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LDGA attorneys named to The Best Lawyers in America© for 2022.

Bruce D. Greenberg was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© New Jersey for his work in the Appellate Practice.

Mindee Reuben
was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© Pennsylvania for her work in Antitrust Law and Litgation.



Susana Cruz Hodge has been appointed Co-Lead Counsel in In Re Plum Baby Food Litigation, Case No. 21-cv-913, pending in the Northern District of California. This putative class action alleges Plum PBC and Plum, Inc. misrepresented and failed to fully disclose the presence of arsenic, cadmium, lead, or mercury and/or perchlorates in their baby and toddler food.


Bruce D. Greenberg was interviewed on “The Bold Sidebar” podcast, which covers “all things New Jersey Supreme Court,” according to the podcast’s host, Jeff Horn. The interview covers a group of Supreme Court cases, some already decided and others still pending before the Court. The listen to the interview, click here.


On Thursday, July 22nd, from 12:00-2:00 pm, Allen J. Underwood II, Corporate, Commercial and Bankruptcy department chair at Lite, DePalma, Greenberg & Afanador LLC, will be participating on a stellar panel including Jeff Bernstein & Nicole Leonard of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP and Nancy Iasaacson of Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis, LLP to discuss:

What Non-Bankruptcy Attorneys Need to Know to Protect Landlord and Business Clients

“Many attorneys represent individuals and small to larger businesses as vendors, or as owners of commercial space, or both. Until 2020, many may not have recently had to deal with the fallout that occurs when a client’s tenants or customers file for bankruptcy. Whether you practice bankruptcy law only occasionally, or not at all; whether you are a solo or small firm lawyer; a practitioner at a midsize or larger firm that does not have a bankruptcy department; an in-house or outside general counsel; or whether you have one commercial client, or fifty, this seminar is for you!

This program is intended to give a solid foundation in spotting important issues that often crop up very quickly, and to help you become familiar with the bankruptcy process. You will gain the knowledge to stay apprised of each step of the proceedings so that you can successfully navigate through your client’s case and thoroughly understand the impact of the proceedings on your client’s legal position and bottom line.

The seminar comes with a valuable materials book that is packed with practical information to help you navigate bankruptcy proceedings.”

Topics include:

General Overview of Bankruptcy Concepts:

  • The Automatic Stay
  • Executory Contracts
  • Differences between Chapter 11 and Chapter 7
  • 363 Sales
  • Avoidance Actions (e.g. preferences, fraudulent transfers)

Protecting a Landlord in a Tenant Bankruptcy:

  • Assumption and/or assumption and assignment of the lease
  • Objection to assumption / assignment of the lease
  • Determination of and objections to “cure” amounts
  • Rejection of the lease and filing a rejection damages claim
  • Claims for administrative rent (rent accruing post-bankruptcy)

Protecting a Vendor in a Customer Bankruptcy:

  • Must a vendor ship post-petition, and under what terms?
  • Documenting a vendor’s claims, rights and defenses
  • Attaining “critical vendor” status
  • Reclamation demands and 503(b)(9) claims
  • Assumption /assignment of contracts
  • Determination of and objections to “cure” amounts

Protecting a Landlord or Vendor in Preference and Fraudulent Transfer Lawsuits:

  • Overview of avoidance action complaints and procedures
  • What are preferences and constructive fraudulent transfers?
  • Preferences defenses
  • Protecting Fraudulent transfer defenses

Victor A. Afanador authored an article titled “Technology for Trial Attorneys During the Advent of Hybrid and Virtual Trials.” The article was published in the June 2021 issue of New Jersey Lawyer Magazine.  The read this article, click here.


On May 6, the Honorable Gene E.K. Pratter denied a motion to dismiss claims brought by financial institutions for negligence and injunctive relief against Wawa for damages resulting from a data breach in March 2019. The case is pending in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Case No. 19-cv-6019. Mindee J. Reuben is liaison counsel for the proposed class of financial institutions.


Mindee J. Reuben has been named to the 2021 list of “Pennsylvania Super Lawyers”. Ms. Reuben has been included on that list every year since 2009 and was previously on the Rising Stars List.


Our firm is proud to announce that Victor A. Afanador has been appointed as a member of the Diversity Committee of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys.

The NJILGA formed the Diversity Committee in January 2021 with a mission to educate, promote, and foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in legal business development and professional opportunities. This includes increasing diverse attorney visibility within the NJILGA, public and private entities, and the practice of law at large. Mr. Afanador is one of five members of the Diversity Committee.

The NJILGA is an affiliate of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, which was established in 1951 for the purpose of promoting education and professionalism among local government attorneys, and to assist members of the legal profession to better serve local governments in the state.

Mr. Afanador is a trustee of the NJILGA and a partner at Lite DePalma Greenberg & Afanador LLC.


Four LDGA Attorneys Named to 2021 “Super Lawyers” List:

Joseph J. DePalma, Bruce D. Greenberg, Victor A. Afanador and Susana Cruz Hodge were all named to the 2021 list of “New Jersey Super Lawyers.” Mr. Greenberg has been included on that list every year since 2005, when the listing was first introduced and Mr. DePalma has appeared every year since 2007. Mr. Afanador has been named to the “New Jersey Super Lawyers” list for five consecutive years and Ms. Hodge has been named to the "New Jersey Super Lawyers" list for the second consecutive year. Ms. Hodge was named to the "Rising Stars" list for six consecutive years.  Mr. Greenberg has also been named “Top 100” list for the third time, including the last two years in a row.


Bruce D. Greenberg was elected to be a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. Academy membership is limited to 500 members in the United States who have a reputation of recognized distinction as appellate lawyers. There are only three other Academy members from New Jersey, only one of whom is also from a private law firm.

NEWARK-BASED LAW FIRM TO CHANGE BUSINESS NAME

Lite DePalma Greenberg, LLC will be named Lite DePalma Greenberg & Afanador, LLC effective January 1, 2021.

It is with great pleasure that we announce an exciting new chapter for our Firm. As of January 1, 2021, Lite DePalma Greenberg, LLC will become Lite DePalma Greenberg & Afanador, LLC. This change reflects our recognition of Victor A. Afanador as a name partner and his significant, ongoing contributions to the firm, the legal profession, and the business community of New Jersey.

Mr. Afanador joined the Firm in November 2001 and joined the partnership in 2008. In his 19 years with us, he has distinguished himself as a skilled and talented advocate for our public and private clients in a wide variety of areas, including: employment litigation/counseling; cannabis counseling; constitutional civil rights defense; and criminal defense/white collar investigations.

As the Firm’s diversity chair, Mr. Afanador has been steadfast in maintaining the firm’s historic commitment to diversity in hiring, client representation, and social awareness. Women and minority attorneys represent 50% of our partnership and 55% of our Firm. He is also a member of the board of Aspira, Inc., of New Jersey, an organization dedicated to developing educational and leadership opportunities for Latino youth and regularly acts as a mentor for young lawyers and others within the Newark community. He has deep connections to the region, having been born and raised in Newark, and is a graduate of Seton Hall Prep, Drew University and Seton Hall University School of Law.

Joseph J. DePalma, Esq., managing partner of the Firm: “We enter another exciting chapter in our firm’s long history, one rooted deeply in service - to our clients, to our community and to our courts. We have succeeded by working with the best of the best, from our attorneys to each one of our staff. Mr. Afanador carries us forward. His energy, skill and love of law and community will continue to serve all of us well.”

