Practice Group Leader
Karen F. Lederer is a partner at Troutman Sanders LLP. She is the head of the Firm’s Government Regulation of Advertising and Consumer Products Team and also the head of the Firm’s Class Action Litigation Practice Group. Ms. Lederer advises retailers, manufacturers, and other providers of consumer goods and services on legal compliance in the areas of advertising; price advertising; charitable sales promotions; coupons and rebates; gift card programs; loyalty programs; telemarketing, e-marketing, and in-home sales; sweepstakes and contests; FTC requirements; CPSC requirements and product recalls; and warranty practices.
She also counsels companies in the financial sector on compliance with consumer lending, credit reporting, and debt collection laws.
She represents companies in regulatory investigations in the above subject matter areas by State Attorneys General across the country, the FTC, and the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs.
She also represents companies of all stripes in class actions and complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts, arbitrations and mediations.
Ms. Lederer sits on the board of Cool Culture, a non-profit organization founded in 1999, which provides 50,000 low-income families with free, unlimited admission to the City’s finest cultural institutions.
Presentations and Speaking Engagements
Speaker, “CFPB, FTC, State Regulators and Compliance,” Credit and Collection News Seminar, September 17-18, 2013.
Speaker, "California Prop. 65: The Statutory Basics and the Real Scoop," CLE Seminar, April 17, 2013 and November 19, 2012.
Speaker, "New Legislation in California Affecting Retailers," CLE Seminar, April 18, 2012.
Speaker, “Recent Developments in Retailing & Advertising Law,” CLE Seminar, December 6, 2011.
Speaker, “Charitable Sales Promotions,” October 26, 2009.
Speaker, "Hot Topics in Retailing Law," CLE Seminar, June 23, 2009.
Speaker, "The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008," February 10, 2009.
Speaker, "Understanding & Complying with Sweepstakes & Promotions Law," CLE Seminar, December 12, 2008.
From 1997-2010, was the Editor of the Consumer Law Newsletter, which reported on legal issues of particular interest to retailers and manufacturers of consumer goods.
Frequent e-alerts on developments in consumer law.
Trade Regulation Investigations and Litigation
Representing an accounting firm in litigation brought by the FTC involving an alleged internet scam.
Representing an equipment leasing company in fraud investigations by five State Attorneys General.
Representing publicly held buyers of consumer debt in investigations of their debt collection and collection litigation practices.
Representing a snack food manufacturer in investigations by the Connecticut Attorney General and the Sacramento County (CA) District Attorney into nutrition labeling under the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act and health claims made for botanical ingredients.
Representing a regional department store chain in an investigation by the New York Attorney General into comparative price advertisements.
Representing a chain of cosmetology schools in an investigation by the New York State Department of Education into compliance with state education regulations.
Representing a national retail chain in investigations by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs into the chain’s advertising and practices regarding rebates, “price matching,” “no interest” and refunds.
Representing an international bus transportation company in administrative proceedings before the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs stemming from alleged violations of New York City’s sightseeing bus licensing law.
Handling product recalls before the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Complex Commercial Litigation
Representing various nationwide sellers of consumer goods and services as defendants in consumer class actions.
Representing an equipment lessor in an arbitration in which the lessor asserted the “hell or high water” doctrine.
Representing the owners of a majority interest in an apparel manufacturer in dispute over valuation of the business with the minority owner.
Representing an Industrial Development Agency in an Art. 78 proceeding in which a union and its affiliated trade councils argued that the IDA had violated its Prevailing Wage Policy.
Representing various companies in actions against former employees for diversion of corporate opportunities and breach of duty.
Representing a medical technology company in an action by an investment bank for fraud and breach of an exclusive placement agent agreement in connection with a private offering of securities.
Representing tenant under a 99-year ground lease in action to vacate arbitration award setting new rent, on grounds the “neutral” third arbitrator was partial to the landlord.
Representing a restaurant chain in an action against a licensee to terminate the license and the licensee's right to use the chain’s unregistered trademarks.
Representing a website design firm in a “reverse passing off” case against former employee.
Representing clothing and home furnishings manufacturers, as plaintiffs and defendants, in trade dress infringement cases.
Consumer Credit Counseling and Litigation
Representing publicly-held, third party debt buyers in investigations by the New York Attorney General and the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs.
Counseling various banks, sales finance companies and retailers on issues arising under Truth-in-Lending, Equal Credit Opportunity, Fair Credit Reporting, Fair Debt Collection Practices and Holder In Due Course Rules.
Representing debt collection agencies in an industry-wide investigation by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs.
Representing a debt collection agency in class action lawsuit brought under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
Representing a sales finance company in Truth-in-Lending litigation brought by the New York Attorney General alleging hidden finance charges.