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Kate Cahoy specializes in defending clients in complex, high-stakes disputes including class action and antitrust cases. Her practice includes privacy, antitrust, and consumer protection matters in the technology, entertainment, financial services, and food, drug, and cosmetic industries, among others, and she has significant experience litigating cases brought under California’s Section 17200 and other consumer protection, competition, and privacy laws.

  • Represent leading technology company in putative class action suit involving tort claims brought by contingent workers.
  • Represented Agri Stats in consolidated putative antitrust class actions brought by direct and indirect poultry purchasers alleging a conspiracy to reduce output and raise the prices of broiler chickens.
  • Represented Facebook in federal antitrust lawsuit alleging monopolization and tying claims.
  • Represent entertainment company in putative class action in the Northern District of California involving privacy claims related to mobile applications used by children.
  • Represented national bank in putative class action in the Northern District of California involving privacy laws regarding data collection and advertising.   
  • Represent national bank in putative consumer class actions concerning the bank’s mortgage servicing practices in the Northern and Central Districts of California and elsewhere.
  • Represented animated film studios in antitrust class actions in the Northern District of California alleging agreements among companies not to “cold call” each other’s employees.
  • Represented video streaming service in putative class action in the Northern District of California alleging violations of federal privacy law.

Pro Bono

  • Argued the first ever successful petition for class certification before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims on behalf of a class of veterans seeking mandamus relief for unreasonable delays in the VA appeals process.  
  • Drafted amicus brief on behalf of veterans organization supporting petition for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court in case involving the Feres doctrine.  
  • Advised legal aid organization on developing promissory estoppel claims against county that led to favorable settlement for the organization’s client without the need for litigation.
  • Advise military veterans on VA benefits issues at local non-profit clinic.   

Previous Experience

  • Member of Yale Law School Veterans Legal Services Clinic; co-wrote amicus brief to Federal Circuit, co-wrote two briefs to the Army Board for the Correction of Military Records, co-wrote manual on discharge upgrades, and argued veteran’s benefit claim in hearing at VA Regional Office.
  • Nanotechnology research in the laboratory of analytical chemist Kenneth Roberts (2005-2009).