About Lite DePalma Greenberg & Afanador, LLC:

Established in 1977, Lite DePalma Greenberg & Afanador, LLC is a general litigation law firm that has called the City of Newark home for over 40 years. The Firm, with offices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, has always been committed to the greater Newark community and its new name change is a testament to that commitment. The Firm focuses on commercial and complex litigation including class actions, antitrust, cannabis counseling, municipal tort liability defense, employment and labor litigation, police related state and federal civil rights defense, condemnation and redevelopment law, federal and state related criminal defense/white collar investigations, and other trial and appellate work.
 

For more information, visit www.litedepalma.com.


Bruce D. Greenberg has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 for his work in Appellate Law.


Mindee Reuben has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 for her work in Antitrust Law and Litigation-Antitrust.


Susana Cruz Hodge was appointed as a member of the Executive Committee in In re Robinhood Outage Litigation, No. 20-01626-JD (N.D.C.A.). The case was filed on behalf of users of Robinhood’s trading platform who were unable to access their brokerage accounts on March 2, 2020, a day that saw the biggest ever point gain in a single day with Dow Jones Industrial Average rising over 1,294 points, the S&P 500 rising 136 points, and the Nasdaq rising 384 points.


On June 12, 2020, Mindee J. Reuben was appointed as Interim Liaison Counsel for the proposed Financial Institution Plaintiff Class in In re Wawa, Inc. Data Breach Litigation, pending before the Honorable Gene E.K. Pratter in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.


Bruce D. Greenberg was named to New Jersey Super Lawyers Top 100 list.  To read more on this listing, click here.


Six LDG Attorneys Named to 2020 “Super Lawyers” List:¹

Joseph J. DePalma, Bruce D. Greenberg, Victor A. Afanador, Susana Cruz Hodge and Steven S. Glickman were all named to the 2020 list of “New Jersey Super Lawyers.” Mr. Greenberg has been included on that list every year since 2005, when the listing was first introduced and Mr. DePalma has appeared every year since 2007.  Mr. Afanador has been named to the “New Jersey Super Lawyers” list for four consecutive years. Susana Cruz Hodge and Steven S. Glickman appear in the "New Jersey Super Lawyers" list for the first time.  Ms. Hodge was named to the "Rising Stars" list for six consecutive years.

Mindee J. Reuben was named to the 2020 list of “Pennsylvania Super Lawyers.” Ms. Reuben has been listed as a Top Rated Antitrust Attorney and has been selected to Super Lawyers every year since 2009.

¹The Super Lawyers List is issued by Thompson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Bruce D. Greenberg was a presenter on a New Jersey ICLE webinar titled ”Do’s and Don’ts of Appellate Practice.” The other presenters were Appellate Division Judges Ellen Koblitz and Thomas Sumners, Jr., and Marie Hanley, Chief Counsel to the Appellate Division.


Mindee Reuben will be a panelist on the upcoming live webinar, "Impact of New FRE 807 on Hearsay Evidence" on Tuesday, May 12, 1:00pm-2:30pm EDT. Click this link for more information.


Bruce D. Greenberg was quoted in a Law360 article about the effect of a recent Appellate Division decision that allowed trial testimony to be offered by live remote video, rather than in person, in certain circumstances.


Bruce D. Greenberg was quoted in The New York Times regarding class actions against rental car companies for allegedly improper charges that arise out of “cashless tolling.”


Victor A. Afanador was invited to participate as an Adjunct Professor in the January 2020 inaugural Denis F. Mclaughlin Advanced Trial Advocacy Workshop. He and other invited attorney participant adjunct professors are assigned to join one of two groups of eight 2L or 3L law students in an intensive two week trial preparation program. The groups will be led by Team Leader Professors from Seton Hall University School of Law through various skill sessions highlighting the various separate components of a trial like: Openings, Closings, Direct Examination, Cross-Examination, and the introduction of exhibits. During the “Skill” sessions, the other attorney participants join in providing feedback to the students as they practice the skills.


Victor A. Afanador was a Moderator at the HNBA's Young Lawyers/Law Students Career Development Panel titled, "There Are No Motions for Reconsideration When it Comes to Your Reputation".  The panel focused on how young lawyers must carefully navigate the pitfalls in the legal profession from their first handshake to their first court appearance.  To view the full agenda, click here.


Bruce D. Greenberg has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 for his work in Appellate Law.


Mindee J. Reuben has been appointed to serve in the Leadership of the Antitrust Law Section during 2019-2020 ABA year as a Member of the Competition/Consumer Protection Policy and North American Comments Task Force.


Lite DePalma Greenberg Afanador Successfully Challenges Recent Bar on the Sale of Raw Milk for Pet Consumption.  To read more on this, click here.


Victor A. Afanador was named to the 2019 list of “New Jersey Super Lawyers,” the fourth consecutive year that he has appeared there.¹


¹The Super Lawyers List is issued by Thompson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.


Bruce D. Greenberg was named to the 2019 list of “New Jersey Super Lawyers.”  Mr. Greenberg has been included on that list every year since 2005, when the listing was first introduced.¹


Joseph J. DePalma was named to the 2019 list of “New Jersey Super Lawyers.”  Mr. DePalma has been included on that list every year since 2007.¹


¹The Super Lawyers List is issued by Thompson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.


Susana Cruz Hodge was named to the 2019 list of “New Jersey Rising Stars,” the fifth consecutive year that she has appeared there.¹


Mindee J. Reuben, of the Firm’s Philadelphia office, has been named to the 2019 list of "Pennsylvania Super Lawyers," the eleventh consecutive year that she has appeared there.¹


¹The Super Lawyers List is issued by Thompson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.


Kyle Shamberg of the Firm's Chicago office was named to the 2019 list of “Illinois Rising Stars,” the fourth consecutive year that he has appeared there.¹


¹The Super Lawyers List is issued by Thompson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.


Andrew Smith was named to the 2019 list of “New Jersey Rising Stars,” the third consecutive year that he has appeared there.¹


¹The Super Lawyers List is issued by Thompson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.


Bruce D. Greenberg was a speaker at New Jersey ICLE's, “Current Developments on the Admissibility of Expert Testimony in New Jersey.”


Bruce D. Greenberg was quoted in a New Jersey Law Journal article regarding the case of Skuse v. Pfizer. There, the Appellate Division ruled that, in the circumstances of that case, an employer’s arbitration clause was ineffective when it was sent to the employee by e-mail.


Bruce D. Greenberg was a speaker at New Jersey Association for Justice's, “New Jersey Law on Expert Evidence: What You Need to Know After the Accutane Decision.”


On Thursday, November 8, 2018, Mindee J. Reuben was a featured speaker at the Golden State Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Law Institute & Antitrust Lawyer of the Year Reception and Dinner in San Francisco, CA.


Lite DePalma Greenberg Afanador, LLC was selected for inclusion in The Best Law Firms© 2019.

Victor A. Afanador was a speaker at the 2018 Pro Bono Conference held by the New Jersey State Bar Association on October 24, 2018.


Victor A. Afanador was a presenter at the NJSBA's Prisoner Reentry Program that focused on the problems faced by those after incarceration.


Mindee J. Reuben was a panelist at the ABA Antitrust Masters Court IX on the topics of Expert Witnesses, Class Certification, and Pleading & Proving Conspiracy from October 18-20, 2018, in Cambridge, Maryland.


Mindee Reuben was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 in the field of Antitrust Law and Litigation.


Victor Afanador was published in the NJ Lawyer Magazine on Diversity in Jury Selection. A PDF of this article, which originally published in the August 2018 issue of New Jersey Lawyer, a publication of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and is reprinted here with permission.


Bruce D. Greenberg was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 in the field of Appellate Law.


The Lite DePalma Greenberg Afanador family mourns the loss of our friend and former partner Michael E. Patunas. Mike personified all that is important in being an extraordinary attorney, partner and friend. He will be missed by all of us.

