Practices
-High Stakes Litigation
-Class Actions-Mass Torts
-Products Liability-Personal Injury

Eric B. Snyder

A partner in the Firm's Charleston office, Eric maintains a nationwide complex litigation practice. While focusing on class actions and mass torts, Eric represents a diverse group of clients including injured individuals, businesses involved in commercial disputes and persons subject to civil enforcement actions. With a degree in Mining Engineering from Penn State, Eric has also represented clients with both commercial and personal issues in many aspects of the mining and energy industries.

Eric has been quoted or featured in various major news media outlets, including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Philadelphia Inquirer, CNBC and the BBC in connection with his work in the Toyota Sudden Unintended Acceleration Litigation, where he is currently serving on the Plaintiffs' Committee for the Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases. He has written and spoken on class action, consumer finance and general litigation topics.

In October 2010, Eric was recognized as among the 75 most formidable plaintiff's lawyers in the United States by the defense bar, in-house counsel and persons involved in the tort reform movement. In October 2013, the firm in general, and Eric in particular, was named as having a Top National Plaintiffs' Class Action Practice by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is AV rated in Martindale-Hubbell. Eric was also named a West Virginia Super Lawyer "Rising Star" every year from 2011 to 2014.

Link to a report on that list by AmLaw Daily of Top Plaintiffs Lawyers >

Professional Involvement

Bar Admissions
Pennsylvania, 2003
West Virginia, 2002

Publications
Brian Glasser and Eric Snyder, Payday Lending-The Litigation and Legislation That Regulate It, 11th Annual Consumer Financial Services Litigation Institute, Vol. 1., Practicing Law Institute, New York: 2006.

Court Admissions
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia

Cases


Spencer v. Rent-A-Center, Inc.
We brought the first ever case under West Virginia’s rent-to-own statute. After the lawsuit, filed in federal district court, was sent to the West Virginia Supreme Court on certified questions, the case settled for more than $3.5 million, plus injunctive relief.

Brailsford v. Jackson Hewitt, Inc.
Brought class action against Jackson Hewitt, Inc. for class of California consumers who purchased the tax preparer’s refund anticipation loan product; settled for $672,000.

T.P., et al. v. Kanawha County Board of Education
A sexual abuse case against the local Board of Education on behalf of three teenage victims. The case settled before trial for a total of $3 million for all plaintiffs.

Toyota Unintended Acceleration Marketing, Sales Practices, and Product Liability Litigation
In 2009, we filed one of the first wrongful death actions alleging sudden-acceleration defects in a Toyota Camry, a case featured on CNN, the New York Times, and other national media. Ultimately, our lawyers were appointed to key MDL leadership roles in what came to be one of the largest products liability cases ever filed. Ben Bailey served on the plaintiffs’ lead counsel committee pursuing economic-loss damages; Eric Snyder serves in the same capacity on the committee pursuing personal injury claims. The firm has played a leading role in developing expert testimony on the sudden acceleration defect in 2002-2010 Toyota vehicles. The economic-loss claims settled for $1.6 billion; the personal injury claims remain pending.

Cummins v. H&R Block, Inc.
In a case litigated for five years in venues ranging from the West Virginia trial and appellate courts, to federal district courts in West Virginia and Illinois, to the United States Supreme Court, our lawyers served as lead counsel in winning a $62.5 million multistate class action settlement against H&R Block. The case involved first-impression claims relating to the application of West Virginia’s credit-services organization statute to Block’s refund anticipation loan product. Other firms across the country litigated cases against Block alleging similar claims, without success, for more than ten years. West Virginia’s share of the settlement was $32.5 million.

Education

  • J.D., 2002, magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Articles Editor; Law Review - University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • B.S., Mining Eng., 1999 - Penn State University