Class Actions

Since the 1970s, Richman Greer has been involved in various commercial class action lawsuits, including several multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements. In some cases, the firm has acted as co-counsel with other law firms or with state or local regulatory agencies. One of the firm’s partners is a charter member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates.

Featured Experience

1Defended the City of Belle Glade in response to claims filed by tenants of a predominantly black housing project located outside the City limits for alleged violation of civil rights and of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Tenants claimed that City’s refusal to annex property deprived them of their right to vote in City elections. After summary judgment in favor of City, appellate court affirmed holding that tenants failed to present evidence that City’s decision not to annex was racially motivated and that tenants failed to establish claim of vote denial under Voting Rights Act. Burton v. City of Belle Glade, 178 F.3d 1175 (11th Cir. 1999)
2Filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of the Broward Sheriff’s Office strip search policy under then Sheriff Kenneth C. Jenne. The case was certified as a class action. Jenne had instituted a written policy that mandated the strip search of all misdemeanor arrestees regardless of whether the arrests involved weapons, drugs or stolen property. The lawsuit alleged that there was no probable cause for such strip searches and such actions were therefore unconstitutional. Evidence adduced indicated that thousands of persons were illegally strip searched. The case was certified as a class action and upheld on appeal by Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal. Thereafter, the parties engaged in arduous and complicated settlement negotiations that spanned over a year and culminated in an $11.5 million settlement. Each class representative plaintiff received $50,000, and each class member who qualified received $1000.
3The firm served as lead Class Counsel in an action against Newbridge Securities Corporation (“NSC”), a broker -dealer, wherein the plaintiff alleged that NSC improperly charged its clients undisclosed commissions when effectuating trades on behalf of its clients. Plaintiff was among thousands of clients who were told that the “handling fee” that was being charged by NSC was a fee collected for purposes of reimbursing NSC for the actual cost of effectuating the trade. However, in fact, the “handling fee” was nothing more than an undisclosed commission being collected by NSC, which violated NSC’s contracts and its standard of care owed to its clients. The class action was defended aggressively at each stage by NSC. Plaintiff overcame a motion to dismiss, motion for summary judgment, and a Daubert Motion. The Court ultimately granted class certification over NSC’s objection, and the case thereafter settled on favorable terms.
4Firm defended Mitchell Morgan (“Morgan”) in a class action brought by the Receiver of large mortgage origination and servicing businesses with approximately $500 million in mortgages on behalf of approximately 800 lenders. The complaint alleged that Morgan and Dana Berman (“Berman”), who were the officers of the entities for which the Receiver was appointed, negligently performed their duties owed to lenders resulting in approximately $200,000,000 in losses. Morgan and Berman’s insurance carrier defended the case under a reservation of rights and prosecuted a declaratory judgment action against Morgan, Berman and the Receiver. The class action was settled pursuant to confidential settlement agreement with the Receiver and the lenders. Goldberg v. Berman, Case No. 09-41833 CA 23, Circuit Court for the 11th Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida.