Gordon W. Renneisen – Representative Engagements

Class Actions

  • Represents a putative class of California employees alleging that Neiman Marcus violated California Labor Law and California Business and Professions Code Section 17200 by failing to provide meal and rest breaks.
  • Represents the plaintiff in a California Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) suit alleging that Bloomingdale’s, Inc. fails to compensate commissioned employees for rest breaks or non-productive time.
  • Represents a plaintiff asserting both PAGA claims and claims on behalf of a putative class in an action alleging that Bankers Life and Casualty Company misclassified certain of its agents as independent contractors.
  • Represented a class of 3,250 California policyholders alleging that an insurance company unlawfully sold life insurance policies as retirement investments in violation of IRS Regulations, California Business and Professions Code Section 17200, and other state laws.  Successfully settled the matter for cash payments totaling $2.8 million.
  • Represented plaintiffs alleging that an insurance company deceptively marketed annuities to senior citizens and other consumers:  obtained certification of a nationwide class of more than 60,000 policyholders; defeated defendant’s motions to decertify the class and for summary judgment.  Successfully settled the case for cash payments and other settlement relief with a total value in excess of $60 million.
  • Represented the plaintiff, who brought suit as a private attorney general pursuant to California Business and Professions Code Section 17200, in a suit challenging the practices of a life insurance company that collected premiums for periods of time during which it did not provide coverage. Obtained judgment for the plaintiff after a four week trial and successfully defended that judgment on appeal.

Insurance Recovery Actions

  • Represents individuals asserting personal injury claims against a manufacturer of transvaginal mesh medical devices in a multi-party interpleader action brought by the manufacturer’s insurer.
  • Represented the policyholder, the owner of a commercial building, in a suit against an insurance company that refused to defend and indemnify the policyholder against wrongful death claims.  Obtained for the policyholder a complete defense and payment of the full policy limits to settle the wrongful death claims.
  • Represented the policyholder, a manufacturer of aluminum windows facing product liability and unfair business practice claims, in a suit against insurance companies that had sold primary insurance to the policyholder.  Through motion practice and negotiation, successfully resolved claims relating to both certain insurers’ duty to defend and the policyholder’s right to independent, “Cumis” counsel from insurers providing a defense but reserving the right later to deny coverage.
  • Represented a high technology manufacturing company seeking insurance coverage for remediation of soil and groundwater contamination at multiple sites.  The litigation involved the production of over a million pages of documents, more than 200 depositions and a nine week bench trial, and resulted in the recovery of more than $50 million for the policyholder.

Other Matters

  • Represented defendants in product liability suits – including a series of wrongful death and personal injury suits brought against a manufacturer of industrial coatings.
  • Represented relators in qui tam whistle blower suits – including a qui tam action alleging that contractors in Oregon obtained federal highway construction funds based on false representations.
  • Represented numerous clients, both plaintiffs and defendants, in complex commercial litigation – including multi-million dollar breach of contract actions, toxic tort suits, and intellectual property litigation.
  • Tried criminal cases while on loan to the office of the San Francisco Public Defender.

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