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Appellate Victory for Class in $1B Plutonium Contamination Suit Against Dow Chemical Co. and the former Rockwell International Corp.

June 24, 2015
On a second trip to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, Plaintiffs secured a victory in Merilyn Cook et al. v. Rockwell International Corporation et al., case number 14-1112, with the case being sent back to the district court, which in 2008, ordered the companies to pay a total of $926 million in damages, including $549 million in prejudgment interest due to extensive pre-trial delays.

Legal 500 Antitrust

June 3, 2015
Berger & Montague is proud to announce that the firm has been ranked as a Top-Tier Firm for Antitrust: Civil Litigation and Class Actions in the United States by The Legal 500.

Berger & Montague Named to National Law Journal Plaintiffs’ Hot List for 2015

March 2, 2015
Berger & Montague prides itself on its lawyers' brainpower — their capacity to distill the most complex commercial disputes, including antitrust, securities, qui tam and consumer class actions into clear, persuasive arguments. "We're known for being very intellectual and a firm that grapples with ­critical legal and factual issues in all of our cases," said Eric Cramer, one of eight managing partners.

Northern Trust to pay $36 million in securities lending settlement

February 18, 2015
Northern Trust Corp. will pay $36 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by 1,500 retirement plans that accused the firm of causing large losses stemming from the bank’s securities lending program during the financial crisis, said a news release Wednesday from one law firm representing the plans.

VW, Audi Owners Win $15.5M In Attys’ Fees In Oil Sludge MDL

February 11, 2015
A Massachusetts federal judge on Tuesday approved roughly $15.5 million in attorneys’ fees to class counsel in multidistrict litigation against Volkswagen AG and Audi AG over oil sludge buildup in engines and related warranties, after the First Circuit nixed a previous $30 million award.

Nationstar Hit With RICO Suit Over Forced Inspections

January 22, 2015
Nationstar Mortgage LLC was accused of racketeering in a proposed class action in Florida federal court Tuesday by four homeowners who allege they were automatically charged by a subsidiary of the loan servicer for continuous unreasonable property inspections that essentially resulted in company kickbacks.

Goldman Can't Ask To Decertify $2.4B Toxic Asset Class

January 8, 2015
A New York federal judge refused Wednesday to allow Goldman Sachs to file a decertification motion before a summary judgment motion is decided in a suit accusing the company of fraudulently unloading $2.44 billion in toxic securitized debt.

Mixed Martial Arts Fighters File Class-Action Lawsuit Against Ultimate Fighting Championship Alleging Illegal Market Monopolization

December 16, 2014
Three current and former high-profile Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters filed a multi-million-dollar class-action lawsuit today against the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) organization, accusing the $2-billion outfit of illegally maintaining monopoly and monoposony power by systematically eliminating competition from rival promoters, artificially suppressing fighters’ earnings from bouts and merchandising and marketing activities through restrictive contracting and other exclusionary practices.

Berger & Montague Named to U.S. News - "Best Lawyers®" List

November 5, 2014
US News & World Report has announced that Berger & Montague, P.C. is one of its 2015 Best Law Firms. Firms included in the 2015 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients...

Berger & Montague, P.C. Announces The Filing of a Securities Class Action Suit Against Certain Executive Officers of GT Advanced Technologies Inc.

October 16, 2014
Berger & Montague, P.C. announced that it has filed a securities class action lawsuit against certain of the executive officers of GT Advanced Technologies Inc. ("GT" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: GTAT). The action, which is captioned Impagliazzo, et al. v. Gutierrez, 1:14-cv-00458 (D.N.H.), asserts claims under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 on behalf of investors in GT securities during the period of November 5, 2013 to 9:40 am Eastern Standard Time on October 6, 2014, inclusive (the "Class Period").

Berger & Montague Named "Elite Trial Lawyers"

September 29, 2014
In the September 29, 2014 edition of the National Law Journal, Berger & Montague was named in the publication's list of "Elite Trial Lawyers." See the list here and the firm's coverage here. The publication wrote: Antitrust and securities...

Berger & Montague, P.C., And Nichols Kaster, PLLP, Announce Final Approval of Nationwide Class Action Settlement with Citibank

August 25, 2014
Judge David Hurd of the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York has granted final approval of a nationwide class action settlement in a pair of consolidated federal cases, Casey v. Citigroup, Inc., No. 12-cv-820 (N.D.N.Y.) and Coonan v. Citibank, N.A., No. 13-cv-353 (N.D.N.Y.), involving force-placed insurance. The law firms appointed to represent the plaintiffs and the classes, Berger & Montague, P.C. and Nichols Kaster, PLLP, are pleased that the court approved all aspects of the settlement, which makes settlement funds available to over 400,000 borrowers. Specifically, Citibank and the other defendants have made more than $115 million in settlement funds and escrow credits available to class members who submit a valid claim form by the January 21, 2015 deadline.