Bruce D. Greenberg was a moderator and Susana Cruz Hodge was a panelist at the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s seminar titled “Significant Developments in Class Actions” on April 11, 2018.


Bruce D. Greenberg was a Co-Moderator at New Jersey ICLE's, “Significant Developments in Class Actions." 


On February 6, 2018, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington granted final approval of a nationwide class action settlement worth $3.8 million In Desio v. Insinkerator, No. 2:15-cv-00346- SMU.  Bruce D. Greenberg of LDG was co-lead counsel for the Class.  The case involved allegedly defective water filters used in Insinkerator F-201 hot water dispensing systems.  


Lite DePalma Greenberg Afanador, LLC and The Restis Law Firm, P.C. ("Lite DePalma” and “Restis Law Firm") commenced a class action on behalf of United States persons and entities that contributed bitcoin (BTC) or ethereum (ETH) to the Tezos Initial Coin Offering ("ICO") in exchange for tezzies (XTZ) tokens. This action was filed on November 26, 2017 in the Northern District of California and is captioned GGCC, LLC v. Dynamic Ledger Solutions. Inc. et al., No. 5:17-cv-06779.

If you wish to serve as lead plaintiff, you must move the Court no later than January 25, 2018. If you wish to discuss this action or have any questions concerning this notice or your rights or interests, please contact plaintiff's counsel Joseph J. DePalma or Bruce D. Greenberg of Lite DePalma at (973) 623-3000, jdepalma@litedepalma.com, or bgreenberg@litedepalma.com. You may also contact William R. Restis at (619) 270-8383, or support@restislaw.com.

If you are a member of this class, you can view a copy of the complaint here.  Any member of the putative class may move the Court to serve as lead plaintiff through counsel of their choice, or may choose to do nothing and remain an absent class member.

The complaint charges that Dynamic Ledger Solutions, Inc., Tezos Stiftung (a/k/a the Tezos Foundation), Kathleen Breitman, and Arthur Breitman engaged in an unregistered offering and sale of securities in violation of Sections 5, 12(a)(1) and 15 of the Securities Act of 1933, 15 U.S.C. §§ 77e, 77l(a)(1) and 77o.

Tezos founders claim it is a "decentralized blockchain that governs itself by establishing a true digital commonwealth." Tezos was marketed as potentially solving major limitations of bitcoin and ethereum by "letting participants directly control the rules of the network." Tezos is purportedly "designed to evolve, so that the next generation of ideas doesn't have to start over as a new blockchain."

The complaint alleges that the Tezos ICO was an offer and sale of "securities" to United States investors. As such, the defendants were required to file a Registration Statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission. No Registration Statement was filed, and no exemption from registration was available. Accordingly, Plaintiff seeks to recover bitcoin and ethereum contributed to the Tezos ICO, along with any corresponding appreciation in value of those invested assets, or the equivalent in monetary damages or restitution.

The plaintiff is represented by Lite DePalma and the Restis Law Firm, two firms with extensive experience in prosecuting investor class actions. Lite DePalma is widely recognized as a leading law firm advising and representing U.S. and international investors in securities class actions. Lite DePalma's extensive class counsel experience is listed at https://www.litedepalma.com/class-action-law-firm.

For over a decade, William Restis has been litigating complex, multi-district, and multi-party class actions. Please visit https://restislaw.com/ for more information.


On December 6, 2017, Mindee J. Reuben was a panelist for the American Bar Association CLE, “Antitrust Class Action Program Series: Class Action Killer or Business as Usual? -- Rule 23(b)(3) and the Predominance Requirement.”


Victor A. Afanador co-authored an article in the New Jersey Lawyer titled, "An Introduction to Re-Entry".  To read this article, click here.


This article was originally published in the October issue of New Jersey Lawyer, a publication of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and is reprinted here with permission.
 


Bruce D. Greenberg was a speaker at New Jersey ICLE's, “A Lawyer’s Guide to New Jersey Civil Trial Preparation.”


Bruce D. Greenberg was quoted in an article in the New Jersey Law Journal regarding the effect of two recent Supreme Court of New Jersey decisions regarding the Truth in Consumer Contract, Warranty, and Notice Act (“TCCWNA”).  To read this article, click here.


Bruce D. Greenberg was a speaker at HB Litigation Conferences, “Reversed and Remanded: The Impact of Recent Appellate Court Rulings on Mass Torts.”


On August 15, 2017, the Honorable Gene E.K. Pratter denied certain defendants’ motion to decertify the Shell Egg Class which the Court had previously certified in the Direct Purchaser Class litigation, In re Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litigation, No. 08-md-2002 (E.D. Pa.). A copy of the Memorandum Opinion can be accessed here.  Mindee J. Reuben of LDG is co-lead and liaison counsel for the Direct Purchaser Class.


Bruce D. Greenberg was quoted in an article in Law360 regarding the Third Circuit’s increasing unwillingness to apply the standing doctrine of Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins to bar plaintiffs from proceeding. To read this article, click here.


On July 10, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey granted final approval of a class action settlement of claims arising out of the January 21, 2015 fire that destroyed the Russell Building at the Avalon at Edgewater apartment complex. The settlement offers every class member (former Russell Building tenants) the opportunity to recover full compensation for everything that he or she lost in the fire.

The settlement establishes a claims process, using a neutral, professional claims adjuster who is required to apply industry standards in evaluating class member claims. In a number of respects, the proof requirements in the settlement claim process are more favorable to class members (former Russell Building tenants) than the proof requirements would have been if the case went to trial in court. There is no cap on the amount that a class member can recover if proofs support the claim.

The deadline for class members to submit claims under the settlement is September 11, 2017. Any class member who does not submit a claim by that date will not receive any compensation for their losses in the January 2015 fire. Lite DePalma Greenberg and its co-counsel stand ready to assist any class member in preparing his or her claim form, in order to try to maximize class members’ recoveries. If you are a class member and need assistance assembling your proofs or completing the claim form, please contact Andrew L. Smith at 973-877-3813.

On June 22, 2017, Jeremy Nash participated as a panelist at a seminar, Summary Judgment in Class Action Litigation: Plaintiff and Defense Strategies for Filing Motions, hosted by Strafford Publications. Learn more here.


Katrina Carroll was mentioned in an article in Law360.com titled, "Judge Won't Rethink Partial Cert. In Heart Monitor Suit."  To read this article, click here.


Victor A. Afanador was a speaker at NJSBA's Seminar, "Supplier Diversity in Law" along with Louis Diaz, Esq., from Gibbons, P.C. The two addressed how these programs are implemented, the application procedure, and how these programs level the playing field for small minority and women owned companies (including law firms) to perform work for Fortune 500 companies.


LDG presses forward with data breach class action against P.F. Chang's.  To read more, click here.


The attached Court-approved notice and claim form are being sent out today to former tenants of the Russell Building at Avalon at Edgewater, which was destroyed in a fire in January 2015, as part of a proposed class action settlement. The notice describes the case, the proposed settlement, and the options that former Russell Building tenants have regarding the settlement. Questions from former Russell Building tenants can be directed to LDG or to its co-counsel.


Steven J. Greenfogel, of the Firm’s Philadelphia office, has been named to the 2017 list of "Pennsylvania Super Lawyers" in the area of antitrust litigation.¹


Kyle Shamberg of LDG’s Chicago office was named to the 2017 list of “Illinois Rising Stars,” his second consecutive year of being selected.¹


Ismael Salam of LDG’s Chicago office was named to the 2017 list of “Illinois Rising Stars,” his third consecutive year of being selected.¹


Today, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey granted the motion of the plaintiffs and the class of former Russell Building tenants whom they represent and preliminary approved a proposed classwide settlement. By order of the Court, a Court-approved notice of the settlement, with details about its terms and former Russell tenants’ options regarding the settlement, will go out by mail or e-mail to all former Russell Building tenants for whom AvalonBay has addresses within 20 days. The Court will conduct a hearing on July 11, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. to decide whether to grant final approval to the settlement and allow it to go into effect.  click here.


