Victoria S. Nugent is a Partner at Cohen Milstein and Co-Chair of the Consumer Protection practice group and immediate past Co-Chair of the Public Client practice group. Ms. Nugent is also a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.
Ms. Nugent is a highly regarded consumer protection litigator, having overseen significant consumer fraud investigations and litigation on behalf of the state Attorneys General of Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Indiana, and Vermont – as well as class actions brought on behalf of consumers under the laws of numerous states. Ms. Nugent is named among Lawdragon’s “500 Leading Lawyers in America” (2019 – 2021), as well as Lawdragon’s “500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers” (2020), and The National Law Journal’s “Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Trailblazers” (2017).
Most recently, Ms. Nugent has been representing restaurant owners, retailers, and other small businesses across the United States in litigation against their insurance companies for failing to honor their business interruption claims due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These cases are being litigated in state and federal courts as class actions and individual cases.
While working in the Public Client Practice Group, Ms. Nugent represented state Attorneys General in civil law enforcement investigations and litigation involving consumer protection, Medicaid fraud, and other areas of enforcement that protect government interests and vulnerable communities. These included:
Deceptive and Unfair Opioid Marketing and Distribution: Representing the states of Indiana, New Jersey, and Vermont in consumer protection, Medicaid fraud, and nuisance claims against opioid manufacturers and distributors.
Deceptive and Irresponsible Lending: Representing the state of Nevada in investigations into the conduct of Deutsche Bank and the Royal Bank of Scotland, two of the investment banks that encouraged and enabled the predatory lending practices of retail lenders. Ms. Nugent helped develop the State’s legal theories and claims and handled numerous aspects of these investigations.
Improper Foreclosures: Representing the states of Arizona and Nevada in litigation against Bank of America for deceptive conduct in connection with servicing approximately 500,000 mortgages, resulting in financial payments to consumers and the states, commitments to mortgage modifications and other equitable relief valued at nearly $1 billion.