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AmEx's $50M Payout In Currency Fee Suit Gets Judge's OK

May 2, 2012
A New York federal judge Monday signed off on American Express Co.'s $49.5 million deal to settle class claims that the credit card giant conspired with banks to impose hidden foreign currency conversion fees on customers. ... The settlement came last...

Judge Won't Boot Wage-Fixing Suit Against Apple, Google

April 19, 2012
A California federal judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss accusations that the late Steve Jobs had orchestrated a series of uncompetitive agreements between Apple Inc., Google Inc., and other tech companies to not poach each other's engineers. U.S....

M&A Drove 2011 Securities Actions As Crisis Suits Died Down

April 11, 2012
With fewer opportunities to bring new cases over the financial crisis, many shareholder plaintiffs have redirected their aim to corporate transactions, bringing a flood of class actions over mergers and acquisitions in 2011, according to a report...

Goldman loses bid to dismiss Hudson CDO lawsuit

March 21, 2012
Goldman Sachs Group Inc lost its bid to dismiss a lawsuit accusing it of defrauding investors by selling risky debt linked to subprime mortgages that it planned to bet against. U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero in Manhattan said the hedge fund Dodona...

Judge Greenlights Suit Over Goldman's Double-Dealing

March 21, 2012
An investor class action claiming Goldman Sachs Group Inc. bet against its own products can go forward, a federal judge ruled Wednesday in an opinion critical of the giant's allegedly "cynical" conduct in the run-up to the financial crisis. U.S....

Securities class-action suits fell in 2011

March 15, 2012
Securities class-action lawsuits, long a booming area of the law, dropped substantially in 2011, hitting a decade low, according to a study released Wednesday by Stanford University Law School and Cornerstone Research, a consulting and...

Citi, Discover Can't Shake Credit Card Antitrust Suit Over Arbitration

February 13, 2012
A federal judge in Manhattan on Wednesday denied a bid by Citigroup Inc. and Discover Bank to dismiss a long-running antitrust suit accusing them of conspiring with American Express and Wells Fargo to impose mandatory arbitration clauses on credit card holders from 1999 to 2003. And as detailed in the decision, much of the alleged conspiracy unfolded alongside the banks' in-house and outside counsel.

The rise (and fall?) of credit-card arbitration clauses

February 10, 2012
Litigation over arbitration clauses is as ubiquitous as Marc Jacobs frocks at Lincoln Center during New York's Fashion Week. (Not a fashionista? Then let's just say we here at On the Case can't stop writing about plaintiffs trying to get around...

Price-Fixing MDL Settlements Reach $500M With Air Canada

February 9, 2012
Air Canada on Wednesday resolved allegations that it conspired with other airlines to fix the price of freight shipping to and from the U.S., becoming the latest company to settle in a multidistrict litigation that has now netted customers nearly $500...

Antitrust Claims Against Citigroup, Discover Stay Alive

February 8, 2012
A New York federal judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss claims against Discover Bank and Citigroup Inc. in the multidistrict litigation claiming credit card issuers conspired to insert anti-competitive arbitration clauses in their customer agreements. ...


February 6, 2012
Philadelphia, PA, February 6, 2012 - The law firm of Berger & Montague, P.C., with the law firm of Cohn Lifland Pearlman Herrmann & Knopf LLP serving as local counsel, has brought a class action in state court in New Jersey against the Housing...

Nebraska Beef Settles Don, Doff Class Action For $4M

February 3, 2012
A class of current and former employees of Nebraska Beef Ltd. on Thursday reached a preliminary $3.9 million settlement agreement with the meatpacker over claims that the company didn't pay workers for time spent donning protective gear and performing...

Emails From Apple, Others Show Poaching Pacts: Workers

January 20, 2012
A class of employees suing technology and media giants including Apple Inc. and Google Inc. in California over alleged agreements not to recruit each other's employees said Thursday that evidence the companies provided to federal antitrust regulators...