Lite DePalma Greenberg Afanador is pleased to announce that the settlement class consisting of purchasers of Rust-Oleum’s Restore Products in In Re: Rust-Oleum Restore Marketing Sales Practices And Products Liability Litigation, Case No. MDL No. 2602, Case No. 1:15-cv-1364 (N.D. Ill.) received final approval of the $9.3 million settlement reached in October 2016 with defendant Rust-Oleum Corp. The multidistrict litigation involved 13 lawsuits accusing Rust-Oleum of marketing its Restore Products as rejuvenating for wooden and concrete decks, when, in actuality, the products peeled-off and left decks in need of repair. The settlement provides relief relative to the injuries suffered by settlement class members. Katrina Carroll, Member of the Firm, is co-lead counsel for the settlement class. During the final approval hearing, Jude Amy St. Eve, who presided over the litigation and the settlement, told Katrina Carroll, , “You are a model I wish all lawyers would follow.”  To read more about the settlement, click here.


On March 24, 2017, Mindee J. Reuben will participate as a panelist in the ABA Section of Litigation’s “Rules Roadshow,” on the topic “Precision Advocacy: Reinventing Motion Practice to Win” in Philadelphia.


On January 20, 2017, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, in a precedential opinion, vacated and remanded the dismissal of plaintiffs’ data breach case. The Circuit held that plaintiffs have Article III standing to pursue claims that they suffered harm when their personal information was stolen from unencrypted laptops at Horizon’s headquarters. The Circuit stated even without evidence that the plaintiffs’ personal information was not used improperly, the alleged disclosure created a de facto injury under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Lite DePalma Greenberg Afanador is a co-lead counsel. In Re: Horizon Healthcare Services, Inc. Data Breach Litigation, No. 15-2309, on appeal from USDC for the DNJ (D.N.J. NO. 2-13-cv-07418).

Lite DePalma Greenberg Afanador is pleased to announce that the Direct Purchaser Plaintiff Class in In re Egg Products Antitrust Litigation, Case No. 08-md-2002 (E.D. Pa.), has reached a $75 million settlement with defendant Michael Foods, Inc.  This settlement is in addition to over $61 million that was previously obtained for the Class, for a total of over $136 million.  The case continues to proceed against three other defendants.  Mindee J. Reuben, Counsel to the Firm, is co-lead and liaison counsel for the Direct Purchaser Plaintiff Class.  


Mindee J. Reuben was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the End-Payer Plaintiffs in In re: Generic Digoxin and Doxycycline Antitrust Litigation, pending in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (MDL No. 2724, 16-MD-2724), before the Honorable Cynthia M. Rufe. The case involves allegations that generic drug manufacturers conspired to fix the prices charged for generic digoxin and generic doxycycline.


Susana Cruz Hodge participated as a panelist at the Prevailing Trends in Class Action Litigation seminar sponsored by New Jersey ICLE.


Bruce D. Greenberg was a Moderator at New Jersey ICLE's, “Prevailing Trends in Class Action Litigation."


Danielle Y. Alvarez joined State Senator and Judiciary Committee Chairman Nick Scutari and State Assemblymen Raj Mukherji and Herb Conaway, MD, as panelists at a CLE entitled “Counseling Clients on Marijuana Law: An Ethics Seminar,” which was offered by the NJ State Bar Association at its annual mid-year conference in Amsterdam on October 26, 2016.

During the CLE, Ms. Alvarez explored the conflict between the medical and recreational marijuana laws of 25 states and numerous U.S. territories and federal law and discussed the amendment to RPC 1.2(d) recently adopted by the NJ Supreme Court to expressly clarify that New Jersey attorneys may counsel clients regarding New Jersey’s medical marijuana laws and the underlying policy rationale.

Ms. Alvarez previously authored a blog post on the RPC amendment, available here.


Joseph DePalma was a panelist at the New Jersey Civil Justice Institute and the Morris County Chamber of Commerce 2016 Fall Legal Reform Conference, where he presented a plaintiff’s perspective on the Truth-In-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act.


Kyle A. Shamberg was quoted in an article in Law360 entitled “Treadmill Buyers Get Another Chance in False Ad Suit.” To read this article, discussing LDG’s successful bid to amend its claims in a class action against Precor, Inc. alleging that Precor misrepresented the accuracy of the touch sensor heart rate monitors on its treadmills, click here.


On September 13, 2016, the Honorable Gene E.K. Pratter (District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania) denied motions for summary judgment filed by four defendants in the matter of In re Egg Products Antitrust Litig., Case No. 08-md-2002 (ECF 1444). In doing so, the Court noted that it was “undisputed that each of the moving Defendants consciously committed to joining and maintaining its respective status within the UEP Certified Program. The actual components of the UEP Certified Program, of which the Defendants were undisputedly aware, could be used by a reasonable jury to determine that each of the Defendants consciously committed to a program designed to reduce supply.” Mindee J. Reuben, Esquire, of Lite DePalma Greenberg Afanador, LLC, is co-lead and liaison counsel for the direct purchaser class.


On September 13, 2016, the Honorable Gene E.K. Pratter (District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania) rejected an argument by Defendants that they were immune from liability under the federal antitrust laws. See In re Egg Products Antitrust Litig., Case No. 08-md-2002 (ECF Nos. 1441-1442). Specifically, Defendants had claimed that Section 1 of the Capper-Volstead Act and Section 6 of the Clayton Act provided them with immunity from antitrust liability for the acts of an agricultural cooperative of which they were members. The Court concluded that Defendants were not entitled to immunity because at least one of the members was not a producer as defined in the Acts. Mindee J. Reuben, Esquire, of Lite DePalma Greenberg Afanador, LLC, is co-lead and liaison counsel for the direct purchaser class.


On September 6, 2016, the Northern District of Illinois granted certification to a class of individuals who received unsolicited phone calls to their cellular telephones from Lifewatch, Inc., a medical alert system provider, from October 16, 2013 through the present. Salam v. Lifewatch, Inc., Case No. 13 CV 9305 (Dkt. No. 121). Katrina Carroll, Esquire, of Lite DePalma Greenberg Afanador, LLC, was appointed co-lead counsel for the Class.


Bruce D. Greenberg was appointed as a member of the Executive Committee in In re Volkswagen Timing Chain Product Liability Litigation, No. 16-2765(JLL)(JAD)(D.N.J.). The case involves allegations that Volkswagen and Audi vehicles have defective timing chains that can cause their engines to fail suddenly and unexpectedly, resulting in thousands of dollars in damages.


On August 4, 2016, the Seventh Circuit affirmed the prior granting of class certification by Judge Leinenweber of the Northern District of Illinois in the Containerboard Antitrust price fixing litigation. The Seventh Circuit approved of the lower court’s analysis and reliance on the methodologies for proving impact and damage proffered by plaintiffs’ experts. With merits discovery having been completed, there only remains some additional expert discovery and motions for summary judgment before a trial can take place.

Lite DePalma Greenberg Afanador and its Co-Counsel are pleased to announce that the parties have come to terms on a Class Action Settlement designed to fully resolve Class Members’ claims and allow all Class Members the opportunity to obtain fair compensation for all of their losses. On July 8, 2016, Plaintiffs’ Counsel filed an unopposed motion to preliminarily approve the settlement. That motion will formally come before the Court on August 1, 2016, though there likely will not be an in-person hearing. We are hopeful that the Court will grant the unopposed motion prior to that date. Copies of the settlement agreement and the proposed claim form, which must be approved by the Court, can be viewed here.

