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Amanda L. Groves

Partner in Los Angeles

Co-Chair, Complex Comm. Litigation Practice & Chair, California Litigation Pract

Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • California

Court Admissions

  • Central District of California
  • Eastern District of California
  • Northern District of California
  • Southern District of California
  • Western District of North Carolina
  • Eastern District of North Carolina
  • USCA – 9th Circuit

Education

Amanda Groves, who practices in Los Angeles and Charlotte, N.C., has successfully represented consumer product and technology companies, national retailers, and lending institutions in complex commercial litigation since 1996. She focuses her practice on consumer class actions, business to business contract and tort disputes, and other high-stakes litigation matters. She has a national practice with a particular emphasis on California and its unique legal landscape, including its consumer fraud statutes, arbitration procedures and enforcement issues, and commercial law.

With her extensive experience with consumer protection statutes, Amanda successfully defends clients in consumer class actions by obtaining dismissal orders and summary judgment, and negotiating settlements with no cash payments by the client. These cases include nationwide consumer class actions brought on behalf of millions of plaintiffs, as well as statewide cases alleging false advertising, unfair competition, warranty claims fraud, and violation of consumer privacy statutes.

Amanda’s clients benefit from her ability to prepare accurate budgets and her practical, problem-solving approach to litigation issues. They have also remarked that they particularly appreciate her responsiveness and personal attention to their matters.

Experience

Practice Areas by Industry

Financial Services:

Amanda’s financial services practice focuses on claims challenging banking practices and policies, particularly in the following areas:

  • Credit and Mortgage Practices Challenges – Regularly defends credit card and mortgage companies in class actions challenging mortgage origination practices, add-on products, and collection policies and practices, including claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and California’s Rosenthal FDCPA.
  • Privacy and Data Breach – Responding to government inquiries, conducting an internal investigation into a financial institution’s borrower data breach, and defense of privacy claims by consumers.
  • Ponzi Scheme and Customer Fraud Cases – Regularly defends banks against damage claims by alleged victims of a bank customer’s fraud.
  • Retail Fees and Banking Practices– Regularly defends consumer class actions alleging improper fee collection or improper/inadequate consumer policies at retail banking outlets.

In addition to successfully resolving class actions for financial institutions, Amanda also represents banks and other corporate clients in vendor litigation, business to business contract disputes, and successor liability suits.

Food and Beverage:

Amanda is a leading practitioner in labeling cases, and recently has defended the following brands, among others, in false advertising class actions brought under state consumer protection laws: Costco’s Kirkland Signature products; an American packaged food brand’s culinary walnuts; a major food processing company’s distilled white vinegar; an international manufacturer’s potato chips; Pacific Foods’ soy milk products; Jim Beam whiskey; Maker’s Mark bourbon; Pretzel Crisps; Pacific Foods; Breckenridge Bourbon; Pop Secret Popcorn; and certain nutritional supplements of a major herbal supplement manufacturer, including St. John’s wort, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, and echinacea.

Amanda has also defended companies in cases alleging contamination and safety issues, including:

  • A class action resulting from an employee at a national pizza chain contracting hepatitis A;
  • Class and individual claims following recalls;
  • A walnut oil product distributed in Europe allegedly contaminated with mineral oil; and
  • The inclusion of partially hydrogenated oil (PHO) in microwave popcorn.

National Retailers, Technology and Manufacturing Companies:

Amanda also defends class actions alleging consumer fraud and privacy breaches for national retailers, technology, and manufacturing companies. She also has defended class actions alleging consumer fraud and product performance issues for major national retailers and electronics companies. She has recently served as lead counsel in the defense of major national retailers and an herbal supplement manufacturer in dozens of class actions alleging false advertising and related state law claims across the country.

Amanda has also advised and litigated on other-high stake disputes for companies in these industries, including:

  • Defending a manufacturing company in $20 million breach of fiduciary duty and alter ego litigation arising out of stock sales by minority shareholders.
  • Litigating a variety of complex real-estate disputes including long-term lease issues, real estate finance disputes, and LLC disputes related to real-estate project management.

  • Defending and prosecuting commercial disputes with suppliers and customers related to product quality and performance, delivery issues, and contract termination.
  • Enforcing arbitration provisions and class action waivers in state and federal courts.

Honors & Awards

Amanda was ranked in Chambers USA in 2016, 2017 and 2019 for general commercial litigation. She was recognized in The Legal 500 2018 for her work in product liability, mass tort, and class action litigation as well as contentious issues in marketing and advertising. In addition, Amanda was named a 2015 “Food & Beverage MVP” by Law360 and one of 25 Outstanding Women in Business by the Charlotte Business Journal in 2014.

Activities

Amanda is chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, co-chair of the Complex Commercial Litigation Practice, co-chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. She is the immediate past vice chair of the Class Action and Multi-Party Litigation Committee for IADC. Amanda recently served as a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar Diversity & Inclusion Committee and was a member of the Legal Services of Southern Piedmont Board of Directors from 2013 to 2016. She is a founding director for the Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services and a former board member of Community Legal Services, Inc. in East Palo Alto, California. She is also a board member of the Los Angeles Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL).

Credentials

Amanda received a B.A. in communication studies, cum laude, from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1993, and a J.D., cum laude, from Santa Clara University of Law in 1996.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “AI and the Financial Services Industry,” Silicon Valley, September 2018
  • Speaker, “How to Manage Reputational and Regulatory Risks in High-Profile Mediagenic Matters,” Philadelphia, June 2018
  • Quoted in “Food Litigation 101: Non-Functional Slack Fill… Are you up to Speed?” Food Navigator USA, August 2017
  • Speaker, “Of Piggy Backs and Copy Cats: Exploring the Latest Class Action Trends Impacting the Dietary Supplement Industry,” Dietary Supplements Conference, American Conference Institute/Council for Responsible Nutrition, June 2017
  • Co-author, “How FDA Warning Letters to Other Companies Increase Your Business’ Litigation Risk,” Food Manufacturing, June 2017
  • Speaker, “Introduction to Food Law and Regulation,” Food and Drug Law Institute, Washington, D.C., March 2017
  • Co-author, “Claim Litigation in the Food Industry,” Natural Products Insider, February 2017
  • Speaker, “The Recent & Future Trends for Food & Distilled Beverage Manufacturers,” Food & Beverage Litigation Conference: A Look at Hospitality, Liquor and Food Liability, New York, October 2016
  • Speaker, “Using ‘Natural’: Walking the Line Between Consumer Expectations, Accusations of Deceptive Practices, and Litigation,” Food 2.0 Conference, June 2016
  • Quoted in “After Long Litigation, an LA Jury Sides with Coke Against POM Wonderful in False Advertising Claims Case,” Daily Journal, March 2016
  • Speaker, “The CFPB and Financial Institutions – Where Do We Stand?” March 2016
  • Co-author, “Safe Harbor Defense?” Beverage World Magazine, November 2015
  • Speaker, “Attention Food & Beverage Industry: False Advertising, Product Liability, and Defamation Litigation is Making an Impact,” May 2015

Amanda L. Groves

Partner in Los Angeles

Co-Chair, Complex Comm. Litigation Practice & Chair, California Litigation Pract

Amanda Groves, who practices in Los Angeles and Charlotte, N.C., has successfully represented consumer product and technology companies, national retailers, and lending institutions in complex commercial litigation since 1996. She focuses her practice on consumer class actions, business to business contract and tort disputes, and other high-stakes litigation matters. She has a national practice with a particular emphasis on California and its unique legal landscape, including its consumer fraud statutes, arbitration procedures and enforcement issues, and commercial law.

With her extensive experience with consumer protection statutes, Amanda successfully defends clients in consumer class actions by obtaining dismissal orders and summary judgment, and negotiating settlements with no cash payments by the client. These cases include nationwide consumer class actions brought on behalf of millions of plaintiffs, as well as statewide cases alleging false advertising, unfair competition, warranty claims fraud, and violation of consumer privacy statutes.

Amanda’s clients benefit from her ability to prepare accurate budgets and her practical, problem-solving approach to litigation issues. They have also remarked that they particularly appreciate her responsiveness and personal attention to their matters.

Honors and Awards

Chambers USA
Chambers and Partners
Legal
500
The Legal 500 United States
Food & Beverage
MVP
Law360
25 Outstanding
Women in Business
Charlotte Business Journal
Consumer
Protection
Group of the Year
Law360

Amanda was ranked in Chambers USA in 2016, 2017 and 2019 for general commercial litigation. She was recognized in The Legal 500 2018 for her work in product liability, mass tort, and class action litigation as well as contentious issues in marketing and advertising. In addition, Amanda was named a 2015 “Food & Beverage MVP” by Law360 and one of 25 Outstanding Women in Business by the Charlotte Business Journal in 2014.

Activities

Amanda is chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, co-chair of the Complex Commercial Litigation Practice, co-chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. She is the immediate past vice chair of the Class Action and Multi-Party Litigation Committee for IADC. Amanda recently served as a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar Diversity & Inclusion Committee and was a member of the Legal Services of Southern Piedmont Board of Directors from 2013 to 2016. She is a founding director for the Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services and a former board member of Community Legal Services, Inc. in East Palo Alto, California. She is also a board member of the Los Angeles Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL).

Amanda received a B.A. in communication studies, cum laude, from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1993, and a J.D., cum laude, from Santa Clara University of Law in 1996.

Education

Santa Clara University
JD, 1996
University of California, Los Angeles
BA, 1993

Admissions

NC
North Carolina
CA
California

Court Admissions

C.D.
Cal.
Central District of California
E.D.
Cal.
Eastern District of California
N.D.
Cal.
Northern District of California
S.D.
Cal.
Southern District of California
W.D.
N.C.
Western District of North Carolina
E.D.
N.C.
Eastern District of North Carolina
9th
Cir.
USCA – 9th Circuit

Practice Areas by Industry

Financial Services:

Amanda’s financial services practice focuses on claims challenging banking practices and policies, particularly in the following areas:

  • Credit and Mortgage Practices Challenges – Regularly defends credit card and mortgage companies in class actions challenging mortgage origination practices, add-on products, and collection policies and practices, including claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and California’s Rosenthal FDCPA.
  • Privacy and Data Breach – Responding to government inquiries, conducting an internal investigation into a financial institution’s borrower data breach, and defense of privacy claims by consumers.
  • Ponzi Scheme and Customer Fraud Cases – Regularly defends banks against damage claims by alleged victims of a bank customer’s fraud.
  • Retail Fees and Banking Practices– Regularly defends consumer class actions alleging improper fee collection or improper/inadequate consumer policies at retail banking outlets.

