Stephen P. DeNittis is the managing partner of DeNittis Osefchen Prince, P.C. An experienced consumer fraud class action litigator and catastrophic personal injury litigator, Mr. DeNittis and the firm have recovered over $260 million for victims of severe injury or corporate fraud in federal and state courts across the country. He currently serves as lead or co-lead counsel in many class actions currently pending in federal and state court. Since 1998, Mr. DeNittis has successfully served as lead or co-lead counsel in over one hundred and seventy-five (175) class actions involving consumer fraud, false advertising, food mislabeling, construction defects, wage and hour violations, RESPA violations and mass tort litigation throughout the country.
In 2013, he was designated by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney, a high honor of achievement as only 1.5% of attorneys in New Jersey hold such a designation. He is also rated AV, the highest rating given by Martindale Hubbell, the country’s foremost legal directory. He has also been named a “New Jersey Super Lawyer” in 2013-2020 (and previously a “New Jersey Rising Star” from 2006 thru 2011) by Law and Politics Magazine and New Jersey Monthly where he was recognized in the top 2.5% of attorneys practicing in New Jersey. Also he has been recognized in 2011, 2012-2020 by SJ Magazine as Top Class Action lawyer and South Jersey Magazine as an “Awesome Attorney” in the field of Personal Injury.
In 2020, Mr. DeNittis also received two more high honors. He was named as on of America’s Top 100 High Stake Litigators, an honor less than one-half percent of active attorneys in the United States has received. In the same year he was also named as one of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers, again a designation bestowed to less than 1% of attorneys nationally.
Mr. DeNittis’ notable cases include:
In the last six years:
- Andrews et al. v. Gap. where Mr. DeNittis served as lead counsel and obtained a class settlement of approximately $144 million on behalf of a class of 25,000,000 consumers. The class alleged that Gap Factory Outlet and Banana Factory Outlet stores and website offered products with false reference prices which results in fake discounts and fake sales. Consumers received up to $12 in vouchers to obtain free products or use to receive discounts off products.
- Coladonato v. JCrew where Mr. DeNittis served as one of the lead counsel and obtained a class settlement of $24 million on behalf of a class of 2.6 million New Jersey, New York and California consumers. The class alleged that JCrew Outlet stores and website offered products with false reference prices which resulted in fake discounts and fake sales. Consumers received up to $16 in vouchers to obtain free products or use to receive discounts off products.
- Sekelew et al. v. Burlington where Mr. DeNittis served as lead counsel and obtained a class settlement of $9.6 million on behalf of a class of 1,000,000 New Jersey consumers. The class alleged that Burlington stores and website offered products with false reference prices which resulted in fake discounts and fake sales. Consumers received up to $12 in vouchers to obtain free products or use to receive discounts off products.
- Jones v. Empire Beauty Schools, where Mr. DeNittis served as lead counsel and obtained a $6.75 million common fund settlement on behalf of 300,000 consumers who received services and were allegedly overcharged at one of Empire’s 28 beauty school clinics located in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
- Spector v. TD Bank, where Mr. DeNittis was one of the lead counsel and obtained a $9.4 million settlement on behalf of approximately 3,000,000 account holders of TD Bank. This case involved New Jersey consumer fraud claims against TD Bank’s for its faulty Penny Arcade Coin Counting Machines allegedly undercounting consumers’ money.
- Krivy v. Jean Madeline Beauty Schools, where Mr. DeNittis served as lead counsel and obtained a $1.35 million settlement on behalf of 70,000 consumers who received services and were allegedly overcharged at one of Jean Madeline’s 3 beauty school clinics.
- Anderson v. Redflex and Telliho v. American Traffic Solutions, where Mr. DeNittis served as lead counsel and secured a $6.1 million settlement obtaining partial refunds for over 600,000 persons in New Jersey who received traffic violations by alleged faulty red light camera equipment located in 18 municipalities across the state. As a result of my suits, the red light camera program in New Jersey has been terminated.
Other notable cases in the last 15 years.
- France v. Merrill Lynch, where Mr. DeNittis served as co-lead counsel in a wage an hour violation action and obtained final approval in 2009 of a $43.5 million class action settlement on behalf of a class of 22,000 Merrill Lynch stockbrokers in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon.
- Ingling v. Ryder Truck Rental, where he obtained a $7 million dollar settlement on behalf a client who suffered a devastating brain injury as a result of a slip and fall that occurred in a parking lot in 2005. The settlement was recognized by The New Jersey Law Journal as the largest slip and fall settlement in the State of New Jersey for the year 2007 and still stands as the largest recovery for an individual in the State involving a person injured by a slip and fall;
- DeMarco v. National Collector’s Mint where Mr. DeNittis was lead counsel and obtained a settlement valued at $9 million dollars on behalf of a class of 176,000 class members who were defrauded into purchasing a fake coin allegedly issued by the U.S. Mint to commemorate the “9/11” Terrorist Attack. The case was a matter of first impression in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York under the Hobby Protection Act 15 U.S.C. § 2101(b) and is now a published opinion in the Federal Reporters. 229 F.R.D. 73 (S.D.N.Y. 2005).
