Cases & Investigations

Arnett v. Bank of America

Berger Montague was Co-Lead Class Counsel in a nationwide class action settlement in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. The action alleged that Bank of America, N.A. schemed to require certain borrowers to (1) purchase flood insurance at inflated cost due to the bank’s conduct, and (2) purchase flood insurance coverage in excess of the amount required by their mortgage contract or federal law.

  • Settled
  • Consumer Protection, Insurance Fraud, Predatory Lending and Borrowers' Rights
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Block v. McDonald’s Corporation

The firm served as co-lead counsel and obtained a settlement of $12.5 million with McDonald’s in 2002 stemming from its failure to disclose the use of beef fat in its french fries.

Citibank and CitiMortgage Force-Placed Insurance Litigation

Berger Montague was Co-Lead Class Counsel in a nationwide class action settlement in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York. The action alleged that Citibank, N.A. and CitiMortgage, Inc. schemed to require certain borrowers to (1) purchase hazard and/or flood insurance at inflated cost due to the bank’s conduct, and (2) purchase flood insurance coverage in excess of the amount required by their mortgage contract or federal law.

  • Settled
  • Consumer Protection, Insurance Fraud, Predatory Lending and Borrowers' Rights
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Citizens Bank Force-Placed Flood Insurance Litigation

Berger Montague, as class counsel, reached a nationwide class action settlement in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. The action alleged that Citizens Bank required certain borrowers to purchase flood insurance in excess of what their mortgage contract and federal law requires.

  • Settled
  • Consumer Protection, Insurance Fraud, Predatory Lending and Borrowers' Rights
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Crawford v. Philadelphia Hotel Operating Co.

The firm served as co-lead counsel and obtained a settlement in 2005 whereby persons who contracted food poisoning at a business convention at the hotel recovered $1,500 each.

Educational Testing Service Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching Grades 7-12

Berger Montague served on the plaintiffs’ steering committee and obtained an $11.1 million settlement in 2006 on behalf of persons who were incorrectly scored on a teacher’s licensing exam.

Holmes v. Bank of America, N.A.

Berger Montague, as class counsel, reached a nationwide class action settlement in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. The action alleged that Bank of America required certain borrowers to purchase wind insurance at an inflated cost.

  • Settled
  • Consumer Protection, Predatory Lending and Borrowers' Rights
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JPMorgan Chase Force-Placed Flood Insurance Litigation

Berger Montague served as co-lead counsel in this litigation against JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (“Chase”) in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The action alleged that JPMorgan Chase Bank schemed to require certain borrowers to (1) purchase flood insurance at inflated cost due to the bank’s conduct, and (2) purchase flood insurance coverage in excess of the amount required by their mortgage contract or federal law.

  • Settled
  • Consumer Protection, Insurance Fraud, Predatory Lending and Borrowers' Rights
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Litton Loan Servicing and Ocwen Force-Placed Insurance Litigation

Berger Montague served as class counsel in a lawsuit against Litton Loan Servicing and related entities and insurers in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York alleging that Litton Loan Servicing LP, Ocwen Financial Corporation and others schemed to require their mortgage borrowers to buy force-placed (also known as lender-placed) insurance while taking kickbacks from the insurers.

  • Settled
  • Consumer Protection, Insurance Fraud, Predatory Lending and Borrowers' Rights
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State of Connecticut Tobacco Litigation

Berger Montague was one of three firms to represent the State of Connecticut in a separate action in state court against the tobacco companies. The case was litigated separate from the coordinated nationwide actions. Although eventually Connecticut joined the national settlement, its counsel’s contributions were recognized by being awarded the fifth largest award among the states from the fifty states’ Strategic Contribution Fund.

  • Settled
  • Consumer Protection, Environment & Public Health, Government Representation
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