In addition to successfully resolving class actions for financial institutions, Amanda also represents banks and other corporate clients in vendor litigation, business to business contract disputes, and successor liability suits.

Food and Beverage:

Amanda is a leading practitioner in labeling cases, and recently has defended the following brands, among others, in false advertising class actions brought under state consumer protection laws: Costco’s Kirkland Signature products; an American packaged food brand’s culinary walnuts; a major food processing company’s distilled white vinegar; an international manufacturer’s potato chips; Pacific Foods’ soy milk products; Jim Beam whiskey; Maker’s Mark bourbon; Pretzel Crisps; Pacific Foods; Breckenridge Bourbon; Pop Secret Popcorn; and certain nutritional supplements of a major herbal supplement manufacturer, including St. John’s wort, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, and echinacea.

Amanda has also defended companies in cases alleging contamination and safety issues, including:

  • A class action resulting from an employee at a national pizza chain contracting hepatitis A;
  • Class and individual claims following recalls;
  • A walnut oil product distributed in Europe allegedly contaminated with mineral oil; and
  • The inclusion of partially hydrogenated oil (PHO) in microwave popcorn.

National Retailers, Technology and Manufacturing Companies:

Amanda also defends class actions alleging consumer fraud and privacy breaches for national retailers, technology, and manufacturing companies. She also has defended class actions alleging consumer fraud and product performance issues for major national retailers and electronics companies. She has recently served as lead counsel in the defense of major national retailers and an herbal supplement manufacturer in dozens of class actions alleging false advertising and related state law claims across the country.

Amanda has also advised and litigated on other-high stake disputes for companies in these industries, including:

  • Defending a manufacturing company in $20 million breach of fiduciary duty and alter ego litigation arising out of stock sales by minority shareholders.
  • Litigating a variety of complex real-estate disputes including long-term lease issues, real estate finance disputes, and LLC disputes related to real-estate project management.

  • Defending and prosecuting commercial disputes with suppliers and customers related to product quality and performance, delivery issues, and contract termination.
  • Enforcing arbitration provisions and class action waivers in state and federal courts.
  • Speaker, “AI and the Financial Services Industry,” Silicon Valley, September 2018
  • Speaker, “How to Manage Reputational and Regulatory Risks in High-Profile Mediagenic Matters,” Philadelphia, June 2018
  • Quoted in “Food Litigation 101: Non-Functional Slack Fill… Are you up to Speed?” Food Navigator USA, August 2017
  • Speaker, “Of Piggy Backs and Copy Cats: Exploring the Latest Class Action Trends Impacting the Dietary Supplement Industry,” Dietary Supplements Conference, American Conference Institute/Council for Responsible Nutrition, June 2017
  • Co-author, “How FDA Warning Letters to Other Companies Increase Your Business’ Litigation Risk,” Food Manufacturing, June 2017
  • Speaker, “Introduction to Food Law and Regulation,” Food and Drug Law Institute, Washington, D.C., March 2017
  • Co-author, “Claim Litigation in the Food Industry,” Natural Products Insider, February 2017
  • Speaker, “The Recent & Future Trends for Food & Distilled Beverage Manufacturers,” Food & Beverage Litigation Conference: A Look at Hospitality, Liquor and Food Liability, New York, October 2016
  • Speaker, “Using ‘Natural’: Walking the Line Between Consumer Expectations, Accusations of Deceptive Practices, and Litigation,” Food 2.0 Conference, June 2016
  • Quoted in “After Long Litigation, an LA Jury Sides with Coke Against POM Wonderful in False Advertising Claims Case,” Daily Journal, March 2016
  • Speaker, “The CFPB and Financial Institutions – Where Do We Stand?” March 2016
  • Co-author, “Safe Harbor Defense?” Beverage World Magazine, November 2015
  • Speaker, “Attention Food & Beverage Industry: False Advertising, Product Liability, and Defamation Litigation is Making an Impact,” May 2015

Thought Leadership

Amanda L. Groves

Partner in Charlotte and San Francisco

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  • +1 (704) 350-7755 (Charlotte)
  • +1 (415) 591-1000 (San Francisco)
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  • Download vCard
  • +1 (704) 350-7755 (Charlotte)
  • +1 (415) 591-1000 (San Francisco)

Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • California

Court Admissions

  • Central District of California
  • Eastern District of California
  • Northern District of California
  • Southern District of California
  • Western District of North Carolina
  • Eastern District of North Carolina
  • USCA – 9th Circuit

Education

Amanda Groves has been successfully representing consumer-product companies (including in the technology and food industries), national retailers, and lending institutions in complex commercial litigation since 1996. Ms. Groves has successfully resolved class actions for financial institutions, including national cases challenging loan origination and collection practices. She also represents financial institutions and other corporate clients in vendor litigation, business to business contract disputes and the defense of corporate transactions challenged in state and federal court.

Experience

Practice Areas by Industry

Financial Services:

Amanda’s financial services practice focuses on claims challenging banking practices and policies, particularly in the following areas:

  • Credit and Mortgage Practices Challenges – Regularly defends credit card and mortgage companies in class actions challenging mortgage origination practices, add-on products, and collection policies and practices, including claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and California’s Rosenthal FDCPA.
  • Privacy and Data Breach – Responding to government inquiries, conducting an internal investigation into a financial institution’s borrower data breach, and defense of privacy claims by consumers.
  • Ponzi Scheme and Customer Fraud Cases – Regularly defends banks against damage claims by alleged victims of a bank customer’s fraud.
  • Retail Fees and Banking Practices– Regularly defends consumer class actions alleging improper fee collection or improper/inadequate consumer policies at retail banking outlets.

In addition to successfully resolving class actions for financial institutions, Amanda also represents banks and other corporate clients in vendor litigation, business to business contract disputes, and successor liability suits.

Food and Beverage:

Amanda is a leading practitioner in labeling cases, and recently has defended the following brands, among others, in false advertising class actions brought under state consumer protection laws: Costco’s Kirkland Signature products; an American packaged food brand’s culinary walnuts; a major food processing company’s distilled white vinegar; an international manufacturer’s potato chips; Pacific Foods’ soy milk products; Jim Beam whiskey; Maker’s Mark bourbon; Pretzel Crisps; Pacific Foods; Breckenridge Bourbon; Pop Secret Popcorn; and certain nutritional supplements of a major herbal supplement manufacturer, including St. John’s wort, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, and echinacea.

Amanda has also defended companies in cases alleging contamination and safety issues, including:

  • A class action resulting from an employee at a national pizza chain contracting hepatitis A;
  • Class and individual claims following recalls;
  • A walnut oil product distributed in Europe allegedly contaminated with mineral oil; and
  • The inclusion of partially hydrogenated oil (PHO) in microwave popcorn.

National Retailers, Technology and Manufacturing Companies:

Amanda also defends class actions alleging consumer fraud and privacy breaches for national retailers, technology, and manufacturing companies. She also has defended class actions alleging consumer fraud and product performance issues for major national retailers and electronics companies. She has recently served as lead counsel in the defense of major national retailers and an herbal supplement manufacturer in dozens of class actions alleging false advertising and related state law claims across the country.

Amanda has also advised and litigated on other-high stake disputes for companies in these industries, including:

  • Defending a manufacturing company in $20 million breach of fiduciary duty and alter ego litigation arising out of stock sales by minority shareholders.
  • Litigating a variety of complex real-estate disputes including long-term lease issues, real estate finance disputes, and LLC disputes related to real-estate project management.

  • Defending and prosecuting commercial disputes with suppliers and customers related to product quality and performance, delivery issues, and contract termination.
  • Enforcing arbitration provisions and class action waivers in state and federal courts.

Honors & Awards

Amanda was ranked in Chambers USA in 2016, 2017 and 2019 for general commercial litigation. She was recognized in The Legal 500 2018 for her work in product liability, mass tort, and class action litigation as well as contentious issues in marketing and advertising. In addition, Amanda was named a 2015 “Food & Beverage MVP” by Law360 and one of 25 Outstanding Women in Business by the Charlotte Business Journal in 2014.

Activities

Amanda is chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, co-chair of the Complex Commercial Litigation Practice, co-chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. She is the immediate past vice chair of the Class Action and Multi-Party Litigation Committee for IADC. Amanda recently served as a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar Diversity & Inclusion Committee and was a member of the Legal Services of Southern Piedmont Board of Directors from 2013 to 2016. She is a founding director for the Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services and a former board member of Community Legal Services, Inc. in East Palo Alto, California. She is also a board member of the Los Angeles Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL).

Credentials

Amanda received a B.A. in communication studies, cum laude, from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1993, and a J.D., cum laude, from Santa Clara University of Law in 1996.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “AI and the Financial Services Industry,” Silicon Valley, September 2018
  • Speaker, “How to Manage Reputational and Regulatory Risks in High-Profile Mediagenic Matters,” Philadelphia, June 2018
  • Quoted in “Food Litigation 101: Non-Functional Slack Fill… Are you up to Speed?” Food Navigator USA, August 2017
  • Speaker, “Of Piggy Backs and Copy Cats: Exploring the Latest Class Action Trends Impacting the Dietary Supplement Industry,” Dietary Supplements Conference, American Conference Institute/Council for Responsible Nutrition, June 2017
  • Co-author, “How FDA Warning Letters to Other Companies Increase Your Business’ Litigation Risk,” Food Manufacturing, June 2017
  • Speaker, “Introduction to Food Law and Regulation,” Food and Drug Law Institute, Washington, D.C., March 2017
  • Co-author, “Claim Litigation in the Food Industry,” Natural Products Insider, February 2017
  • Speaker, “The Recent & Future Trends for Food & Distilled Beverage Manufacturers,” Food & Beverage Litigation Conference: A Look at Hospitality, Liquor and Food Liability, New York, October 2016
  • Speaker, “Using ‘Natural’: Walking the Line Between Consumer Expectations, Accusations of Deceptive Practices, and Litigation,” Food 2.0 Conference, June 2016
  • Quoted in “After Long Litigation, an LA Jury Sides with Coke Against POM Wonderful in False Advertising Claims Case,” Daily Journal, March 2016
  • Speaker, “The CFPB and Financial Institutions – Where Do We Stand?” March 2016
  • Co-author, “Safe Harbor Defense?” Beverage World Magazine, November 2015
  • Speaker, “Attention Food & Beverage Industry: False Advertising, Product Liability, and Defamation Litigation is Making an Impact,” May 2015

Amanda L. Groves

Partner in Charlotte and San Francisco

  • Email
  • Download vCard
  • +1 (704) 350-7755 (Charlotte)
  • +1 (415) 591-1000 (San Francisco)
  • Email
  • Download vCard
  • +1 (704) 350-7755 (Charlotte)
  • +1 (415) 591-1000 (San Francisco)

Amanda Groves has been successfully representing consumer-product companies (including in the technology and food industries), national retailers, and lending institutions in complex commercial litigation since 1996. Ms. Groves has successfully resolved class actions for financial institutions, including national cases challenging loan origination and collection practices. She also represents financial institutions and other corporate clients in vendor litigation, business to business contract disputes and the defense of corporate transactions challenged in state and federal court.

