Berman Tabacco

Matthew D. Pearson

Partner

Matthew D. Pearson

Matthew D. Pearson, a partner in the San Francisco office, works tirelessly on behalf of consumers and investors who have been victims of fraud, anticompetitive conduct or other unfair or fraudulent business practices.

Since joining Berman Tabacco in 2005, Matthew has delivered financial justice by litigating a number of complex cases, primarily involving antitrust violations and securities fraud. He is also a member of the firm’s New Case Investigations team where he analyzes and advises clients on potential matters.

Matthew also has taken a particular interest in international litigation. He regularly monitors foreign securities fraud and antitrust litigation, tracks developments in foreign class action law and assists clients interested in litigating abroad.

Experience

  • Integral member of the team that represented car purchasers in In re New Motor Vehicles Canadian Export Antitrust Litigation, No. 03-md-1532 (D. Me.), which alleged that major auto manufacturers conspired to stop less expensive Canadian new vehicles from being exported to the United States. Matthew was involved in the day-to-day prosecution of nearly all stages of that litigation. He currently represents car buyers in related litigation in California state court, In re Automobile Antitrust Cases I and II, JCCP Nos. 4298 and 4303 (San Francisco Superior Court), which continues against one remaining defendant. To date, these actions have achieved a total of over $55 million in settlements.
  • Member of the litigation team in In re Bear Stearns Companies, Inc. Securities, Derivative, and “ERISA” Litigation, Master File No. 08-MDL No. 1963 (S.D.N.Y.), arising out of the company’s 2008 collapse. The firm’s efforts as co-lead counsel secured settlements with defendants totaling $294.9 million.
  • Represented diamond purchasers in Sullivan v. DB Investments, Inc., No. 04-02819 (D.N.J.). The firm’s efforts resulted in a $295 million settlement with diamond supplier De Beers in the class action, which alleged De Beers violated various federal and state antitrust laws.
  • On behalf of three union clients, co-authored an amicus brief submitted to the California Supreme Court in Kwikset Corp. v. Superior Court of Orange County; James Benson, Real Parties in Interest, No. S171845 (Cal. Supreme Ct.), involving products falsely labeled as “Made in the USA.” The California Supreme Court’s ultimate opinion (Kwikset Corp. v. Superior Court, 51 Cal. 4th 310 (2011)) was highly favorable to the interests of the firm’s clients and became one of the leading opinions regarding standing under California’s Unfair Competition Law.

Publications, Presentations & Appearances

  • Presenter on Antitrust Implications of a Supreme Court Class Action Trifecta – Amgen, Comcast and Standard Fire, at Bar Association of San Francisco, June 10, 2013.
Matthew D. Pearson Partner
San Francisco
44 Montgomery Street
Suite 650
San Francisco, CA 94104

Matthew D. Pearson, a partner in the San Francisco office, works tirelessly on behalf of consumers and investors who have been victims of fraud, anticompetitive conduct or other unfair or fraudulent business practices.

Since joining Berman Tabacco in 2005, Matthew has delivered financial justice by litigating a number of complex cases, primarily involving antitrust violations and securities fraud. He is also a member of the firm’s New Case Investigations team where he analyzes and advises clients on potential matters.

Matthew also has taken a particular interest in international litigation. He regularly monitors foreign securities fraud and antitrust litigation, tracks developments in foreign class action law and assists clients interested in litigating abroad.

Education
  • University of California, Davis, School of Law (J.D., 2004)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., Political Science, with an International Relations Concentration, 1999)
Experience
  • Integral member of the team that represented car purchasers in In re New Motor Vehicles Canadian Export Antitrust Litigation, No. 03-md-1532 (D. Me.), which alleged that major auto manufacturers conspired to stop less expensive Canadian new vehicles from being exported to the United States. Matthew was involved in the day-to-day prosecution of nearly all stages of that litigation. He currently represents car buyers in related litigation in California state court, In re Automobile Antitrust Cases I and II, JCCP Nos. 4298 and 4303 (San Francisco Superior Court), which continues against one remaining defendant. To date, these actions have achieved a total of over $55 million in settlements.
  • Member of the litigation team in In re Bear Stearns Companies, Inc. Securities, Derivative, and “ERISA” Litigation, Master File No. 08-MDL No. 1963 (S.D.N.Y.), arising out of the company’s 2008 collapse. The firm’s efforts as co-lead counsel secured settlements with defendants totaling $294.9 million.
  • Represented diamond purchasers in Sullivan v. DB Investments, Inc., No. 04-02819 (D.N.J.). The firm’s efforts resulted in a $295 million settlement with diamond supplier De Beers in the class action, which alleged De Beers violated various federal and state antitrust laws.
  • On behalf of three union clients, co-authored an amicus brief submitted to the California Supreme Court in Kwikset Corp. v. Superior Court of Orange County; James Benson, Real Parties in Interest, No. S171845 (Cal. Supreme Ct.), involving products falsely labeled as “Made in the USA.” The California Supreme Court’s ultimate opinion (Kwikset Corp. v. Superior Court, 51 Cal. 4th 310 (2011)) was highly favorable to the interests of the firm’s clients and became one of the leading opinions regarding standing under California’s Unfair Competition Law.
Honors & Distinctions
  • Completed the King Hall Public Service Law Program at UC Davis School of Law.
Admissions
  • State Bar of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado
Affiliations
  • Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section of the California Bar, Member
  • National Association of Public Pension Attorneys, Member
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Member
Publications, Presentations & Appearances
  • Presenter on Antitrust Implications of a Supreme Court Class Action Trifecta – Amgen, Comcast and Standard Fire, at Bar Association of San Francisco, June 10, 2013.