Lisa R. Weddle guides healthcare, automotive, technology, and financial services companies through every phase of class action and complex commercial litigation and arbitration across the United States. 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 has more than a decade of experience litigating issues affecting the managed care industry, representing leading health plans, insurers, and other entities in complex, high-stakes healthcare and ERISA welfare benefit plan matters. Lisa is the 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 and favorable settlements of state and ERISA class action claims 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 she manages noncontracted and contracted provider dispute litigation and arbitrations for plans and payors. Lisa works with managed care clients to successfully navigate disputes in areas such as claims handling, contracted and out-of-network provider reimbursement, coverage disputes, and consumer class actions.
In the automotive arena, Lisa was part of a team that defeated certification of a nationwide class of more than 7 million vehicle owners alleging a defective design in HVAC systems that purportedly caused odors and health hazards. Lisa and the team also secured favorable dismissal of claims that led to positive resolutions for this automotive distributor and the manufacturer in two similar class actions. Lisa previously co-led a team defending an automotive distributor against more than 200 cases asserting 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, resulting in major reforms to the county’s General Relief program, which supports those in extreme need.
Automotive and Financial Services Matters
Recommended, Industry focus: Transport: Rail and road – litigation and regulation, The Legal 500 US (2021, 2022)
Recommended, Industry focus: Healthcare: advice to health insurers, The Legal 500 US (2020–2022)
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, Largest Healthcare Firm, Modern Healthcare’s (2016–2021)
Member, Executive Committee, Healthcare Law Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association (2015–present)
Member, American Health Lawyers Association
Member, California Society for Healthcare Attorneys
Member, American Bar Association