Consumer Protection

A free and fair marketplace is crucial to the safety and well-being of our state and country. When transnational corporations violate the rules, Sugerman Dahab stands up for consumers.

Scharfstein v. BP West Coast Products, LLC, No 1112-17046 (Multnomah Cnty. Cir. Ct.)

Across Oregon, ARCO gas stations and am-pm minimarkets charged consumers an illegal debit card charge 13,000 times a day. Over 2 million consumers were overcharged. David led a team of talented lawyers in what is widely recognized as a landmark consumer protection case. David and team tried the case to a jury and obtained a judgment in excess of $400 million. The case was fully affirmed on appeal. Years later, BP settled, and the settlement resulted in a payment of $185 to each overcharged consumer. Unclaimed funds from the case provided $80 million in funding to Oregon Legal Aid and $80 million to start a new consumer protection center, Oregon Consumer Justice.

Surrett v. Western Culinary Institute, No. 0803-03530 (Multnomah Cnty. Cir. Ct.)

It took a total of 12 years, but along with co-counsel, David successfully represented former students of a predatory, for-profit trade school in class actions under the Oregon Unlawful Trade Practices Act. The school, which was owned by Career Education Corporation, falsely advertised its training and placement rates. Students who purchased costly culinary training were refunded between 44 and 50 percent of their tuition.

Stewart v. Albertsons, Inc., No. 16CV15125 (Multnomah Cnty. Cir. Ct.)

Sugerman Dahab leads a talented team of consumer protection lawyers as we take on a predatory practice at Oregon Safeway stores. Every day, 365 days a year, Oregon Safeway puts various meat products on sale, marking them “Buy one, get one free.” Sometimes they even make it “Buy one, get two free.” But there is nothing “free” about it, as Safeway stores routinely raised the unit price of meat before putting it on sale. The case is ongoing.

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