On November 2, 2015 U.S. District Court Judge Dolly M. Gee denied The Jewelry Channel, Inc. USA’s motion to dismiss plaintiffs’ complaint in Kabbash v. The Jewelry Channel, Inc. USA. According to the lawsuit, The Jewelry Channel operates a 24/7 television channel called Liquidation Channel that sells jewelry and accessories to customers. The lawsuit alleges that Liquidation Channel misrepresents the nature and amount of item discounts by fabricating “estimated retail values” that don’t represent accurate prices for the items sold.

Girard Gibbs LLP is pleased to announce that the firm has been included in the 2016 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” list. Girard Gibbs LLP has been recognized nationally as a Tier-1 law firm for Mass Tort Litigation and Class Actions for Plaintiffs. Additionally, the firm has received Tier-1 rankings for Mass Tort Litigation, Class Action for Plaintiffs, and Securities Litigation within the San Francisco metropolitan area.

Girard Gibbs LLP partner Eric Gibbs will speak on a panel at the upcoming “Volkswagen Class Action and MDL Seminar – Diesel Emissions Scandal,” presented by Bridgeport Continuing Education at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco on November 23, 2015. Mr. Gibbs joins a faculty of distinguished complex litigation attorneys who will share insights regarding the multi-district litigation process with plaintiffs’ attorneys representing Volkswagen diesel owners and lessees.

United States District Court Judge Sara L. Ellis granted final approval last month of a settlement reached between the plaintiffs and defendant U.S. Bank in the In re Peregrine Financial Group Customer Litigation. The lawsuit alleges that the bank breached legal duties by allowing Peregrine’s owner to withdraw and put millions of dollars in customer funds to non-customer use. Through the settlement, U.S. Bank agreed to pay $44.5 million to settle plaintiffs’ claims.

Girard Gibbs LLP has filed a motion for preliminary injunction and provisional class certification in the Volkswagen Diesel Emissions case, requesting that the Court order Volkswagen to make good on its “clean diesel” promises to California consumers – either by providing replacement vehicles or by providing restitution to thousands of California drivers of affected cars currently emitting up to 40 times the legal limit of noxious gases.

Girard Gibbs LLP has filed a class action lawsuit against Volkswagen alleging that the automotive manufacturer installed software on diesel vehicles designed to cheat emissions tests. Both federal and state law impose emissions limits, which in recent years had made diesel passenger vehicles far less common. But beginning with its 2009 Jetta, Volkswagen has been selling “clean diesel” vehicles that are supposedly better for the environment.

Girard Gibbs LLP was recently appointed to the lead counsel committee in the In re: Herbal Marketing Sales Practices Litigation. Attorneys from across the United States had submitted applications to help lead the litigation on behalf of consumers who alleged they bought products labeled as dietary supplements, such as gingko, ginseng, and Echinacea, which did not actually contain the listed ingredients. United States District Court Judge John W. Darrah of the Northern District of Illinois chose among the competing firms and determined that Girard Gibbs LLP and their co-counsel were best suited to lead the litigation, issuing an order to that effect on September 10, 2015.