Timothy G. Blood (cont.)
Since 2010, Mr. Blood’s court-appointed leadership positions include: Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(g) Class Counsel in Godec v. Bayer Corp., Case No. Case No. 1:10-CV-00224-JG (N.D. OH); Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(g) Class Counsel in Johns v. Bayer Corp., Case 09-cv-1935-AJB (DHB) (S.D. Cal.); Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(g) Class Counsel in In re Skechers Toning Shoes Prods. Liab. Litig., Case No. 3:11-MD-2308-TBR (W.D. KY); Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel and Steering Committee member by the United States District Court for the Southern District of California in the multidistrict litigation In re: Sony Gaming Networks and Customer Data Breach Security Litigation; Class Counsel by the district court for the District of Massachusetts in In re: Reebok Easytone Litigation; Class Counsel in Victor E. Bianchi v. Bosa Development California by the San Diego Superior Court; Co-Lead Class Counsel by the Los Angeles Superior Court in In re: Toyota Motor Cases, JCCP No. 4621 (Toyota Unintended Acceleration Consolidated Litigation); Co-Lead Class Counsel by the United States District Court for the Southern District of California in the multidistrict litigation In re: Hydroxycut Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation; Co-Lead Class Counsel by the United States District Court for the Central District of California in Johnson v. General Mills, Inc.; Co-Lead Class Counsel by the United States District Court for the Southern District of California in Hartless v. Clorox Company; and Class Counsel by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Smith v. Wm. Wrigley, Jr. Company. Recently, Mr. Blood has acted as lead counsel in a number of “functional food” false advertising class actions, including cases against General Mills and The Dannon Company filed in federal courts around the country. The Dannon litigation resulted in the largest settlement in food industry history for false advertising. He was lead trial counsel in Lebrilla v. Farmers Insurance Group, Inc., a multistate class action which settled on terms favorable to the class after a month long trial and just before closing arguments. He was also co-lead trial counsel in In re Red Light Photo Enforcement Litigation, an action brought on behalf of California motorists.
Mr. Blood has represented millions of purchasers of food, food supplements and over-the-counter drugs arising out of various advertising claims made by manufacturers and retailers. He has also represented owners of motor vehicles in product liability cases and consumer credit and mortgage borrowers against a number of major lending institutions, including Bank of America, Washington Mutual, Countrywide, GMAC and Wells Fargo.
Mr. Blood has extensive experience litigating against life, auto and other insurance carriers on behalf of consumers. His experience litigating against life insurance companies includes representing owners, holders and beneficiaries of industrial life insurance in race discrimination cases (with class periods dating back to the late 1800’s). He also represented those holding traditional life insurance policies in market conduct actions such as the “vanishing premium” life insurance actions. Mr. Blood was responsible for one of only two litigated cases where classes where certified in the vanishing premium series of cases. He was also one of the few plaintiffs’ attorneys to obtain class-wide recoveries in the “imitation parts” automobile insurance actions. Insurance companies against whom Mr. Blood has litigated include the American General companies, Farmers Insurance Group of Companies, Mercury Insurance Group, Allstate, State Farm, Great Southern Life, Metropolitan Life, United Life Insurance Company, Midland National Life Insurance Company and General American Insurance Company.
Mr. Blood has also represented consumers in traditional false advertising actions, those victimized by so-called “negative option” sales practices, and owners of a variety of different types of faulty computer equipment and software from manufacturers. Some of these retailers and manufacturers include Apple, Dell, IBM, Procter & Gamble, General Mills, The Dannon Company, Bayer, AG, Bosa Development, Kellogg Company and General Dynamics.
Mr. Blood has been involved in a number of precedent-setting appellate decisions in areas which include consumer and insurance law and class action procedure. These appellate decisions include: Corvello v. Wells Fargo Bank, NA, 728 F.3d 878 (9th Cir. 2013) (consumer protection and banking); Fitzpatrick v. General Mills, Inc., 635 F.3d 1279(11th Cir. 2011) (class certification, consumer law and false advertising); Westwood Apex v. Contreras, 644 F.3d 799 (9th Cir. 2011) (CAFA jurisdiction); Kwikset Corp. v. Superior Court (Benson), 51 Cal. 4th 310 (2011) (consumer law and false advertising); Martinez v. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Inc., 598 F. 3d 549 (9th Cir. 2010) (banking and preemption); Troyk v. Farmers Group, Inc., 171 Cal. App. 4th 1305 (2009) (insurance law); Hawaii Medical Ass’n v. Haw. Med. Serv. Ass’n, 148 P.3d 1179 (Haw. 2006) (health insurance); McKell v. Washington Mutual Bank, Inc., 142 Cal. App. 4th 1457 (2006) (banking law and consumer law); Santiago v. GMAC Mortgage Group, Inc., 417 F.3d 384 (3d Cir. 2005) (consumer and banking law); Lebrilla v. Farmers Group, Inc., 119 Cal. App. 4th 1070 (2004) (automobile insurance and class action procedure); Moore v. Liberty Nat’l Life Ins. Co., 365 F.3d 408 (5th Cir. 2004) (life insurance and civil rights); Kruse v. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Inc., 383 F.3d 49 (2d Cir. 2004) (consumer and banking law); and Lavie v. Procter & Gamble, Inc., 105 Cal. App. 4th 496 (2003) (consumer law and false advertising).
Mr. Blood has testified before the California State Assembly and State Senate Judiciary Committees, as well as the Assembly and Senate Committees on Banking, Finance & Insurance. He has worked at both the state and federal level with lawmakers and government agencies to shape legislation to protect consumer rights, including lobbying on the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 and working to defeat a California state ballot initiative designed to weaken the class action device.
Mr. Blood is a frequent continuing legal education speaker on topics which include complex litigation, class action procedure, financial fraud litigation, insurance litigation and consumer fraud. He has been an invited speaker for American Bar Association practice groups, the Practicing Law Institute, University of San Diego School of Law, Loyola Law School, American Association of Justice, Consumer Attorneys of California, ALI-ABA, the National Practice Institute, Bridgeport Continuing Education, Law Seminars International and the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, for which he chairs a multi-day seminar on class action litigation.
Mr. Blood is frequently consulted by the media. He has appeared on Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, and major network affiliates on behalf of his clients. He has been interviewed for stories featuring consumer rights issues and his cases by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters, the Associate Press, The Los Angeles Times, the Daily Journal, Adweek, CNBC, Fox News, the Korean Broadcasting Service and others.
Mr. Blood is an executive officer of the Consumer Attorneys of California and is the President Elect of the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. In 2007, he was a finalist for the Consumer Attorneys of California Lawyer of the Year award for his trial work in a multistate class action against Farmers Insurance. He has been named a “Super Lawyer” since 2006 and has achieved an “AV” rating by Martindale Hubbell. Mr. Blood is also the Legislative Column Editor for Trial Bar News.Mr. Blood is admitted to practice in the state of California, as well as the United States Courts of Appeal for the Third, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the Southern, Central, Northern and Eastern Districts of California, the Eastern District of Arkansas and the Eastern District of Michigan. Before starting Blood Hurst & O’Reardon, Mr. Blood was a partner in Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach, LLP and Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins, LLP. Mr. Blood received his Juris Doctor from George Washington University in 1990 and his Bachelor of Arts with honors in Economics from Hobart College in 1987.