Paul G. Karlsgodt
Paul has significant experience defending class actions in the complex and cutting edge area of data privacy. Paul has also played a lead role in defending class actions arising out of three of the top four largest healthcare breaches in history, as well as various other healthcare breach class actions arising out of hacking, theft, and inadvertent disclosure.
Paul led a cross-office team in the successful defense of a California hospital in one of the largest data breach class actions ever filed under the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act. The client, which initially faced more than $500 million in potential statutory damages exposure, ultimately prevailed in all aspects of the case and the case was finally dismissed by the plaintiff with no payment by the defendant.
Paul coordinated the defense in state and federal courts in Missouri and Illinois in a multidistrict litigation against a grocery store chain arising out of a payment card data breach. The case was ultimately resolved by a nationwide settlement, which was finally approved over the significant efforts of objectors to block it.
Capitalizing on his experience in the courtroom, Paul obtained a denial of class certification after serving as lead counsel in a multi-day evidentiary hearing in a consumer class action involving the sale of uninsured motorist insurance coverage.
Paul played a central role in a nationwide class action against a telecommunications company, mitigating the effects of discovery sanctions that had been imposed against the client prior to retaining BakerHostetler. The cutting-edge electronic discovery case ultimately was settled favorably for the client.
As lead counsel for an insurer in a putative class action in California involving auto body shop labor rate surveys and direct repair programs, Paul obtained an order granting judgment on the pleadings and was able to settle the case on an individual basis while an appeal of that judgment was pending.