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Andrew (Andy) W. Ferich is a partner at Ahdoot Wolfson.  Mr. Ferich is located in the Philadelphia region and he is a member of the firm’s east coast team.  Mr. Ferich has significant experience in consumer protection, data privacy, ERISA/retirement plan, and whistleblower/qui tam litigation.

Before joining the plaintiffs’ bar, Mr. Ferich was an associate at a top national litigation firm in Philadelphia where he focused his practice on commercial and financial services litigation. 

Mr. Ferich has represented a wide array of clients, including consumers, whistleblowers, investors, and institutional clients.  He possesses major jury trial experience and has litigated dozens of cases from inception to judgement or settlement. Mr. Ferich has obtained or has assisted in litigating cases that have collectively resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in settlement value in damages and injunctive relief for various classes and groups of people.

Mr. Ferich has been appointed by various courts as class counsel or to leadership positions in numerous class action lawsuits. A sampling of Mr. Ferich’s representative matters and accomplishments on behalf of clients and classes is below:

Consumer Products

  • Udeen, et al. v. Subaru of America, Inc., No. 1:18-cv-17334-RBK-JS (D.N.J.) (appointed co-lead class counsel; obtained settlement valued at more than $6.25 million on behalf of owners and lessees of Subaru vehicles with allegedly defective infotainment systems);
  • In re Nexus 6P Prods. Liab. Litig., No. 5:17-cv-02185-BLF (N.D. Cal.) (obtained a $9.75 million settlement in an action alleging that Google smartphones contained a defect that caused “bootlooping” and sudden battery drain);
  • Weeks, et al. v. Google LLC, No. 5:18-cv-00801-NC (N.D. Cal.) ($7.25 million settlement granted in a consumer action alleging that Google sold first-generation Pixel smartphones with a known microphone defect);
  • In re: Elk Cross Timbers Decking Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, No. 2;15-cv-00018-JLL-JAD (D.N.J.) (obtained settlement valued at approximately $20 million in MDL proceeding relating to defective wood-composite decking);
  • In re: MacBook Keyboard Litig., No: 5:18-cv-02813-EJD (N.D. Cal.) (relying upon his technological literacy, Mr. Ferich brought this case alleging that certain Apple MacBook laptop models contain a known defect plaguing the functionality of Apple’s notorious butterfly keyboard);
  • MacTavish, et al. v. Am. Honda Motor Co., Inc., et al., No. 2:21-cv-4289-GW-JEM (C.D. Cal.) (Mr. Ferich leads this litigation for AW, alleging that Honda’s Ridgeline trucks have faulting wiring harnesses that cause backup camera failure; this case has proceeded to discovery);
  • Cole, et al. v. Rust-Oleum Corp., No. 1:21-cv-02816 (N.D. Ill.) (leading prosecution of a class action alleging that products in Rust-Oleum’s “Restore” deck coating lineup prematurely fail and were falsely advertised);
  • Stevens, et al. v. Rust-Oleum Corp., No. 1:21-05957 (N.D. Ill.) (leading prosecution of a class action alleging that products in Rust-Oleum’s “RockSolid” deck coating lineup prematurely fail and were falsely advertised);
  • Clark, et al. v. Am. Honda Motor Co., Inc., No. 2:20-cv-3147-AB-MRW (C.D. Cal.) (prosecuting this case relating to a deceleration defect in certain Acura vehicles).

Data Privacy

  • Perdue v. Hy-Vee, Inc., No. 1:19-cv-01330 (C.D. Ill.) (appointed co-lead counsel in class action relating to alleged data breach that exposed millions of consumers’ payment card data to hackers; Mr. Ferich’s efforts, with co-counsel, led to the creation of an uncapped claims settlement that includes corporate commitments of at least $20 million in data security improvements);
  • Cochran, et al. v. The Kroger Co., et al., No. 21-cv-01887-EJD (N.D. Cal.) ($5 million common fund settlement relating to the Accellion data breach, which received final approval; Mr. Ferich was appointed co-lead class counsel);
  • In re Accellion Inc. Data Breach Litigation, No. 5:21-cv-01155-EJD (N.D. Cal.) (Mr. Ferich and his firm have been at the forefront of the litigation in this massive data breach incident; led by Mr. Ferich, Ahdoot & Wolfson has reached four settlements, with Kroger (final approval granted), Health Net, Flagstar Bank, and Accellion that are pending consideration by the Court);
  • Tafelski et al. v. Logan Health, No. ADV-22-0108 (Montana 8th Judicial Dist. Ct.) (medical data breach case; Mr. Ferich is one of four appointed interim co-lead class counsel);
  • In re: Eskenazi Health Data Incident Litigation, No. 49D01-2111-PL-038870 (Ind. Commw. Ct.) (medical data breach case; Mr. Ferich serves on the executive steering committee);
  • In re Wawa, Inc. Data Breach Litigation,  No. 2:19-cv-06019 (E.D. Pa.) (achieved $12 million settlement on behalf of consumers whose sensitive payment card information was exposed to criminals as part of a highly-publicized  data breach);
  • Gordon, et al. v. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., No. 1:17-cv-01415-CMA (D. Colo.) (valuable settlement obtained in a data breach action where approximately 10 million consumers’ payment card data was exposed to hackers);
  • Bray, et al. v. GameStop Corp., No. 1:17-cv-01365 (D. Del.) (valuable settlement obtained in a data breach action alleging exposure of payment card information of consumers who made purchases through defendant’s website).

ERISA/Retirement Plan Litigation

  • Tsui, et al. v. Universal Services of America, LP, et al., No. 8:22-cv-01158 (C.D. Cal.) (Mr. Ferich is prosecuting this ERISA breach of fiduciary duty class action relating to allegations of excessive recordkeeping and administrative fees being assessed to participants in the Allied Universal 401(k) plan);
  • Smith, et al. v. VCA Inc., et al., No. 2:21-cv-09140-GW-AGR (C.D. Cal.) (Mr. Ferich is leading this ERISA class action alleging excessive recordkeeping and administrative fees, and other fiduciary breaches, relating to VCA’s defined contribution plan);
  • Davis, et al. v. Washington University in St. Louis, et al., No. 4:17-cv-01641-RLW (E.D. Mo.) (Mr. Ferich led this ERISA class action alleging excessive fees and other fiduciary breaches relating to a massive university 403(b) retirement plan).

Mr. Ferich has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers every year since 2017. He is admitted to the bars of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia, is admitted to numerous federal courts across the country, and is a proud member of the Philadelphia Bar Association. In his spare time, he likes to play golf and spend time with his wife, daughter, and twin boys.

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