In a landmark constitutional ruling in a case argued by Cuneo, Gilbert & LaDuca's Robert Cynkar, the Virginia Supreme Court reinstated a case brought by homeowners and residents of Fairfax County's Huntington subdivision that seeks damages from the Virginia Department of Transportation for the flood damage to their homes during the severe storm that hit the area in June 2006 (06/07/12).read more
We are co-lead counsel in a defective shingles class action against Owens Corning. On May 18, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled that the company's past bankruptcy did not foreclose potential class members' claims and remanded the case to the Western District of Pennsylvania for further proceedings (05/21/12).Read More
Cuneo Gilbert and LaDuca, LLP ("CGL"), has a long history of successful advocacy in cases of national significance. These cases represent some of our best work both as lawyers and as advocates for others.
Protecting kids from "Joe Camel"
Our firm was among the first group of law firms to challenge tobacco industry advertising practices. In 1991, with two California firms, we brought the so-called "Joe Camel" case, which alleged that R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company's "Joe Camel" Advertising Campaign illegally tricked children into smoking cigarettes.
Representing Enron Investors
CGL served as "Washington Counsel" on behalf of the defrauded shareholders in the Enron Securities Litigation. That litigation recovered over $7 billion on behalf of defrauded investors.
Winning justice for homeowners
In one of the largest product defect recoveries in recent history, Jonathan Cuneo and Charles LaDuca served as lead counsel in a bi-national settlement that provided $340 million to homeowners for the defective radiant heating hose known as Entran II.
Winning justice for more homeowners
In another large product defect settlement, Charles LaDuca served as co-lead counsel in the CertainTeed Roof Shingle litigation. Which, in the fall of 2010, the late Hon. Judge Louis H. Pollak of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania approved a settlement valued between $655 to $741 million on behalf of consumers.
Helping holocaust survivors
Our firm acted as co-lead counsel in a case on behalf of survivors of the Holocaust in Hungary and their heirs, whose personal property, found on the "Gold Train" in the final days of World War II, was looted by U.S. Army personnel and improperly appropriated by the U.S. government.
Protecting individuals privacy rights
The Metromail case commenced when Ohio grandmother Beverly Dennis contacted us because she had received a sexually suggestive letter from a maximum-security inmate in the state of Texas. Ms. Dennis had filled out and returned a questionnaire in a supermarket. The company had subcontracted for Texas state prisoners to "key" the information. Our firm brought a path-breaking class action --a one of a kind privacy case-- in Texas state court. That case was settled in 2000 for significant injunctive relief, and created an available pool of cash of $15 million for victims.
Protecting civil rights – opposing strip searches
Charles LaDuca and Alexandra Warren have served as co-lead counsel in approximately twenty major cases that challenged the strip search policies of counties and municipalities across the country, which include Buffalo, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, as well as several counties in New Jersey.
Compensating Prudential investors
CGL represented individual claimants against Prudential insurance Company in post-settlement proceedings after a class action charging that Prudential had abused policyholders through deceptive sales practices.
Protecting companies from government overreaching
IFF Data Solutions hired CGL's Robert Cynkar at the last minute to defend it against bogus charges of defrauding the government of over $100 million in this "bet your company" case. In November 2009, after a three-week trial, Cynkar and his new legal team won a defense verdict.