Mr. DeNittis was also plaintiffs’ trial counsel in Barkers v. Public Service Electric and Gas (PSEG) where he obtained an order for PSEG to install excess flow valves or place cement protective bollards to approximately 2,800 residential and commercial gas meter sets located throughout the State of New Jersey. PSE&G negligently placed meters in a dangerous condition, in close proximity to persons’ driveways, garage doors or parking areas. As a result of Mr. DeNittis’ efforts in the case, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities proposed and adopted new rules and regulations in December of 2004 prohibiting any new or existing gas meters from being installed in the State of New Jersey within 3 feet of any garage door, driveway or parking area. Mr. DeNittis was also lead trial counsel in Schmoll v. J.S. Hovnanian, a class action that settled after four days of trial which resulted in J.S. Hovnanian repairing a construction defect found in 995 homes in the Holiday East development in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey.
Aside from his work, Mr. DeNittis financially sponsors and coaches his two daughters’ soccer and softball teams. He also is a lifelong rabid Philadelphia Eagles fan and has been a season ticket holder since 1997. Mr. DeNittis was also an officer of the Board of Directors for the Ronald McDonald House – Southern New Jersey (RMH) charity 2012-2015 and rejoined the RMH Board in 2019.
- New Jersey, 1997
- Pennsylvania, 1997
- New York 2020
- U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1997
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2006
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2018
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2020
- U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee, 2012
- Third Circuit Court of Appeals, 2012
- U.S. Supreme Court, 2007
2013 Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as Civil Trial Attorney per R. 1:39-1 and Re-certified in 2018.
- Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1997
- Rutgers University, Camden, Camden, New Jersey, 1992
B.A. Major: Economics
- Faculty Member, “Personal Injury Case Management for Seasoned Litigators”, National Business Institute Seminar, November 29, 2007
- Lecturer, “Personal Injury Trials: Getting the Most Out Of Your Evidence”, National Business Institute Seminar, October 13, 2008
- Lecturer, “Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Collective Actions”, Camden County Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Committee, November 12, 2008
- Lecturer, “Private Practice Professional Development Symposium- Class Action Litigation”, Rutgers-Camden University School of Law, February 28, 2009
- Lecturer, “Anticipating Class Actions”, Camden County Bar Association Class Action Practice Committee, March 23, 2010
- Lecturer, “Opposing Perspectives on the Tort Settlement Process – Legal and Practical Considerations” , The Sharper Lawyer, Continuing Legal Education, December 14, 2010
- Lecturer, “The Impact of Recent Developments in Class Action Law in the Interests of Plaintiffs and Defendants – New Jersey and Beyond”, Camden County Bar Association Class Action Committee, April 19, 2011
- Lecturer, “Challenges for Plaintiffs & Defendants Posed By Recent NJ Class Action Decisions”, Camden County Bar Association Class Action Practice Committee, May 16, 2012
- Lecturer, “Consumer Fraud Product Labeling Class Actions: One Label, Very Different Perspectives – Plaintiffs, Defendants and the Government” Perrin Conferences, November 15, 2012
- Lecturer, “Litigating Medical Negligence Claims: Similarities and Differences Between New Jersey and Pennsylvania” Cape Institute, December 10, 2012
- Lecturer, “Ascertainable Loss Under the NJ CFA – More than Just Out-of-Pocket Damages” New Jersey Association for Justice, Meadowlands Seminar November 15, 2013
- Lecturer, “Identifying Consumer Class Action,” New Jersey Association of Justice, Boardwalk Seminar, April 9, 2015
- Co-author, “A Plaintiff’s Perspective of the New “Ascertainability” Requirement in Federal Class Actions,” New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, March 2015
- Lecturer, “Insights into Federal Practice: Perspectives of the Bench and Bar”, The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, in conjunction with the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, February 24, 2017
- Lecturer and Co-Chair, “Consumer Law – Boardwalk Seminar 2017 – Update on Arbitration Decisions and Aspects of the TCPA”, NJAJ Educational Foundation, Inc.’s Boardwalk Seminar, April 26, 2017
- Moderator and Co-Chair, “Consumer Law – Boardwalk Seminar 2018”, NJAJ Educational Foundation, Inc.’s Boardwalk Seminar, May 9 & 10, 2018
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- Board Member – Vice-President, Ronald McDonald House Charities – Southern New Jersey 2012 – present
- Board Member – Secretary, Moorestown Soccer Club, 2013 – 2018
- Board of Governors, New Jersey Association of Justice, 2012 – present
- Co-Chair of the Consumer Section, Board of Governors, New Jersey Association for Justice 2014-present
- New Jersey Association for Justice
- American Association for Justice
- New Jersey State Bar Association
- Burlington County Bar Association: Personal Injury Committee
- Burlington County Bar Association: Civil Practice Committee
- Camden County Bar Association: Class Action Practice Committee
- Camden County Bar Association: Personal Injury Committee
- Camden County Bar Association: Civil Practice Committee
- American Bar Association
- Philadelphia Bar Association
- New Jersey State Bar Association: Class Action Law Committee
- New Jersey State Bar Association: Products Liability Law Committee