Lite DePalma Greenberg Afanador's P.F. Changs Data Breach case named one of Top Privacy Cases in 2016.  To read this article, click here.


Bruce D. Greenberg and Susana Cruz Hodge were quoted in a Law360 article about their participation on a panel titled “The Evolving Nature of Class Actions” at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting.  To read this article, click here


Steven J. Greenfogel and Mindee J. Reuben, of the Firm’s Philadelphia office, have been named to the 2016 list of "Pennsylvania Super Lawyers" in the area of antitrust litigation.¹


Kyle Shamberg of LDG’s Chicago office was named to the 2016 list of “Illinois Rising Stars,” his first year of being selected.¹


Bruce D. Greenberg was a speaker at NJSBA's, “The Evolving Nature of Class Actions.”


Bruce D. Greenberg was a moderator at NJSBA's, “Ferguson v. JONAH: Inside the Gay Conversion Therapy Case.”


After several months of intensive negotiations, under the supervision of the Court, Lite DePalma Greenberg Afanador and its Co-Lead Counsel are pleased to announce a proposed class action settlement on behalf of tenants of the Russell Building at Avalon at Edgewater. The terms of the settlement are being finalized and are expected to be presented to the Court for approval in the near future. Under the settlement, all Russell Building tenants will have the opportunity to obtain fair compensation for all of their losses as a result of this tragic incident.

In a major win for consumers, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that victims of the June 2014 data breach at P.F. Chang’s China Bistro have standing to pursue their claims, reversing a lower court’s decision dismissing the case.

Following its prior landmark decision in Remijas v. Neiman Marcus Grp., LLC, 794 F.3d 688 (7th Cir. 2015), the appellate court found that the plaintiffs, Lucas Kosner and John Lewert, alleged injuries sufficient to support standing, with Kosner claiming fraudulent transactions had been attempted with his card and Lewert alleging that he spent time and money monitoring his credit reports and other financial statements for unauthorized charges and identity theft.  Chief Judge Diane Wood, writing for the three-judge panel, explained that “[i]n the present case, several of Lewert and Kosner’s alleged injuries fit within the categories we delineated in Remijas. They describe the same kind of future injuries as the Remijas plaintiffs did: the increased risk of fraudulent charges and identity theft they face because their data has already been stolen. These alleged injuries are concrete enough to support a lawsuit.”

The court further rejected the defendant’s argument that the data breach did not affect the locations at which Lewert and Kosner dined, noting that a statement P.F. Chang’s released shortly after discovering the breach was addressed to customers at all P.F. Chang’s restaurants in the United States, not merely the 33 locations to which P.F. Chang’s later claimed the breach was limited.    “When the data system for an entire corporation with locations across the country experiences a data breach and the corporation reacts as if that breach could affect all of its locations, it is certainly plausible that all of its locations were in fact affected,” Wood wrote.

Katrina Carroll and Kyle A. Shamberg of LDG’s Chicago office represent the plaintiffs and the class.


Bruce D. Greenberg was a speaker at New Jersey Association for Justice's, “The Rules for Winning Appeals.”


Joseph J. DePalma was quoted in the New Jersey Law Journal regarding Lite DePalma Greenberg Afanador's success in defeating a motion to send a putative class action, Noble v. Samsung, to arbitration. The case centers on the deficient performance of the batteries in Samsung’s smart watches.


Steven J. Greenfogel has been selected to the Editorial Advisory Board for Law360’s Competition section. The Editorial Advisory Board consists of prominent practitioners in the area of antitrust law.


Bruce D. Greenberg was a speaker at the 27th Annual Alice and Stephen Evangelides Memorial Lecture, “Class Action Litigation: Who Benefits?”


Mindee J. Reuben was recently appointed co-lead counsel for a certified class of shell egg purchasers in In re Egg Products Antitrust Litigation, Case No. 08-md-2002, pending in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The lawsuit asserts that defendants conspired to manipulate the supply of shell eggs in order to raise their prices from 2004 to 2008. Over $50 million in settlements have been approved to date.


Bruce D. Greenberg will deliver the 27th Annual Alice and Stephen Evangelides Memorial Lecture at Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute on February 9. His topic will be “Class Action Litigation: Who Benefits?” For details, click here.

On January 19, 2016 Victor A. Afanador appeared at counsel table as second chair to a United States Supreme Court oral argument in the matter Heffernan v. The City of Paterson. Mr. Afanador represents the City of Paterson before the Court seeking to affirm the Third Circuits determination that the Plaintiff did not properly establish a cause of action under the First Amendment. The Question presented before the Court is:
To raise a First Amendment retaliation claim, must public employees show they were fired for actually engaging in constitutionally protected activities?


LDG closed out 2015 with a major victory for the privacy rights of consumers after an Illinois federal judge declined to dismiss the firm’s class action accusing Shutterfly Inc. (and its subsidiary ThisLife LLC) of unlawfully using facial recognition technology to gather “biometric data” from users’ photos.

The plaintiff, Brian Norberg, brought the suit against Shutterfly after a Shutterfly user uploaded a photo of him and, when the user later uploaded more photos of him, was asked if those pictures should be tagged with Norberg's name. Shutterfly was able to recognize the distinct features of Norberg’s face and suggest the tag using facial recognition technology that improperly scans his distinct identifying features and stores that information for later use, in violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.

In the ruling, Judge Charles Norgle of the Northern District of Illinois found that because Norberg alleged that the defendants “are using his personal face pattern to analyze and identify [him] in photographs posted to websites” and “he was not presented with a written biometrics policy nor has he consented to have his biometric identifiers used by defendants,” Norberg plausibly stated a claim for relief under the BIPA. Judge Norgle also found that the Court had personal jurisdiction over both Shutterfly and ThisLife.

On January 7, 2015, Judge Amy J. St. Eve issued an opinion denying, in nearly every respect, a motion filed by Rust-Oleum Corporation seeking to dismiss a consumer class action claiming that its Restore Deck & Concrete and Restore 10X decking products suffer from a defect that causes them to fail, leading to extensive damage to consumers’ decks and other property.

The plaintiffs, a group of 40 purchasers of the Restore products, allege that Restore contains latent defects resulting in premature degradation upon application. Plaintiffs further contend that Restore was defective both prior to and during Rust-Oleum’s marketing, selling, and warranting the product to the plaintiffs.

In her nearly 100-page opinion, Judge St. Eve found that the plaintiffs had stated viable claims for breach of express and implied warranty, and that nearly all of the plaintiffs also stated claims for violations of their respective state consumer fraud statutes, negligent misrepresentation, and fraudulent concealment.

LDG is co-lead counsel in the case along with Audet & Partners LLP. You can read more about the decision here.

The settlement conference that had been scheduled for December 14twas cancelled by the Court after AvalonBay advised the Court that it had no interest in discussing settlement of the class action claims that have been asserted. The Court has now required AvalonBay to submit a status report by January 6, 2016 and has rescheduled the settlement conference to January 20,2016.

Lite DePalma Greenberg Afanador was appointed one of the co-lead counsel for plaintiffs in a class action captioned Gordon v. Amadeus IT Group S.A., which is pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The case alleges that airline ticket distribution companies formed a cartel, in violation of the federal antitrust laws, that resulted in higher airline ticket prices for passengers.

