Craig Briskin joined the Washington, D.C. office of Mehri & Skalet, PLLC in 2007 and became a partner in 2009.
Mr. Briskin focuses his practice primarily on class actions related to antitrust, consumer and mortgage law. He is co-counsel with AARP Foundation Litigation in a series of cases that have secured important protections for spouses and family members of borrowers in the federal reverse mortgage program. In Bennett v. Donovan and Plunkett v. Castro, plaintiffs challenged the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s failure to protect spouses of reverse mortgage borrowers from displacement, and the right of family members and heirs to purchase their family home for 95% of its appraised value. Plaintiffs have prevailed on both counts, and as a result, HUD has reformed its program and now entitles spouses of new reverse mortgage borrowers (since August 2014) to a deferral of foreclosure when their borrower spouses die. M&S continues to prosecute this litigation to secure these rights for all spouses, family members and heirs, so that reverse mortgages do not result in the unnecessary loss of family homes.
Mr. Briskin is counsel for plaintiffs in Mackmin v. Visa, alleging illegal agreements among Visa, MasterCard and member banks to assess supracompetitive access fees to ATM customers, in violation of the federal antitrust laws. He also serves as co-counsel with Center for Science in the Public Interest in Hensley-McClean v. Safeway, concerning Safeway’s alleged failure to notify customers of Class I food recalls. In 2014, plaintiffs obtained a landmark ruling that a retailer could be held liable for failure to notify its customers of food recalls after the time of sale.
Mr. Briskin also serves as co-lead counsel for the class In Re: MagSafe Apple Power Litigation, representing consumers who allege that their Apple MagSafe laptop adapters prematurely fray, break, spark, and cease functioning. The court granted final approval of a settlement in February 2012, providing cash refunds to customers up to the full retail value of the product. He also served as co-counsel for the class in Sonoda v. Amerisave, concerning alleged deceptive sales practices by a leading online mortgage broker. The court granted final approval to a $3.1 million settlement in February 2013.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Briskin prosecuted antitrust and commodities class actions at Labaton Sucharow LLP in New York. Among other matters, Mr. Briskin represented a class of natural gas futures traders who claimed damages resulting from defendant natural gas traders’ manipulation of prices through false reporting to industry publications. Settlements with defendants, the last of which were approved in June 2007, were in excess of $100 million. Mr. Briskin also represented consumers and third-party payors in several successful antitrust actions alleging that brand-name drugmakers blocked generic competition and charged supracompetitive prices for their products, through abuse of the patent system and sham litigation.
Mr. Briskin serves as state co-chair for the District of Columbia chapter of the National Association of Consumer Advocates, and serves on the case development committee of Public Justice. He has spoken and moderated several panel discussions concerning consumer law and arbitration issues at the District of Columbia Bar.
From 1999-2001, Mr. Briskin was an Equal Justice Works fellow at New York Legal Assistance Group. He represented indigent and primarily immigrant clients in welfare, disability and immigration matters, in administrative hearings, and in state and federal court.
Mr. Briskin received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1998. Following law school, Mr. Briskin clerked for Justice Alexander O. Bryner of the Alaska Supreme Court. He was a board member and student attorney at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, and a senior editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Mr. Briskin also interned for Public Citizen and the American Civil Liberties Union.
Mr. Briskin graduated from Harvard College in 1994, with an A.B. cum laude in Psychology.