Braintree, Buyers Settle Generic MiraLax Suit For $17M

January 20, 2012
Drug buyer plaintiffs in a putative antitrust class action accusing Braintree Laboratories Inc. of initiating baseless patent litigation to block a generic version of the laxative MiraLax asked a Delaware federal judge Friday to approve a $17.25 million...

Lawsuit filed against Corzine, other MF Global executives

January 18, 2012
In what is not the first and certainly will not be the last, Berger & Montague has filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of New York against Jon Corzine, numerous executives of MF Global, CME Group and JP Morgan related to the missing segregated...

Outsourcing the SEC's Oversight Function Could Strengthen the Agency

January 12, 2012
Although many thought that the SEC's nadir was their failure to detect the Madoff and Stanford frauds, the missing $1.2 billion in customer funds at MF Global shows that the incompetence of financial regulators in the United States has now sunk to...

The law that could save suits by MF Global customers

January 11, 2012
If there's one thing the law teaches, it's that there's almost nothing new under the sun. Take MF Global's alleged misuse of its customers' brokerage accounts -- and the related disappearance of $1.2 billion of customer money -- in the run-up to MF's bankruptcy last fall. Shocking, yes, but you only have to look back a few years, to the 2005 collapse of the brokerage conglomerate Refco, to find the same alleged failure to segregate customer money.

Berger & Montague filed a class action complaint on behalf of tens of thousands of commodities account holders who fell victim to the alleged massive theft and misappropriation of client funds at MF Global Inc.

January 10, 2012
On January 10, 2012, Berger & Montague filed a class action complaint on behalf of tens of thousands of commodities account holders who fell victim to the alleged massive theft and misappropriation of client funds at MF Global Inc. The complaint,...

Judge Favors Class Cert. In Farmland Don, Doff Suit

January 10, 2012
A Nebraska magistrate judge on Monday advised the court to deny Farmland Foods Inc.'s bid for decertification of a collective action accusing the meat packer of stiffing workers on don and doff pay, saying that the employees are similarly situated enough to proceed together.

Lawsuit settled for Reading man denied job in Breinigsville due to manslaughter charges

January 6, 2012
A lawsuit has been settled in the case of a Reading man who claimed he was denied a job in Breinigsville because of his race and a 30-year-old involuntary manslaughter conviction. Albert Dunn, 56, who is black, said his civil rights were violated when he was denied a job at an warehouse, according to the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia. Dunn previously pleaded guilty to the 1981 shooting of a man who had threatened him and his family. Dunn, who was in his 20s at the time, pleaded guilty and served time in prison, according to the center.


January 5, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - INTEGRITY STAFFING SOLUTIONS LEADS THE WAY IN JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR EX-OFFENDERS ALLENTOWN, PA - Integrity Staffing Solutions, the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia and Berger & Montague, P.C. jointly announce the...

Cadbury Melts Chocolate Price-Fixing Suits For $2M

December 15, 2011
A Pennsylvania federal judge signed off Monday on a trio of settlements worth about $2 million between Cadbury PLC and three classes of plaintiffs in the multidistrict litigation accusing a number of major chocolate producers of conspiring to fix...

National Arbitration Forum Exits Cardholder Class Action

December 1, 2011
The National Arbitration Forum reached a settlement Thursday with a class of credit card holders that had accused it of helping large banks and card companies collude to include compulsory arbitration clauses in cardholder agreements meant to prevent...

A Questionable New Standard for Class Certification in Antitrust Cases

December 1, 2011
IN RECENT YEARS, A NEW STANDARD appears to have emerged regarding class certification. Courts have largely dismissed the notion—originally derived from Eisen v. Carlisle & Jacquelin—that they cannot resolve issues relevant to the merits in deciding whether to certify a class. How far they may delve into the merits, however, has remained somewhat of a mystery.

Judge Clears $12.5M Deal In NetBank Investors' Suit

November 9, 2011
A Georgia federal judge on Wednesday approved a $12.5 million settlement in a class action targeting online bank NetBank Inc. and executives for allegedly defrauding investors by not disclosing the bank's true condition before its takeover by federal regulators and subsequent liquidation.
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