Ex-Inspector Accuses NA Pipeline Of Wage Violations

July 24, 2014
North American Pipeline Inspection LLC was hit with a putative class-action lawsuit in Pennsylvania federal court accusing it of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage laws by failing to pay its inspectors overtime wages.

Fluidmaster Hit With Class Action Over Exploding Pipes

July 24, 2014
Fluidmaster Inc.'s "NO-BURST" pipes don't live up to their name because of a design defect that causes the stainless steel-braided water supply lines to corrode and explode, according to a putative class action filed Thursday in Pennsylvania federal...

Berger & Montague To Helm Gold Fix Case

July 23, 2014
Berger & Montague has been appointed interim co-lead class counsel (along with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP) to represent a proposed class of traders of gold-based derivatives contracts, physical gold, and gold-based securities that were priced based on the London Gold Fix.

The Legal 500 Names Berger & Montague a Top Plaintiffs' Antitrust Class Action Firm

July 16, 2014
The Legal 500 named Berger & Montague a top plaintiffs' class action firm in antitrust litigation. Additionally the firm recognized the firm's President H. Laddie Montague, Jr. and Managing Shareholder Eric Cramer as "Leading Lawyers" in the area. ...

Goldman Can't Appeal Class Cert. In $2.4B Toxic Asset Suit

June 27, 2014
Second Circuit Denies Golman Sachs' Petition to Immediately Appeal Class Certification in Securities Class Action Lawsuit Involving Goldman Sachs-led Hudson CDOs

BofA To Pay $31M To Settle Force-Placed Insurance Suit

April 21, 2014
Bank of America NA has agreed to pay $31 million to settle a putative class action alleging the bank illegally forced homeowners to buy excessive amounts of flood insurance, according to a Monday ruling in Oregon federal court.

HSBC, Assurant Mired In Force-Placed Coverage Class Action

March 28, 2014
A New York federal judge on Thursday refused to absolve HSBC Bank USA NA of taking kickbacks in return for forcing excessive Assurant Inc. flood insurance on mortgagors, finding that standard lending contracts do not unambiguously afford the bank the...

JPM Chase Sued Over Alleged Debt Collection Abuses

March 14, 2014
A Miami woman alleges in a lawsuit seeking class action status that JPMorgan Chase (JPM) committed widespread abuses in its efforts to collect credit card debt. ... It charges that the New York megabank used robo-signed affidavits to obtain default...

Berger & Montague, P.C. Announces Class Action Lawsuit Filed Alleging That JPMorgan Chase Used Robosigned Affidavits To Obtain Default Judgments Against Thousands Of Credit Card Borrowers

March 13, 2014
A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of credit card customers of JPMorgan Chase against whom Chase obtained default judgments using allegedly robosigned and fraudulent affidavits. The lawsuit, Moya v. JPMorgan Chase & Co., et al., No....

Google Sued Over App Purchases Aimed At Kids

March 7, 2014
Google, Inc. was hit with a putative class action Friday in California federal court claiming that its app marketplace exploits children by incentivizing them to spend large amounts of money on free or low-priced games without requiring them to get...

Citibank To Pay $110M In Force-Placed Insurance Settlement

February 5, 2014
Citibank NA has agreed to pay more than $110 million to settle a putative force-placed insurance class action accusing the bank of forcing homeowners to carry excessive flood and hazard coverage and profiting from it, according to documents filed Wednesday in New York federal court.

Court Grants Class Certification in Securities Class Action Lawsuit Involving Goldman Sachs-led Hudson CDOs

January 23, 2014
Court Grants Class Certification in Securities Class Action Lawsuit Involving Goldman Sachs-led Hudson CDOs

Settlement in Marchbanks Truck Service, Inc. d/b/a Bear Mountain Travel Stop, et. al. v. Comdata Corp., et al., E.D. Pa. No. 07-cv-1078 (JKG)

January 21, 2014
Co-Lead Counsel for a proposed class of over 4,000 independent truck stops and other retail fueling merchants announce settlements of an antitrust lawsuit against Comdata Inc., the leading trucker fleet payment card issuer, and three national truck stop chains for a combined amount of $130 million plus valuable prospective relief.
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