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Employment Plaintiffs Firms Of The Year

Posted: January 1, 2010
By: Abigail Rubenstein
Source: Law360
Practice Areas: Employment Law

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Berger & Montague

Berger & Montague nabbed a spot on Law360's list for clinching a $21.4 million deal with Eastman Kodak Co. in July to settle a consolidated class action brought by a group of black current and former employees who accused the company of a pattern of race discrimination.

Final approval of the settlement the firm negotiated with help from The Chavers Law Firm PC and Garwin Gerstein & Fisher LLP is pending.

"What sets our employment practice apart, aside from the incredible dedication of our attorneys, is the energy and resources our firm invests in every case we choose to undertake," partner Shanon J. Carson said.

In addition to the Kodak case, the firm scored a victory in 2009 for a class of thousands of current and former meatpacking plant workers who claimed they were not paid for time spent donning and doffing their protective equipment with a $7.5 million settlement with Cargill Meat Solutions Corp.

Berger & Montague also achieved what it believes to be the first-ever certification of a class of employees with targeted disabilities for failure to promote in a suit against the U.S. Social Security Administration, although an appeal of that decision is pending before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's appellate body.

"For almost 40 years, Berger & Montague has been a national leader in representing plaintiffs in class actions and trailblazing important precedents in the field," Carson said. "It is an honor to be able to build on that and establish an employment class action practice within the framework of an existing powerhouse of a law firm."

Carson said the firm was pursuing more than a dozen significant employment law class actions.