David Stein represents consumers in complex consumer protection and financial fraud cases. He currently serves as co-lead counsel in the In re Honda CR-V Vibration multidistrict proceedings and is also among the attorneys representing patients, health care providers, and consumers in a lawsuit against Banner Health arising from a data breach that exposed sensitive information of nearly 4 million people.
David’s advocacy in consumer protection and class action litigation has earned him several awards and accolades, including recognition in the 2017 “Top 40 Under 40” list published by the Daily Journal. David was also selected as a 2017 “Top Class Action Attorney Under 40” in Law360’s Rising Stars, one of only four attorneys nationwide to be selected for the honor. He has also been named a Rising Star by Northern California Super Lawyers for four consecutive years.
He is frequently called upon to discuss emerging issues in class actions, and regularly contributes his insights and commentary to Consumer Law Watch, a blog analyzing developments in the law of consumer class actions.
David previously served as judicial law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Keith Starrett and U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen L. Hayes.
Secured a judgment against the Government of Guam and several of its highest ranking officials in a suit involving the government’s unlawful administration of income tax refunds. Defended the judgment in an oral argument before the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, leading to a complete victory for the taxpayers in the published decision, Paeste v. Government of Guam, 798 F.3d 1228 (9th Cir. 2015)
In a class action alleging that Ford sold vehicles despite a known safety defect, Mr. Stein twice argued plaintiff’s position before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In the first appeal, Mr. Stein succeeded in obtaining a reversal of the trial court’s denial of class certification. In the second, plaintiff again prevailed, with the Ninth Circuit affirming a ruling that Mr. Stein’s and his colleagues’ efforts generated free repairs, reimbursements, and extended warranties for the class.
Represented investors in a lawsuit against U.S. Bank and JPMorgan Chase arising from the collapse of Peregrine Financial Group, Inc. The former Peregrine customers were seeking to recover the millions of dollars that was stolen from them out of segregated funds accounts. Plaintiffs’ efforts led to settlements with JPMorgan Chase and U.S. Bank worth over $75 million.
Served as court-appointed co-lead counsel in nationwide class action involving alleged defect that caused engine seizures at high speeds. Litigation led to settlement that included nationwide vehicle recalls, extended warranties, and payments that averaged over three thousand dollars per class member.
Represented consumers who alleged that 750,000 Honda Accord and Acura TSX vehicles were sold with brake pads that wore out prematurely. The case settled for an estimated value of approximately $25 million.