Suits Against Lenders and Creditors
Pollice v. National Tax Funding, 225 F.3d 379 (3rd Cir. 2000)
The firm successfully advanced the claim that "sewer" and "water" debts (unlike tax debts) were subject to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 15 U.S.C., 1692 et seq. On remand from the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Pollice settled for about $40 million.
Vallies v. Sky Bank, 432 F.3d 493 (3rd Cir. 2006)
On remand, the firm obtained a Truth-In-Lending Act settlement for the maximum statutory amount ($501,000). In an second appeal, the firm is now seeking actual damages. If successful in establishing that consumers can obtain actual damages without showing "reliance" (as required by most other courts) class plaintiffs and consumers throughout the United States will substantially benefit from the enhanced remedy of actual damages without showing the now-required reliance.Truth-In-Lending Act.
Suits Against Credit Card Issuers
Haas v. Pittsburgh Nat. Bank, 526 F.2d 1083 (3rd Cir. 1975)
With a multi-million dollar settlement, the firm established that credit card issuers had imposed excessive or unauthorized charges on cardholders, holding that the "previous balance" method of accounting to determine monthly interest was illegal.
Acker v. Provident National Bank, 512 F.2d 729 (3rd Cir. 1975)
Firm established that compounding interest was illegal.
Rossman v. Fleet Bank (R.I.) Nat. Ass'n, 280 F.3d 384 (3rd Cir. 2002) (co-counsel)
The court held that the card's "teaser" annual fee was illegal under the Truth-In-Lending Act. Rossman, on remand, settled for over $6 million.
Other Class Action Litigation
Janicik v. Prudential Ins. Co. of America. 305 Pa. Super. 120, 451 A.2d 451 (Pa. Super. 1982)
A class action that consisted of insureds against an insurance company that had denied the full benefits of the insureds' coverage.
Kelly v. County of Allegheny, 519 Pa. 213, 546 A.2d 608 (1988)
A class action that consisted of County employees who had been denied their proper wages.
Pentlong Corp. v. GLS Capital, Inc., 573 Pa. 34, 820 A.2d 1240 (2003) (co-lead counsel)
A landmark class action which established the right of homeowners to use a judicial (as opposed to administrative) class procedure to obtain a tax refund.
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