Partner Amy Eskin Appointed to Social Media JCCP 5255 Plaintiff Steering Committee

Amy Eskin, a partner at Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky LLP, was appointed by the Honorable Carolyn Kuhl of the Los Angeles Superior Court to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the California Judicial Council Coordination Proceeding (JCCP) 5255, Social Media Cases which involves cases of children and young adults harmed or driven to suicide by social media algorithms. 

Amy Eskin is the Director of the Mass Tort department at Schneider Wallace.  Amy is a trial lawyer with more than thirty years’ experience representing injured individuals and consumers in personal injury, products liability and complex pharmaceutical and medical device cases. She has authored several articles in legal publications and lectured extensively to lawyers, law students and health care professionals on all aspects of trial practice. 

Social Media JCCP 

Meta (Facebook and Instagram), Snap (SnapChat), ByteDance (TikTok), Alphabet (Google and YouTube), and others are facing allegations of causing addiction and self-destructive behavior in adolescents and young adults. Allegations include exacerbating mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, body image concerns, self-harm, suicidal ideation, and eating disorders. 

California cases are coordinated under Judicial Counsel Coordination Proceeding, No 5255, in the County of Los Angeles Central District Superior Court. 

On February 28th, 2023, Amy Eskin was officially appointed to the Plaintiff Steering Committee (PSC). The Social Media PSC is responsible for advancing the common interest of all Plaintiffs, conducting examination of witnesses in depositions, hiring and working with expert witnesses, preparing common liability issues of the case, discovery including pretrial discovery, written and oral motions, pretrial and trial proceedings, and more.  

Amy Eskin’s Experience 

Recently, the Honorable Andrew Cheng of the San Francisco Superior Court appointed Ms. Eskin as Plaintiffs’ Co-Lead counsel in JCCP 5043, Gilead Tenofovir Cases which involves cases filed by more than 20,000 individuals who have been injured as a result of taking certain prescription medications developed to treat individuals at risk of infection or infected with HIV. 

Federal and state Courts have appointed Ms. Eskin as lead counsel, co-lead counsel, liaison counsel or a member of the Plaintiffs’ leadership in a wide variety of complex pharmaceutical and medical device cases, including an appointment as co-lead counsel of MDL 2325 In Re American Medical Systems, Inc. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation where she directed the prosecution of thousands of individual cases filed on behalf of women who suffered devastating injuries as a result of being implanted with transvaginal mesh products. She was also one of only eight attorneys appointed by Judge Goodwin to serve on the Transvaginal Mesh Executive Committee. 

Amy was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in 2004, and has been awarded many distinctions including the 2013 Civil Justice Award from the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. For more information about Amy Eskin, visit her biography page. 

To discuss social media harm to youth and young adults with the attorney at Schneider Wallace, contact us at 1-800-689-0024  A private legal consultation is at no cost.