Earlier this week, the federal court handling the Avalon at Edgewater fire class action, in which LDG is a court-appointed co-lead counsel, dismissed the plaintiffs’ claim under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act. Among other things, AvalonBay had advertised Avalon at Edgewater as a luxury complex with “thoughtfully designed floor plans,” when in fact the buildings were a fire trap that quickly burned to the ground when AvalonBay’s employees negligently started the fire. Despite that, the court found that the plaintiffs had not done enough to show consumer fraud, and that “not every alleged wrong can be remedied with every cause of action.” AvalonBay has not tried to dismiss the plaintiffs’ other causes of action, and those claims are proceeding. Plaintiffs’ motion for class certification has already been filed, and briefing on that motion is to conclude in January 2016. Meanwhile, the court has scheduled a settlement conference for December 14, 2015, in an effort to achieve a prompt and fair resolution for all Avalon at Edgewater tenants.

On November 5, 2015, Judge Katherine Polk Failla appointed LDG as co-lead counsel in Gordon v. Amadeus, a class action filed in the Southern District of New York. The appointment is reflected in an order handed down by the Court on December 7, 2015. The case alleges that the three ticket distribution companies named as defendants in the matter formed a cartel to negotiate advantageous contracts with the airlines, which has caused ticket prices for consumers to be inflated for several years. To read more about the case and the Court's recent ruling, click here.

The federal court that is hearing the class action resulting from the January 2015 fire at the Avalon at Edgewater apartment complex has set a schedule for the plaintiffs’ already-filed motion for class certification.  All briefing will be finished by January 22, 2016.  It is expected that the court will decide whether to certify the case as a class action shortly after that.


On September 21, 2015, the Honorable Gene E.K. Pratter of the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, granted certification to a class of direct purchasers of shell eggs against a group of egg producers (In re Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litig., Case No. 08-MD-2002). The antitrust action, which was commenced in 2008, alleges that the defendants engaged in a conspiracy to reduce the supply of eggs and thereby increase prices. To date, plaintiffs have obtained over $61 million in settlements for the benefit of the direct purchasers.  The case continues to proceed against the four remaining defendants, Michael Foods, Ohio Fresh Eggs, Rose Acre Farms, and R.W. Sauder.  Mindee J. Reuben, counsel to the firm, is co-lead and liaison counsel for the direct purchaser class. 


LDG scored a win for the City of Hoboken in the Appellate Division on September 1, 2015. Shipyard Associates, L.P. filed three OPRA requests with the City in connection with legislation Hoboken passed in 2013.  Hoboken denied all three requests as being overbroad.  Shipyard brought a lawsuit against Hoboken which the trial court dismissed in 2014.  Yesterday, the Appellate Division largely affirmed the trial court’s decision, finding all three OPRA requests to be impermissibly overbroad, and finding that the lower court was correct in dismissing the OPRA portion of the complaint.


Victor A. Afanador is one of the 100 attorneys in New Jersey appointed by the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey to defend individuals pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act Panel (CJA).


Bruce D. Greenberg was quoted in an article on Law360, "NJ Cases To Watch In The 2nd Half of 2015". To read this article, click here.


Along with co-counsel, LDG has filed a motion for class certification with the federal court that is handling the Avalon at Edgewater fire matter. The motion seeks certification of two classes:  one class includes all tenants and occupants of the Russell Building, which was completely destroyed by the fire, and the other class includes all tenants and occupants of the River Mews building, who suffered other damages as a result of the fire.  To read the brief in support of the motion for class certification, click here.


Bruce D. Greenberg was quoted in a Law360.com article titled “The Biggest NJ Court Decisions of 2015: Midyear Report.” To read this article, click here. 


Bruce D. Greenberg was mentioned in an article in Law360 as a member of the successful trial team in Ferguson v. JONAH. For a more complete description of the trial result, click here.


Kyle Shamberg was quoted in an article from KOMO TV News, “Free Samples Not Necessarily Free.” To read this article, click here.


Katrina Carroll was mentioned in an article on Law360, "Shutterfly Hit With Privacy Suit Over Facial Recognition".  To read this article, click here.


Lite DePalma Greenberg Afanador is excited to announce its move to 570 Broad Street, Suite 1201, Newark, NJ 07102.

Lite DePalma Greenberg Afanador welcomes Steven S. Glickman to its Newark, NJ office as Counsel.

Bruce D. Greenberg was quoted in an article on Law360.com about the Appellate Division’s recent decision in Daniels v. Hollister, which rejected the Third Circuit’s view that, in order to certify a class of consumers, each class member must be individually ascertainable at the time of class certification.


Bruce D. Greenberg was a speaker at NJSBA's, “Latest Developments in Class Action Litigation.”


Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation released a press release regarding LDG's success in withdrawing Japanese American Incarceration Artifacts from public auction.  To view this press release, click here.


Joseph J. DePalma and Bruce D. Greenberg were included in the list of 2015 "New Jersey Super Lawyers.”  Mr. Greenberg has been included in the “New Jersey Super Lawyers” list every year since 2005, when the listing was first introduced, and Mr. DePalma has appeared every year since 2007. Susana Cruz Hodge and Jeffrey A. Shooman were listed among the 2015 “New Jersey Rising Stars."¹


LDG was recently retained by Jersey City to continue prosecuting this federal lawsuit against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (the "Port") . The case is centered around the Port's failure to pay taxes or enter into PILOT ("payments in lieu of taxes") Agreements for properties owned and controlled by the Port within Jersey City.  The amount of lost tax payments have hampered the City's tax revue for years.  The firm is zealously eager to champion the rights of Jersey City's residents in this matter.  Click here to view LDG in the media.


The Global Competition Review has nominated O’Bannon v NCAA as a candidate for Matter of the Year in the category of most significant worldwide competition matter of 2014.


Katrina Carroll was quoted in an article on ABC News 10, "Class action lawsuit filed in San Diego against Anthem".  Click here to view this article.


The New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, of which Allyn Z. Lite is a member of the Board of Directors, honored the New Jersey Performing Arts Center at a Gala event held at the NJPAC on February 10, 2015.


Lite DePalma Greenberg Afanador, LLC was mentioned in an article on NJ.com, "N.J. judge bars proponents of gay-to-straight conversion therapy from testifying in fraud trial" (February 7, 2015).  Click here to view this article.

Bruce D. Greenberg was quoted in an article in the Star-Ledger regarding the class action complaint that Lite DePalma Greenberg Afanador filed on behalf of persons affected by the fire at the Avalon at Edgewater residential complex in Edgewater, New Jersey, which destroyed class members’ homes and property.  Click here to view this article. Click here to read the Complaint.


Victor A. Afanador was quoted in an article in the New Jersey Law Journal, "Third Circuit Bars Retaliation Suit Over Free-Speech Mix-Up" (January 22, 2015).  Click here to view this article.


Victor A. Afanador and Susana Cruz Hodge were mentioned in an article on Law360.com, "3rd Circ. Nixes NJ Cop's Free Speech Retaliation Suit" (January 22, 2015).  Click here to view this article.


Bruce D. Greenberg was quoted in an article on Law360.com, "New Jersey Cases To Watch in 2015" (January 2, 2015). Click here to view the article.


Bruce D. Greenberg was quoted in an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, "N.J. high court might choose to resolve affordable-housing dispute" (December 28, 2014).  Click here to view the article.


Bruce D. Greenberg was quoted in an article on Law360.com, "NJ High Court Takes On Arbitration, Atty Conduct In 2014" (December 22, 2014).  Click here to view this article.


In December 2014, LDG partner Michael Patunas spoke as an invited panelist in Taipei, Taiwan at the U.S. Patent Linkage Seminar sponsored by the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office, Ministry of Economic Affairs. Michael spoke on panels concerning U.S. patent litigation in general, Hatch-Waxman litigation in particular, the complexities of Local Patent Rules in U.S. courts, and the evolving post-Actavis antitrust case law regarding so-called “pay for delay” cases stemming from settlements of Hatch-Waxman litigation.  Over 250 individuals from government and industry attended the event, which was held at the National Taiwan University College of Law.


