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Representative Settlements

Ashland Oil Spill Litigation

Status:Settled
Settlement Amount: $30 million
Practice Area(s): Environmental & Mass Tort
The firm led by Harold Berger served as co-lead counsel and obtained a $30 million settlement for damages resulting from a very large oil spill.

Drayton v. Pilgrim's Pride Corp.

Status:Settled
Practice Area(s): Environmental & Mass Tort
The firm served as counsel in a consolidation of wrongful death and other catastrophic injury cases brought against two manufacturers of turkey products, arising out of a 2002 outbreak of Listeria Monocytogenes in the Northeastern United States, which...

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Litigation

Status:Settled
Settlement Amount: $507.5 million
Practice Area(s): Environmental & Mass Tort
On September 16, 1994, a jury trial of several months duration resulted in a record punitive damages award of $5 billion against the Exxon defendants as a consequence of one of the largest oil spills in U.S. history. The award was reduced to $507.5...

Holocaust Victim Asset Litigation

Status:Settled
Settlement Amount: $1.25 billion
Practice Area(s): Environmental & Mass Tort
Through membership on the executive committee in cases brought by Holocaust survivors against the three largest Switzerland-based banks, this litigation was settled for $1.25 billion. A significant opinion in the case can be found at: 105 F. Supp.2d...

Nazi Era Cases Against German Defendants Litigation

Status:Settled
Settlement Amount: $4.5 billion
Practice Area(s): Environmental & Mass Tort
Through the firm's co-lead counsel role, cases against German industry and banks for the use of slave and forced labor during the Nazi era were ultimately settled in the context of international negotiations which created a fund for victims of $4.5...

School Asbestos Litigation

Status:Settled
Settlement Amount: $215 million
Practice Area(s): Environmental & Mass Tort
As co-lead counsel, the firm successfully litigated a case in which a nationwide class of elementary and secondary schools and school districts suffering property damage as a result of asbestos in their buildings were provided relief. Pursuant to an...

SEPTA 30th Street Station Subway/Elevated Crash Class Action

Status:Settled
Settlement Amount: $3.03 million
Practice Area(s): Environmental & Mass Tort
Berger & Montague represented a class of 220 persons asserting injury in a subway crash. Despite a statutory cap of $1 million on damages recovery from the public carrier, and despite a finding of sole fault of the public carrier in the...

Three Mile Island Litigation

Status:Settled
Settlement Amount: $25 million
Practice Area(s): Environmental & Mass Tort
As lead/liaison counsel, the firm successfully litigated the case and reached a settlement in 1981 of $25 million in favor of individuals, corporations and other entities suffering property damage as a result of the nuclear incident involved