About Shulman Law

Harry Shulman has 26 years of experience fighting for his clients. For the last eight years, he has focused his practice on representing consumers and students who did not get what they bargained for, or were victims of fraud. He specializes in lawsuits against schools, colleges, and vocational institutions.  Harry’s cases have benefited tens of millions of consumers, and provided them with tens of millions of dollars.

Harry is a cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1985. He began his law practice in Colorado 1985 at Holland & Hart, where he was made a partner in 1991. He moved to San Francisco in 2000, and practiced at Legal Strategies Group and The Mills Law Firm before starting his own firm in 2010.

Harry has tried many cases to verdict, before both judges and juries. He is a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA), an organization of consumer lawyers and advocates dedicated to the ethical and professional representation of consumers in litigation, the California Association of Consumer Attorneys, and the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association.

Cases where Harry has been lead counsel, or among the primary counsel, include:

Boltz v. Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Inc.:

Mr. Boltz challenged the major manufacturers and distributors of DVDs in the United States for labeling their DVDs as “captioned” where only the main feature, but not the special features, were actually captioned. The Los Angeles Superior Court granted final approval to the settlement in Boltz on August 28, 2006, and as result of the settlement, more than a billion DVDs will be fully captioned by 2011.

Aragachi v. Panasonic North America, Inc.:

Mr Aragachi sued Panasonic for selling HDTVs with lamps which failed prematurely. The San Francisco Superior Court granted final approval to the settlement on September 22, 2006, and as result of the settlement, thousands of lamps were replaced at no costs to consumers, thousands of consumers received replacement TVs, and thousands of consumers were reimbursed more than a million dollars in amounts they had previously spent to replace their TV lamps.

Klussman v. Cross Country Bank:

Ms. Klussman sued Cross Country Bank, a subprime credit card issuer, for numerous wrongful practices related to late fees, overlimit fees, and collection tactics. The Klussman case resulted in a published choice of law opinion that has benefitted consumers nationwide. See Klussman v. Cross Country Bank, 134 Cal. App. 4th 1283 (2005). The case settled six weeks before trial, for $21.7 million and defendants’ agreement to change their business practices.

Campbell v. Blood Bank of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties:

Ms. Campbell sued the Blood Bank on behalf of “mobile employees” (the people who set up blood drives), for wage and hour violations. The San Bernardino Superior Court granted final approval of a settlement in excess of $2.5 million. Many class members received tens of thousands of dollars each in this case.

Amador v. California Culinary Academy, et al.:

Ms. Amador and a host of others sued California Culinary Academy for fraudulently inducing them to enroll and attend. She alleged that the school used high pressure sales tactics, fraudulently inflated placement statistics, overstated CCAs’ reputation, falsely represented the school was exclusive, and failed to carry through on job placement promises. Students paid as much as $46,000 to attend CCA, and in many cases simply cannot repay their staggering student debt. The case has been presented to the San Francisco Superior Court for preliminary approval of a $40 million settlement.

Claims that Harry has resolved without class certification:

Capitol One Balance Transfers: Pauline Kiet filed a case against Capitol One for calculation and categorization errors in “zero interest on balance transfer” accounts. The case settled with Capitol One agreeing to refund 100% of the improper charges, without a single class member having to make a claim or fill out a claim form.

Polaris RAZR vehicles: Greg Mills made claims against Polaris Industries for defects in the air intake system of its RAZR all terrain vehicles. While the vehicles were specifically designed for off-road use, defects in the design of their air intake system caused dust to accumulate in the air filter, and in some cases, get through into the engine. The claims were settled with Polaris’ agreement to provide fixes to the intake system, at no cost to the owners, and to double the engine warranty.

 

Note: The results described above were dependent on the facts of those cases. Results will differ if based on different facts.

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