Victor A. Afanador was quoted in an article on Law360.com, “Bridgegate-Inspired NJ Bill Imperils Gov't Employers” (October 31, 2014), which reviewed proposed state legislation that would enhance whistleblower safeguards for government whistleblowers, but could cause an increase in frivolous litigation against public employers.


Katrina Carroll was a speaker/panelist for "Playing in the Not So Friendly Confines: Offensive and Defensive Strategies for Litigating Privacy and Data-Breach Class Actions in this Season's High-Tech e-Commerce Game," at the 18th Annual National Institute on Class Actions held in Chicago, Illinois, October 23-24, 2014.


Bruce D. Greenberg was a presenter at the American Bar Association's 18th Annual National Institute on Class Actions, “Who Needs The Second City?: Class Certification from A(ykroyd) to Lovit(Z): A Three-Act Play."


Bruce D. Greenberg was a speaker at Morris County Bar Association's, “New Jersey Appellate Practice: Tips From the Bench and Bar."  Other panelists included Supreme Court Justice Anne Patterson, Appellate Division Judge Jack Sabatino, and retired Appellate Division Judges Edwin Stern and Francine Axelrad.


Susana Cruz Hodge was included in an article on Law360.com, “Avis Can’t Escape Reward Program Fee Class Action” (August 7, 2014), covering a federal district court’s rejection of the car-rental company’s bid to toss a class-action suit, and its ruling that the plaintiff has standing to pursue the suit.


Victor A. Afanador was quoted in an article on Law360.com, “NJ Town's Petition Refusal Was Civil Rights Breach: Court” (July 31, 2014), which reviewed a state Supreme Court ruling on a claim that a municipal clerk had illegally refused the petition of a citizens’ rights group.


Susana Cruz Hodge was included in an article on Law360.com, “Shop-Vac, Lowe’s False-Ad MDL Trimmed to 2 Lead Plaintiffs” (July 18, 2014), covering a Pennsylvania judge’s acceptance of a Lite DePalma Greenberg Afanador motion on all issues except one.


Allyn Z. Lite, Joseph J. DePalma, and Bruce D. Greenberg were all included in the list of “2014 New Jersey Super Lawyers.” Mr. Greenberg was named to the smaller “Top 100 List” as well. Messrs. Lite and Greenberg have been included in the “New Jersey Super Lawyers” list every year since 2005, when the listing was first introduced, and Mr. DePalma has appeared every year since 2007. Susana Cruz Hodge was listed among the 2014 “Rising Stars,” the first time that she has earned that designation.¹


Allyn Z. Lite was elected to the Board of Directors of New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, for a term ending June 2014.


Bruce D. Greenberg was a speaker at NJSBA's “Hot Topics in Class Actions."


Bruce D. Greenberg spoke at the “Mass Tort Litigation Conference with Judge Marina Corodemus (Ret.),” HarrisMartin, April 4, 2014.


Victor A. Afanador was quoted in an article on Law360.com, “NJ High Court Tackles Local Referendum Question” (March 31, 2014), which explored a case with the potential to affect the referendum process of municipalities organized under the state’s Faulkner Act.


Bruce D. Greenberg spoke on “Appellate Practice: Lessons Learned From on High,” New Jersey ICLE, March 25, 2014.


Katrina Carroll was a presenter at the Chicago Bar Association’s 2014 seminar on “The Ethics of Class Action Settlements.”


Susana Cruz Hodge was included in an article on Law360.com, “Sun Pharma Can’t Quell Patent Feud Over Epilepsy Drug” (October 7, 2013), covering a New Jersey federal judge’s refusal to dismiss claims against a pharmaceutical company in a patent suit over a generic version of an anti-epilepsy drug.


Bruce D. Greenberg was a panelist at a Morris County Bar Association seminar entitled "Building a Trial Record and Arguing it on Appeal," on September 16, 2013. Other panelists included Supreme Court Justice Anne Patterson, Appellate Division Judge Jack Sabatino, and retired Appellate Division Judges Edwin Stern and Francine Axelrad.


Victor A. Afanador, Bruce D. Greenberg, Susana Cruz Hodge and Danielle Y. Alvarez were mentioned in an article on Law360.com, “Newark Doesn't Have To Cover Cop For Shooting: NJ Court” (July 29, 2013), covering a New Jersey appeals court’s decision that the city of Newark was not required to indemnify a police officer for a $2.8 million civil judgment stemming from an off-duty shooting.


Victor A. Afanador and Susana Cruz Hodge were mentioned in an article on Law360.com, “Fraud Law Applies In Rent Charging Row: NJ Appeals Court” (June 25, 2013), which reported on a New Jersey appellate panel’s ruling that a landlord could be sued for overcharges under the state’s Consumer Fraud Act.


Victor A. Afanador was mentioned in an article on Law360.com, “NJ Court Says City Clerks Must File Referendum Proposals” (May 29, 2013), which reviewed a state appellate court’s ruling in a case involving a lawsuit against a city clerk who refused to file a petition challenging a rent-control ordinance.


Susana Cruz Hodge was included in an article on Law360.com, “Avis Can’t Race Past Consumer Suit Over E-Toll Fees” (April 12, 2012), covering a New Jersey federal judge’s refusal to toss a proposed class action claiming Avis Budget Group Inc. did not tell customers about hidden fees.


Victor A. Afanador was elected as Seton Hall University School of Law's Alumni President for the 2011-12 Law School fiscal year. He is the first Latino to serve as Alumni President. In that capacity, Mr. Afanador will sit on the Law School's Board of Visitors and lead the Council in supporting the needs and interests of the Law School and building strong, lasting relationships with its alumni.


Allyn Z. Lite was appointed as Chair of the Visual Arts Committee of "Lawyers Celebration of the Arts V," which was held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on September 14, 2011. He served in the same role at each of the previous biennial "Celebrations."


Bruce D. Greenberg spoke on "Class Actions Today … and Tomorrow," New Jersey State Bar Association, May 19, 2011


Bruce D. Greenberg served as a moderator for "Consumer Class Actions & Beyond: Threatened or Alive and Well?" New Jersey ICLE, April 27, 2011


Victor A. Afanador, who has coached Seton Hall School of Law teams in American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Moot Court Competitions for many years, has had a series of successes with those teams. His 2006, 2007 and 2011 teams all reached the national finals in Chicago. The 2006 team reached the final round, the 2007 team finished in 4th place, and the 2011 team got to the round of 16. Mr. Afanador's teams have also won a number of awards for best brief and best oralist. Seton Hall School of Law Dean Patrick Hobbs publicly recognized Mr. Afanador for his work, and called the results "beyond fantastic."


Allyn Z. Lite was quoted in “A Border Battle Over Lawsuits,” National Law Journal, 2010


Bruce D. Greenberg spoke on "Significant Developments in Class Actions," New Jersey ICLE, June 24, 2009 (webinar).


Bruce D. Greenberg was reappointed as co-Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association's Class Actions Committee. He has served as co-Chair since 2008. Mr. Greenberg succeeded Allyn Z. Lite, who served as co-Chair for four years.


Bruce D. Greenberg spoke on "Hot Topics in Class Action Litigation," New Jersey State Bar Association, May 17, 2007.


Bruce D. Greenberg spoke at the "Appellate Bench-Bar Conference," New Jersey State Bar Association, May 18, 2006.


