Raphael is a partner of the firm who focuses on class actions, complex commercial litigation, and appeals.

Raphael has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in trial and appellate courts across the country. His experience spans antitrust, securities, and consumer class actions, international arbitrations, government investigations, and nationwide global warming lawsuits brought by states and municipalities against major fossil fuel producers.

Raphael’s passion for the law began at the University of Chicago Law School, where he graduated with high honors, was elected as a member of the Order of the Coif, and named a Kirkland & Ellis scholar. He served as Articles Editor of The University of Chicago Law Review and was the inaugural recipient of the Douglas Baird Prize in Commercial Law. 

Thereafter, he worked at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York City, followed by clerkships with the Honorable Paul S. Diamond of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the Honorable Thomas L. Ambro of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. After completing his clerkships, Rafi worked at a prominent antitrust class-action boutique and a plaintiff's-side class action firm. 

Raphael's pro bono work includes representing a habeas petitioner serving a mandatory life sentence without parole for nonviolent drug crimes and negotiating a generous settlement for a victim of sexual harassment. Rafi has also volunteered his legal services to the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund’s Name Change Project and advised on a bid for a cannabis dispensary license by a social-equity applicant (a company owned by individuals who were disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs).

Matters

  • Pursuing a class action on behalf of civil immigrant detainees who were forced to work without compensation at the McHenry County detention center in Woodstock, Illinois. The suit alleges that McHenry County and its sheriff used threats of force, including punishment by solitary confinement, to coerce immigrant detainees into performing uncompensated labor. The complaint is available here, and an article about the suit in the Chicago Tribune is available here.
  • Leading a class action against ClassPass for unlawfully listing thousands of businesses as partners on its online platform. For more information, click here.
  • Prosecuting a class action against Warner Bros. for deceptive advertisements in its widely-popular Game of Thrones: Conquest mobile application. For more information, click here.
  • Pursuing a class action against the NFL related to the failed GamePass broadcast of the 2020 SuperBowl. Rafi argued and defeated Defendants’ motion to dismiss. The Hollywood Reporter covered the case, with an article available here.
  • Representing limited partners in a contract claim for breach of a limited partnership agreement in the Delaware Court of Chancery.
  • Enforcing a judgment on behalf of an Italian estate, including seeking international assets and bringing fraudulent transfer actions.
  • Along with co-counsel, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, representing the parents of victims of child pornography in a lawsuit against Reddit. The opening brief is available here.

Note: This list may include matters completed prior to joining Pollock Cohen LLP.

Active Lawsuits

Forced Labor

We have filed a class action on behalf of civil immigrant detainees who were forced to work without compensation at the McHenry County detention center in Woodstock, Illinois.

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Game of Thrones: Conquest

We have filed a class action against Warner Bros. on behalf of customers who made in-game purchases in the mobile application “Game of Thrones: Conquest" (GOTC).

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Giftly and GiftRocket Fake Listings

We have filed class actions against Giftly.com and GiftRocket.com on behalf of businesses that are unknowingly listed on these websites.

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Groupon

We have filed a class action against Groupon on behalf of businesses that are listed on Groupon.com without their permission or consent.

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Pornhub and Reddit

We co-counsel with Susman Godfrey in class action lawsuits against Pornhub and Reddit. If you were the victim of someone uploading sexual videos of you, contact us. We may be able to represent you.

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State of Survival: Zombie War

We have filed a class action against KingsGroup and FunPlus on behalf of customers who made in-game purchases in the “State of Survival” mobile game.

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Apple Data Privacy and iOS Analytics Sharing

We are investigating reports that Apple tracks its device users’ data even after device users select a settings option to completely disable data sharing on their devices.

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Current Investigations & Areas of Interest

CryptoZoo and Logan Paul Class Action Investigation

Pollock Cohen LLP and Jay Kumar Law are investigating financial losses suffered by consumers pertaining to influencer Logan Paul’s game, “CryptoZoo.” We are investigating the liability of Logan Paul and his associates in a potential class action to recover damages for player.

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Hertz: "Convenience Fees"

We are investigating Hertz’s policy of charging renters a “convenience fee” for payment of tolls on bridges, tunnels, toll-roads, and express lanes.

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PayPal Privacy Invasion

Pollock Cohen LLP is investigating reports that PayPal is tracking your online shopping and we are looking into this apparent invasion of your privacy.  

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Pool Filters

We are investigating potential class action lawsuits on behalf of purchasers and owners of swimming pool filters made by several different manufacturers, including Jandy, Hayward, Raypak, Pentair, and Sta-Rite.

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Ubisoft

We are looking into the difficulties users faced in trying to cancel their subscriptions to Ubisoft+. If you were trying to cancel your subscription but simply could not find a way to do so, please share your experience with us. We might be able to help.

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Other

ClassPass Fake Listings

We have filed a class action against ClassPass Inc. on behalf of businesses alleging that the health, spa, and fitness “aggregator” improperly used business’ identities for its own use.

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PointsBet

We are looking for potential plaintiffs in class action against Pointsbet, which is accused of falsely advertising that customers could make "risk free" bets.

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Restaurant Delivery Services

We are investigating a potential class action against Postmates, UberEats, DoorDash, and GrubHub on behalf of businesses who are unknowingly listed on their delivery apps and websites.

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SpotHero Parking Reservations

We are investigating a potential class action against SpotHero on behalf of app users who’ve experienced problems using the app to book parking.

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Toxic Baby Formula

We are investigating cases on behalf of children who have developed NEC as a result of their baby formula.

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When Raphael isn’t spending time with his two young children, he enjoys learning new languages, hiking, and playing Ragtime on the piano.