Major Verdicts and Settlements

The firm has received the largest jury verdict in U.S. history in a gender discrimination lawsuit; the largest jury verdict in a Title IX lawsuit; one of the largest settlements in a wage and hour matter; some of the largest whistleblower and False Claims Act (qui tam) settlements in U.S. history (totaling over $1 billion); and one of the largest Title IX settlements in U.S. history involving sexual abuse of students. The firm also routinely settles cases that result in significant monetary recoveries for our clients.

  • $762 Million Settlement
    Whistleblower Settlement Against Biotech Company Qui Tam Settlement with Amgen
    Sanford Heisler Sharp represented a former employee-turned-whistleblower who accused biotech company Amgen of violating the False Claims Act by promoting off-label drug use and illegal kickbacks to promote sales. Sanford Heisler Sharp’s work with the ...
  • $253 Million Settlement
    Gender Discrimination Verdict Against Pharma Company Novartis Gender Discrimination Class Action
    Sanford Heisler Sharp achieved the largest jury verdict in U.S. history in an employment discrimination case. A jury awarded $253 million after finding the pharmaceutical giant liable for gender discrimination in pay, promotions, and relating to ...
  • $120 Million Settlement
    Whistleblower Settlement Against Pharmacy Qui Tam Settlement with Omnicare
    Sanford Heisler Sharp and co-counsel represented a general manager of an Omnicare pharmacy who blew the whistle on violations of the Medicare Anti-Kickback Statute and the False Claims Act. As part of the settlement, Omnicare agreed to pay $120 milli ...
  • $99 Million Settlement
    Overtime Settlement Against Pharma Company Novartis Wage & Hour Class Action
    Sanford Heisler Sharp brought a major wage and hour class and collective action lawsuit alleging that Novartis misclassified its pharmaceutical representatives and failed to pay them overtime that they were owed. Sanford Heisler Sharp negotiated a ...
  • $68.5 Million Settlement
    Whistleblower Settlement Against Office Supplier Qui Tam Settlement with Office Depot
    Sanford Heisler Sharp represented a whistleblower who alleged that office supply company Office Depot violated the California False Claims Act by overcharging over 1,000 government agencies for office and classroom supplies. The qui tam suit against ...
  • $50 Million Settlement
    Qui Tam Settlement Against Navistar
    Sanford Heisler Sharp represented a former employee turned whistleblower who alleged that Navistar, a defense contractor, overcharged the Government in the MRAP vehicle purchase. The case settled in 2020 for $50 million, $11 million of which was ...
  • $28 Million Settlement
    Overtime Settlement Against Tech Company AT&T Wage & Hour Class Action
    Sanford Heisler Sharp secured a $28 million settlement for AT&T managers who had not been paid overtime by the telephone giant. The settlement benefited thousand of employees and resolved multiple class action and collective action lawsuits filed in ...
  • $23.5 Million Settlement
    Whistleblower Settlement Against Medical Device Company Qui Tam Settlement with Medtronic
    Sanford Heisler Sharp filed a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that medical device company Medtronic violated the False Claims Act by engaging in an illegal kickback scheme. Working with the Department of Justice and the Office of the Inspector General ...
  • $20+ Million Trial Verdict
    Trial Verdict for Victims of Pornography Website Jane Doe v. GirlsDoPorn.com Lawsuit
    In Jane Doe v. GirlsDoPorn.com , Sanford Heisler Sharp represented a group of 22 women who were manipulated and defrauded by the owners and operators of the pornography website GirlsDoPorn. Sanford Heisler Sharp won rulings to preserve the women’s ...
  • $19.5 Million Settlement
    Gender Discrimination Settlement Against Tech Company Qualcomm Gender Discrimination Class Action
    In 2016, Sanford Heisler Sharp reached a $19.5 million settlement against Qualcomm in a gender discrimination class action involving a class of approximately 3,300 women and was reached before plaintiffs filed suit. The settlement included ...
  • $14 Million Settlement
    Sexual Harassment Settlement Against University Dartmouth University Title IX Gender Discrimination Class Action
    Sanford Heisler Sharp brought a Title IX alleging that tenured male professors in a science department engaged in widespread sexual harassment of female college and graduate students. Sanford Heisler Sharp negotiated a $14 million class action ...
  • $3.3 Million Verdict
    Title IX Wrongful Termination Case Burns v. San Diego State University, et al.
    Sanford Heisler Sharp achieved the largest known jury verdict and monetary award in a Title IX case in U.S. history. Sanford Heisler Sharp represented women’s basketball coach Beth Burns, who was terminated by San Diego State University after she ...
  • $8 Million Settlement
    Retaliation Settlement for Law Firm Partner
    Sanford Heisler Sharp represented a client who was fired from her job as a law firm partner after she accused the firm of discriminating against her. Sanford Heisler Sharp secured an $8 million settlement for our client.
  • $5 Million Settlement
    Settlement for Pair of Law Firm Partners
    Sanford Heisler Sharp secured a settlement that exceeded $5 million for two law firm partners who experienced discrimination at their law firm.
  • $5 Million Settlement
    Sexual Harassment Victim at University
    Sanford Heisler Sharp secured a $5 million settlement for a client who experienced sexual harassment from a tenured faculty member whom she trusted.
  • $5 Million Settlement
    Discrimination and Retaliation Victim at Major Company
    Sanford Heisler Sharp represented a client who experienced harassment and retaliation at a prominent company. Sanford Heisler Sharp secured an $5 million settlement for our client.