Honors and Awards

Chambers USA
Chambers and Partners
Legal
500
The Legal 500 United States
Food & Beverage
MVP
Law360
25 Outstanding
Women in Business
Charlotte Business Journal
Consumer
Protection
Group of the Year
Law360

Amanda was ranked in Chambers USA in 2016, 2017 and 2019 for general commercial litigation. She was recognized in The Legal 500 2018 for her work in product liability, mass tort, and class action litigation as well as contentious issues in marketing and advertising. In addition, Amanda was named a 2015 “Food & Beverage MVP” by Law360 and one of 25 Outstanding Women in Business by the Charlotte Business Journal in 2014.

Activities

Amanda is chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, co-chair of the Complex Commercial Litigation Practice, co-chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. She is the immediate past vice chair of the Class Action and Multi-Party Litigation Committee for IADC. Amanda recently served as a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar Diversity & Inclusion Committee and was a member of the Legal Services of Southern Piedmont Board of Directors from 2013 to 2016. She is a founding director for the Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services and a former board member of Community Legal Services, Inc. in East Palo Alto, California. She is also a board member of the Los Angeles Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL).

Amanda received a B.A. in communication studies, cum laude, from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1993, and a J.D., cum laude, from Santa Clara University of Law in 1996.

Education

Santa Clara University
JD, 1996
University of California, Los Angeles
BA, 1993

Admissions

NC
North Carolina
CA
California

Court Admissions

C.D.
Cal.
Central District of California
E.D.
Cal.
Eastern District of California
N.D.
Cal.
Northern District of California
S.D.
Cal.
Southern District of California
W.D.
N.C.
Western District of North Carolina
E.D.
N.C.
Eastern District of North Carolina
9th
Cir.
USCA – 9th Circuit

Practice Areas by Industry

Financial Services:

Amanda’s financial services practice focuses on claims challenging banking practices and policies, particularly in the following areas:

  • Credit and Mortgage Practices Challenges – Regularly defends credit card and mortgage companies in class actions challenging mortgage origination practices, add-on products, and collection policies and practices, including claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and California’s Rosenthal FDCPA.
  • Privacy and Data Breach – Responding to government inquiries, conducting an internal investigation into a financial institution’s borrower data breach, and defense of privacy claims by consumers.
  • Ponzi Scheme and Customer Fraud Cases – Regularly defends banks against damage claims by alleged victims of a bank customer’s fraud.
  • Retail Fees and Banking Practices– Regularly defends consumer class actions alleging improper fee collection or improper/inadequate consumer policies at retail banking outlets.

In addition to successfully resolving class actions for financial institutions, Amanda also represents banks and other corporate clients in vendor litigation, business to business contract disputes, and successor liability suits.

Food and Beverage:

Amanda is a leading practitioner in labeling cases, and recently has defended the following brands, among others, in false advertising class actions brought under state consumer protection laws: Costco’s Kirkland Signature products; an American packaged food brand’s culinary walnuts; a major food processing company’s distilled white vinegar; an international manufacturer’s potato chips; Pacific Foods’ soy milk products; Jim Beam whiskey; Maker’s Mark bourbon; Pretzel Crisps; Pacific Foods; Breckenridge Bourbon; Pop Secret Popcorn; and certain nutritional supplements of a major herbal supplement manufacturer, including St. John’s wort, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, and echinacea.

Amanda has also defended companies in cases alleging contamination and safety issues, including:

  • A class action resulting from an employee at a national pizza chain contracting hepatitis A;
  • Class and individual claims following recalls;
  • A walnut oil product distributed in Europe allegedly contaminated with mineral oil; and
  • The inclusion of partially hydrogenated oil (PHO) in microwave popcorn.

National Retailers, Technology and Manufacturing Companies:

Amanda also defends class actions alleging consumer fraud and privacy breaches for national retailers, technology, and manufacturing companies. She also has defended class actions alleging consumer fraud and product performance issues for major national retailers and electronics companies. She has recently served as lead counsel in the defense of major national retailers and an herbal supplement manufacturer in dozens of class actions alleging false advertising and related state law claims across the country.

Amanda has also advised and litigated on other-high stake disputes for companies in these industries, including:

  • Defending a manufacturing company in $20 million breach of fiduciary duty and alter ego litigation arising out of stock sales by minority shareholders.
  • Litigating a variety of complex real-estate disputes including long-term lease issues, real estate finance disputes, and LLC disputes related to real-estate project management.

  • Defending and prosecuting commercial disputes with suppliers and customers related to product quality and performance, delivery issues, and contract termination.
  • Enforcing arbitration provisions and class action waivers in state and federal courts.
  • Speaker, “AI and the Financial Services Industry,” Silicon Valley, September 2018
  • Speaker, “How to Manage Reputational and Regulatory Risks in High-Profile Mediagenic Matters,” Philadelphia, June 2018
  • Quoted in “Food Litigation 101: Non-Functional Slack Fill… Are you up to Speed?” Food Navigator USA, August 2017
  • Speaker, “Of Piggy Backs and Copy Cats: Exploring the Latest Class Action Trends Impacting the Dietary Supplement Industry,” Dietary Supplements Conference, American Conference Institute/Council for Responsible Nutrition, June 2017
  • Co-author, “How FDA Warning Letters to Other Companies Increase Your Business’ Litigation Risk,” Food Manufacturing, June 2017
  • Speaker, “Introduction to Food Law and Regulation,” Food and Drug Law Institute, Washington, D.C., March 2017
  • Co-author, “Claim Litigation in the Food Industry,” Natural Products Insider, February 2017
  • Speaker, “The Recent & Future Trends for Food & Distilled Beverage Manufacturers,” Food & Beverage Litigation Conference: A Look at Hospitality, Liquor and Food Liability, New York, October 2016
  • Speaker, “Using ‘Natural’: Walking the Line Between Consumer Expectations, Accusations of Deceptive Practices, and Litigation,” Food 2.0 Conference, June 2016
  • Quoted in “After Long Litigation, an LA Jury Sides with Coke Against POM Wonderful in False Advertising Claims Case,” Daily Journal, March 2016
  • Speaker, “The CFPB and Financial Institutions – Where Do We Stand?” March 2016
  • Co-author, “Safe Harbor Defense?” Beverage World Magazine, November 2015
  • Speaker, “Attention Food & Beverage Industry: False Advertising, Product Liability, and Defamation Litigation is Making an Impact,” May 2015

Amanda L. Groves

Partner in Charlotte and San Francisco

  • Email
  • Download vCard
  • +1 (704) 350-7755 (Charlotte)
  • +1 (415) 591-1000 (San Francisco)
  • Email
  • Download vCard
  • +1 (704) 350-7755 (Charlotte)
  • +1 (415) 591-1000 (San Francisco)

Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • California

Court Admissions

  • Central District of California
  • Eastern District of California
  • Northern District of California
  • Southern District of California
  • Western District of North Carolina
  • Eastern District of North Carolina
  • USCA – 9th Circuit

Education

Amanda Groves practices in San Francisco, California, and Charlotte, North Carolina, and serves as the head of litigation for the Charlotte office. She has been successfully representing consumer product companies, national retailers, and lending institutions in complex commercial litigation since 1996. She focuses her practice on consumer class action defense, primarily in cases alleging fraud, unfair competition, false advertising, product liability, and violations of consumer privacy statutes. Ms. Groves has successfully defended clients in consumer class actions by obtaining dismissal orders, summary judgment, and negotiating settlements with no cash payments by the client.

Experience

Practice Areas by Industry

Financial Services:

Amanda’s financial services practice focuses on claims challenging banking practices and policies, particularly in the following areas:

  • Credit and Mortgage Practices Challenges – Regularly defends credit card and mortgage companies in class actions challenging mortgage origination practices, add-on products, and collection policies and practices, including claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and California’s Rosenthal FDCPA.
  • Privacy and Data Breach – Responding to government inquiries, conducting an internal investigation into a financial institution’s borrower data breach, and defense of privacy claims by consumers.
  • Ponzi Scheme and Customer Fraud Cases – Regularly defends banks against damage claims by alleged victims of a bank customer’s fraud.
  • Retail Fees and Banking Practices– Regularly defends consumer class actions alleging improper fee collection or improper/inadequate consumer policies at retail banking outlets.

In addition to successfully resolving class actions for financial institutions, Amanda also represents banks and other corporate clients in vendor litigation, business to business contract disputes, and successor liability suits.

Food and Beverage:

Amanda is a leading practitioner in labeling cases, and recently has defended the following brands, among others, in false advertising class actions brought under state consumer protection laws: Costco’s Kirkland Signature products; an American packaged food brand’s culinary walnuts; a major food processing company’s distilled white vinegar; an international manufacturer’s potato chips; Pacific Foods’ soy milk products; Jim Beam whiskey; Maker’s Mark bourbon; Pretzel Crisps; Pacific Foods; Breckenridge Bourbon; Pop Secret Popcorn; and certain nutritional supplements of a major herbal supplement manufacturer, including St. John’s wort, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, and echinacea.

Amanda has also defended companies in cases alleging contamination and safety issues, including:

  • A class action resulting from an employee at a national pizza chain contracting hepatitis A;
  • Class and individual claims following recalls;
  • A walnut oil product distributed in Europe allegedly contaminated with mineral oil; and
  • The inclusion of partially hydrogenated oil (PHO) in microwave popcorn.

