Karina G. Puttieva is an associate at Cohen Milstein and a member of the Consumer Protection practice. Ms. Puttieva’s practice focuses on litigating class actions on behalf of consumers who have been misled, deceived or harmed by large corporations.

Prior to joining Cohen Milstein, Ms. Puttieva was a litigation associate at a highly regarded national defense firm, where she focused on consumer data privacy issues, government investigations and criminal litigation, and civil litigation in the areas of antitrust, consumer fraud, and misappropriation of intellectual property.

Ms. Puttieva is currently litigating the following matters:

  • DZ Reserve et al. v. Facebook (N.D. Cal.): Cohen Milstein represents a putative class of advertisers who claim that Facebook’s key advertising metrics (Potential Reach and Estimated Daily Reach) are inflated and misleading.
  • General Motors Litigation (E.D. Mich.): Cohen Milstein is Lead Counsel and Chair of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, overseeing this consolidated consumer class action filed against GM in over 30 states. Plaintiffs allege that GM’s eight-speed automatic transmissions (GM 8L90 and the 8L45) manufactured between 2015 and 2019 were defective.
  • Brooks, et al. v. Thomson Reuters (N.D. Cal.): Cohen Milstein is representing a class of putative plaintiffs who claim that Thomson Reuters’s CLEAR platform not only surreptitiously collects vast quantities of Californians’ personal data but then sells this information to third parties, including commercial and government entities.

Ms. Puttieva was involved in the following successful matters:

  • Facebook 2018 Data Breach Litigation (N.D. Cal.): On May 6, 2021, the Court granted final approval of an injunctive relief settlement in this data breach class action against Facebook, which requires Facebook to adopt, implement, and/or maintain a detailed set of security commitments for the next five years, which will be independently assessed by a third-party. Cohen Milstein was Co-Interim Class Counsel in this matter.

Ms. Puttieva earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Haverford College and her J.D. from University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where she was the Submissions Editor and Associate Editor of the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law.

While attending law school, Ms. Puttieva was a judicial extern for the Honorable Christina A. Snyder of United States District Court for the Central District of California and she was a law clerk for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California.

Prior to law school, Ms. Puttieva worked as a victim/witness coordinator at the Family Violence/Sexual Assault Unit of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.