  • $8.3 Million Arbitration Award
    Arbitration Award in Silicon Valley Fraud Case Chen v. Innogrit Arbitration
    Sanford Heisler Sharp won an arbitration for a Chinese client who co-founded a Silicon Valley semiconductor company but was defrauded by his co-founder and wrongfully deprived of an equity stake in the company he helped build. Sanford Heisler Sharp ...
  • $99 Million Settlement
    $99 Million Settlement Reached After Successful Appeal
    Sanford Heisler Sharp won an appeal in In re Novartis Wage & Hour Litigation in the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and, as a result, Plaintiffs reached a $99 million settlement – one of the largest overtime pay settlements in U.S. hist ...
  • $24 Million Settlement
    Sanofi-Aventis Gender Discrimination Class Action Bellifemine, et al., v. Sanofi-Aventis U.S.
    In 2007, Sanford Heisler Sharp represented a class of approximately 6,000 female sales employees in pay and promotion and gender discrimination claims against the pharmaceutical corporation, Sanofi-Aventis U.S. The settlement produced more than $15 ...
  • $21 Million Verdict
    $21 Million Award After 99-Day Bench Trial
    In Jane Doe v. GirlsDoPorn.com, Sanford Heisler Sharp won a $21 million award for a group of 22 women who were manipulated and defrauded by the owners and operators of the pornography website GirlsDoPorn.
  • $19.5 Million Settlement
    Qualcomm Gender Discrimination Class Action
    In 2016, Sanford Heisler Sharp reached a $19.5 million settlement against Qualcomm in a gender discrimination class action involving a class of approximately 3,300 women and was reached before plaintiffs filed suit. The settlement included ...
  • $14 Million Settlement
    C&S Wholesale Grocers Overtime Wage & Hour Class Action
    Sanford Heisler Sharp represented C & S Wholesale Grocers employees throughout the United States with claims regarding failure to pay overtime. Plaintiffs successfully resolved their lawsuit for a gross sum of up to $14 million. All details relating ...
  • $13.75 Million Settlement
    ERISA Settlement Against Pharmacy Chain
    Sanford Heisler Sharp reached a $13.75 million settlement on behalf of a class of nearly 200,000 Walgreens employees who were participants in a 401(k) plan they alleged was improperly managed.
  • $11 Million Settlement
    Energy Plus Consumer Fraud Class Action
    Sanford Heisler Sharp reached an $11 million settlement against Energy Plus on behalf of a class of New Jersey consumers who alleged that Energy Plus engaged in a bait-and-switch scheme that led to the defrauding and deception of thousands of people.
  • $11 Million Settlement
    Qui Tam Settlement Against Smith & Nephew
    Sanford Heisler Sharp reached an $11 million settlement against Energy Plus on behalf of a class of New Jersey consumers who alleged that Energy Plus engaged in a bait-and-switch scheme that led to the defrauding and deception of thousands of people.
  • $8.7 Million Settlement
    Cracker Barrel Race Discrimination Class Action
    David Sanford was lead counsel in a race discrimination class action suit against Cracker Barrel restaurants. The case concerned discrimination in pay and promotion, and also involved discrimination against African-American customers. The United ...
  • $8.2 Million Settlement
    Daiichi Sankyo Gender Pay, Promotion, and Pregnancy Discrimination Class Action
    On February 11, 2013, six current and former female pharmaceutical sales professionals filed a class and collective action gender discrimination lawsuit against Daiichi Sankyo in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, ...
  • $5.5 Million Settlement
    Google, Inc. Wage and Hour Class Action
    On January 27, 2016, a former contract worker at Google filed a class action lawsuit in the Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County, alleging that the company failed to pay contract recruiters and sourcers for all overtime worked. The ...
  • $5.1 Million Settlement
    Qui Tam Settlement Against Meridian Surgical Partners LLC
    Sanford Heisler Sharp won a $5.1 million qui tam settlement against Meridian Surgical Partners LLC, an investor in an Ambulatory Surgical Center (“ASC”). The whistleblower, represented by the firm and the U.S. Department of Justice, alleged that ...
  • $5 Million Settlement
    Fairfield Resorts Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Class Action Wilson, et al., v. Fairfield Resorts, Inc.
    Sanford Heisler Sharp represented a class of women in a sexual harassment and gender discrimination claims against Fairfield Resorts Incorporated, a major resort and timeshare company. The case was settled on behalf of all female employees at ...
  • $4.15 Million Settlement
    Whistleblower/Qui Tam Matter Against AtriCure Inc.
    Sanford Heisler Sharp brought a whistleblower/ qui tam matter against AtriCure Inc., (“AtriCure”), a medical device manufacturer. Subsequently, AtriCure agreed to pay $4.15 million to resolve all claims against it. The Complaint charged that AtriCure ...
  • $4.1 Million Settlement
    Qui Tam Settlement Against Pathway Genomics Corporation
    WASHINGTON, December 30, 2015, Washington D.C. — Sanford Heisler Sharp today announced that genetic testing giant Pathway Genomics Corporation has agreed to settle a qui tam suit and pay the United States government, 28 states and the District of ...
  • Ongoing Opioid Litigation
    Ongoing Opioid Litigation
    Sanford Heisler Sharp represents over 70 city and county governments across the nation in their claims against opioid manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and pharmacy benefit managers who created and contributed to our country’s ongoing opioid ep ...