Susman Godfrey LLP enhanced its already sterling reputation as a top-tier plaintiffs firm this year by helping consumers secure approval of a landmark billion-dollar settlement with Toyota Motor Corp. over unintended acceleration problems in vehicles.
When Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi LLP in December as co-lead counsel secured court approval for a $7.25 billion settlement with Visa, MasterCard and major card-issuing banks in the sprawling payment card antitrust multidistrict litigation, that outcome helped push the firm’s recovery for a diverse set of plaintiffs to more than $11 billion in 12 months.
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP spent the last year racking up impressive trial wins and multimillion-dollar recoveries for investors, including an unprecedented $2.5 billion judgment against HSBC Holdings PLC unit Household International Inc. and three of its former executives, landing it among Law360's Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms for the second consecutive year.
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP made headlines this year for securing a lead role in the controversial litigation over General Motors Co.’s faulty ignition switches, but it has also scored big wins recently for vulnerable employees — including a $39 million Bank of America Corp. settlement for female financial advisers — landing among Law360's Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms.
The Lanier Law Firm PLLC in April landed a ground-shaking $9 billion verdict at the federal bellwether trial over cancer risks connected to the blockbuster diabetes drug Actos, making headlines for the size of the verdict and for laying bare evidence that drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. destroyed key documents.
Labaton Sucharow LLP recovered more than $1.4 billion for institutional investors this year in staggering securities and antitrust class actions against behemoth organizations including American International Group Inc., Massey Energy Co. and Hewlett-Packard Co., solidifying its reputation as one of the top plaintiffs firms in the business.
Grant & Eisenhofer PA built on its sterling record of settlements and litigation wins for investors, consumers and whistleblowers over the past year with a $200 million deal for Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Inc. shareholders and a multimillion-dollar payment from Oracle Corp. founder Larry Ellison in a derivative suit.
Houston-based Gibbs & Bruns LLP has guided a team of institutional investors, including Pimco and BlackRock, in a trailblazing effort to enforce securitization contracts in the wake of the national subprime mortgage crisis, securing a whopping total of $21 billion in settlements from Countrywide, Residential Capital, JPMorgan and Citigroup.
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC helped consumers reach an unusually structured $450 million settlement with Apple Inc. earlier this year in a hotly contested and closely watched antitrust suit over the company’s marketing of e-books, leading the firm to repeat as one of Law360’s most feared plaintiffs firms.
Bernstein Litowitz had a billion-dollar year with just its top three settlements — a $688 million deal with Merck & Co. Inc. over the claimed efficacy of cholesterol drug Vytorin, a $280 million deal with JPMorgan over mortgage-backed securities, and a $99 million deal with Ernst & Young LLP over its auditing before Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.'s historic bankruptcy — making it one of our Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms of 2014.
They have given the U.S. Department of Justice a run for its money in extracting billion-dollar accords from big banks. They have won jaw-dropping settlements and jury verdicts against drugmakers over the hidden harms of pharmaceuticals. And they have put the clamps on monopolistic practices that hurt small businesses everywhere. They are Law360’s Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms of 2014.
Susman Godfrey LLP has deployed its thorough understanding of strategy and tactics on both sides of the docket, well-considered efficiency in filings and arguments, and top flight talent to secure some huge wins over the past year, earning a spot on Law360's Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms list.
A roster stacked with talent and a fearless management philosophy founded on a willingness to take any case to trial have propelled Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP to one blockbuster recovery after another and landed them a spot on Law360's Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms list.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP has snagged billion-dollar wins for clients such as the Federal Housing Finance Agency and MBIA Insurance Corp. against banking giants, earning it both a reputation as a powerhouse in post-financial collapse litigation and a spot on Law360's Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms list.
Helping to secure potentially the largest civil class action settlement in U.S. history in litigation over the Deepwater Horizon disaster was just one of a number of significant recent victories achieved by Motley Rice LLC, helping it earn a spot on Law360's Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms list.
Versata Software Inc.'s initial loss of its $139 million award from business software giant SAP America Inc. in a patent dispute could have rattled any of its attorneys, but the team at McKool Smith PC saw to it that the firm eventually scored a much larger $391 million bounty, niftily applying SAP's own royalty calculations to Versata's advantage in a play befitting of one of Law360's Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms.
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP's diverse caseload, which tackles suits ranging from securities to employment matters, coupled with its willingness to litigate cases both large and small in equal measure have secured the firm a slot on Law360's Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms list.
Labaton Sucharow LLP's ability to identify strong claims without relying on government regulators' legwork, its knack for building hard-to-dismiss cases through painstaking investigations and its recoveries last year of over a billion dollars for clients in securities fraud litigation have landed the firm on Law360's Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms list.
Powered by a hard-hitting securities practice that took in nearly a billion dollars for its clients last year, Kirby McInerney LLP has recently racked up an impressive series of wins, including the landmark $590 million settlement of a securities class action targeting Citigroup Inc., earning it a spot on Law360's Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms list.
Over the last decade and a half, Grant & Eisenhofer PA has grown into one of the most high-profile shareholder and whistleblower advocates in the country, securing record-high cash settlements and earning a spot among Law360's Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms.
In the past two years, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC has proven a formidable foe for defense teams, securing more than $1 billion for plaintiffs in antitrust and mortgage-backed securities class actions, victories that have landed the firm a spot among Law360's Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms.
Over the past two years, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP has recovered more than $6 billion for its clients, including the three largest settlements tied to the subprime mortgage meltdown and credit crisis, cementing its spot among Law360's Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms.
Amid fierce competition in the plaintiffs bar, 11 firms have stood above the rest in recent years by launching headline-grabbing suits, winning landmark decisions and brokering mammoth settlements, earning them a spot on Law360's inaugural list of Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms.