Working for Employees, Whistleblowers, and Consumers
A partner in our New York office, Rachel Geman’s current practice includes serving as co-lead counsel in consumer privacy litigation against fintech company Plaid; serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in contaminated drug litigation (Valsartan); representing a certified class of women in employment discrimination litigation against Goldman Sachs; and working actively with government investigators on behalf of whistleblower clients.
Rachel’s past representations include:
Employment and Civil Rights law: Rachel represented the City of Philadelphia in Fair Housing Act litigation against Wells Fargo that resolved in 2019 with the bank’s paying $10 million to fund city programs for communities affected by lending discrimination and agreeing to other relief. She represented employee benefit plans in recovering $65 million from AXA Rosenberg to settle ERISA and other claims, and represented a class of female financial advisors who secured $39 million plus injunctive relief from Bank of America/Merrill Lynch to settle gender discrimination claims.
Consumer protection: Consumer protection: Rachel represents consumers in litigation against General Motors involving defective ignition switches, where the court awarded preliminary approval to a $120 million settlement in May 2020. Rachel served as co-lead class counsel or counsel for the class in consumer financial litigation over “payment protection” products, resulting in more than $50 million in settlements.
False Claims Act: Rachel represented the whistleblower in litigation against Abbvie involving the marketing of Humera, where California received $24 million. She helped recoup $78.5 million from the University of Phoenix, one of the largest settlements involving fraud on the Department of Education, and has been lead counsel on off-label marketing matters resulting in settlements.
Rachel chairs NELA-NY’s amicus committee and is a frequent writer and speaker on topics in complex litigation. She is active in her children’s schools, and a published puzzle constructor.