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Sarah R. Schalman-Bergen

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Sarah R. Schalman-Bergen is a shareholder in the Antitrust, Employment Law, Consumer Protection, Insurance Products & Financial Services, and Lending Practices & Borrowers' Rights practice groups at Berger & Montague. Her practice focuses on antitrust class action litigation, and class and collective action employment litigation. Ms. Schalman-Bergen has extensive litigation experience in both state and federal courts, including significant appellate experience.

In the Employment Law practice group, Ms. Schalman-Bergen's practice focuses on wage and hour class and collective actions as well as class action discrimination lawsuits under state and federal law. Specifically, Ms. Schalman-Bergen has worked on all aspects of wage and hour overtime lawsuits throughout the country, representing employees whose employers do not pay them properly in different industries, including at meat and poultry plants, at fast food restaurants, in white collar jobs and in the government. For example, currently, Ms. Schalman-Bergen is representing employees who work for oil and gas companies in various wage and hour class actions across the country.

In the Antitrust practice group, Ms. Schalman-Bergen has had an active role in prosecuting complex cases, including multidistrict litigation. Specifically, Ms. Schalman-Bergen has worked on cases involving anticompetitive practices in the pharmaceutical industry as well as in the online DVD rental market. For example, currently, Ms. Schalman-Bergen is involved in representing the employees of several high tech companies who allege that the companies entered into "do not poach" agreements that illegally suppressed employees' wages.

Ms. Schalman-Bergen is also actively involved in multiple nationwide consumer class actions with a focus on consumer financial practices. For example, she represents homeowners whose mortgage loan servicers have force-placed extraordinarily high-priced insurance on them and allegedly received a kickback from the insurer in exchange.

Ms. Schalman-Bergen also maintains an active pro bono practice. She serves as volunteer of counsel to the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania. Through her role there, Ms. Schalman-Bergen litigates HIV discrimination cases, as well as other cases impacting the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS.

Prior to joining Berger & Montague, Ms. Schalman-Bergen practiced in the litigation department at a large Philadelphia firm where she represented clients in a variety of industries in complex commercial litigation. During law school, Ms. Schalman-Bergen served as an executive editor for the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.

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