C. Brandon Wisoff

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Brandon Wisoff has a broad-based commercial trial practice both in state and federal courts.  Mr. Wisoff has extensive experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in complex class action, securities, commodities, antitrust, financial institution and consumer unfair business practices litigation.  He formerly served as chair of the firm’s Business Litigation Group.

Mr. Wisoff, representing the qui tam plaintiff joined by the State of California and hundreds of local governments, was one of the lead trial lawyers in a precedent-setting class action false claims case brought against a paying agent bank which resulted in a $187.5 million settlement after the completion of the first phase of a bifurcated trial.  In a case alleging unfair business practices against a major credit card company, he obtained outright dismissal of all claims against the company on the first day of trial.  He obtained a defense judgment following trial for a long-distance telecommunications firm sued on behalf of the general public in a consumer unfair business practices action.  As lead class counsel in a nationwide commodity fraud action, he recovered a $40 million settlement of investor losses following a five-month federal jury trial.

Mr. Wisoff is a frequent lecturer on consumer class action claims under California’s Unfair Competition Law (“UCL”), False Advertising Law (“FAL”) and Consumer Legal Remedies Act (“CLRA”).  He has defended numerous businesses, including retailers,  manufacturers, product distributors, pharmacies, leasing and financing companies, against consumer claims alleging false advertising, unlawful pricing practices, the sale of defective products, unlawful call recording and for violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”).

He has also defended numerous securities class action and derivative claims involving allegations of options backdating, unlawful revenue recognition and misleading proxy statements. These actions have frequently involved parallel SEC enforcement actions and DOJ investigations.

In the antitrust area, Mr. Wisoff obtained summary judgment in favor a nationwide retailer that had been named as a defendant class representative in a consumer class action alleging a vertical price fixing conspiracy.  He also reached an early favorable settlement on behalf of an international oil company client that had been sued by the State of Hawaii for alleged horizontal price fixing of the gasoline market.

Mr. Wisoff is also experienced in the area of energy litigation, having represented California’s electric grid operator in a variety of claims arising from extraordinary price volatility in the wholesale electricity markets. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Commercial Litigation and Northern California Super Lawyers in the area of Business Litigation.