Class Action

Working individually or as part of larger group of attorneys, lawyers from our firm have achieved significant, substantive relief for their clients and the class members they represent. We are connected to a network of class-action litigators across the country and litigate Class Actions across the United States. Members of our firm are admitted in California and Colorado. Some of significant class actions have included:

  • Janssen Pharmaceutical (Risperdal), Farmer Jaffe Weissing Partner, South Florida consumer advocate and leading false claims attorney Gary M. Farmer, Jr., successfully litigated his third major false claims case against a global pharmaceutical company. On November 4, 2013, the United States Department of Justice announced a settlement against pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. Johnson & Johnson and Janssen will pay a total of $2.2 billion to state and federal entities, $1.27 billion of which consists of civil fines and restitution regarding the drug Risperdal®.
  • Mobile Home Owners v. Liberty American, Farmer Jaffe Weissing attorneys win $40 million class action settlement for mobile home insureds, On January 26, 2012, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida finally approved a class action settlement between a class of insured mobile homeowners and a group of insurance companies operating under the name “Liberty American.” The homeowners who brought the case alleged that Liberty American failed to pay them the full replacement costs for their mobile homes that had suffered significant damages as a result of Hurricanes that hit Florida in 2004 and 2005. Liberty American denied any fault or wrongdoing. The class action settlement provides for a $40,000,000 “common fund” to be used to pay mobile homeowners. Class action attorneys Steven R. Jaffe and Mark Fistos represented the class and handled the case for the firm.
  • Ruderman v. Washington Nat. Ins. Co., 263 F.R.D. 670 (S.D. Fla. 2010)(pending). Co-Lead Counsel; winning class certification for elderly long term care insurance policyholders. Court rejected defendant’s argument that extrinsic evidence was admissible to dispel a patent ambiguity in an insurance policy. Defendant’s Rule 23(f) petition to appeal has been denied. Case is stayed pending settlement talks. Florida Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Policy Holders.
  • Saltzman, et al., v. Pella Windows, Case No. No.: 06 C 4481 (ND Ill.)(pending) Prevailing against a high-end window manufacturer on a highly contested class certification motion granted for a multi-state class. The federal Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upheld the lower court’s class certification decision.
  • Collier, et al. v. Fred O. Dickinson, et al., Case No. 04-21351-CIV (S.D. Fl.)-Class settlement valued at $10-18 million for a class of drivers whose personal information was allegedly sold to private marketers by the State of Florida.
  • Fresco et al., v. Auto Data Direct, et al., Case No. 03-cv-61063-JEM (S.D. Fl.)—Nationwide injunctive class settlement composed of over 200 million Americans whose personal information was allegedly brokered in violation of federal privacy laws. The settlement requires companies to implement extensive programs and policies to protect consumers’ privacy, and to stop alleged misuse of their personal information.
  • Curry v. Fairbanks Capital Corporation, Case No. 03-10875-DPW (D. Mass.)—Winning $55 million settlement on behalf of nationwide class of borrowers who were allegedly subject to predatory lending.
  • Thomas J. Dolan v. Hewlett-Packard Company, Case No. 51-2002-CA-001245, in the Circuit Court for Pasco County, Florida, and Melissa Dukes v. Hewlett-Packard Company, Case No. CV-2002-270, in the Circuit Court for Phillips County, Arkansas—Winning nationwide class settlement including approximately 5 million class members. Based on expert testimony, relief to the class was valued at over $144,000,000.
  • Yolanda M. Spund, et al. v. Associates Financial Services, Case No. 3D01-2454 (3rd DCA Fla.)—Achieving settlement of class case consisting of 5000 members and a settlement fund of $2.5 million.
  • Hernandez v. GE Capital Consumer Card Co., Case Nos. 00-4828-CIV-SEITZ and 01-23566 (S.D. Fla. and Fla. Cir. Ct.)—Winning $67 million settlement of national payment posting class action against credit card banks.
  • Kaufman Clinic, Inc, et al v. Nationwide General Insurance. The court approved a PIP class action settlement against Nationwide.
  • A successful Class Action involving the Unsolicited Mailings of Samples to consumers of the popular antidepressant drug, Prozac.

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