WILLIAM H. ANDERSON focuses his practice primarily on representing plaintiffs in consumer protection and product liability cases. He began his legal career as law clerk to Judge Rhonda Reid Winston in the District of Columbia Superior Court, where he worked on a range of cases from complex civil litigation to the most serious felony cases.
Since entering private practice, he has represented clients in a variety of actions against large corporations as well as the U.S. Government. He has also advocated for clients in the areas of complex antitrust, civil and human rights, and securities class actions before federal and state courts. He also supports numerous local and national charities.
Mr. Anderson’s achievements include:
Honda Civic Hybrid Litigation: Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca served as co-lead counsel in this litigation and achieved a settlement after a hotly contested motion to dismiss and contentious discovery, which involved multiple motions to compel. The settlement has had tangible benefits for tens of thousands of class members. Over 67,500 class members received $100 in cash. Nearly 30,000 class members received an additional $100. Approximately 18,000 class members received $1,000 rebates valid for the purchase of any new Honda or Acura vehicle. Additionally, over 30,000 fully transferrable $500 rebates were issued. Finally, over 2,250 class members made claims for battery replacement valued at $3,500 each. In total, the settlement provided more than $50,000,000 in real cash benefits to the class.
Telephone Excise Tax Litigation: Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca served as co-lead counsel in this multi-district litigation challenging the illegal collection of billions of dollars from United States taxpayers by the Internal Revenue Service. Originally filed in 2006, the case survived an appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and en banc review by that court. The United States Court of Appeals referred to the IRS’s conduct as “startling” and stated that the IRS left taxpayers in a “virtual house of mirrors.” As a result of the litigation, the United States conceded the illegality of the tax and returned more than five billion dollars to United States taxpayers. However, the method utilized by the United States to return the excise tax was the 2007 income tax return, which resulted in very low claims rates among non-filers and non-profits.
Mr. Anderson was named a 2014-2016 Rising Star by Super Lawyers for the Washington, D.C. area.
Mr. Anderson speaks Spanish.