PLG won summary judgment for a pharmaceutical company in a suit brought by an ex-employee for race, gender and age discrimination. See 2008 WL 3166385 (2008). It then prevailed in a second suit by the same ex-employee (see 2009 WL 586281 (2009)) and won both Ninth Circuit appeals (see 2010 WL 331385 (2010), as to which the United States Supreme Court recently denied certiorari.
As a Nevada case approached trial, PLG was asked to step in and assume representation of a Fortune 500 company that had been sued by a competitor for alleged RICO and antitrust violations. In three short months, PLG won five successive summary judgment motions, leading to elimination of multi-million dollar exposure, extremely favorable settlement of the case in February 2009, and avoidance of trial.
After winning a jury trial verdict for a homeowner against a real estate agent under the Consumer Protection Act, the trial court awarded plaintiffs all their requested fees. In doing so, the court made a number of findings regarding PLG’s representation, including: “The Court specifically finds that the lodestar and plaintiffs’ counsel’s rates are reasonable, that plaintiff’s counsel was efficient, and that the quality of plaintiff’s counsel’s presentation justifies the award in this case.”
After winning important summary judgments for the author and photographer for the iconic book against a large multi-level marketing company that made the book and photo an integral part of its brand, PLG obtained a settlement resolving trademark and copyright claims covering a quarter century of alleged infringement.
PLG Obtains $5.1 Million Settlement on Behalf of Washington Borrowers in Deceptive Lending Practices Lawsuit against Subprime Lender
NovaStar Mortgage agreed to pay $5.1 million to resolve the claims of approximately 1,600 of NovaStar’s Washington borrowers whose class action suit regarding NovaStar’s unfair and deceptive practices was days from trial in federal court in Tacoma. The case alleged that NovaStar charged borrowers higher interest rates because of hidden fees NovaStar paid their mortgage brokers. The settlement fully compensated the 1,600 class members for their higher interest payments on their loans. Bergman and Frockt was co-counsel in the case. PLG continues to prosecute claims for borrowers who have been treated unfairly by lenders and mortgage brokers.
Over the past decade, PLG won a string of appellate victories, including most recently Kennedy v. Saberhagen Holdings, 182 Wn. App. 1031 (2014), Macias v. Saberhagen Holdings, Inc., 175 Wash.2d 402, 282 P.3d 1069 (2012). Increasingly, PLG is counsel of choice for lawyers and parties seeking to preserve trial court victories or reverse trial court rulings on appeal.