Cuneo Gilbert and LaDuca, LLP (“CGL”), has a long history of successful advocacy in cases of national significance. These cases represent some of our best work both as lawyers and as advocates for others.
Protecting kids from “Joe Camel”
Our firm was among the first group of law firms to challenge tobacco industry advertising practices. In 1991, with two California firms, we brought the so-called “Joe Camel” case, which alleged that R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company’s “Joe Camel” Advertising Campaign illegally tricked children into smoking cigarettes.The settlement of the Joe Camel case, and a related case on behalf of fourteen California counties, provided for the public disclosure of documents showing that R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company had studied teens with a view toward selling cigarettes. Our team turned these documents over to Congressman Henry Waxman, who released them at a press conference in January 1998 and called our team “real American heroes.” These were perhaps the most significant documents concerning tobacco industry practices ever released and led to the phase-out of the “Joe Camel” campaign.
Representing Enron Investors
CGL served as “Washington Counsel” on behalf of the defrauded shareholders in the Enron Securities Litigation. That litigation recovered over $7 billion on behalf of defrauded investors.
Helping holocaust survivors
Our firm acted as co-lead counsel in a case on behalf of survivors of the Holocaust in Hungary and their heirs, whose personal property, found on the “Gold Train” in the final days of World War II, was looted by U.S. Army personnel and improperly appropriated by the U.S. government.
Winning justice for homeowners
In one of the largest ever product defect recoveries for damaged property, Jonathan Cuneo and Charles LaDuca served as lead counsel in a bi-national settlement that provided $340 million to homeowners for the defective radiant heating hose known as Entran II.
Winning justice for more homeowners
In another large product defect settlement, Charles LaDuca served as co-lead counsel in the CertainTeed Roof Shingle litigation. In the fall of 2010, the late District Judge Louis H. Pollak of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania approved a settlement valued between $655 to $741 million on behalf of consumers.
Protecting individuals privacy rights
The Metromail case commenced when Ohio grandmother Beverly Dennis contacted us because she had received a sexually suggestive letter from a maximum-security inmate in Texas. Ms. Dennis had filled out and returned a questionnaire in a supermarket. The company had subcontracted for Texas prisoners to “key” the information. Our firm brought a path-breaking class action –a one of a kind privacy case– in Texas state court. That case was settled in 2000 for significant injunctive relief, and created an available pool of cash of $15 million for victims.
Compensating Prudential investors
CGL represented individual claimants against Prudential Insurance Company in post-settlement proceedings after a class action charging that Prudential had abused policyholders through deceptive sales practices.
Protecting companies from government overreaching
IFF Data Solutions hired CGL’s Robert Cynkar at the last minute to defend it against bogus charges of defrauding the government of over $100 million in this “bet your company” case. In November 2009, after a three-week trial, Cynkar and his new legal team won a defense verdict.
Holding credit card companies accountable
The Attorney General of West Virginia appointed Jonathan Cuneo and Daniel Cohen to prosecute an action against Visa/MasterCard for alleged violations of West Virginia’s consumer and antitrust statutes. The case involved a policy maintained by Visa and MasterCard that required merchants to accept Visa/MasterCard debit cards if, as nearly all merchants do, they also accepted Visa/MasterCard credit cards.