Law Offices of Howard A. Snyder
15165 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 450  Los Angeles, CA 91403-3373  USA
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AREAS OF PRACTICE

The Law Offices of Howard A. Snyder has successfully litigated cases in the following areas:


Vioxx


The Law Offices of Howard A. Snyder has been successfully litigating Vioxx cases long before the recent recall of Vioxx, and represented over 500 clients who had suffered serious injury (heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular injuries) due to taking Vioxx.  When Merck & Co. entered into a global settlement of the Vioxx litigation, The Law Offices of Howard A. Snyder’s clients received their fair share of the $5 billion dollar settlement.


Celebrex/Bextra


Celebrex, manufactured by Pfizer and its sister medication, Bextra, are in the class of medications known as Cox-2 inhibitors, and are commonly prescribed to treat arthritis and reduce pain in adults.  When it was announced that a government-sponsored study demonstrated that Celebrex/Bextra use increased the risk of heart attacks and strokes in certain patients, The Law Offices of Howard A. Snyder successfully represented over 200 clients to ensure they received compensation for their injuries.


Rezulin


When the drug Rezulin (troglitazone), manufactured by Pfizer, Inc. to control blood sugar levels in type II diabetes patients, was found to cause serious and deadly liver damage, The Law Offices of Howard A. Snyder was on the front line of the class action case ensuring that over 1000 clients who took Rezulin received compensation they were entitled to.


Avandia

Avandia was found to cause heart attacks and strokes.  and the law office os Howard Snyder represented several hundred Avandia clients who were injured by this defective drug.  The firm consistently obtained the highest settlements on behalf of its client.


Catastrophe Litigation

The law firm is one of the leading firms fighting the insurance industry on behalf of home owners around the country.  The firm has successfully represented clients dating back from the Northridge earthquake in Los Angeles through the devastating hurricanes in Florida and spearheaded the attack against the insurance agency in the Katrina litigation.


Hurricanes Katrina & Rita


As a result of The Law Offices of Howard A. Snyder’s success in prosecuting claims for insured’s after the 1994 Northridge earthquake, The Law Offices of Howard A. Snyder was approached by counsel in Louisiana to investigate misconduct by insurers after the devastating Hurricanes, Katrina and Rita.


As a result of the investigation, The Law Offices of Howard A. Snyder concluded that the overwhelming majority of insurance companies were underpaying all of their insured’s.


The Law Offices of Howard A. Snyder successfully filed a series of class actions to force the insurers to treat their insured’s fairly, all based primarily upon the failure of the insurers to pay a reasonable amount for General Contractor Overhead and Profit.  The law firm handled the only successful class action arising from Hurricane Katrina.


For more information regarding General Contractor Overhead & Profit, and to ensure you are receiving all the benefits you are entitled to in your Homeowner policy, click here.


1994 Northridge Earthquake


When the insurance industry abused their customers after the Northridge Earthquake, The Law Offices of Howard A. Snyder stepped in to represent homeowners whose homes, and in many cases lives, had been destroyed.  The Law Offices of Howard A. Snyder represented over 15,000 homeowners, and was the lead counsel in the primary class action arising out of the earthquake, Sherman v. Allstate, in which Allstate paid approximately $100 million to correct its errors.

The Law Offices of Howard A. Snyder’s groundbreaking cases include:



Sherman v. Allstate


In the Northridge Earthquake case, Sherman v. Allstate, The Law Offices of Howard A. Snyder successfully forced Allstate to readjust the homes of each of the 12,000 members of the class that chose to participate.  This readjustment included a complete re-inspection of each home by a team of court-appointed adjusters and engineers.  Because these adjusters were not Allstate employees, and therefore not influenced by Allstate, The Law Offices of Howard A. Snyder helped thousands of homeowners receive an additional $65 million in compensation from Allstate.


Kapsamillas v. Allstate        


In Kapsamillas v. Allstate, The Law Offices of Howard A. Snyder persuaded the Court of Appeals that Allstate’s application of the statue of limitations was wrong in the earthquake context.


Farmers Insurance Unfair Competition Action


The Law Offices of Howard A. Snyder was principal counsel in the settlement of the Farmers Insurance Company unfair competition action, which exposed fraud on the part of Farmers in taking an improper deductible from many claimants, and improperly withholding funds due to its policyholders.  This settlement resulted in the payment of more than $1 billion to all farmers insured who had been impacted by Farmer’s wrongful conduct.


Ward v. Allstate


In Ward v. Allstate, The Law Offices of Howard A. Snyder persuaded the Court that the statute of limitations did not begin to run until a reasonable person could determine that he or she had appreciable earthquake damage.  This decision was the first of its kind and has been followed by many others that have greatly aided homeowners.  Ward v. Allstate is supported by the California Department of Insurance. 


Vu. v. Prudential Property & Casualty Co.


In Vu. v. Prudential, the California Supreme Court agreed with The Law Offices of Howard A. Snyder and held that an insurance company was required to tell its insured’s the truth regarding a claim.