Over the last twenty years, the attorneys at DeNittis Osefchen Prince, P.C. have been recognized throughout the region as protecting the rights of consumers and injured persons. The firm is known as a premier class action firm litigating cases around the country. In addition, the firm has statewide notariety in New Jersey and Pennsylvania for the catastrophic personal injury cases it has handled. Mr. DeNittis, Mr. Osefchen and Mr. Prince have been recognized as award winning lawyers having recovered over $100 million for consumers in cases they have handled in the last 10 years alone. Mr. DeNittis, Mr. Osefchen and mr. Prince have successfully litigated over 150 class actions in the areas of consumer fraud, food mislabeling, mass construction defects, overtime and wage and hour violations, environmental mass torts and Real Estate Settlement Procedure Act (RESPA) violations.
Stephen DeNittis of the firm has also played a lead role in many notable and news worthy cases in the Country. For example, Stephen DeNittis was plaintiff’s counsel, recovering a $7 million verdict for an injured worker who sustained severe brain injuries in a slip and fall in a Ryder Truck parking lot. This case, Ingling v. Rider Truck, still stands as the largest recovery for a victim of a slip and fall ever recorded in the State of New Jersey. Mr. DeNittis, was also lead plaintiff’s counsel in the class action DeMarco v. National Collector’s Mint which stands as a landmark case and a matter of first impression in Federal Court in the Southern District of New York obtaining a $9 million valued recovery for over 100,000 consumers allegedly defrauded when purchasing bogus coins minted to commemorate the 9/11 tragedy. Stephen DeNittis was also one of the principal plaintiffs’ counsel (part of a four attorney executive committee) in the matter France v. Merrill Lynch obtaining a $43 million recovery for over 22,000 Merrill Lynch financial advisors nationwide for alleged wage and hour violations and alleged illegal deductions from pay.
Substantial Experience Representing Persons Suffering Catastrophic Injury
Stephen DeNittis was plaintiff’s counsel in some of the most significant personal injury cases in New Jersey history, including Medeiros v. Cooper Hospital ($4.25 million medical malpractice settlement); Ingling v. Rider Truck ($7.1 million slip and fall settlement); Moore v. Sarappa ($600,000 verdict obtained in 2011); along with several dozens of verdicts and settlements ranging in value between $400,000 and $1.5 million.
Recognized Experience Representing Individuals Who Were Victims of Consumer Fraud
DeNittis Osefchen Prince have pioneered numerous consumer fraud cases throughout the State and country. They have litigated cases ranging from illegal fees and charges in numerous false advertising cases to regulatory overcharges by real estate companies, title agencies, nursing homes and health clubs. Some examples of their work involved nationwide food mislabeling claims against Subway involving the Footlong and Wholefoods Markets involving 365 Plain Greek Yogurt, TD Bank Penny Arcade Machines miscounting coins, Banana Boat Kids SPF sunscreen being substantially mislabeled, pricing discount scams involving Banana Republic/Gap, Real Estate Settlement Procedure Act (RESPA) violation cases which were well publicized against Weichert Realty, Prudential Fox & Roach, Keller Williams and Trident Title. These cases resulted in recoveries of millions of thousands of dollars for thousands of consumers throughout the country. The firm has also represented classes of individuals scammed and defrauded by companies selling bogus coins, deficient replacement windows, fraudulent weight loss products, fraudulent health club service contracts, and illegal fees for nursing home and assisted living services.
Significant Experience Representing Employees Against Employers for Labor Law Violations
DeNittis Osefchen Prince has litigated numerous causes of action on a class action basis against numerous defendants for wage and hour violations, illegal deductions from pay, and minimum wage violations. We have recovered millions of dollars for workers who were not paid properly, such as in France v. Merrill Lynch ($43 million settlement on behalf of 22,000 class members for alleged wage and hour violations and alleged illegal deductions from pay); Kaufmann v. Commerce Bank ($600,000 settlement for 132 financial advisors for alleged illegal deductions from pay and alleged overtime violations); Hyman v. TD Bank ($300,000 settlement for alleged overtime violations and illegal deduction from pay). The firm is currently pioneering Fair Labor Standard Act claims and minimum wage claims in the beauty school industry for student workers who were not paid for the labor.
Years of Experience Representing Individuals with Homes Containing Severe Construction Defects
The attorneys at DeNittis Osefchen Prince have been privileged to represent numerous individuals in various mass construction design defect class actions. For example, Stephen DeNittis was lead counsel representing thousands of homeowners with common construction defects in the cases Schmoll v. J.S. Hovnanian (settlement reached after two days of trial where defendant Hovnanian agreed to repair 989 patio homes in Mt. Laurel); Melnick v. Orleans Homebuilders (defendant Orleans agreed to repair mass construction defects in over 3,000 condominiums throughout Mt. Laurel valued at $1.4 million); Ward v. Orleans Homebuilders (a settlement where defendant agreed to repair over 250 condominiums with various common air conditioning construction defects); Felderstein v. Orleans Homebuilders (where defendant agreed to pay over $6,000 a home to repair 55 home with common construction defects dealing flashing and windows defects); and Barker v. PSE&G (wherein defendant PSE&G agreed to repair over 3,000 defectively designed gas meter sets throughout New Jersey resulting in new gas meter safety laws being adopted in New Jersey), McCurdy v. Wilkinson Homes (wherein defendant agreed to pay approximately 86 homeowners $2,600 each for stucco defect repairs), Rapone v. Gibraltor Construction (wherein defendant agreed to pay 43 homeowners approximately $15,000 each to repair stucco defects in their homes) .
The above cases are just several examples of the notable cases which the attorneys at DeNittis Osefchen Prince, P.C. have litigated and been involved. Just as important are the numerous cases which we have successfully protected the rights of our clients in matters that were either subject to a confidentially agreement or may not have been reported in various publications but were nonetheless just as important for our clients’ interests. Every case we handle is equally important to us and we work diligently and aggressively in protecting our clients’ interests at all costs.