Leslie E. Hurst (cont.)
Ms. Hurst works in a number of practice areas, including areas focusing on cases against: (1) life insurers for misrepresenting the terms of vanishing premium life insurance; (2) auto insurers for repairs with non-OEM parts, diminished value claims and improper collection of installment service charges; (3) financial institutions for a variety of conduct; (4) insurance companies for race-based discrimination in the sale of small value “industrial” or “burial” insurance policies; (5) consumer goods manufacturers for false and deceptive advertising; (6) real estate developers for fraud and false advertising; and (7) improper collection and over collection of fees from residents by the City of Los Angeles.
The most recent settlements on which Ms. Hurst was instrumental include: Chakhalyan v. City of Los Angeles (providing full refunds of overcharges and a revamping of L.A. billing practices); Hartless v. Clorox Company, 273 F.R.D. 630 (S.D. Cal. 2011) (nationwide settlement in excess of $10 million that provided 100% recovery of damages to class members); In re Enfamil LIPIL Mktg. & Sales Practices Litig. (nationwide settlement in excess of $8 million involving false advertising of infant formula); Dennis v. Kellogg Co. (nationwide settlement in excess of $4 million); In re Skechers Toning Shoes Prods. Liab. Litig. (nationwide settlement of $45 million).
Ms. Hurst is also involved in the firm’s appellate practice. She successfully argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal in Corvello v. Wells Fargo Bank, NA, 728 F.3d 878 (9th Cir. 2013) and before California’s Second District Court of Appeal in Goodman v. Wells Fargo Bank, NA (decision pending). Ms. Hurst also worked on the appeals in In re Enfamil LIPIL Mktg. & Sales Practices Litig. (11th Cir.); Hartless v. Clorox Company (9th Cir.); Guerra v. SDG&E (4th DCA); Garcia v. Sony Computer Entertainment (9th Cir.); and Gutierrez v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. (9th Cir.).
Between 2003 and 2005, Ms. Hurst took a sabbatical from law and moved to Sri Lanka where she worked for CARE International as the Coordinator for Strategic Planning with an emphasis on development of CARE’s long-term strategic plan for the conflict-affected areas.Ms. Hurst is admitted to practice in the state of California, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States District Courts for the Southern, Central and Northern Districts of California. Ms. Hurst received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1995. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology (cum laude) from the University of San Diego. Ms. Hurst is an active member of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, and Consumer Attorneys of California.