Class Action. On behalf of a putative class of electric service customers of Georgia Power, pursued refund suit for overcharges and to enforce tariff against public utility. See Georgia Power Co. v. Cazier, 321 Ga. App. 576 (2013); Cazier v. Georgia Power Company, 339 Ga. App. 506 (2016); Georgia Power Company v. Cazier, S17G0706 (Ga. Supreme June 18, 2018).
Class Action – Teachers’ Retirement. Represented plaintiffs in a class action challenging suspension of contributions to employees’ tax-sheltered annuity plan, leading to a court-approved settlement of $117.5 Million for the class. See DeKalb Co. Sch. Dist. v. Gold, 307 Ga. 330 (2019).
Class Action – Credit Life Insurance Litigation. Homeowner obtained a home refinance loan where the lender included more credit life insurance than was necessary to pay off his mortgage. Successful class action litigation challenged these predatory lending tactics to rob homeowners of the equity in their home. The settlement of the case required the lender to refund homeowners up to $13.5 million for illegal insurance premiums and other charges.
Class Action – Health Insurance Renewal Premium Increase Litigation. A policyholder purchased small group health insurance before he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The company unlawfully increased the premiums because of the diagnosis. Successful class action litigation provided 5,000 Georgia policyholders with refunds of up to $14 million.
Class Action – Home Depot Data Breach Litigation. In a multidistrict litigation case involving the exposure of personal financial information of more than 40 million customers, Barnes Law Group served as Liaison Counsel with lead responsibilities for pursuing the consumer case claims in the litigation. The BLG team secured preliminary approval of a $20 million nationwide class action settlement that will compensate class members for out of pocket losses due to fraud, provide free credit monitoring for customers and reform Home Depot’s data security measures.
Class Action – Payday Lending Litigation. Successfully pursued several class action lawsuits against payday lenders who charged more interest than the law allows. His efforts in this litigation resulted in payday lenders being required to refund up to $44 million in unlawful interest and finance charges on small loans of $500 or less.
Class Action/Unfair Premium Rating Practices. On behalf of a class of Georgia consumers, won class certification and obtained a $12 Million settlement against insurance company in suit alleging unfair premium rating practices for group health insurance. American Medical Security v. Parker, 284 Ga. 102 (2008).
Employment/Wrongful Discharge. For former chief executive officer, won dismissal of indictment in long-running prosecution alleging corporate malfeasance, successfully asserting defenses of statutory business judgment, consent/ratification, and statute of limitations. State v. Brown, Georgia Court of Appeals Case No. A18A0389 (Dec. 6, 2017); State v. Brown, 293 Ga. 493 (2013); Brown v. State, 322 Ga. App. 446 (2013).