Bruce D. Greenberg spoke on "The Future of Class Actions in New Jersey- Alive and Well?!," New Jersey ICLE, May 19 and June 17, 2005


Bruce D. Greenberg served as a moderator for "Appellate Practice in New Jersey: 2005," New Jersey ICLE, March 8 and March 30, 2005.


Joseph J. DePalma was named to the Board of Visitors of the Seton Hall School of Law.


Lite DePalma Greenberg Afanador was mentioned in the New Jersey Law Journal for the firm's role on the team that achieved a $42 million class action settlement against Staples on behalf of Staples managers. Joseph J. DePalma and Mayra V. Tarantino participated in that case for the firm.


Joseph J. DePalma appeared in an article in the New Jersey Law Journal about a nationwide class action lawsuit that LDG filed against Maibec, Incorporated for defective siding shingles.


Joseph J. DePalma was quoted in an article in the New Jersey Law Journal about ERISA securities litigation. The article highlighted the firm's success in In re Schering-Plough ERISA Litigation, 420 F.3d 231.


Joseph J. DePalma appeared in an article in the New Jersey Law Journal about a nationwide class action lawsuit that LDG filed against Maibec, Incorporated for defective siding shingles


Joseph J. DePalma was quoted in an article in the New Jersey Law Journal about ERISA securities litigation. The article highlighted the firm's success in In re Schering-Plough ERISA Litigation, 420 F.3d 231.


Bruce D. Greenberg was quoted in the New Jersey Lawyer newspaper on the subject of the impact of the Class Action Fairness Act on New Jersey class action cases.


Bruce D. Greenberg was quoted in the New Jersey Law Journal about the decision of the Supreme Court of New Jersey to answer certified questions posed by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Shelton v. Restaurant.com in which he was brought in on appeal as co-counsel and won the appeal before the Supreme Court.


Allyn Z. Lite authored an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court in Morrison v. National Australian Bank on the subject of the application of the securities laws of the United States to foreign investors, which brief was quoted in the National Law Journal.


Bruce D. Greenberg was quoted in the Newark Star-Ledger article about Bosland v. Warnock Dodge, Inc., a New Jersey Supreme Court decision that rejected an attempt to reduce protections for consumers under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act. Mr. Greenberg had submitted a friend of the court brief in the case on behalf of Consumers League of New Jersey, whose reasoning was adopted by the Supreme Court in its unanimous opinion.


Joseph D. DePalma was featured in a recent Seton Hall Law Rising publication for alumni. The article, entitled "A Gift of Gratitude – Lite DePalma Greenberg Afanador, LLC" emphasizes the firm's commitment to giving back to Seton Hall Law.


Bruce D. Greenberg was quoted in the New Jersey Law Journal regarding Chin v. DaimlerChrysler Corp., in which plaintiffs' attorneys' efforts had been the catalyst for relief worth over $54 million to purchasers and lessees of Chrysler vehicles.


Bruce D. Greenberg was quoted in the New Jersey Law Journal about the mechanics of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. The article focused on the Pet Food Products Liability Litigation, in which Lite DePalma Greenberg Afanador filed more cases than any other firm in the nation.


Bruce D. Greenberg was quoted in an article in the National Law Journal about the use of confidential witnesses in class action securities cases. A similar version of that article appeared in the New Jersey Law Journal as well.


Michael E. Patunas was elected to the Board of Directors of the Historical Society of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. The Historical Society celebrates and preserves the 225-year history of the District of New Jersey, creates and hosts programs commemorating the history of the Court, and restores and highlights historic courthouse artwork.


Susana Cruz Hodge is one of the first attorneys in New Jersey to handle pro bono appeals in the New Jersey Appellate Division’s Pro Bono Civil Pilot Program.


Victor A. Afanador was named to the transition team for Newark's Mayor Cory Booker. Mr. Afanador was a member of the Real Estate and Land Use Policy Group. Among other things, that Group's mission was to identify important real estate and land use issues to be dealt with in the Mayor's first 100 days, and to develop long-term goals for the areas of redevelopment, real estate and land use in Newark.


Bruce D. Greenberg completed a two-year term as Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association's Appellate Practice Committee. He has served on that committee for more than ten years.


Victor A. Afanador was quoted in the New Jersey Law Journal regarding the Supreme Court's grant of certification in Tumpson v. Farina, a case that Mr. Afanador argued in the Appellate Division.


Bruce D. Greenberg was quoted in the New Jersey Law Journal in connection with his victory in the Appellate Division in a case in which he represented an attorney in a dispute with his former law partner.


Victor A. Afanador was featured on the ABC News television program “Tiempo.” The program focused on the Griffin Bridges Scholarship at Seton Hall Preparatory School. Mr. Afanador, himself a graduate of Seton Hall Prep, sits on the Board of the Griffin Bridges Scholarship Program.


Lite DePalma Greenberg Afanador was mentioned in an article in The AmLaw Daily as one of the firms representing plaintiffs in the Olympus securities fraud litigation. Steven J. Greenfogel of the firm's Philadelphia office is leading the firm's efforts in that case.


Bruce D. Greenberg was quoted in the New Jersey Law Journal regarding his victory in the Supreme Court of New Jersey case of Walker v. Giuffre.


Bruce D. Greenberg and Katrina Carroll were mentioned in the New Jersey Law Journal in connection with their success in defeating a motion by Wells Fargo Bank to dismiss a class action case that LDG brought against the bank and its predecessor.


Allyn Z. Lite was quoted in the New Jersey Law Journal in connection with LDG’s defense of Gann Law Books in a class action brought against Gann under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.


Bruce D. Greenberg presented a seminar for the Insurance Society of Philadelphia entitled "Class Actions in New Jersey Courts." The seminar was approved for continuing legal education credit in Pennsylvania.


Bruce D. Greenberg was a panelist at the New Jersey State Bar Association's Appellate Bench-Bar Conference in Atlantic City. Other panelists were Supreme Court of New Jersey Associate Justice Roberto Rivera-Soto, Appellate Division Presiding Judge Mary Catherine Cuff, and Appellate Division Judges Michael Winkelstein and Anthony J. Parrillo.


Victor A. Afanador was a panelist at the Third National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference. His topic was "Diversity in the Profession: The Role of Firms, Corporations and Specialty Bar Associations." Other panelists include Superior Court Judge Hany Mawla.


Victor A. Afanador addressed a seminar sponsored by Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (Newark Reentry Legal Services ReLeSe) on the subject of "Municipal Court Practice and Advocacy."


Allyn Z. Lite was the moderator and Bruce D. Greenberg was a panelist on the subject of "Hot Topics in Class Action Litigation" at the New Jersey State Bar Association annual convention. Other panelists included Superior Court Judges Jonathan N. Harris and Marina Corodemus, J.S.C. (retired).


Allyn Z. Lite participated in an Association of the Federal Bar on New Jersey panel entitled "Hot Topics From Twombly and Beyond: Who Can Afford Justice-Access to the Courts." Other Participants included United States District Judges Jerome B. Simandle and Katherine S. Hayden and United States Magistrate Judge John J. Hughes.


Allyn Z. Lite was a featured speaker at the Camden County Bar Association's seminar on federal practice, entitled "Succeeding in Federal Court: The Masters on the Federal Rules, Local Rules, Civil Case Management and Discovery." Among the other featured speakers were United States District Judges Jerome B. Simandle and Robert B. Kugler and United States Magistrate Judge Ann Marie Donio.


Allyn Z. Lite was the featured speaker at a program in Washington, DC sponsored by the Chicago Bar Association in commemoration of the sixtieth anniversary of the Nuremberg trials.


Bruce D. Greenberg was a featured speaker at the New Jersey Association of Justice's Meadowlands Seminar. His topic was "Consumer Class Action Caselaw Updates."


Victor A. Afanador was appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey.


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