National Retailers, Technology and Manufacturing Companies:

Amanda also defends class actions alleging consumer fraud and privacy breaches for national retailers, technology, and manufacturing companies. She also has defended class actions alleging consumer fraud and product performance issues for major national retailers and electronics companies. She has recently served as lead counsel in the defense of major national retailers and an herbal supplement manufacturer in dozens of class actions alleging false advertising and related state law claims across the country.

Amanda has also advised and litigated on other-high stake disputes for companies in these industries, including:

  • Defending a manufacturing company in $20 million breach of fiduciary duty and alter ego litigation arising out of stock sales by minority shareholders.
  • Litigating a variety of complex real-estate disputes including long-term lease issues, real estate finance disputes, and LLC disputes related to real-estate project management.

  • Defending and prosecuting commercial disputes with suppliers and customers related to product quality and performance, delivery issues, and contract termination.
  • Enforcing arbitration provisions and class action waivers in state and federal courts.

Honors & Awards

Amanda was ranked in Chambers USA in 2016, 2017 and 2019 for general commercial litigation. She was recognized in The Legal 500 2018 for her work in product liability, mass tort, and class action litigation as well as contentious issues in marketing and advertising. In addition, Amanda was named a 2015 “Food & Beverage MVP” by Law360 and one of 25 Outstanding Women in Business by the Charlotte Business Journal in 2014.

Activities

Amanda is chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, co-chair of the Complex Commercial Litigation Practice, co-chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. She is the immediate past vice chair of the Class Action and Multi-Party Litigation Committee for IADC. Amanda recently served as a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar Diversity & Inclusion Committee and was a member of the Legal Services of Southern Piedmont Board of Directors from 2013 to 2016. She is a founding director for the Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services and a former board member of Community Legal Services, Inc. in East Palo Alto, California. She is also a board member of the Los Angeles Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL).

Credentials

Amanda received a B.A. in communication studies, cum laude, from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1993, and a J.D., cum laude, from Santa Clara University of Law in 1996.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “AI and the Financial Services Industry,” Silicon Valley, September 2018
  • Speaker, “How to Manage Reputational and Regulatory Risks in High-Profile Mediagenic Matters,” Philadelphia, June 2018
  • Quoted in “Food Litigation 101: Non-Functional Slack Fill… Are you up to Speed?” Food Navigator USA, August 2017
  • Speaker, “Of Piggy Backs and Copy Cats: Exploring the Latest Class Action Trends Impacting the Dietary Supplement Industry,” Dietary Supplements Conference, American Conference Institute/Council for Responsible Nutrition, June 2017
  • Co-author, “How FDA Warning Letters to Other Companies Increase Your Business’ Litigation Risk,” Food Manufacturing, June 2017
  • Speaker, “Introduction to Food Law and Regulation,” Food and Drug Law Institute, Washington, D.C., March 2017
  • Co-author, “Claim Litigation in the Food Industry,” Natural Products Insider, February 2017
  • Speaker, “The Recent & Future Trends for Food & Distilled Beverage Manufacturers,” Food & Beverage Litigation Conference: A Look at Hospitality, Liquor and Food Liability, New York, October 2016
  • Speaker, “Using ‘Natural’: Walking the Line Between Consumer Expectations, Accusations of Deceptive Practices, and Litigation,” Food 2.0 Conference, June 2016
  • Quoted in “After Long Litigation, an LA Jury Sides with Coke Against POM Wonderful in False Advertising Claims Case,” Daily Journal, March 2016
  • Speaker, “The CFPB and Financial Institutions – Where Do We Stand?” March 2016
  • Co-author, “Safe Harbor Defense?” Beverage World Magazine, November 2015
  • Speaker, “Attention Food & Beverage Industry: False Advertising, Product Liability, and Defamation Litigation is Making an Impact,” May 2015

Amanda L. Groves

Partner in Charlotte and San Francisco

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  • +1 (704) 350-7755 (Charlotte)
  • +1 (415) 591-1000 (San Francisco)
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Amanda Groves practices in San Francisco, California, and Charlotte, North Carolina, and serves as the head of litigation for the Charlotte office. She has been successfully representing consumer product companies, national retailers, and lending institutions in complex commercial litigation since 1996. She focuses her practice on consumer class action defense, primarily in cases alleging fraud, unfair competition, false advertising, product liability, and violations of consumer privacy statutes. Ms. Groves has successfully defended clients in consumer class actions by obtaining dismissal orders, summary judgment, and negotiating settlements with no cash payments by the client.

Honors and Awards

Chambers USA
Chambers and Partners
Legal
500
The Legal 500 United States
Food & Beverage
MVP
Law360
25 Outstanding
Women in Business
Charlotte Business Journal
Consumer
Protection
Group of the Year
Law360

Amanda was ranked in Chambers USA in 2016, 2017 and 2019 for general commercial litigation. She was recognized in The Legal 500 2018 for her work in product liability, mass tort, and class action litigation as well as contentious issues in marketing and advertising. In addition, Amanda was named a 2015 “Food & Beverage MVP” by Law360 and one of 25 Outstanding Women in Business by the Charlotte Business Journal in 2014.

Activities

Amanda is chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, co-chair of the Complex Commercial Litigation Practice, co-chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. She is the immediate past vice chair of the Class Action and Multi-Party Litigation Committee for IADC. Amanda recently served as a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar Diversity & Inclusion Committee and was a member of the Legal Services of Southern Piedmont Board of Directors from 2013 to 2016. She is a founding director for the Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services and a former board member of Community Legal Services, Inc. in East Palo Alto, California. She is also a board member of the Los Angeles Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL).

Amanda received a B.A. in communication studies, cum laude, from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1993, and a J.D., cum laude, from Santa Clara University of Law in 1996.

Education

Santa Clara University
JD, 1996
University of California, Los Angeles
BA, 1993

Admissions

NC
North Carolina
CA
California

Court Admissions

C.D.
Cal.
Central District of California
E.D.
Cal.
Eastern District of California
N.D.
Cal.
Northern District of California
S.D.
Cal.
Southern District of California
W.D.
N.C.
Western District of North Carolina
E.D.
N.C.
Eastern District of North Carolina
9th
Cir.
USCA – 9th Circuit

Practice Areas by Industry

Financial Services:

Amanda’s financial services practice focuses on claims challenging banking practices and policies, particularly in the following areas:

  • Credit and Mortgage Practices Challenges – Regularly defends credit card and mortgage companies in class actions challenging mortgage origination practices, add-on products, and collection policies and practices, including claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and California’s Rosenthal FDCPA.
  • Privacy and Data Breach – Responding to government inquiries, conducting an internal investigation into a financial institution’s borrower data breach, and defense of privacy claims by consumers.
  • Ponzi Scheme and Customer Fraud Cases – Regularly defends banks against damage claims by alleged victims of a bank customer’s fraud.
  • Retail Fees and Banking Practices– Regularly defends consumer class actions alleging improper fee collection or improper/inadequate consumer policies at retail banking outlets.

In addition to successfully resolving class actions for financial institutions, Amanda also represents banks and other corporate clients in vendor litigation, business to business contract disputes, and successor liability suits.

Food and Beverage:

Amanda is a leading practitioner in labeling cases, and recently has defended the following brands, among others, in false advertising class actions brought under state consumer protection laws: Costco’s Kirkland Signature products; an American packaged food brand’s culinary walnuts; a major food processing company’s distilled white vinegar; an international manufacturer’s potato chips; Pacific Foods’ soy milk products; Jim Beam whiskey; Maker’s Mark bourbon; Pretzel Crisps; Pacific Foods; Breckenridge Bourbon; Pop Secret Popcorn; and certain nutritional supplements of a major herbal supplement manufacturer, including St. John’s wort, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, and echinacea.

Amanda has also defended companies in cases alleging contamination and safety issues, including:

  • A class action resulting from an employee at a national pizza chain contracting hepatitis A;
  • Class and individual claims following recalls;
  • A walnut oil product distributed in Europe allegedly contaminated with mineral oil; and
  • The inclusion of partially hydrogenated oil (PHO) in microwave popcorn.

National Retailers, Technology and Manufacturing Companies:

Amanda also defends class actions alleging consumer fraud and privacy breaches for national retailers, technology, and manufacturing companies. She also has defended class actions alleging consumer fraud and product performance issues for major national retailers and electronics companies. She has recently served as lead counsel in the defense of major national retailers and an herbal supplement manufacturer in dozens of class actions alleging false advertising and related state law claims across the country.

Amanda has also advised and litigated on other-high stake disputes for companies in these industries, including:

  • Defending a manufacturing company in $20 million breach of fiduciary duty and alter ego litigation arising out of stock sales by minority shareholders.
  • Litigating a variety of complex real-estate disputes including long-term lease issues, real estate finance disputes, and LLC disputes related to real-estate project management.

