AMY P. LALLY joined the firm’s Litigation Group in 1998. Ms. Lally works in all areas of litigation, including contract dispute litigation, real estate litigation, Proposition 65 litigation and litigation under California’s Unfair Business Practices Act, Consumer Legal Remedies Act, and Song Beverly Credit Card Act.
Ms. Lally has appeared and litigated cases in federal and state courts throughout Northern and Southern California, including in the counties of Alameda, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Mateo. She has argued numerous contested motions, taken and defended several depositions, and has both trial and appellate experience. Her general litigation practice has focused on complex commercial litigation and class actions. She has represented financial institutions, hedge funds, consumer goods retailers, vitamin and dietary supplement companies, pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, accounting firms, oil and gas companies, and other institutions in a wide variety of civil litigation matters. Ms. Lally has tried cases to verdict in California state court, California federal court, and the Court of Federal Claims.
Ms. Lally is the co-Hiring Partner for Sidley’s Los Angeles office.
- Successfully served as lead trial counsel for two dietary supplement companies in a Proposition 65 lawsuit asserting failure to warn with respect to certain dietary supplements. Court ruled in favor of dietary supplement companies on all issues tried in the bifurcated trial.
- Trial counsel for Pacific Gas & Electric Company in a lawsuit with co-plaintiffs Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric and the State of California seeking to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in wholesale electricity overcharges from governmental entity defendants that sold power into the California markets during the 2000-2001 Energy Crisis. The Court found in favor of plaintiffs.
- Representation of large on-line food ordering service in a putative class action asserting contract, fraud, and unfair business practices claims. Class certification was defeated and the case was thereafter dismissed.
- Representation of seven vitamin manufacturers in a Proposition 65 lawsuit brought by the California Attorney General and six District Attorneys against 45 defendants.
- Represented oil & gas company in two concurrent lawsuits, a putative class action of all branded service station franchisees in California and a non-class action brought by nearly two dozen franchisees, alleging a violation of the franchisees’ right of first refusal to purchase their stations and various purported unfair business practices in the pricing of gasoline and the implementation of the franchise agreement. Both lawsuits were successfully defeated on motions for summary judgment, and both summary judgments were affirmed on appeal.
- Represented AIG Retirement Services Inc. in a lawsuit brought by Brill Media Company LLC and its affiliates seeking more than $75 million in damages in claims arising out of Brill Media’s bankruptcy. The case was dismissed on a successful demurrer.
- Lead counsel in multiple putative class actions brought against national consumer products retailers alleging violations of the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act in connection with credit card transactions.
- Multiple representations of lenders in actions for foreclosure and breaches of guaranty agreements in connection with loans secured by real property in California.
- Representation of manufacturers of herbal products in three consolidated class and representative actions alleging claims for false advertising and failure to warn.