Marie Noel Appel has dedicated her career to representing consumers in both individual and class action cases involving claims under consumer protection laws and other statutory and common law claims.
Ms. Appel counsels clients on legal issues related to mortgage fraud/Truth in Lending violations, unfair business practices relating to manufactured home sales, interest overcharges by the United States on military veterans’ credit accounts, and statutory violations by the United States relating to offset of debts beyond the limitations period.
Ms. Appel is experienced in all stages of consumer class action cases, including case evaluation, research, pretrial discovery, and class and other related motions.
In additional to her legal practice, Ms. Appel is an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco teaching legal research and writing, and the class component of the Consumer Rights Clinic, in which students perform clinical work at the Justice & Diversity Center’s Consumer Debt Defense and Education Clinics.
Lussier v. The Lucas Dealership Group (San Mateo Superior Court, No. CGC-95-391224, 1995), unfair business practices suit for automobile repair overcharges resulting in confidential settlement after three weeks of trial in 1998. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan)
Pang v. Jani King of California, Inc. (San Mateo Superior Court No., CGC-98-396258, 1996), class action unfair business practices suit alleging improper franchise practices settled in 1999 on appeal. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan)
Capers v. Pacific Bell Internet Services (San Francisco Superior Court, No. CGC-01-318733, 2001), unfair business practice suit for improper DSL billing practices resulting in refunds of more than $1.6 million to 20,000 class members and distribution of more than $40,000 to charitable organizations in 2004. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan)
Clark v. Santa Barbara Bank & Trust and Intuit, Inc. (San Francisco Superior Court, No. CGC-04-427959, 2004), unfair business practice suit for improper debt collection practices resulting in refunds of more than $2 million and distribution of more than $200,000 in cy pres relief in 2007. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan)
Dubray v. Dublin (Alameda Superior Court Case, No. 2002057128, 2002), class action against the City of Dublin for illegal governmental cost collection practices. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan)
Donovan v. RRL Corp., 26 Cal.4th 261 (2001), one of the counsel for amicus National Association of Consumer Advocates in appeal to California Supreme Court in non-class case regarding whether a newspaper automobile price advertisement was a contract offer. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan)
John Broussal v. Truckee Donner Public Utilities District (Nevada County Superior Court No. TO5/1947C, 2005), class and injunctive relief case alleging over charges by local utility department for provision of water to residential properties. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan)
Hicks v Liberty Bankers Life Insurance Co., et al. (San Francisco Superior Court No. CGC-05-438718, 2005), class action and unfair business practices suit for the unlawful sale of annuities to senior citizens. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan)
Fiol v. Philips Electronics North America Corp (Marin County Superior Court No. CIV 040457, 2006), class action alleging breach of contract and unfair business practices in sales of DirecTV services. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan)
Buick v. World Savings Bank, Transamerican Financial Corporation (Eastern District California, No 2:07-CV-01447), individual action alleging Truth in Lending violations, unfair business practices, fraud, negligent misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duty in connection with World Savings’ “Pick-a-Payment Equity Builder” loan. Action concluded in 2011 after settlements with both defendants. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan)
Hernandez v. USA Properties, Inc. (Napa County Superior Court, 2007), class action alleging misleading sales of security deposit bonds. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan)
Briggs v United States (Northern District California, No. CV – 07 – 5760 WHA, 2007), statutory violation suit resulting in $7.4 million settlement in 2009 on behalf of a nationwide class of military veterans whose tax refunds and benefits the government improperly withheld to recover debts to the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan)
Russell v United States (Northern District California, No. C 09– 03239 WHA, 2009), class action on behalf of military veterans for improper interest charges on debts to the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, dismissed at trial court in July 2011, vacated and remanded on appeal, Russell v. United States, 661 F.3d 1371 (Fed. Cir. Dec. 1, 2011). (Prior to joining Robins Kaplan)
- Beyond Hunger, Inc, Member, Board of Directors (2000-2005)
- Impala Racing Team, Member, Treasurer (2006-2011)
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