  • Defending and prosecuting commercial disputes with suppliers and customers related to product quality and performance, delivery issues, and contract termination.
  • Enforcing arbitration provisions and class action waivers in state and federal courts.
  • Speaker, “AI and the Financial Services Industry,” Silicon Valley, September 2018
  • Speaker, “How to Manage Reputational and Regulatory Risks in High-Profile Mediagenic Matters,” Philadelphia, June 2018
  • Quoted in “Food Litigation 101: Non-Functional Slack Fill… Are you up to Speed?” Food Navigator USA, August 2017
  • Speaker, “Of Piggy Backs and Copy Cats: Exploring the Latest Class Action Trends Impacting the Dietary Supplement Industry,” Dietary Supplements Conference, American Conference Institute/Council for Responsible Nutrition, June 2017
  • Co-author, “How FDA Warning Letters to Other Companies Increase Your Business’ Litigation Risk,” Food Manufacturing, June 2017
  • Speaker, “Introduction to Food Law and Regulation,” Food and Drug Law Institute, Washington, D.C., March 2017
  • Co-author, “Claim Litigation in the Food Industry,” Natural Products Insider, February 2017
  • Speaker, “The Recent & Future Trends for Food & Distilled Beverage Manufacturers,” Food & Beverage Litigation Conference: A Look at Hospitality, Liquor and Food Liability, New York, October 2016
  • Speaker, “Using ‘Natural’: Walking the Line Between Consumer Expectations, Accusations of Deceptive Practices, and Litigation,” Food 2.0 Conference, June 2016
  • Quoted in “After Long Litigation, an LA Jury Sides with Coke Against POM Wonderful in False Advertising Claims Case,” Daily Journal, March 2016
  • Speaker, “The CFPB and Financial Institutions – Where Do We Stand?” March 2016
  • Co-author, “Safe Harbor Defense?” Beverage World Magazine, November 2015
  • Speaker, “Attention Food & Beverage Industry: False Advertising, Product Liability, and Defamation Litigation is Making an Impact,” May 2015

Amanda L. Groves

Partner in Charlotte and San Francisco

  • Email
  • Download vCard
  • +1 (704) 350-7755 (Charlotte)
  • +1 (415) 591-1000 (San Francisco)
  • Email
  • Download vCard
  • +1 (704) 350-7755 (Charlotte)
  • +1 (415) 591-1000 (San Francisco)

Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • California

Court Admissions

  • Central District of California
  • Eastern District of California
  • Northern District of California
  • Southern District of California
  • Western District of North Carolina
  • Eastern District of North Carolina
  • USCA – 9th Circuit

Education

Partner Amanda Groves practices in San Francisco, California and Charlotte, North Carolina, and serves as the head of litigation for the Charlotte office. She has been successfully representing consumer-product companies (including in the technology and food industries), national retailers, and lending institutions in complex commercial litigation since 1996. She focuses her practice on consumer class action defense, primarily in cases alleging consumer fraud, false advertising, and product liability.

With her extensive experience in consumer-protection statutes, Ms. Groves has successfully defended clients in consumer class actions by obtaining dismissal orders, summary judgment and negotiating settlements with no cash payments by the client. These include nationwide consumer class actions brought on behalf of millions of plaintiffs, as well as statewide cases alleging false advertising, unfair competition, fraud and violations of consumer privacy statutes.

Ms. Groves’ clients benefit from her ability to prepare accurate budgets and her practical, problem-solving approach to litigation issues. They have also remarked that they particularly appreciate her responsiveness and personal attention to their matters.

Ms. Groves is a leading practitioner in labeling class actions, and recently has defended the following brands, among others, in false advertising class actions brought under various state consumer protection laws: Costco’s Kirkland Signature products, Emerald Breakfast on the Go!, Diamond Foods’ culinary walnuts, Heinz’s distilled white vinegar, Kettle Brand’s potato chips, Pacific Foods’ soy milk products, Jim Beam whiskey, Maker’s Mark bourbon, Pop Secret Popcorn, and certain nutritional supplements of a major herbal supplement manufacturer, including St. John’s Wort, Ginkgo Biloba, Ginseng, and Echinacea.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Lead counsel in the representation of national retailers and an herbal supplement manufacturer in connection with more than 75 class actions across a dozen states alleging label misrepresentations as to ingredient lists and claims. A motion to consolidate and transfer the cases before a single judge is being considered by the JPML.
  • Representation of Costco Wholesale Corporation in a “food court” consumer class actions in the Northern District of California. Plaintiffs there alleged that Costco Wholesale Corporation violated California’s Unfair Competition Law, False Advertising Law, Consumer Legal Remedies Act, Song-Beverly Act, and the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. The complaint involved nine separate products and allegations related to alleged preservative claims, nutrient-content claims, health claims, antioxidant claims, “no sugar added” claims, “0 grams trans-fat” claims, “evaporated cane juice” claims, ingredient lists, and slack-filled packaging. On motions to dismiss, the court eliminated all claims related to one line of products, stayed the case as to another, and converted the issues on the remaining products to summary judgment. A hearing is scheduled for that motion later this Spring.
  • Representation of Beam Suntory in two labeling class actions in Northern District of Florida and the Southern District of California challenging the “handmade” label on Maker’s Mark bourbon. The matters include state consumer protection and warranty claims.  In a widely publicized ruling, the case against Beam in Florida was dismissed with prejudice.  The motion to dismiss in California currently is pending.
  • Representation of Jim Beam in a labeling class action in the Southern District of California challenging the “handcrafted” label on its white bourbon product. This matter includes state consumer protection and warranty claims, and a motion to dismiss is pending.
  • Representation of Kettle Chips in two California class actions and a Florida class action alleging that their “all natural” labels are false and misleading and violate state consumer protection statutes. The ingredients at issue include citric acid, turmeric, paprika, dextrose, and maltodextrin. A final approval hearing is scheduled in Florida to resolve all three cases in August 2015.
  • Representation of Pacific Foods in two California class actions (one in the Central District and one in the Northern District) regarding nearly a dozen different products. The suits allege the product labels falsely identify a sugar ingredient as evaporated cane juice, and that products sold by the company are falsely labeled “all natural” when they contain various alleged artificial and/or synthetic ingredients. We successfully obtained a stay of both cases on primary jurisdiction grounds.
  • Representation of Diamond Foods in a consumer class action in the Northern District of California in which plaintiff alleged that walnut products made misleading health and nutrient-content statements relating to omega-3s. Winston & Strawn obtained a favorable settlement approval for Diamond Foods, which has been the frequent subject of panel discussions and CLE presentations on food labeling matters.
  • Representation of H.J. Heinz Company in a California class action, a Florida class action, and a New York class action involving “all natural” false advertising claims regarding distilled white vinegar. The complaint alleged that H.J. Heinz vinegar is made from crops that are genetically modified and the process used to create the product is not “all natural.” Two of the cases have been voluntarily dismissed and the third remains pending in the Northern District of California.

Ms. Groves also has defended companies in cases alleging food contaminant and safety issues, including:

  • Defending a national pizza chain in a product liability class action stemming from an employee contracting Hepatitis A. Final approval of the settlement was obtained, prior to class certification expenses and for less than the cost of defense.
  • Defended a food oil supplier in a product liability case alleging that walnut oil provided by the company was contaminated with mineral oil when sold to the European market. The case settled with no cash payment by our client only weeks before trial.
  • Defending a microwave popcorn manufacturer in a case pending in the Southern District of California alleging the product’s partially hydrogenated oil causes the product to be unreasonably dangerous and constitutes an unfair business practice under Section 17200. The plaintiffs seek a nationwide injunction banning the sale of the popcorn. Our motion to dismiss is under submission.

Ms. Groves received a B.A. in communication studies, cum laude, from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1993. She received a J.D., cum laude, from Santa Clara University of Law in 1996.

Experience

Practice Areas by Industry

Financial Services:

Amanda’s financial services practice focuses on claims challenging banking practices and policies, particularly in the following areas:

  • Credit and Mortgage Practices Challenges – Regularly defends credit card and mortgage companies in class actions challenging mortgage origination practices, add-on products, and collection policies and practices, including claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and California’s Rosenthal FDCPA.
  • Privacy and Data Breach – Responding to government inquiries, conducting an internal investigation into a financial institution’s borrower data breach, and defense of privacy claims by consumers.
  • Ponzi Scheme and Customer Fraud Cases – Regularly defends banks against damage claims by alleged victims of a bank customer’s fraud.
  • Retail Fees and Banking Practices– Regularly defends consumer class actions alleging improper fee collection or improper/inadequate consumer policies at retail banking outlets.

In addition to successfully resolving class actions for financial institutions, Amanda also represents banks and other corporate clients in vendor litigation, business to business contract disputes, and successor liability suits.

Food and Beverage:

Amanda is a leading practitioner in labeling cases, and recently has defended the following brands, among others, in false advertising class actions brought under state consumer protection laws: Costco’s Kirkland Signature products; an American packaged food brand’s culinary walnuts; a major food processing company’s distilled white vinegar; an international manufacturer’s potato chips; Pacific Foods’ soy milk products; Jim Beam whiskey; Maker’s Mark bourbon; Pretzel Crisps; Pacific Foods; Breckenridge Bourbon; Pop Secret Popcorn; and certain nutritional supplements of a major herbal supplement manufacturer, including St. John’s wort, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, and echinacea.

Amanda has also defended companies in cases alleging contamination and safety issues, including:

  • A class action resulting from an employee at a national pizza chain contracting hepatitis A;
  • Class and individual claims following recalls;
  • A walnut oil product distributed in Europe allegedly contaminated with mineral oil; and
  • The inclusion of partially hydrogenated oil (PHO) in microwave popcorn.

National Retailers, Technology and Manufacturing Companies:

Amanda also defends class actions alleging consumer fraud and privacy breaches for national retailers, technology, and manufacturing companies. She also has defended class actions alleging consumer fraud and product performance issues for major national retailers and electronics companies. She has recently served as lead counsel in the defense of major national retailers and an herbal supplement manufacturer in dozens of class actions alleging false advertising and related state law claims across the country.

Amanda has also advised and litigated on other-high stake disputes for companies in these industries, including:

  • Defending a manufacturing company in $20 million breach of fiduciary duty and alter ego litigation arising out of stock sales by minority shareholders.
  • Litigating a variety of complex real-estate disputes including long-term lease issues, real estate finance disputes, and LLC disputes related to real-estate project management.

  • Defending and prosecuting commercial disputes with suppliers and customers related to product quality and performance, delivery issues, and contract termination.
  • Enforcing arbitration provisions and class action waivers in state and federal courts.

Honors & Awards

Ms. Groves was named as one of 25 Outstanding Women in Business by the Charlotte Business Journal in 2014.

Activities

Ms. Groves is chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, a member of the Firm’s management committee, and a member and former Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee. Ms. Groves currently serves as a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar Diversity & Inclusion Committee and a member of the Legal Services of Southern Piedmont Board of Directors. She is a founding director for the Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services and a former board member of Community Legal Services, Inc. in East Palo Alto, California.

