300 South Grand Ave., 22nd Floor//Los Angeles, CA 90071-3132//United States
Lisa R. Weddle guides healthcare, automotive, technology, and financial services companies through every phase of class action and complex commercial litigation across the United States and in arbitration. She regularly defends clients against claims of unfair business practices (including under California’s Unfair Competition Law and Consumers Legal Remedies Act), consumer fraud, consumer protection, false advertising, and breach of warranties. Lisa also specializes in assisting health insurer clients navigate healthcare and ERISA welfare benefit plan litigations involving reimbursement disputes, pharmacy benefits, and alleged violations of state and federal mental health parity laws. Lisa is hiring partner for the Los Angeles office.
As part of her healthcare practice, Lisa was an integral member of the legal team that secured summary judgment for a health plan facing class action claims related to excessive premiums. She also played a key role in securing dismissal of class action allegations against a California health plan concerning its utilization review practices for mental health treatment. Lisa has also helped achieve favorable results in other class and representative actions for health insurers and health plans, and manages non-contracted and contracted provider dispute litigation and arbitrations for plans and payors.
In the automotive arena, Lisa was part of a team that defeated certification of a nationwide class of over 7 million vehicle owners alleging a defective design in HVAC systems that purportedly caused odors and health hazards. Lisa and the team are also defending this automotive distributor and the manufacturer in two similar class actions throughout the country. Lisa also co-leads a team defending an automotive distributor against warranty claims under California’s Song-Beverly Act.
Lisa works extensively on a wide range of pro bono matters. She was part of a team that obtained a significant class action settlement for Los Angeles County’s most destitute residents. This settlement resulted in major reforms to the county’s General Relief program, a key program supporting those in extreme need.
Secured summary judgment for a health plan in class action involving claims of unfair business practices and fraud related to allegations of excessive premiums, which was upheld on appeal.
Secured dismissals of class allegations in two putative class actions against a California health plan concerning its utilization review practices for eating disorder and psychiatric mental health treatment and alleging violations of California and federal mental health parity acts. Cases settled favorably on an individual basis.
Secured dismissal of ERISA claims for a health insurer in a dispute with a surgery center alleging improper reduction or denial of payment due to the provider’s “fee-forgiveness” activities.
Defeated certification of a nationwide class for a leading global health services company in an action challenging pharmaceutical benefits practices under ERISA and RICO.
Representing a Massachusetts health plan in ERISA putative class actions, and related individual ERISA actions, alleging breach of plan terms and violations of the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) related to coverage of wilderness programs, ranch programs, educational programs, and other alternative therapy programs. Wilderness case settled on favorable terms.
Representation of a managed services organization and California health plans in various litigations and arbitrations regarding reimbursement of hospital services.
Represented a California Medi-Cal health plan in a damages retrial relating to determining the reasonable and customary value of services rendered by a non-contracted hospital. Case settled on favorable terms.
Represented a health plan in a class action involving claims of unfair business practices, false advertising, and violations of California’s Consumers Legal Remedies Act (CLRA) in connection with alleged narrow networks of providers for health plans compliant with the Affordable Care Act. Case settled on favorable terms.
Represented a health plan and health insurer in a representative action filed by the Los Angeles City Attorney alleging claims for violations of California's Unfair Competition Law (UCL) and False Advertising Law, based on rescission of member policies. Case settled on favorable terms.
Represented a New Mexico group of medical providers in arbitration regarding breach of contract claims and alleged improper marketing and advertising.
Represented an insurer, health plan, and utilization management services company in two actions brought by a hospital involving claims of negligent misrepresentation, fraud, and breach of contract related to the denial of claims under an exclusion in an employer-sponsored plan. Cases settled on favorable terms.
Automotive and Financial Services Matters
Secured dismissals of federal actions for financial services client involving allegations of breach of contract relating to real estate disputes.
Defeated certification of a nationwide class for an automotive distributor facing allegations that a defect in the design of the HVAC system of more than 7 million vehicles purportedly resulted in foul odors and health hazards.
Representing an automotive manufacturer and distributor in a putative nationwide class action alleging defective inverter component in vehicles.
Representing an automotive distributor in various California litigations and arbitrations regarding breach-of-warranty (including California Song-Beverly Act), California’s Consumers Legal Remedies Act, fraud, and other related claims.
Representation of a broker dealer in several federal and state actions involving alleged securities fraud related to auction rate securities. Cases settled on favorable terms.
Awards and Affiliations
Recommended, Industry focus: Transport: Rail and road - litigation and regulation, The Legal 500 US (2021)
Recommended, Industry focus: Healthcare: advice to health insurers, The Legal 500 US (2020, 2021)
Recommended, Dispute resolution: General commercial disputes, The Legal 500 US (2019)
Recommended, Product liability, mass tort and class actions: pharmaceuticals and medical devices – defense, The Legal 500 US (2019)
Named, Modern Healthcare’s “Largest Healthcare Firm” (2016–2021)
Listed, “Rising Stars,” Southern California Super Lawyers (2014–2018)
Member, Executive Committee, Healthcare Law Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (2015–present)
Member, American Health Lawyers Association
Member, California Society for Healthcare Attorneys
Member, American Bar Association
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
US District Court for the Central District of California
US District Court for the Northern District of California
US District Court for the Southern District of California
University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 2008, J.D., cum laude
University of California, Santa Barbara, 2003, B.A., with High Honors