Annika is representing women who were sexually abused by gynecologist George Tyndall, M.D., in a class action against Tyndall and the University of Southern California and has been appointed Co-Interim Class Counsel in the case. Plaintiff and class members are or were female students attending USC who sought gynecological care through the USC student health system and were patients of Tyndall, who was the only full-time gynecologist on staff at USC’s Student Health Clinic. The lawsuit alleges Tyndall used this position of trust and authority to repeatedly sexually abuse the Plaintiff and potentially thousands of other class members, and that despite that USC received numerous complaints of Tyndall’s sexually abusive behavior, dating back to at least the year 2000, USC actively and deliberately concealed Tyndall’s sexual abuse for years, continuing to grant Tyndall unfettered sexual access to the female USC students in his care. This case is of particular importance to Annika because she herself is an alumnus of USC’s law school.
Annika also currently represents individuals and businesses in class action litigation against PG&E over losses arising out of the October 2017 Northern California wildfires. In doing so, Annika draws on her previous successful environmental work, most notably in the class action litigation against BP, Transocean, Halliburton, and the other companies responsible for the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blowout in the Gulf of Mexico and the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Among other significant roles, Annika was a key member of the small team that negotiated settlements that have paid out over $11.2 billion so far to compensate individuals and businesses across the Gulf Coast harmed by the Spill.
Annika represents consumers in class action lawsuits filed in federal courts in California and Georgia against Mercedes-Benz USA and Daimler AG over allegations that defects in the vehicle HVAC systems lead to the growth of noxious mold that spews extremely unpleasant odors throughout the vehicles during use. The lawsuit seeks an effective permanent fix for the problem, as well as monetary damages for affected Mercedes-Benz owners and lessees. Watch a report from WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia on the Mercedes-Benz AC Mold litigation.
Annika serves as court-appointed Co-Lead counsel in In re General Motors Corp. Air Conditioning Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, MDL 2818, representing owners and lessees of certain GM trucks with allegedly defective air conditioning systems that repeatedly fail and cost thousands of dollars to repair each time.
Annika is also a key member of Lieff Cabraser’s court-appointed leadership team representing plaintiffs from all across the U.S. in the multi district litigation concerning ignition switch defects in numerous GM vehicles in In re General Motors LLC Ignition Switch Litigation, MDL 2543, against GM and other defendants for the plaintiffs’ physical and economic injuries caused by GM’s allegedly defective vehicles. She also currently represents vehicle owners in class action litigation against Honda to recover losses caused by defective window regulators.
Annika serves as court-appointed Pro Se Liaison counsel in In re New England Compounding Pharmacy Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2419, the Multidistrict Litigation arising out of the 2012 meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated medication manufactured by New England Compounding Pharmacy (NECC). Annika’s work helped result in settlements totaling $227.8 million with NECC and the hospitals and clinics that unlawfully purchased and administered contaminated medication to the victims.
Annika also represents a former student in his lawsuit against The Hotchkiss School. The suit alleges that, during his two years at the Hotchkiss School in the mid-1980s, the former student was subjected to ritual hazing of a sexual nature by older student-proctors and that he was raped by a male teacher who was known to the School as a pedophile who had abused numerous other male students at the School.
Annika’s published works include “Stick a Toothbrush Down Your Throat: An Analysis of the Potential Liability of Pro-Eating Disorder Websites,” Texas Journal of Women & the Law, Volume 14 Issue 2, Spring 2005 and “How to Stop Worrying and Love Predictive Coding,” Trial Magazine, January 2016.
An active member of the legal community, Annika serves as the Co-Vice Chair of the Class Action Litigation Group within the American Association for Justice. Annika serves on the Steering Committee for the Sedona Conference’s Working Group 1 (Electronic Discovery Retention and Production), and co-founded the Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum, an annual e-discovery conference for plaintiffs-side complex litigation practitioners. Annika speaks and writes regularly on issues of class actions, mass torts, e-discovery, and diversity in legal practice.
In 2018, Annika won a Certificate of Recognition from the American Association for Justice. The rarely-given award acknowledges AAJ members who have made important and unique contributions to the organization through membership, education, leadership, and/or fundraising to sustain and strengthen the AAJ.
Annika is fluent in Swedish and conversational in French, Spanish, and Dutch.