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November 2, 2010
Real estate developer Toll Brothers Inc. has agreed to pay $25 million to settle a securities fraud class action accusing the company and several officers and directors of misrepresenting its financial condition during the housing slump. . . . The lead plaintiffs’ attorneys are Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP and Berger & Montague PC.
September 28, 2010
An Arizona health care trade association and more than a dozen hospitals have agreed to pay $22 million to settle a class action accusing them of operating a cartel to drive down temporary nurses' wages. . . . The settlement also includes a class of per diem temporary nurses who worked for any of the hospital defendants during the same period.
September 28, 2010
A federal appeals court has rejected Abbott Laboratories'
petition for a writ of mandamus seeking the dismissal of antitrust
claims from several suits accusing the pharmaceutical company of
illegally hiking up the price for its HIV drug Norvir.
September 17, 2010
A federal judge has kept alive claims alleging generics makers Par Pharmaceutical Cos. Inc. and Paddock Laboratories Inc. engaged in sham litigation by agreeing not to release competing versions of Solvay Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s testosterone supplement AndroGel. Judge Thomas W. Thrash Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia issued the order Thursday responding to the defendants' requests for clarification on whether he had dismissed those claims in a February ruling.
September 8, 2010
Purdue Pharma LP has agreed to pay $16 million to settle claims by direct purchasers of OxyContin that the drugmaker filed bogus patent litigation to crush generic competition. The direct purchasers' lead plaintiffs filed a motion Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York asking for preliminary approval of the settlement, which covers a class of entities who bought the drug directly from Purdue from Dec. 12, 1995, to Aug. 31, 2010. . . .
August 18, 2010
A federal judge has nixed Farmland Foods Inc.'s bid to toss a donning and doffing collective action, finding that personal safety gear worn by hourly workers at a Nebraska meat-processing plant wasn't mere clothing under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
August 13, 2010
The American Antitrust Institute has urged a federal appeals
court to overturn a judge's denial of class certification to a
group of patients alleging Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Corp.'s
hospitals abused their monopoly power after a 2000 merger.
August 6, 2010
Main Justice: Politics, Policy and the Law - profiled Of Counsel Daniel R. Miller on August 6, 2010.
May 25, 2010
Sarah Schalman-Bergen, of counsel with the AIDS Law Project, was co-lead counsel on a case involving TIAA-CREF, a financial services company, which had presented a man's retirement benefits to his ex-wife, instead of his longtime partner who he had named as beneficiary. The court decided that the partner was the lawful beneficiary of all of the man's annuity contracts, and was therefore entitled to the full amount of money in dispute. After a March 29, 2010, mediation, TIAA-CREF paid the partner the full contract amount plus pre- and post-judgment interest, as ordered by the court.
April 2, 2010
In one of the most closely watched antitrust cases on the
Eastern District of Pennsylvania's docket, a federal judge has
refused to dismiss claims that biopharmaceutical giant Cephalon
Inc. established an illegal monopoly for its profitable drug...
March 12, 2010
The magistrate judge overseeing a consolidated suit accusing
Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. of failing to pay its employees for
time spent performing tasks off the production line has
conditionally certified one case and approved the distribution of a...
March 2, 2010
A federal judge has granted preliminary approval to a $1.8 million settlement between U.S. Remodelers Inc. and a class of about 270 current and former California employees who alleged they were not paid for the all time they worked, were denied meal periods and were not reimbursed for business expenses.
January 13, 2010
The publishers of Law360 have named Berger & Montague
shareholders Bart Cohen (Competition Law360) and Lawrence J.
Lederer (Securities Law360) to the editorial boards of two of their
daily online newsletters. Practitioners and others
January 4, 2010
HSBC Finance Corp. has become the fourth defendant to reach a
tentative deal in an antitrust class action accusing the bank and
several rivals of colluding to force consumers to arbitrate
disputes stemming from their credit card contracts.
January 1, 2010
Law360's notable employment plaintiffs firms of 2009 saw years of hard work pay off last year, securing big settlements for classes of workers in long-running wage-and-hour and discrimination cases.
December 18, 2009
Capital One Financial Corp. will drop language from credit card contracts that requires customer disputes to be handled through binding arbitration rather than the courts, a spokeswoman for the bank said Thursday. . . . Philadalphia-based Berger & Montague said its tentative settlements with Capital One and the two other card issuers leave four remaining defendants in the lawsuit: Citibank, Discover, HSBC and the National Arbitration Forum. The case is a class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of card holders in federal court in New York City.
November 20, 2009
JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s credit-card contracts will no longer require disputes to be settled through arbitration, a practice that lawmakers said was biased against cardholders, to help settle an antitrust lawsuit. . . . JPMorgan, the biggest U.S. card lender, stopped using arbitrators in July, spokesman Paul Hartwick said today in an e-mail before Berger & Montague announced the settlement. The revised policy at the New York-based bank “reflects our commitment to clearer and simpler communication with our customers,” Hartwick wrote. The bank denied any wrongdoing, according to Philadelphia-based Berger & Montague. JPMorgan is the only defendant that agreed to settle and will drop the arbitration clause for at least 3½ years starting in 2010, Merrill Davidoff, an attorney with the law firm, said in an interview.
November 20, 2009
JPMorgan Chase & Co. is the first defendant to reach a
settlement in a class action accusing it and other credit card
companies of conspiring to force cardholders into arbitration to
settle disputes, according to representatives for the
October 22, 2009
A $336 million settlement a class of consumers reached with
credit card companies and banks accused of breaching federal and
state antitrust laws by colluding to fix foreign currency fees has
been granted approval by a federal judge, three years after...
October 5, 2009
For the sixth time in seven years, Berger & Montague was selected as one of the nation's top plaintiffs' law firms. In naming the firm to its "Hot List," The National Law Journal cited the $475 million settlement with Merrill Lynch over its subprime mortgage securities, a $250 million settlement for an antitrust case against the makers of the drug Tricor, and a $45 million "opt-out" settlement with Qwest Communications.
September 3, 2009
A magistrate judge involved in multidistrict litigation against
Nortel Networks Corp. has recommended certifying a class that
claims the defendants breached their fiduciary duty by representing
its stock as a prudent investment, though its value was...
August 10, 2009
A federal judge has named a lead plaintiff in a class action
alleging that former executives and directors of online financial
institution NetBank Inc. defrauded investors by not disclosing
problems with its restructuring and accounting prior to the...
February 25, 2009
On February 25, 2009, Berger & Montague, P.C. was honored as one of this year’s recipients of the Chancellor’s Award presented by the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (“VIP”).
November 19, 2008
A federal judge has signed off on a $24 million settlement in a
multidistrict pet food litigation, putting to rest claims over a
massive recall of contaminated dog and cat food that sickened and
killed pets across North America.
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October 6, 2008
Sherrie Savett has been busy putting price tags on unusual losses, including credit card holders' fear of identity theft and beloved family pets, whose worth can't be measured in dollars. The task demands flexibility, creativity and a careful calculation of the risks of a trial, said Savett, chairwoman of Philadelphia-based Berger & Montague's securities litigation department.
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