Gillian L. Wade leads the firm’s consumer fraud and class action litigation department. Since 2005, Gillian’s practice has focused on representing plaintiffs in complex litigation and consumer class actions stemming from a wide range of unlawful activities including violations of California’s unfair competition law and false advertising law, antitrust violations, the Consumer Legal Remedies Act, data breach and privacy violations, financial abuse of the elderly and disabled statutes, employment violations, warranty and product liability laws, and civil rights abuses. Gillian has been involved in the resolution of over 75 consumer fraud class actions.
Gillian has been appointed lead or co-lead counsel in several state and federal class actions throughout the United States, including: Barba v. Shire U.S., Inc (representing purchasers of brand Adderall XR for anti-trust violations (“pay for delay”); Eggnatz v. The Kashi Company (representing a nationwide class of consumers for alleged misleading “All Natural” labeling on Kashi products); Toney v. Just Fabulous (representing “VIP” members of JustFab regarding overcharges for restocking fees and monthly auto-billing); Paul v. Wine.com (alleging violations of the auto-purchase renewal statute and misleading “free shipping” representations); Arreguin v. Telebrands (representing purchasers of defective “Pockethose” product); McCrary v. The Elations Co., LLC (representing California purchasers of Elations “joint health supplement beverage” alleging false claims of “clinical-proof” on product labeling); Solomon v. Ramona’s Food Products (representing purchasers of mislabeled food products); Smith, et al. v. Intuit, Inc. (alleging fraudulent charges associated with Turbo Tax); Saenz v. SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West (representing individuals against labor union for data security breach); In re Budeprion XL and Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation (co-lead class counsel in centralized proceeding alleging fraudulent omissions on the labeling of generic anti-depressant); Keller v. Gaspari Nutrition, Inc. (representing purchasers of testosterone pills); Pabst v. Genesco, (representing California consumers regarding privacy violation); Wike v. HCG Platinum, LLC. (representing purchasers of the dietary supplement HCG Platinum); Litwin v. iRenew, et al. (representing purchasers of iRenew brand bracelet); Weeks, et al. v. Kellogg, et al. (representing purchasers of food products regarding alleged false “immunity” claims); Thompson, et al., v. Biotab Nutraceuticals, Inc. (representing national class of purchasers of dietary supplement for male enhancement); Fallon v. ET Browne Drug Corp. (representing class of purchasers of mislabeled cosmetic products); Shaffer v. Continental Casualty Company (representing national class of elderly insureds alleging consumer fraud and financial abuse of the elderly in the sale and marketing of long term care insurance policies); Heath, et al. v. County of San Bernardino (representing limited-term firefighters for civil rights and FLSA violations).
Gillian has also been appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committees in several federal class actions centralized by the MDL Panel, including: In re Nutramax Cosamin Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation (MDL No. 2489)(D. Md.); In re Pom Wonderful Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation (MDL No. 2199)(C.D. Cal.); In re Budeprion XL Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation (MDL No. 2107) (E.D. Pa.); In re Liberty Refund Anticipation Loan Litig. (MDL No. 2334) (N.D. Ill.) and In re H&R Block Refund Anticipation Litig. (MDL No. 2373) (N.D. Ill.).
Gillian has been selected for the list of Southern California Super Lawyers every year since 2013, a distinction awarded to only 2.5% of lawyers statewide. Prior to joining the firm, Gillian was a litigation associate at Jones Day where she defended corporations in consumer fraud class actions, ERISA cases, and actions arising under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Gillian is a graduate of the University of California at San Diego (B.A. Political Science, 1999) and Pepperdine University (J.D. 2003), where she graduated magna cum laude, was a recipient of the John Purfield Memorial Scholarship for academic excellence, and served as a staff writer for the Pepperdine Law Review.