Credentials

Amanda received a B.A. in communication studies, cum laude, from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1993, and a J.D., cum laude, from Santa Clara University of Law in 1996.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “AI and the Financial Services Industry,” Silicon Valley, September 2018
  • Speaker, “How to Manage Reputational and Regulatory Risks in High-Profile Mediagenic Matters,” Philadelphia, June 2018
  • Quoted in “Food Litigation 101: Non-Functional Slack Fill… Are you up to Speed?” Food Navigator USA, August 2017
  • Speaker, “Of Piggy Backs and Copy Cats: Exploring the Latest Class Action Trends Impacting the Dietary Supplement Industry,” Dietary Supplements Conference, American Conference Institute/Council for Responsible Nutrition, June 2017
  • Co-author, “How FDA Warning Letters to Other Companies Increase Your Business’ Litigation Risk,” Food Manufacturing, June 2017
  • Speaker, “Introduction to Food Law and Regulation,” Food and Drug Law Institute, Washington, D.C., March 2017
  • Co-author, “Claim Litigation in the Food Industry,” Natural Products Insider, February 2017
  • Speaker, “The Recent & Future Trends for Food & Distilled Beverage Manufacturers,” Food & Beverage Litigation Conference: A Look at Hospitality, Liquor and Food Liability, New York, October 2016
  • Speaker, “Using ‘Natural’: Walking the Line Between Consumer Expectations, Accusations of Deceptive Practices, and Litigation,” Food 2.0 Conference, June 2016
  • Quoted in “After Long Litigation, an LA Jury Sides with Coke Against POM Wonderful in False Advertising Claims Case,” Daily Journal, March 2016
  • Speaker, “The CFPB and Financial Institutions – Where Do We Stand?” March 2016
  • Co-author, “Safe Harbor Defense?” Beverage World Magazine, November 2015
  • Speaker, “Attention Food & Beverage Industry: False Advertising, Product Liability, and Defamation Litigation is Making an Impact,” May 2015

Amanda L. Groves

Partner in Charlotte and San Francisco

  • Email
  • Download vCard
  • +1 (704) 350-7755 (Charlotte)
  • +1 (415) 591-1000 (San Francisco)
  • Email
  • Download vCard
  • +1 (704) 350-7755 (Charlotte)
  • +1 (415) 591-1000 (San Francisco)

Partner Amanda Groves practices in San Francisco, California and Charlotte, North Carolina, and serves as the head of litigation for the Charlotte office. She has been successfully representing consumer-product companies (including in the technology and food industries), national retailers, and lending institutions in complex commercial litigation since 1996. She focuses her practice on consumer class action defense, primarily in cases alleging consumer fraud, false advertising, and product liability.

With her extensive experience in consumer-protection statutes, Ms. Groves has successfully defended clients in consumer class actions by obtaining dismissal orders, summary judgment and negotiating settlements with no cash payments by the client. These include nationwide consumer class actions brought on behalf of millions of plaintiffs, as well as statewide cases alleging false advertising, unfair competition, fraud and violations of consumer privacy statutes.

Ms. Groves’ clients benefit from her ability to prepare accurate budgets and her practical, problem-solving approach to litigation issues. They have also remarked that they particularly appreciate her responsiveness and personal attention to their matters.

Ms. Groves is a leading practitioner in labeling class actions, and recently has defended the following brands, among others, in false advertising class actions brought under various state consumer protection laws: Costco’s Kirkland Signature products, Emerald Breakfast on the Go!, Diamond Foods’ culinary walnuts, Heinz’s distilled white vinegar, Kettle Brand’s potato chips, Pacific Foods’ soy milk products, Jim Beam whiskey, Maker’s Mark bourbon, Pop Secret Popcorn, and certain nutritional supplements of a major herbal supplement manufacturer, including St. John’s Wort, Ginkgo Biloba, Ginseng, and Echinacea.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

  • Lead counsel in the representation of national retailers and an herbal supplement manufacturer in connection with more than 75 class actions across a dozen states alleging label misrepresentations as to ingredient lists and claims. A motion to consolidate and transfer the cases before a single judge is being considered by the JPML.
  • Representation of Costco Wholesale Corporation in a “food court” consumer class actions in the Northern District of California. Plaintiffs there alleged that Costco Wholesale Corporation violated California’s Unfair Competition Law, False Advertising Law, Consumer Legal Remedies Act, Song-Beverly Act, and the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. The complaint involved nine separate products and allegations related to alleged preservative claims, nutrient-content claims, health claims, antioxidant claims, “no sugar added” claims, “0 grams trans-fat” claims, “evaporated cane juice” claims, ingredient lists, and slack-filled packaging. On motions to dismiss, the court eliminated all claims related to one line of products, stayed the case as to another, and converted the issues on the remaining products to summary judgment. A hearing is scheduled for that motion later this Spring.
  • Representation of Beam Suntory in two labeling class actions in Northern District of Florida and the Southern District of California challenging the “handmade” label on Maker’s Mark bourbon. The matters include state consumer protection and warranty claims.  In a widely publicized ruling, the case against Beam in Florida was dismissed with prejudice.  The motion to dismiss in California currently is pending.
  • Representation of Jim Beam in a labeling class action in the Southern District of California challenging the “handcrafted” label on its white bourbon product. This matter includes state consumer protection and warranty claims, and a motion to dismiss is pending.
  • Representation of Kettle Chips in two California class actions and a Florida class action alleging that their “all natural” labels are false and misleading and violate state consumer protection statutes. The ingredients at issue include citric acid, turmeric, paprika, dextrose, and maltodextrin. A final approval hearing is scheduled in Florida to resolve all three cases in August 2015.
  • Representation of Pacific Foods in two California class actions (one in the Central District and one in the Northern District) regarding nearly a dozen different products. The suits allege the product labels falsely identify a sugar ingredient as evaporated cane juice, and that products sold by the company are falsely labeled “all natural” when they contain various alleged artificial and/or synthetic ingredients. We successfully obtained a stay of both cases on primary jurisdiction grounds.
  • Representation of Diamond Foods in a consumer class action in the Northern District of California in which plaintiff alleged that walnut products made misleading health and nutrient-content statements relating to omega-3s. Winston & Strawn obtained a favorable settlement approval for Diamond Foods, which has been the frequent subject of panel discussions and CLE presentations on food labeling matters.
  • Representation of H.J. Heinz Company in a California class action, a Florida class action, and a New York class action involving “all natural” false advertising claims regarding distilled white vinegar. The complaint alleged that H.J. Heinz vinegar is made from crops that are genetically modified and the process used to create the product is not “all natural.” Two of the cases have been voluntarily dismissed and the third remains pending in the Northern District of California.

Ms. Groves also has defended companies in cases alleging food contaminant and safety issues, including:

  • Defending a national pizza chain in a product liability class action stemming from an employee contracting Hepatitis A. Final approval of the settlement was obtained, prior to class certification expenses and for less than the cost of defense.
  • Defended a food oil supplier in a product liability case alleging that walnut oil provided by the company was contaminated with mineral oil when sold to the European market. The case settled with no cash payment by our client only weeks before trial.
  • Defending a microwave popcorn manufacturer in a case pending in the Southern District of California alleging the product’s partially hydrogenated oil causes the product to be unreasonably dangerous and constitutes an unfair business practice under Section 17200. The plaintiffs seek a nationwide injunction banning the sale of the popcorn. Our motion to dismiss is under submission.

Ms. Groves received a B.A. in communication studies, cum laude, from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1993. She received a J.D., cum laude, from Santa Clara University of Law in 1996.

Honors and Awards

Chambers USA
Chambers and Partners
Legal
500
The Legal 500 United States
Food & Beverage
MVP
Law360
25 Outstanding
Women in Business
Charlotte Business Journal
Consumer
Protection
Group of the Year
Law360

Ms. Groves was named as one of 25 Outstanding Women in Business by the Charlotte Business Journal in 2014.

Activities

Ms. Groves is chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, a member of the Firm’s management committee, and a member and former Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee. Ms. Groves currently serves as a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar Diversity & Inclusion Committee and a member of the Legal Services of Southern Piedmont Board of Directors. She is a founding director for the Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services and a former board member of Community Legal Services, Inc. in East Palo Alto, California.

Amanda received a B.A. in communication studies, cum laude, from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1993, and a J.D., cum laude, from Santa Clara University of Law in 1996.

Education

Santa Clara University
JD, 1996
University of California, Los Angeles
BA, 1993

Admissions

NC
North Carolina
CA
California

Court Admissions

C.D.
Cal.
Central District of California
E.D.
Cal.
Eastern District of California
N.D.
Cal.
Northern District of California
S.D.
Cal.
Southern District of California
W.D.
N.C.
Western District of North Carolina
E.D.
N.C.
Eastern District of North Carolina
9th
Cir.
USCA – 9th Circuit

Practice Areas by Industry

Financial Services:

Amanda’s financial services practice focuses on claims challenging banking practices and policies, particularly in the following areas:

  • Credit and Mortgage Practices Challenges – Regularly defends credit card and mortgage companies in class actions challenging mortgage origination practices, add-on products, and collection policies and practices, including claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and California’s Rosenthal FDCPA.
  • Privacy and Data Breach – Responding to government inquiries, conducting an internal investigation into a financial institution’s borrower data breach, and defense of privacy claims by consumers.
  • Ponzi Scheme and Customer Fraud Cases – Regularly defends banks against damage claims by alleged victims of a bank customer’s fraud.
  • Retail Fees and Banking Practices– Regularly defends consumer class actions alleging improper fee collection or improper/inadequate consumer policies at retail banking outlets.

In addition to successfully resolving class actions for financial institutions, Amanda also represents banks and other corporate clients in vendor litigation, business to business contract disputes, and successor liability suits.

Food and Beverage:

Amanda is a leading practitioner in labeling cases, and recently has defended the following brands, among others, in false advertising class actions brought under state consumer protection laws: Costco’s Kirkland Signature products; an American packaged food brand’s culinary walnuts; a major food processing company’s distilled white vinegar; an international manufacturer’s potato chips; Pacific Foods’ soy milk products; Jim Beam whiskey; Maker’s Mark bourbon; Pretzel Crisps; Pacific Foods; Breckenridge Bourbon; Pop Secret Popcorn; and certain nutritional supplements of a major herbal supplement manufacturer, including St. John’s wort, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, and echinacea.

Amanda has also defended companies in cases alleging contamination and safety issues, including:

  • A class action resulting from an employee at a national pizza chain contracting hepatitis A;
  • Class and individual claims following recalls;
  • A walnut oil product distributed in Europe allegedly contaminated with mineral oil; and
  • The inclusion of partially hydrogenated oil (PHO) in microwave popcorn.

National Retailers, Technology and Manufacturing Companies:

Amanda also defends class actions alleging consumer fraud and privacy breaches for national retailers, technology, and manufacturing companies. She also has defended class actions alleging consumer fraud and product performance issues for major national retailers and electronics companies. She has recently served as lead counsel in the defense of major national retailers and an herbal supplement manufacturer in dozens of class actions alleging false advertising and related state law claims across the country.

