V Prentice

PRACTICE AREAS

Antitrust
Class Actions
Consumer Protection
Qui Tam

ADMISSIONS

State of California
US Court of Appeals – Ninth Circuit
US District Court – Central District of California
US District Court – Northern District of California
US District Court – Southern District of California

EDUCATION

Yale Law School, J.D.

Freie Universität Berlin, M.A., Environmental Management

George Washington University, B.A., International Affairs, summa cum laude

LANGUAGES

German (certified proficient)
Spanish (conversational)
Thai (conversational)

V Prentice joined the firm in 2017.  He specializes in class actions and other complex civil litigation.  Representative matters include:

  • Capacitors Price-Fixing Antitrust Litigation: The firm is Sole Lead Counsel in a class action lawsuit alleging that global capacitor manufacturers conspired to fix prices, forcing direct purchasers to pay more.  The case is currently in discovery and class certification is fully briefed.  Initial settlements in the case exceed $100 million;
  • Facebook Content Moderators’ Safe Workplace Litigation: The Firm represents Plaintiff Selena Scola in a class action lawsuit against Facebook, Inc., and Pro Unlimited, Inc., alleging that content moderators responsible for viewing and removing offensive and extremely disturbing videos, images, and broadcasts from Facebook users are suffering from psychological trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”), and are not being protected properly by the social media company;
  • Generic Drug Price-Fixing Antitrust Litigation: The firm is on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee representing U.S. consumers and insurers in a multidistrict antitrust litigation accusing a large number of generic drug manufacturers with conspiring to fix and raise prices for 18 generic medications.  In the past few years, prices for these drugs have skyrocketed by more than 1,000 percent.  Consumers blame the companies for engineering these price hikes, eliminating the benefits of competition, and forcing them to pay exorbitant prices.  The firm is also currently investigating many other generic drugs for potential class action claims;
  • LG/Samsung Antitrust Litigation: The firm represents current and former LG and Samsung employees in a class action against the two electronics giants, alleging that they entered into an illegal no-poaching agreement that limits employee access to mobility and compensation;
  • Nestlé Bottled Water Litigation: The firm represents consumers of Nestlé’s Poland Spring brand “100% Natural Spring Water” bottled water product line in a class action lawsuit against Nestlé Waters North America, Inc.  Plaintiffs allege that since it began selling Poland Spring Water in 1993, Nestlé has bottled common groundwater and illegally mislabeled it as “100% Natural Spring Water.”  They claim at least 13 million consumers nationwide yearly buy Poland Spring Water under false and deceptive circumstances, and that Nestlé’s economies of scale have enabled it to charge lower prices that genuine spring water purveyors cannot match; and
  • Restasis Antitrust Litigation: The firm represents the Self-Insured Schools of California in a class action lawsuit against Allergan, Inc. The suits alleges that Allergan participated in a scheme to delay generic competition to Allergan’s blockbuster Restasis drug and extended its monopoly in the Restasis market through a series of fraudulent and anticompetitive acts.  On March 22, 2018, Judge Gershon appointed the firm as Interim Co-Lead Counsel on behalf of End-Purchaser Plaintiffs.

Prior to joining the firm, V served as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, where he worked on a wide range of legal issues, including questions of civil procedure, statutory construction, and federal preemption.

Before his clerkship, V was a Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellow at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York.  During law school, V represented veterans in federal court class actions and administrative proceedings as an intern at the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization in New Haven, CT.  V also served as the Managing Editor of the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal, worked as a teaching assistant, and helped produce documentary films about contemporary legal issues as a member of the Yale Visual Law Project.