Consumer Rights / Class Action Litigation
Mercury Insurance Broker Fee Litigation: Levy was lead counsel in a trial that led to a permanent injunction requiring Mercury, California’s third largest auto insurer, to publicly recognize all of its insurance agencies as Mercury agents. This injunction forced Mercury to become an “all agent” insurance company and ended Mercury’s nearly 20-year practice of facilitating unregulated broker fees on Mercury insurance. The ruling saved and continues to save Californians millions of dollars annually on car insurance. In 2009, after 8-1/2 years of litigation, Mercury finally completed its agency transition and ended all broker fees.
Auto Insurance Specialists (AIS) Broker Fee Class Action: Levy was lead counsel in a five-year case against AIS, Mercury’s largest insurance agency, to recover broker fees for AIS/Mercury customers. The case resulted in a $25 million class action settlement, mandating restitution to half a million customers.
PacBell Yellow Pages False Advertising Class Action: Levy was lead counsel in a class action against Pacific Bell Yellow Pages to recover illegal late charges charged to advertising customers. The case led to a $7 million class action settlement mandating restitution to Yellow Pages advertisers.
Bank of America Late Fee Class Actions: Levy was lead counsel in two class actions against Bank of America to recover illegal late fees Bank of America charged on auto loans. The cases resulted in class action settlements that awarded significant restitution to the Bank’s auto loan customers.
Xerox Sales Tax Class Action: Levy was lead counsel in a class action against Xerox, challenging its practice of charging sales tax on optional copier maintenance agreements. The case culminated in a class action settlement awarding restitution to Xerox customers.
IKON Sales Tax Class Action: Levy was lead counsel in a class action against IKON Office Solutions, challenging IKON’s practice of charging sales tax on business equipment optional maintenance agreements. The case culminated in a class action settlement awarding restitution to IKON customers.