Catherine E. Anderson

canderson@gslawny.com
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T: 212.847.8315
F: 646.520.3236

217 Centre St, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10013

Practice Areas

Ms. Anderson specializes in consumer class actions and a variety of employment matters, including wage and hour, family medical leave, Title VII discrimination and retaliation, severance and employment contract disputes. Presently, Ms. Anderson’s consumer practice focuses on deceptive practices prevalent in the banking, mortgage lending and insurance industries. Ms. Anderson also has litigated a diverse array of consumer class actions concerning defective products, including electronics and automobiles, health care, and securities.

Notable Cases and Recoveries:

Type of Action

Matter

Result

Consumer Class Action

“Force Placed” or Lender Placed Insurance

Hall, et al. v. Bank of America, et al., 12 cv-22700 (FAM)(S.D. Fla.)

Ms. Anderson represents one of the named plaintiffs in this consumer class action. The parties are seeking preliminary approval of a nationwide settlement on behalf of all borrowers with mortgage loans, home equity loans, or home equity lines of credit serviced by Bank of America, N.A. or BAC Home Loans Servicing, LP, (f/k/a Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, L.P.) who were charged a premium for lender-placed hazard insurance coverage issued by Balboa

Insurance Co., Meritplan Ins. Co., Newport Insurance Co., QBE Insurance Corp., QBE Specialty Ins. Co., and Praetorian Ins. Co.

Individual Loan Modification

Confidential

$ 90,000 settlement in 2014

Wage and Hour

Collective Action

Confidential

$325,000 settlement in 2013

Wage and Hour

Collective Action

Patel, et al. v. Baluchi’s, et al, 08 Civ 9985 (RJS) (S.D.N.Y.)

$880,000 settlement in 2011

Consumer Class Action

Defective Products

Kent, et al. v. Hewlett-Packard Co., C-09-05341 (JF)(N.D. Ca.)

Ms. Anderson represented two of the named plaintiffs in this consumer class action. The 2011 settlement valued at over

$2 million provided an extended 90-day service enhancement for class members with expired warranties, a free motherboard replacement, and full reimbursement to class members who paid for repairs to their HP computers to remedy “blue screen” or “lock up” failures.

Civil Rights Act of 1964

Title VII Retaliation

Castro v. The City of New York, 05-CIV-593 (LAK)(MHD) (S.D.N.Y.)

In 2011, Ms. Anderson and her law partner, Ms. Stewart, obtained a $400,000 jury verdict in favor of the plaintiff. The case later settled out of court for $600,000.

Consumer Class Action

RESPA and New York General Business Law § 349 violations.

Cohen v. JP Morgan Chase, 04-cv-4098 (ILG)(E.D.N.Y.)

Ms. Anderson represented the lead plaintiff in this consumer class action concerning junk fees on mortgage statements. In 2010, a settlement fund valued at approximately $20 million provided relief for up to 50,000 homeowners.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Confidential

$ 50,000 settlement in 2009

Consumer Class Action

New York General Business Law § 349 violations.

Sebrow, et al. v. Allstate Insurance Co., 07 CV-3929 (FB) (E.D.N.Y.)

Ms. Anderson represented one of the lead plaintiffs in this consumer class action alleging the unlawful tying of insurance products. The 2008 settlement provided injunctive relief to a class comprised of over 54,000 homeowners.

Family Medical Leave Act and Americans with Disabilities Act

Confidential

$395,000 settlement in 2008

Consumer Class Action

Common law claims for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and violation of NY GBL § 349 in connection with a defunct non-ERISA health plan.

Russo v. WholeArts Foundation, Inc., 603037/03(KM)(NY Sup.)

Ms. Anderson represented the lead plaintiff in this class action brought on behalf of 163 members of a defunct health plan. The 2007 settlement valued at over $500,000 provided total payment of the outstanding medical bills and reimbursement of expenses on behalf of the class.

Education

J.D., New York University, 1995
Journal of International Law and Politics, Editor.

B.A., Colgate University, 1992
Magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice New York
New Jersey
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
Second Circuit Court of Appeals
Third Circuit Court of Appeals
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