Mr. Stone has defended nationwide and statewide class actions for a variety of clients in tort, product liability, unfair competition, and antitrust cases. Some examples are:
In re Tobacco Cases II
Mr. Stone served as lead counsel for Philip Morris USA and liaison counsel for all defendants. Filed in 1997 on behalf of all Californians who smoked during an eight-year period, the case went to the California Supreme Court, which, in its first interpretation of the standing requirements of Proposition 64, reversed the trial court’s decision to decertify the class and remanded. In 2013, the firm successfully defeated the class action, which sought as much as a billion dollars in restitution.
Curtis v. Philip Morris USA Inc.
Mr. Stone served as lead counsel in this certified “lights” class action. He obtained a dismissal of the case in the trial court after it had been certified to proceed as a class action. Two appeals followed, each of which Mr. Stone argued. The Court of Appeal reversed the trial court, and then the Minnesota Supreme Court reversed that decision, reinstating the trial court’s dismissal of the action. Mr. Stone has been lead counsel in a number of other “lights” class actions, including cases in California, New Mexico, and Washington.
Major Technology Company
Mr. Stone successfully defended in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals the district court’s dismissal of this purported class action, in which plaintiffs asserted that certain laptop computers were defective, giving rise to various consumer protection law claims.
McCampbell. v. Ralphs Grocery Co., et al.
Mr. Stone was lead trial counsel for The Vons Companies, Inc. in a class action brought against Vons and other supermarket chains alleging price-fixing and other state law violations. A jury in San Diego County found in favor of the defendants and that verdict was affirmed on appeal.
Other Class Actions
In addition to numerous other class actions in California, Mr. Stone has defended class actions in Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, and the Marshall Islands. His cases have involved a wide variety of products and services, from computers, cell phones, data storage, and video game hardware, to grocery items, coupons, and cigarettes, and have involved legal theories ranging from price-fixing and unfair competition to defective products and medical monitoring.