Amanda has also advised and litigated on other-high stake disputes for companies in these industries, including:

  • Defending a manufacturing company in $20 million breach of fiduciary duty and alter ego litigation arising out of stock sales by minority shareholders.
  • Litigating a variety of complex real-estate disputes including long-term lease issues, real estate finance disputes, and LLC disputes related to real-estate project management.

  • Defending and prosecuting commercial disputes with suppliers and customers related to product quality and performance, delivery issues, and contract termination.
  • Enforcing arbitration provisions and class action waivers in state and federal courts.
  • Speaker, “AI and the Financial Services Industry,” Silicon Valley, September 2018
  • Speaker, “How to Manage Reputational and Regulatory Risks in High-Profile Mediagenic Matters,” Philadelphia, June 2018
  • Quoted in “Food Litigation 101: Non-Functional Slack Fill… Are you up to Speed?” Food Navigator USA, August 2017
  • Speaker, “Of Piggy Backs and Copy Cats: Exploring the Latest Class Action Trends Impacting the Dietary Supplement Industry,” Dietary Supplements Conference, American Conference Institute/Council for Responsible Nutrition, June 2017
  • Co-author, “How FDA Warning Letters to Other Companies Increase Your Business’ Litigation Risk,” Food Manufacturing, June 2017
  • Speaker, “Introduction to Food Law and Regulation,” Food and Drug Law Institute, Washington, D.C., March 2017
  • Co-author, “Claim Litigation in the Food Industry,” Natural Products Insider, February 2017
  • Speaker, “The Recent & Future Trends for Food & Distilled Beverage Manufacturers,” Food & Beverage Litigation Conference: A Look at Hospitality, Liquor and Food Liability, New York, October 2016
  • Speaker, “Using ‘Natural’: Walking the Line Between Consumer Expectations, Accusations of Deceptive Practices, and Litigation,” Food 2.0 Conference, June 2016
  • Quoted in “After Long Litigation, an LA Jury Sides with Coke Against POM Wonderful in False Advertising Claims Case,” Daily Journal, March 2016
  • Speaker, “The CFPB and Financial Institutions – Where Do We Stand?” March 2016
  • Co-author, “Safe Harbor Defense?” Beverage World Magazine, November 2015
  • Speaker, “Attention Food & Beverage Industry: False Advertising, Product Liability, and Defamation Litigation is Making an Impact,” May 2015

Amanda L. Groves

Partner in Charlotte and San Francisco

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Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • California

Court Admissions

  • Central District of California
  • Eastern District of California
  • Northern District of California
  • Southern District of California
  • Western District of North Carolina
  • Eastern District of North Carolina
  • USCA – 9th Circuit

Education

Partner Amanda Groves practices in San Francisco, California, and Charlotte, North Carolina, and serves as the head of litigation for the Charlotte office. She has been successfully representing consumer-product companies, national retailers, and lending institutions in complex commercial litigation since 1996. She focuses her practice on consumer class action defense, primarily in cases alleging consumer fraud, false advertising, and product liability.

With her extensive experience in consumer protection statutes, Ms. Groves has successfully defended clients in consumer class actions by obtaining dismissal orders, summary judgment, and negotiating settlements with no cash payments by the client. These include nationwide consumer class actions brought on behalf of millions of plaintiffs, as well as statewide cases alleging false advertising, unfair competition, fraud, and consumer privacy statutes.

Ms. Groves’ clients benefit from her ability to prepare accurate budgets and her practical, problem-solving approach to litigation issues. They have also remarked that they particularly appreciate her responsiveness and personal attention to their matters.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

Ms. Groves’ financial services practice focuses on resolving consumer class actions for financial institutions challenging banking practices and policies, including national cases challenging loan origination and collection practices. Ms. Groves also represents banks and other corporate clients in vendor litigation, business-to-business contract disputes, and successor liability suits.

Her recent experience includes:

Retail Banking

  • Successfully moved to dismiss claim against a national financial institution that it had failed to detect alleged looting of company’s corporate accounts by board of director members.
  • Defended national financial institution in lawsuit alleging bank wrongfully allowed removal of signatory on accounts, resulting in alleged misappropriation of account funds.
  • Represented national financial institution in defense of claims relating to account opening policies and procedures and alleged non-compliance with Bank Secrecy Act.
  • Represented various financial institutions in disputes regarding real estate and vendor relationships, including lease disputes, alleged defamation, and interference with contract claims.
  • Defended a national financial services company in consumer class action litigation brought on behalf of nearly 900,000 cardholders in California who alleged that the bank engaged in abusive collection practices and unfair fee practices in the sub-prime credit card industry.
  • Defended private wealth management firm in more than a dozen suits alleging successor liability, negligence, and breach of contract claims in connection with tax shelter products.
  • Conducted internal investigation of data breach for consumer finance company and implemented remedial plan with state regulators.

Mortgage Banking

  • Defended a major national bank and its affiliated companies in a group of class actions involving more than 500,000 class members arising out of “Pick-a-Payment” mortgages originated by a predecessor bank. The Pick-a-Payment loan allowed the borrower to select from up to four payment options each month, with some payment options insufficient to cover accrued interest, resulting in increased principal balances or “negative amortization.”
  • Obtained a victory for client American General Financial Services, Inc. in two putative class actions filed in Alameda County, California (Oakland), alleging concealment and fraud in originating mortgage loans. The plaintiffs sought to represent a massive group of every person who borrowed money from AGFS over a six-year period, but the class certification motion was averted when we obtained summary judgment.

Commercial Banking

  • Ms. Groves regularly works with restructuring teams to pursue collections against defaulting borrowers on commercial loans—including obtaining receivers through state court actions, enforcing guarantees and waivers, and executing provisional remedies such as injunctions, bonds, and writs.

Ms. Groves received a B.A. in communication studies, cum laude, from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1993. She received a J.D., cum laude, from Santa Clara University of Law in 1996.

Experience

Practice Areas by Industry

Financial Services:

Amanda’s financial services practice focuses on claims challenging banking practices and policies, particularly in the following areas:

  • Credit and Mortgage Practices Challenges – Regularly defends credit card and mortgage companies in class actions challenging mortgage origination practices, add-on products, and collection policies and practices, including claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and California’s Rosenthal FDCPA.
  • Privacy and Data Breach – Responding to government inquiries, conducting an internal investigation into a financial institution’s borrower data breach, and defense of privacy claims by consumers.
  • Ponzi Scheme and Customer Fraud Cases – Regularly defends banks against damage claims by alleged victims of a bank customer’s fraud.
  • Retail Fees and Banking Practices– Regularly defends consumer class actions alleging improper fee collection or improper/inadequate consumer policies at retail banking outlets.

In addition to successfully resolving class actions for financial institutions, Amanda also represents banks and other corporate clients in vendor litigation, business to business contract disputes, and successor liability suits.

Food and Beverage:

Amanda is a leading practitioner in labeling cases, and recently has defended the following brands, among others, in false advertising class actions brought under state consumer protection laws: Costco’s Kirkland Signature products; an American packaged food brand’s culinary walnuts; a major food processing company’s distilled white vinegar; an international manufacturer’s potato chips; Pacific Foods’ soy milk products; Jim Beam whiskey; Maker’s Mark bourbon; Pretzel Crisps; Pacific Foods; Breckenridge Bourbon; Pop Secret Popcorn; and certain nutritional supplements of a major herbal supplement manufacturer, including St. John’s wort, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, and echinacea.

Amanda has also defended companies in cases alleging contamination and safety issues, including:

  • A class action resulting from an employee at a national pizza chain contracting hepatitis A;
  • Class and individual claims following recalls;
  • A walnut oil product distributed in Europe allegedly contaminated with mineral oil; and
  • The inclusion of partially hydrogenated oil (PHO) in microwave popcorn.

National Retailers, Technology and Manufacturing Companies:

Amanda also defends class actions alleging consumer fraud and privacy breaches for national retailers, technology, and manufacturing companies. She also has defended class actions alleging consumer fraud and product performance issues for major national retailers and electronics companies. She has recently served as lead counsel in the defense of major national retailers and an herbal supplement manufacturer in dozens of class actions alleging false advertising and related state law claims across the country.

Amanda has also advised and litigated on other-high stake disputes for companies in these industries, including:

  • Defending a manufacturing company in $20 million breach of fiduciary duty and alter ego litigation arising out of stock sales by minority shareholders.
  • Litigating a variety of complex real-estate disputes including long-term lease issues, real estate finance disputes, and LLC disputes related to real-estate project management.

  • Defending and prosecuting commercial disputes with suppliers and customers related to product quality and performance, delivery issues, and contract termination.
  • Enforcing arbitration provisions and class action waivers in state and federal courts.

Honors & Awards

Ms. Groves was named as one of 25 Outstanding Women in Business by the Charlotte Business Journal in 2014.

Activities

Ms. Groves is chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, a member of the firm’s management committee, and a member and former chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee. Ms. Groves currently serves as a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar Diversity & Inclusion Committee and as a member of the Legal Services of Southern Piedmont Board of Directors. She is a founding director for the Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services and a former board member of Community Legal Services, Inc. in East Palo Alto, California.

