Upholding Civil Rights and the Rights of Employees and Consumers
A partner in our San Francisco office, Daniel M. Hutchinson’s practice has been focused on complex class and collective actions that have advanced the public interest. He is an advocate for under-represented and disadvantaged communities, and has litigated cases involving unfair employment practices against immigrants.
Daniel has pursued a series of consumer protection cases against major banks and financial services providers. Daniel’s efforts helped result in the largest monetary settlement in the history of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and ended harassing automated calls to millions of consumers.
Daniel was a key player in our firm’s case against Tata, in which we represented a certified class of over 13,000 Indian nationals claiming that Tata unjustly enriched itself by requiring them to endorse and sign over their federal and state tax refund checks.
In one case, Daniel worked closely with a small team of plaintiffs’ counsel on behalf of Mexican workers and laborers, known as Braceros, who were denied part of their wages after coming to the U.S. during World War II to fill jobs hurt by labor shortages in the agricultural, railroad and other industries. In approving the settlement in February 2009, U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer stated:
“I’ve never seen such litigation in eleven years on the bench that was more difficult than this one… Notwithstanding all of these issues that kept surfacing … over the years, the plaintiffs persisted…And, in fact, they achieved a settlement of the case, which I find remarkable under all of these circumstances.”
Daniel has spoken and presented papers on civil rights claims at national employment law conferences, including events sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Section of Labor and Employment Law, the Impact Fund, the UCLA School of Law, the National Employment Lawyers Association, and the Consumer Attorneys of California. Daniel currently serves as the Co-Chair for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights.