William Stern is the recognized authority on California’s Unfair Competition Law, Business & Professions Code section
17200 et seq. and one of the nation’s leading experts on consumer class actions.
Mr. Stern specializes in the defense of consumer class actions. He regularly handles litigation and trial of suits brought by private litigants and
law enforcement officials for unfair business practices and false advertising claims against banks, retailers, manufacturers, insurers, finance companies,
pharmaceutical companies, cable television operators, telemarketing companies, mortgage lenders, public utilities, film producers, advertisers,
high-tech companies, nursing home operators, publishers, literary agents, franchisors, equipment lessors, and others. Mr. Stern also has extensive trial
and appellate court experience defending commercial clients in cases involving privacy and data breach, trade secrets, first-party insurance bad faith,
franchise, intellectual property, lender liability, and prejudgment remedies.
- Fellow of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers
- Advisor to the California State Bar’s section on Antitrust and Unfair Competition
- Member of the Legal Affairs Committee for the California Bankers Association
- Organizer and panelist for The Rutter Group’s annual program on California’s Unfair Business Practices and False Advertising statues
- Past member (2006 – 2009) of the California State Bar’s Business Section and its Financial Institutions Committee.