David S. Stellings

Getting Great Results For His Clients

David S. Stellings represents businesses and individuals from around the world in complex litigation in federal and state courts. For the last twenty years, David has focused on consumer fraud, financial fraud, and breach of contract cases. He has recovered more than $12 billion dollars for his clients.

David is part of the leadership team in the Volkswagen “Clean Diesel” multidistrict litigation, in which plaintiffs allege that Volkswagen intentionally and systematically cheated its customers, lied to the government, and misled the public about the emissions of its diesel engine vehicles sold under the Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche brands. The Court granted final approval to a partial class settlement worth $10.03 billion in October 2016, and a second partial class settlement valued at between $1.2 billion and $4.1 billion in May 2017. The team was honored as finalists by the Consumer Attorneys of California for their prestigious Consumer Attorney of the Year award, and continues to prosecute claims under the Lanham Act on behalf of competitor dealerships that allege they lost sales as a result of Volkswagen’s fraud.

David also is a member of leadership in the Takata exploding airbag nationwide class action.  Plaintiffs in that case allege that more than 34 million class members were damaged when airbag manufacturer Takata and several major automobile manufacturers knowingly exposed them to the risk of being killed or injured by shrapnel from exploding airbags.

David also is on the leadership team in the multidistrict Checking Account Overdraft litigation. The lawsuits charge that banks changed the order of debit card transactions for the purpose of maximizing the number of times they could assess their customers overdraft fees. To date, the Court has approved more than $1 billion in settlements.

David is co-lead counsel in several cases pending in federal court in Virginia, in which plaintiffs allege that certain oil and natural gas companies improperly underpaid gas royalties to the owners of the gas. In one case, David recovered for his clients approximately 95% of the damages they suffered. He also brokered settlements on behalf of natural gas royalty owners in five other class actions outside Virginia. Those settlements — in which class members recovered between 70% and 100% of their damages, excluding interest — were valued at more than $160 million.

David played a leading role in the firm’s consumer fraud and antitrust litigation on behalf of businesses and consumers in New York, Florida, North Carolina, and Tennessee against Microsoft Corporation. The landmark litigation charged Microsoft with having committed anticompetitive conduct, violations of state deceptive and unfair business practices statutes, and overcharging of businesses and consumers for Windows and other software. The settlements in the litigation totaled over $700 million. David also served on the leadership team that successfully pursued similar claims against Microsoft in Canada.