contact us to discuss your rights.
- Tucker v. Scrushy, No. CV-02-5212 (Ala. Cir., Jefferson Cty.). Co-Lead Counsel in shareholder derivative action on behalf of HealthSouth Corporation alleging breaches of fiduciary duty and insider trading arising from a restatement of financial results. Plaintiffs won partial summary judgment against former CEO Richard Scrushy for restitution to HealthSouth of $47.8 million. Plaintiffs also settled HealthSouth’s claims against additional HealthSouth directors and officers for $100 million and against its investment banker for an additional $133 million. At trial against Mr. Scrushy on additional claims, Plaintiffs obtained a $2.9 billion judgment, which was later upheld by the Alabama Supreme Court.
- In re Google AdWords Litigation, No. 08-cv-03369 (N.D. Cal.). Lead Counsel in nationwide class action on behalf of AdWords advertisers alleging that Google placed their ads on low-quality parked domains and error pages in violation of California law. We obtained a $22.5 million settlement on behalf of approximately 2.3 million class members. The court preliminarily approved the settlement and has scheduled a final approval hearing for July 27, 2017 in San Jose, CA.
- Poertner v. The Gillette Company, No. 12-CV-803 (M.D. Fla.). Co-Lead Counsel in nationwide consumer class action alleging false and misleading advertising of certain Duracell batteries regarding the batteries’ longevity, in violation of various state laws. We obtained a settlement valued at approximately $50 million on behalf of approximately 7.26 million class members.
- In re Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. Derivative Litigation, No. 753-VCS (Del. Ch.). As co-counsel, we helped obtain a $205 million settlement in a shareholder derivative action brought on behalf of Marsh & McLennan Companies (“MMC”). The complaint alleged that MMC, the world’s largest insurance broker, failed to adequately disclose that it was paid commissions to steer insurance business to favored companies. When the practices were revealed, MMC paid huge fines, to the detriment of its shareholders.
- 3M Transparent Tape Cases, No. 00-2810-CW (N.D. Cal.). Co-Lead Counsel in nationwide antitrust class action on behalf of purchasers of 3M transparent tape. Plaintiffs claimed that 3M maintained an unlawful monopoly in the market for invisible and transparent tape designed to restrict the availability of lower-priced comparable products to consumers and maintain supracompetitive prices for its own retail products. We obtained a settlement valued at approximately $42 million.
- Bonneville Pacific Corporation Securities Litigation, No. 92-C-181-S (D. Utah). Co-Lead Counsel in securities class action involving fraudulent financial statements by a power cogeneration company. We obtained settlements totaling $26 million for the class, which recovered 100% of its damages, in one of the largest securities fraud cases in Utah history. We also obtained an important decision from the Utah Supreme Court holding that plaintiffs need not plead or prove reliance under the Utah Uniform Securities Act.
- Qwest Communications International, Inc. Derivative Litigation, No. 02-CV-8188 (Colo. Dist. Ct., Denver). Co-Lead Counsel in shareholder derivative action alleging breaches of fiduciary duty and insider trading arising out of the telecommunications company’s earnings restatement. We obtained a $25 million settlement on the company’s behalf.
- Pfeiffer v. Toll, No. 4140-VCL (Del. Ch.). Primary counsel in shareholder derivative action alleging breaches of fiduciary duty and insider trading arising out of missed earnings projections. We recovered $16.25 million and obtained a key legal ruling rejecting the argument that Delaware’s leading insider trading precedent should be overruled. Pfeiffer v. Toll, 989 A.2d 683 (Del. Ch. 2010).
Our current cases include litigation involving many of America's largest corporations. Here's just a few…