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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.

JPMorgan Agrees To Pay $22M In Force-Placed Insurance Suit

December 18, 2013
JPMorgan Chase Bank NA has agreed to pay $22.1 million to resolve a proposed class action accusing it of imposing pricey and unnecessary flood insurance on homeowners whose mortgages are serviced by the bank, according to documents filed Tuesday in...

Customer Class Representatives, CME Group, And MF Global Trustee Announce Agreements To Expedite Payments To MF Global Customers

November 6, 2013
CHICAGO, Nov. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CME Group, Inc. (CME), the Customer Class Representatives in the ongoing MF Global multi-district litigation (Customer Representatives), and James W. Giddens, Trustee for the Securities Investor Protection Act...

Plaintiffs' Hot List: Berger & Montague

October 21, 2013
Berger & Montague is a closer. Last November, the 60-attorney firm helped secure preliminary court approval for a $7.25 billion settlement in a private antitrust class action that alleged price-fixing on transaction fees by payment card networks...

Home Siding Co. Pays $104M To Settle MDL Over Defects

October 3, 2013
A federal judge on Thursday approved a $104 million settlement between CertainTeed Corp. and a class of consumers who alleged that various home sidings made by the company were prone to premature degradation and failure.

HSBC Whistle-Blower Presses for New Laundering Probe

August 30, 2013
SBC executives probably hoped that paying a record $1.9 billion fine last year would close the books on its money-laundering violations. But a former employee is alleging that the bank continued to break anti-money-laundering rules even as it claimed...

Berger & Montague Files Case on Behalf of Disenfranchised Commonwealth REIT Shareholders

June 11, 2013
The law firm of Berger & Montague, P.C. with co-counsel have filed a Class Action and Derivative Complaint on behalf of the shareholders of Commonwealth REIT (CWH) [Central Laborers’ Pension Fund v. Portnoy, No. 24-c-13-1966 (Md. Cir. Ct.). ]

BERGER & MONTAGUE, P.C. FILES CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST H&R BLOCK, INC. ON BEHALF OF CONSUMERS AFFECTED BY ERROR ON EDUCATION TAX CREDIT FORM

April 11, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, PA, April 11, 2013 (PRNEWSWIRE) -- The law firm of Berger & Montague, P.C. has filed a class action complaint in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois on behalf of all H&R Block, Inc. customers in...

JPMorgan's $546M Deal for Ex-MF Global Customers Gets Nod

March 29, 2013
A Law360 article reported that Judge Victor Marrero preliminarily approved a settlement in which JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A. agreed to free up more than $546 million to be distributed to former U.S. customers of MF Global to resolve all outstanding issues...

Entwistle & Cappucci LLP, Berger & Montague, P.C. and the Trustee for the MF Global Liquidation Announce Proposed Settlement of Claims Against JPMorgan

March 19, 2013
NEW YORK, NY, March 19, 2013 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Co-Lead Counsel for the Class of MF Global Inc. ("MFGI") customers and James W. Giddens, the trustee ("Trustee") for the liquidation of MFGI, have announced a settlement ("Settlement") of all potential...

Symposium Regarding the Application of the Federal Rules of Evidence at the Class Certification Stage

March 8, 2013
At class action symposium at George Washington University School of Law that took place on March 7-8, 2013, a panel discussed the application of the Federal Rules of Evidence at the class certification stage. Eric L. Cramer, managing shareholder at...

Goldman, Others Targeted In Force-Placed Insurance Suit

January 28, 2013
Law360, New York (January 28, 2013, 1:32 PM ET) -- Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Litton Loan Servicing LP and Ocwen Financial Corp. were hit Wednesday with a proposed class action alleging they schemed to require mortgage customers to buy force-placed...
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