I think y’all have been a model on how to handle a case like this. So I appreciate the diligence y’all have put in separating the fee negotiations until after the main event is resolved…Everything I see here is in great shape, and really a testament to y’all’s diligence and professionalism. So hats off to y’all…So thanks again for your professionalism in handling this case and handling the stipulated settlement. Y’all are model citizens, and so I wish I could send everyone to y’all’s school of litigation management.
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50+ Years of Proven Results
Over 50 years ago, Berger Montague pioneered the use of class actions in antitrust and securities litigation, and since then, has expanded the use of class actions in the fields of consumer, employment, environmental and insurance litigation, as well as in the areas of civil and human rights. Now in our fifth decade representing investors, businesses, consumers, employees and property owners, our 60+ lawyers have continued to grow into new areas. From helping companies in high-stakes commercial litigation to representing whistleblowers who have identified fraud against the government, our lawyers are able to tackle the most complex, precedent-setting legal matters. With more than $36 billion recovered in commercial litigation and class action settlements and verdicts, Berger Montague has earned a national reputation for delivering its clients results.
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Berger Montague is a full-spectrum civil litigation firm, with nationally known and respected attorneys highly sought after for their legal skills. Throughout the United States, federal courts, state courts, and legal peers have recognized Berger Montague lawyers for their ability, agility and decades of experience in handling major complex litigation across multiple practice areas. Berger Montague has been named one of U.S. News and Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms” multiple times, a leading antitrust law firm by Chambers and Partners, and a Class Action Department of the Year finalist by Legal Intelligencer. Every year, our lawyers are recognized for their outstanding achievements by Super Lawyers, the Best Lawyers in America, the National Law Journal, Lawdragon and more. Berger Montague is frequently called upon to serve as co-counsel in complex, consequential litigation.
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History & Achievements
Former Philadelphia City Solicitor David Berger forms Berger Montague, pioneering the field of class actions in antitrust and securities litigation.
After the near meltdown of a reactor at Three Mile Island, America’s worst nuclear incident, Berger Montague serves as lead/liaison counsel in the Three Mile litigation. The case settles for $25 million.
Berger Montague serves as a principal plaintiffs’ counsel in the Drexel Burnham Lambert/Michael Milken litigation which was filed in the aftermath of the junk bond market collapse and the Drexel bankruptcy. In 1991, a $2 billion settlement was approved.
Berger Montague was one of the principal trial counsel in the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill litigation. In 1994, the jury awarded a record $5 billion verdict against Exxon, which the United States Supreme Court later reduced to $507.5 million.
The first mass tort property damage class action certified on a national basis was the School Asbestos Litigation. Berger Montague served as lead counsel, helping to recover $300 million to defray the costs of asbestos abatement for secondary and elementary schools.
Berger Montague serves on the executive committee in the Holocaust Victim Assets Litigation. It results in a $1.25 billion settlement with Switzerland’s largest banks on behalf of victims of Nazi aggression whose deposits were not returned after the Second World War.
As co-lead counsel, Berger Montague played an instrumental role in bringing about a $4.37 billion settlement with German industry and government for the use of slave and forced labor during the Holocaust.
Berger Montague is one of three firms to represent the State of Connecticut in State of Connecticut v. Philip Morris, Inc., et al., in which Connecticut recovered approximately $3.6 billion from certain manufacturers of tobacco products.
The Firm opens its first office outside of Philadelphia in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
To support its rapid growth and national expansion, Berger Montague opens new offices in San Francisco and Chicago.
- Judge Brantley Starr
I do want to compliment all counsel for how they litigated this case in a thoroughly professional manner. All parties were zealously represented in the highest ideals of the profession, legitimately and professionally, and not the usual acrimony we see in these cases…I commend the parties and their counsel for a very workmanlike professional effort.
- Judge Joel Schneider
…the Court would be remiss if it did not commend class counsel and all those who worked for firms representing the thousands of current and former employees of Kodak for the outstanding job they did in representing the interests of their clients…Their legal work in an extraordinarily complex case was exemplary, their tireless commitment to seeking justice for their clients was unparalleled and their conduct as officers of the court was beyond reproach.
- Judge Jonathan W. Feldman
The degree to which you all litigated the case is — you know, I can’t imagine attorneys litigating a case more rigorously than you all did in this case. It seems like every conceivable, legitimate, substantive dispute that could have been fought over was fought over to the max. So you, both sides, I think litigated the case as vigorously as any group of attorneys could. The level of representation of all parties in terms of the sophistication of counsel was, in my view, of the highest levels. I can’t imagine a case in which there was really a higher quality of representation across the board than this one.
- Judge William E. Smith
I find counsel to be skilled and experienced and to have zealously represented the interests of the plaintiffs and the settlement class.
- Judge Richard Shelbys
“Much gratitude to Senior Counsel Dena Young and her staff for helping me now have the life I deserve by winning my case. I will be forever grateful to you for all the hard work, long hours, lack of sleep, and energy that went into this task. As a female who was hurt by implants, I can speak for us all. I know we wouldn’t have a chance without people like you.”
- Past Client
"Berger Montague changed my life. For nearly a decade I was reported as deceased when trying to obtain credit. The team at Berger Montague was the perfect find. They brought me back from the dead! The results this team achieved allowed my wife and I to finally qualify to buy a home where we can raise our two girls. Berger Montague found the answers I was looking for and held the credit bureau responsible accountable. I couldn't have found a better law firm than Berger Montague to help me out. Thank you Berger Montague!"
- Past Client
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