Eric Gibbs

Partner

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Eric Gibbs prosecutes consumer protection, whistleblower, antitrust, and mass tort matters. He has been appointed as lead counsel, class counsel, and liaison counsel in dozens of contested, high profile class actions and coordinated proceedings, and currently serves in leadership positions in In re Am. Honda Motor CR-V Vibration Litigation, In re Anthem, Inc. Data Breach Litigation, In re Risperdal and Invega Product Liability Cases, In re Hyundai Sonata Engine Litigation, In re Vizio, Inc., Consumer Privacy Litigation and In re Banner Health Data Breach Litigation. Eric has recovered nearly a billion dollars for the clients and classes he represents, and has negotiated groundbreaking settlements that resulted in meaningful reforms to business practices, and have favorably shaped the laws impacting plaintiffs’ legal rights.

Reputation and Recognition by the Courts

In over twenty years of practice, Eric has developed a distinguished reputation with his peers and the judiciary for his ability to work efficiently and cooperatively with co-counsel, and professionally with opposing counsel in class action litigation.

[Mr. Gibbs] efficiently managed the requests from well over 20 different law firms and effectively represented the interests of Non-Settling Plaintiffs throughout this litigation.

Hon. G. Wu, In re Hyundai & Kia Fuel Economy Litigation (C.D. Cal)

The attorneys who handled the case were particularly skilled by virtue of their ability and experience.

Hon. D. Debevoise, In re: Mercedes-Benz Teleaid Contract Litigation (D. N.J.)

They are experienced and knowledgeable counsel and have significant breadth of experience in terms of consumer class actions.

Hon. R. Sabraw, Mitchell v. American Fair Credit Association (Alameda County Superior Court)

Representation was professional and competent; in the Court’s opinion, counsel obtained an excellent result for the class.

Hon. J. Fogel, Sugarman v. Ducati North America (N.D. Cal)

Achievements and Leadership

Eric has been widely recognized for his professional excellence and achievements, and has been selected by numerous publications as a leading lawyer in the field of Class and Mass Actions.

The Daily Journal named Eric to its prestigious list of “Top Plaintiff Lawyers in California” for 2016 and Law360 recognized Eric as a “2016 Consumer Protection MVP,” the only plaintiff-side lawyer in the country selected in that category. Consumer Attorneys of California selected Eric and co-counsel as finalists for the Consumer Attorney of the Year award for their work in achieving $100 million settlement in the Chase “Check Loan” Litigation.

His cases have been chronicled in major legal and news publications including NBC News, CNN, the National Law Journal, The New York Times, Auto Week, Market Watch, and Bloomberg News.

Eric holds a variety of leadership positions in professional associations dedicated to consumer advocacy, and he is frequently called upon to present on developing trends in the law at conferences throughout the country.

Litigation Highlights

In re Chase Bank U.S.A., N.A. “Check Loan” Contract Litigation
Multidistrict litigation that alleged Chase Bank wronged consumers by offering long-term fixed-rate loans, only to later more-than-double the required loan payments. Eric led negotiations in the case, which resulted in a $100 million settlement with Chase eight weeks prior to trial.

In re Adobe Systems Inc. Privacy Litigation
As court-appointed lead counsel, Eric and his team reversed a long line of decisions adverse to consumers whose personal information was stolen in data breaches. Judge Koh issued a 41 page decision in plaintiffs’ favor and Eric negotiated a comprehensive reform of Adobe’s data security practices. The court’s landmark decision on Article III standing in this case marked a sea change and has been cited favorably in over twenty cases in the year since it was issued.

In re Hyundai & Kia Fuel Econ. Litigation
As court-appointed liaison counsel, Eric reconciled the plaintiffs’ interests and coordinated discovery and settlement negotiations. He helped finalize a settlement with an estimated value of up to $360 million.

Skold v. Intel Corp.
After more than a decade of litigation, Eric as lead counsel achieved a nationwide class action settlement on behalf of approximately 5 million consumers of Intel Pentium 4 processors. The lawsuit changed Intel’s benchmarking practices and Intel agreed to a cash settlement for the class, along with $4 million in charitable donations.

