Lieff Cabraser partner Jason L. Lichtman has extensive experience leading multidistrict and large class action litigation on behalf of consumer plaintiffs. With a practice focused on consumer protection, data privacy, and damages, Jason played a key role in the recent Anthem Data Breach Litigation, leading plaintiffs’ work with damages experts, including the development of highly technical, comprehensive experts reports, defending depositions of plaintiffs’ experts, and taking defendants’ experts’ depositions. This work contributed heavily to the ground-breaking settlement for plaintiffs of $115 million as well as significant injunctive relief targeting deficient Anthem’s cybersecurity practices.
Numerous courts have appointed Jason to leadership positions in large consumer protection cases, including the exploding Samsung Top-Loading Washing Machines case (Co-Lead Counsel); the Whirlpool Corp. Front-Loading Washer products liability litigation (Co-Lead Counsel); and the Dover v. British Airways airline overcharging case (Class Counsel). In the Whirlpool Defective Washers Products Liability litigation, Jason served as Co-Chair of the Law and Motion Committee, one of the trial counsel, and Lead Settlement Counsel, achieving a nationwide settlement strongly favorable to plaintiffs following a bellwether trial, multiple appeals to the Sixth and Seventh Circuits (all won by plaintiffs), and multiple petitions for certiorari (all defeated by plaintiffs). Jason has also secured major victories as counsel of record before numerous federal appellate courts.
Jason played a key role in the In re: Imprelis Herbicide Marketing Sales Practices and Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2281 (E.D. Pa.), in which the parties reached a major settlement that provided relief to all homeowners and business owners injured by Imprelis. He helped secure a major settlement with Capital One Bank in the ING Direct Litigation pending in federal court in Delaware, in which Capital One will refund consumers more than $150 per loan. He also helped secure a settlement for Hong Leong Finance, Ltd (Singapore), which had been in litigation against Morgan Stanley relating to the sale and marketing of certain financial products.
Jason serves on the executive committee and board of directors for Public Justice Foundation and is Chair of the Public Justice Class Action Committee. Public Justice is devoted to standing up for consumers against unscrupulous payday lenders, reckless polluters, dangerous food producers, and other bad corporate actors. A multiple-year “Super Lawyer” for the New York area, he also served on the Law360 Privacy and Consumer Protection Editorial Advisory Board, providing feedback on Law360’s news coverage, including case updates, policy developments, and trends in various industries. In 2017, the publication named Jason a “Rising Star” for Consumer Protection, and published an extensive profile and interview.
Jason received his J.D. with honors from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was also the recipient of the Clarence M. Darrow Scholar award, Michigan’s highest merit-based scholarship. He previously served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Kathleen M. O’Malley of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.