Thomas J. O’Reardon II

Attorney Thomas-O'Reardon

Thomas J. O’Reardon II

Co-Founding Partner

Mr. O’Reardon is a co-founding partner of the firm. His practice focuses exclusively on complex class action lawsuits involving consumer protection, insurance fraud and antitrust.

Prior to founding the firm, Mr. O’Reardon was an associate at Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, LLP. There, Mr. O’Reardon worked on numerous complex class action litigation matters, including actions involving:

  • Annuity policies marketed and sold to senior citizens; insurer kickbacks known as “contingent commissions” in the property and casualty insurance brokerage industry;
  • Sherman Act claims against the world’s largest manufacturers of random access memory for computers; invasions of credit card holder’s rights of privacy;
  • False and deceptive advertising of consumer goods and wireless telephone services;
  • Automobile insurers’ unlawful practices with respect to installment pay plans;
  • Dangerous and defective products, including recalled children’s toys.

He was also part of the team representing the California Department of Insurance against five of the largest employee benefit insurance companies for violations relating to their failure to disclose payments of contingent commissions to brokers. As a result of the action, all five defendants agreed to sweeping changes in their disclosure practices.

Education

  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D. (2006)
  • Wake Forest University, Bachelor of Arts in Politics (2003)

Representative Cases

Some of the actions Mr. O’Reardon has litigated include:

  • Mullins v. Premier Nutrition Corp. (N.D. Cal.) (certified class action involving false advertising of Joint Juice glucosamine and chondroitin supplement)
  • Rikos v. The Proctor & Gamble Co. (S.D. Ohio) (certified class action involving false advertising of P&G’s Align probiotic, affirmed by the Sixth Circuit)
  • In re Skechers Toning Shoes Prods. Liab. Litig. (W.D. Ky.) (nationwide settlement of $45 million involving false advertising of Skechers’ Shape-ups toning shoes products)
  • In re Reebok Easytone Litig. (D. Mass.) (nationwide settlement of $25 million involving false advertising of Reebok toning footwear and apparel products)
  • Murr v. Capital One Bank (USA), N.A. (E.D. Va.) (nationwide settlement in excess of $7.3 million involving 0% APR billing practices)
  • Dolfo v. Bank of Am. (S.D. Cal.) (certified class action involving mortgage modification banking practices)
  • Johnson v. Gen. Mills, Inc. (C.D. Cal.) (certified class action involving false advertising of General Mills’ YoPlus yogurt, which resulted in a nationwide settlement of $8.5 million)
  • Fitzpatrick v. Gen. Mills, Inc. (S.D. Fla.) (certified class action reviewed and approved by the Eleventh Circuit)
  • Johns v. Bayer Corp. (S.D. Cal.) (certified class action involving false advertising of Bayer’s One-A-Day multivitamins)
  • Godec v. Bayer Corp. (N.D. Ohio) (certified class action involving false advertising of Bayer’s One-A-Day multivitamins, which settled on a classwide basis)
  • Corvello v. Wells Fargo Bank, NA (N.D. Cal.) (certified class action involving mortgage modification practices where order granting motion to dismiss was reversed by the Ninth Circuit in a published opinion)
  • Rosales v. FitFlop USA LLC (S.D. Cal.) (nationwide settlement of $5.3 million involving false advertising of toning footwear)
  • Blessing v. Sirius XM Radio, Inc. (S.D.N.Y.) (nationwide settlement valued in excess of $180 million involving monopoly price increases arising out of the merger between Sirius and XM)
  • In re Dynamic Random Access Memory Antitrust Litig. (N.D. Cal.) (settlement of more than $300 million)
  • In re Mattel, Inc .[Toy Lead Paint Prods. Liab. Litig.] (C.D. Cal.) (nationwide settlement valued at over $50 million)
  • Gemelas v. Dannon Co., Inc. (N.D. Ohio) (nationwide settlement in excess of $45 million involving false advertising of Dannon’s Activia and DanActive yogurt products)
  • In re Enfamil LIPIL Mktg. & Sales Practices Litig. (S.D. Fla.) (certified class action involving false advertising of infant formula, which resulted in nationwide settlement in excess of $8 million)
  • Smith v. Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. (S.D. Fla.) (nationwide settlement in excess of $7 million involving false advertising of Wrigley Eclipse chewing gum and mints)
  • Duffer v. Chattem, Inc. (S.D. Cal.) (nationwide settlement of up to $1.8 million involving false advertising of ACT Total Care mouthwash)
  • In re Enron Corp. Sec. Litig. (S.D. Tex.) (settlements of $7.3 billion)
  • AOL Time Warner Cases (Cal. Super. Ct., Los Angeles Cnty.) (settlements of approximately $630 million)
  • Morris v. CBS Broad., Inc. (S.D.N.Y.) (nationwide settlement on behalf of purchasers of asbestos-laden children’s toys)
  • In re Aqua Dots Prods. Liab. Litig. (N.D. Ill.) (multidistrict litigation on behalf of purchasers of more than 4 million toxic children’s toys)
  • Berry v. Mega Brands, Inc. (D.N.J.) (litigation on behalf of purchasers of more than 10 million lethal children’s toys)
  • In re Toyota Motor Cases, (Cal. Super. Ct., Los Angeles Cnty.) (litigation on behalf of consumers who purchased vehicles subject to “sudden unintended acceleration”)
  • In re Hydroxycut Mktg. and Sales Practices Litig. (S.D. Cal.) (multidistrict litigation on behalf of purchasers of unsafe and ineffective weight-loss products, which resulted in a nationwide settlement valued in excess of $20 million).

With the exception of the Blessing v. Sirius XM Radio. Inc. litigation, Mr. O’Reardon or his firm served as court-appointed Lead or Co-Lead Counsel in each of the above-mentioned class actions. In granting final settlement approval, which included appointing Mr. O’Reardon as Class Counsel, the Court’s order in the Johnson v. Gen. Mills. Inc. (C.D. Cal.) action states that Mr. O’Reardon is “vastly experienced” in consumer class action litigation.

Leadership, Membership & Honors

Mr. O’Reardon is a member of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, the Consumer Attorneys of California, the American Association of Justice and a founding member of the CAOC Young Lawyers Division.

In 2014, 2015 and 2016, Mr. O’Reardon was named a “Super Lawyers Rising Star,” a designation provided to fewer than 2.5 percent of lawyers in California.

He has also been a member and contributing author for, The Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production.

Mr. O’Reardon has been an invited speaker for the University of San Diego School of Law, Consumer Attorneys of California, the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, and the San Diego ESI Forum on topics that include complex litigation, electronic discovery, and the class action settlement process.

He is admitted to practice in the state of California, as well as the United States Courts of Appeal for the Sixth, Eighth and Ninth Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California and the Northern District of Illinois.

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