Credentials

Amanda received a B.A. in communication studies, cum laude, from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1993, and a J.D., cum laude, from Santa Clara University of Law in 1996.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “AI and the Financial Services Industry,” Silicon Valley, September 2018
  • Speaker, “How to Manage Reputational and Regulatory Risks in High-Profile Mediagenic Matters,” Philadelphia, June 2018
  • Quoted in “Food Litigation 101: Non-Functional Slack Fill… Are you up to Speed?” Food Navigator USA, August 2017
  • Speaker, “Of Piggy Backs and Copy Cats: Exploring the Latest Class Action Trends Impacting the Dietary Supplement Industry,” Dietary Supplements Conference, American Conference Institute/Council for Responsible Nutrition, June 2017
  • Co-author, “How FDA Warning Letters to Other Companies Increase Your Business’ Litigation Risk,” Food Manufacturing, June 2017
  • Speaker, “Introduction to Food Law and Regulation,” Food and Drug Law Institute, Washington, D.C., March 2017
  • Co-author, “Claim Litigation in the Food Industry,” Natural Products Insider, February 2017
  • Speaker, “The Recent & Future Trends for Food & Distilled Beverage Manufacturers,” Food & Beverage Litigation Conference: A Look at Hospitality, Liquor and Food Liability, New York, October 2016
  • Speaker, “Using ‘Natural’: Walking the Line Between Consumer Expectations, Accusations of Deceptive Practices, and Litigation,” Food 2.0 Conference, June 2016
  • Quoted in “After Long Litigation, an LA Jury Sides with Coke Against POM Wonderful in False Advertising Claims Case,” Daily Journal, March 2016
  • Speaker, “The CFPB and Financial Institutions – Where Do We Stand?” March 2016
  • Co-author, “Safe Harbor Defense?” Beverage World Magazine, November 2015
  • Speaker, “Attention Food & Beverage Industry: False Advertising, Product Liability, and Defamation Litigation is Making an Impact,” May 2015

Amanda L. Groves

Partner in Charlotte and San Francisco

  • Email
  • Download vCard
  • +1 (704) 350-7755 (Charlotte)
  • =1 (415) 591-1000 (San Francisco)
  • Email
  • Download vCard
  • +1 (704) 350-7755 (Charlotte)
  • =1 (415) 591-1000 (San Francisco)

Partner Amanda Groves practices in San Francisco, California, and Charlotte, North Carolina, and serves as the head of litigation for the Charlotte office. She has been successfully representing consumer-product companies, national retailers, and lending institutions in complex commercial litigation since 1996. She focuses her practice on consumer class action defense, primarily in cases alleging consumer fraud, false advertising, and product liability.

With her extensive experience in consumer protection statutes, Ms. Groves has successfully defended clients in consumer class actions by obtaining dismissal orders, summary judgment, and negotiating settlements with no cash payments by the client. These include nationwide consumer class actions brought on behalf of millions of plaintiffs, as well as statewide cases alleging false advertising, unfair competition, fraud, and consumer privacy statutes.

Ms. Groves’ clients benefit from her ability to prepare accurate budgets and her practical, problem-solving approach to litigation issues. They have also remarked that they particularly appreciate her responsiveness and personal attention to their matters.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

Ms. Groves’ financial services practice focuses on resolving consumer class actions for financial institutions challenging banking practices and policies, including national cases challenging loan origination and collection practices. Ms. Groves also represents banks and other corporate clients in vendor litigation, business-to-business contract disputes, and successor liability suits.

Her recent experience includes:

Retail Banking

  • Successfully moved to dismiss claim against a national financial institution that it had failed to detect alleged looting of company’s corporate accounts by board of director members.
  • Defended national financial institution in lawsuit alleging bank wrongfully allowed removal of signatory on accounts, resulting in alleged misappropriation of account funds.
  • Represented national financial institution in defense of claims relating to account opening policies and procedures and alleged non-compliance with Bank Secrecy Act.
  • Represented various financial institutions in disputes regarding real estate and vendor relationships, including lease disputes, alleged defamation, and interference with contract claims.
  • Defended a national financial services company in consumer class action litigation brought on behalf of nearly 900,000 cardholders in California who alleged that the bank engaged in abusive collection practices and unfair fee practices in the sub-prime credit card industry.
  • Defended private wealth management firm in more than a dozen suits alleging successor liability, negligence, and breach of contract claims in connection with tax shelter products.
  • Conducted internal investigation of data breach for consumer finance company and implemented remedial plan with state regulators.

Mortgage Banking

  • Defended a major national bank and its affiliated companies in a group of class actions involving more than 500,000 class members arising out of “Pick-a-Payment” mortgages originated by a predecessor bank. The Pick-a-Payment loan allowed the borrower to select from up to four payment options each month, with some payment options insufficient to cover accrued interest, resulting in increased principal balances or “negative amortization.”
  • Obtained a victory for client American General Financial Services, Inc. in two putative class actions filed in Alameda County, California (Oakland), alleging concealment and fraud in originating mortgage loans. The plaintiffs sought to represent a massive group of every person who borrowed money from AGFS over a six-year period, but the class certification motion was averted when we obtained summary judgment.

Commercial Banking

  • Ms. Groves regularly works with restructuring teams to pursue collections against defaulting borrowers on commercial loans—including obtaining receivers through state court actions, enforcing guarantees and waivers, and executing provisional remedies such as injunctions, bonds, and writs.

Ms. Groves received a B.A. in communication studies, cum laude, from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1993. She received a J.D., cum laude, from Santa Clara University of Law in 1996.

Honors and Awards

Chambers USA
Chambers and Partners
Legal
500
The Legal 500 United States
Food & Beverage
MVP
Law360
25 Outstanding
Women in Business
Charlotte Business Journal
Consumer
Protection
Group of the Year
Law360

Ms. Groves was named as one of 25 Outstanding Women in Business by the Charlotte Business Journal in 2014.

Activities

Ms. Groves is chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, a member of the firm’s management committee, and a member and former chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee. Ms. Groves currently serves as a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar Diversity & Inclusion Committee and as a member of the Legal Services of Southern Piedmont Board of Directors. She is a founding director for the Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services and a former board member of Community Legal Services, Inc. in East Palo Alto, California.

Amanda received a B.A. in communication studies, cum laude, from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1993, and a J.D., cum laude, from Santa Clara University of Law in 1996.

Education

Santa Clara University
JD, 1996
University of California, Los Angeles
BA, 1993

Admissions

NC
North Carolina
CA
California

Court Admissions

C.D.
Cal.
Central District of California
E.D.
Cal.
Eastern District of California
N.D.
Cal.
Northern District of California
S.D.
Cal.
Southern District of California
W.D.
N.C.
Western District of North Carolina
E.D.
N.C.
Eastern District of North Carolina
9th
Cir.
USCA – 9th Circuit

Practice Areas by Industry

Financial Services:

Amanda’s financial services practice focuses on claims challenging banking practices and policies, particularly in the following areas:

  • Credit and Mortgage Practices Challenges – Regularly defends credit card and mortgage companies in class actions challenging mortgage origination practices, add-on products, and collection policies and practices, including claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and California’s Rosenthal FDCPA.
  • Privacy and Data Breach – Responding to government inquiries, conducting an internal investigation into a financial institution’s borrower data breach, and defense of privacy claims by consumers.
  • Ponzi Scheme and Customer Fraud Cases – Regularly defends banks against damage claims by alleged victims of a bank customer’s fraud.
  • Retail Fees and Banking Practices– Regularly defends consumer class actions alleging improper fee collection or improper/inadequate consumer policies at retail banking outlets.

In addition to successfully resolving class actions for financial institutions, Amanda also represents banks and other corporate clients in vendor litigation, business to business contract disputes, and successor liability suits.

Food and Beverage:

Amanda is a leading practitioner in labeling cases, and recently has defended the following brands, among others, in false advertising class actions brought under state consumer protection laws: Costco’s Kirkland Signature products; an American packaged food brand’s culinary walnuts; a major food processing company’s distilled white vinegar; an international manufacturer’s potato chips; Pacific Foods’ soy milk products; Jim Beam whiskey; Maker’s Mark bourbon; Pretzel Crisps; Pacific Foods; Breckenridge Bourbon; Pop Secret Popcorn; and certain nutritional supplements of a major herbal supplement manufacturer, including St. John’s wort, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, and echinacea.

Amanda has also defended companies in cases alleging contamination and safety issues, including:

  • A class action resulting from an employee at a national pizza chain contracting hepatitis A;
  • Class and individual claims following recalls;
  • A walnut oil product distributed in Europe allegedly contaminated with mineral oil; and
  • The inclusion of partially hydrogenated oil (PHO) in microwave popcorn.

National Retailers, Technology and Manufacturing Companies:

Amanda also defends class actions alleging consumer fraud and privacy breaches for national retailers, technology, and manufacturing companies. She also has defended class actions alleging consumer fraud and product performance issues for major national retailers and electronics companies. She has recently served as lead counsel in the defense of major national retailers and an herbal supplement manufacturer in dozens of class actions alleging false advertising and related state law claims across the country.

Amanda has also advised and litigated on other-high stake disputes for companies in these industries, including:

  • Defending a manufacturing company in $20 million breach of fiduciary duty and alter ego litigation arising out of stock sales by minority shareholders.
  • Litigating a variety of complex real-estate disputes including long-term lease issues, real estate finance disputes, and LLC disputes related to real-estate project management.

  • Defending and prosecuting commercial disputes with suppliers and customers related to product quality and performance, delivery issues, and contract termination.
  • Enforcing arbitration provisions and class action waivers in state and federal courts.
  • Speaker, “AI and the Financial Services Industry,” Silicon Valley, September 2018
  • Speaker, “How to Manage Reputational and Regulatory Risks in High-Profile Mediagenic Matters,” Philadelphia, June 2018
  • Quoted in “Food Litigation 101: Non-Functional Slack Fill… Are you up to Speed?” Food Navigator USA, August 2017
  • Speaker, “Of Piggy Backs and Copy Cats: Exploring the Latest Class Action Trends Impacting the Dietary Supplement Industry,” Dietary Supplements Conference, American Conference Institute/Council for Responsible Nutrition, June 2017
  • Co-author, “How FDA Warning Letters to Other Companies Increase Your Business’ Litigation Risk,” Food Manufacturing, June 2017
  • Speaker, “Introduction to Food Law and Regulation,” Food and Drug Law Institute, Washington, D.C., March 2017
  • Co-author, “Claim Litigation in the Food Industry,” Natural Products Insider, February 2017
  • Speaker, “The Recent & Future Trends for Food & Distilled Beverage Manufacturers,” Food & Beverage Litigation Conference: A Look at Hospitality, Liquor and Food Liability, New York, October 2016
  • Speaker, “Using ‘Natural’: Walking the Line Between Consumer Expectations, Accusations of Deceptive Practices, and Litigation,” Food 2.0 Conference, June 2016
  • Quoted in “After Long Litigation, an LA Jury Sides with Coke Against POM Wonderful in False Advertising Claims Case,” Daily Journal, March 2016
  • Speaker, “The CFPB and Financial Institutions – Where Do We Stand?” March 2016
  • Co-author, “Safe Harbor Defense?” Beverage World Magazine, November 2015
  • Speaker, “Attention Food & Beverage Industry: False Advertising, Product Liability, and Defamation Litigation is Making an Impact,” May 2015