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Paulina Slagter

Paulina Slagter represents individuals and companies in private litigation and enforcement actions brought by state and federal agencies, with a particular focus on antitrust and criminal law. In addition to her experience as a litigator, she has also conducted internal investigations into complex and high stakes matters, ranging from competition in digital markets to banking safety and soundness.

Paulina has advised clients in a wide range of government-facing matters, including merger review, congressional investigations, and in challenges to agency rulemaking. She has successfully defended individual officers of major financial institutions against securities fraud claims in state and federal court. Paulina also maintains an active pro bono practice, representing low income individuals and advising state and local governments, with a focus on racial and economic justice.

On December 5, 2023, the Ninth Circuit vacated a decision by a district court approving a $5.2 million class action settlement between plaintiff Lisa Kim and Tinder, Inc., a mobile dating app.  The case alleged that Tinder’s pricing scheme—which charges users over the age of 29 more for its premium packages than users under the age of 29—is discriminatory and violates California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act, Cal. Civ. Code §§ 51 et seq, and California’s unfair competition law, Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code §§ 17200 et seq.  This was the second time the Ninth Circuit reversed the district court’s approval of a class settlement in this case. Continue Reading Ninth Circuit Rejects Class Action Settlement in Tinder Case for the Second Time