Beena M. McDonald
Beena Mallya McDonald is Senior Counsel in the Firm’s Haverford office. She focuses her practice on complex litigation including securities fraud and consumer protection cases. She also serves as a part of the firm’s Client Business Development group, responsible for overseeing client portfolio monitoring and evaluation services, and establishing and maintaining client relationships.
Beena is very active in investigating and initiating securities and shareholder class actions, and has assisted in the representation of sophisticated institutional and individual investors in complex class actions against corporate defendants and their executives for violations of federal securities laws, as well as consumers in nationwide consumer protection class actions, including:
- In re: MacBook Keyboard Litig., No: 5:18-cv-02813-EJD (N.D. Cal.) (class action lawsuit alleging that Apple sold MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air butterfly keyboard laptops from 2015 – 2020 with a known defect of allowing dust and debris to disrupt the keyboard use; CSK&D is class counsel);
- In re Phillips Recalled CPAP, Bi-Level PAP, and Mechanical Ventilator Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 3014) (W.D. Pa.) (successfully argued before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation for centralization of more than 100 class action and personal injury cases to the Western District of Pennsylvania, arising out of Philips’ recall of certain Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (Bi-Level PAP), and mechanical ventilator devices, due to the potential that its polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam may degrade into particles or off-gas volatile organic compounds that may then be ingested or inhaled by the user, causing injury);
- In re Chevy Bolt EV Battery Litigation, No. 2:21-cv-13256-TGB-CI (E.D. Mich.) (argued before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, that was ultimately centralized in the Eastern District of Michigan, in this class action against General Motors LLC and various LG entities alleging that the Chevy Bolt EV is defective, causing its electric battery to overheat when charged to full or nearly full capacity, which has resulted in devastating fires and created an unreasonable safety risk to these vehicle owners. The operative complaint covers all Model Year 2020 – 2022 Chevy Bolts EVs and asserts that the defendants, as claimed by both GM and LG, were “strategic partners” in researching, developing, and manufacturing the Bolt EV and its critical components, including the defective electric battery cells and pack);
- In re Nexus 6P Prods. Liab. Litig., No. 5:17-cv-02185-BLF (N.D. Cal.) (class action lawsuit alleging that smartphones manufactured by Google and Huawei contain defects that cause the phones to “bootloop” and experience sudden battery drain; after overcoming a motion to dismiss, a $9.75 million settlement was reached, which Judge Beth Labson Freeman described as “substantial” and an “excellent resolution of the case.”);
- Weeks, et al. v. Google LLC, No. 5:18-cv-00801-NC (N.D. Cal.) (consumer class action against Google relating to Pixel smartphones, alleging that Google sold these phones with a known microphone defect; after defeating a motion to dismiss, a $7.25 million settlement was reached, which Magistrate Judge Nathanael M. Cousins described as being an “excellent result.”);
- Gordon v. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., No. 1:17-cv-01415- CMA (D. Colo.) (class action relating to a data breach suffered by Chipotle that allegedly exposed consumers’ payment card data to hackers, in which case CSK&D has been appointed interim co-lead counsel);
- Christofferson v. Creation Entertainment, Inc., No. 19STCV11000 (Sup. Ct. CA). (class action relating to a data breach suffered by Creation Entertainment that allegedly exposed consumers’ payment card data to hackers, in which case CSK&D is interim co-lead counsel);
- Westmoreland County v. Inventure Foods, No. CV2016-002718 (Super Ct. Ariz.) (state securities shareholder class action filed against Inventure Foods., Inc., after identifying that the company’s stock price had suffered a precipitous decline due to troubles at a manufacturing facility, including a major food recall. After mediation, a preliminary settlement was reached that recovers over 35% of damages for investors.); and
- Orrstown Financial Services, Inc., et al., Securities Litig., No. 12-cv-00793 (USDC M.D. Pa.) (federal securities class action lawsuit by large transportation authority institutional investor client, named sole lead plaintiff, challenging false and misleading statements made by Orrstown to investors about its internal controls and financial condition).
Beena most recently served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of California where she prosecuted major corruption, drug importation and illegal immigration cases. Upon initially receiving her law degree, she successfully tried hundreds of criminal cases as an Assistant Defender with Defender Association of Philadelphia. She has also served as lead counsel in civil jury and bench trials and arbitrations throughout the Philadelphia area while in-house at Allstate Insurance Company.
Beena’s extensive trial experience is also bolstered by her business management experience working for a Fortune 200 company, allowing her to bring this business acumen to her current practice on behalf of defrauded investors and consumers.