Parkinson v. Hyundai Motor America
Eric served as class counsel in this lawsuit alleging that the flywheel and clutch system in certain Hyundai vehicles was defective. After achieving nationwide class certification, Hyundai agreed to a settlement that provided for 50-100% reimbursements to class members for their repairs and full reimbursement for rental vehicle expenses.

De La Cruz v. Masco Retail Cabinet Group
Eric served as lead attorney litigating the collective claims of dozens of misclassified account representatives for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Successfully certified a class of current and former Masco account representatives and personally arbitrated the case to judgment obtaining full recovery for the class.

In re Providian Credit Card Cases
Eric played a prominent role in this nationwide class action suit brought on behalf of Providian credit card holders alleging that Providian engaged in unlawful and fraudulent business practices in connection with the marketing and fee assessments for its credit cards. The Honorable Stuart Pollack approved a $105 million settlement, plus injunctive relief—one of the largest class action recoveries in the United States arising out of consumer credit card litigation.

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Top Plaintiff Lawyers in California, Daily Journal, 2016

Consumer Protection MVP, Law360, 2016

Super Lawyers, 2010-2017
Top 100 Lawyers in Northern California

Best Lawyers, 2012-2018
Recognized by Best Lawyers for his work in mass tort litigation and class actions

AV-Preeminent
Named among the highest class of attorneys for professional ethics and legal skills by Martindale Hubbell

Consumer Attorneys of California
Finalist for 2013 Consumer Attorney of the Year

  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law, 1995
  • B.A., San Francisco State University, 1992

Consumer Attorneys of California

  • Board of Directors, Board of Governors

American Association for Justice

  • Board of Governors
  • Co-chair Consumer Privacy and Data Breach Litigation Group
  • Co-founder and past co-chair of AAJ Litigation Group
  • past editor of Class Action Litigation Group newsletter
  • Creator and co-chair of Class Action Litigation Group Objector Database and task force

Public Justice- Class Action Preservation Project Committee

American Bar Association

National Association of Consumer Advocates

Association of Business Trial Lawyers

San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association

“Attorney’s Fees,” and “Cross Pollination: Diversifying Your Case Garden,” Co-Chair & Presenter HB Litigation Conferences, Consumer Class Actions

May 2016

Best Practices for Class Action Settlements American Conference Institute Defending and Managing Class Action Seminar

April 2016

Ethical Considerations in Class Action Settlements ABA National Symposium on Class Action Litigation in America

March 2016

Consumer Privacy and Data Breach Litigation Group Meeting, Co-Chair & Presenter American Association for Justice Winter Convention

February 2016

Lessons from Recent Automotive Industry Class Actions Law Seminars International, Global Auto Defect Class Action Seminar

December 2015

Volkswagen Class Action and MDL Seminar – Diesel Emissions Scandal Bridgeport Continuing Education

November 2015

Employment Cases from A to Z Consumer Attorneys of California 54th Annual Convention

November 2015

Insights and Legal Remedies in Lumber Liquidators Litigation HB Litigation Conferences

May 2015

Consumer Privacy and Data Breach Litigation Group Meeting, Co-Chair American Association for Justice Winter Convention

February 2015

New and Developing Practice Areas- Riding the Wave in Pharmaceutical, Employment, Privacy and ERISA Litigation Consumer Attorneys of California Annual Convention

November 2014

Getting Your Settlement Approved Bridgeport Continuing Education 2014 Class Action Litigation & Management Conference

September 2014

Beyond the Mass Tort: Class Action Cases Arising from Big Pharmaceutical Wrongdoing Consumer Attorneys of California Hawaii Seminar

December 2013

When Settlement Became a Dirty Word: What To Do If You Actually Want to Settle a Case in the Ninth Circuit Consumer Attorneys of California Annual Convention

November 2013

Complex Fee Issues in the Class Action Settlement Process National Association of Legal Fee Analysis 2013 Attorneys Fees Conference

October 2013

Class Certification Developments in Consumer Litigation American Association for Justice 2013 Annual Convention

July 2013

Consumer Class Actions in the Wake of Daughty v. American Honda Motor Company CAOC Forum Magazine

January 2009

Class counsel skillfully presented Class members' claims while opposed by a sophisticated company represented by experienced litigators.

- U.S. Magistrate Judge, Western District of Missouri

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