San Diego, Calif. – With a practice that focuses on complex and class action litigation, CaseyGerry partner Gayle M. Blatt has handled dozens of high profile, multi-million cases and has been selected for numerous national leadership appointments – including roles in litigation against global chip maker Intel and technology giant Apple Inc.
Highlights of her leadership roles include:
Apple Inc. device performance litigation: In May 2018, U.S. District Judge Edward J. Davila of the Northern District of California appointed Blatt to the plaintiffs’ executive committee for In re: Apple Inc. Device Performance Litigation.
Centralized in the Northern District of California in April, this class action litigation stems from a January 2017 update Apple released for iOS, the operating system for iPhones. At the time the update was released, Apple said it “includes bug fixes and improves the security” of iPhones. However, testing revealed the update also degraded the performance of older iPhones. Blatt, along with the other appointed plaintiffs’ attorneys, is working to protect the interests of affected consumers and to obtain a just and speedy resolution of the case.
Intel security flaw litigation: In June 2018, U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon appointed Blatt to serve on the plaintiffs’ steering committee in In re: Intel Corp. CPU Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation (“Intel”). The litigation centers on claims that for many years Intel was designing and selling computer processors (CPUs) with serious security flaws. Allegedly, when Intel was made aware of these vulnerabilities – known as “Meltdown” and “Spectre” – it did not notify the millions of consumers potentially affected by the problems. Instead, it is claimed Intel remained silent until news of the flaws came to light at the beginning of this year. Once patches for the vulnerabilities began to be released, users reported noticeable performance declines.
Yahoo data breach litigation: From 2013 to 2016, Yahoo suffered multiple serious data breaches, including one that compromised all three billion Yahoo user accounts. Blatt has been serving on the plaintiffs’ executive committee in litigation arising out of the three major data breaches at Yahoo, disclosed in 2016. Judge Lucy Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has ruled on Yahoo’s second motion to dismiss, paving the way for the case to proceed on its merits.
Incretin mimetic products liability cases: Additionally, Blatt serves as co-liaison counsel for the incretin mimetic products liability cases in multidistrict litigation (MDL 2452) now pending in the Southern District of California.
Additionally, she was appointed to serve on the plaintiffs’ steering committee as liaison counsel for Hydroxycut personal injury cases in multidistrict litigation resolved in the Southern District of California. She was also named co-liaison counsel for Re: Sony Gaming Networks and Customer Data Security Breach as well as class counsel In re: Apple and AT&T iPad Unlimited Data Plan Litigation in the Northern District of California, among other class actions.
CaseyGerry was established in 1947 and is the oldest plaintiffs’ law firm in San Diego. The firm’s attorneys practice in numerous areas, including serious personal injury, product liability, pharmaceutical, mass tort, aviation, and class action litigation. Headquartered at 110 Laurel St. in the Banker’s Hill neighborhood of San Diego, the firm also has an office in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Calif.