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 has recovered millions of dollars for victims of severe injury or corporate fraud in federal and state courts across the country. Stephen DeNittis currently serves as lead or co-lead counsel in many class actions currently pending in federal and state court. Since 1998, Stephen DeNittis has successfully served as lead or co-lead counsel in over two hundred (200) class actions involving consumer fraud, false advertising, food mislabeling, construction defects, wage and hour violations, RESPA violations and mass tort litigation throughout the country.
Stephen DeNittis’ notable cases include: (Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances)*
- Barba et al. v. Old Navy, where Stephen DeNittis served as lead counsel and obtained a class settlement wherein Old Navy offered $340 million in Purchase Certificates to a class of 34,000,000 consumers for free merchandise. The class alleged that Old Navy stores and website offered products with false reference prices which results in fake discounts and fake sales.
- Andrews et al. v. Gap. where Stephen DeNittis served as lead counsel and obtained a class settlement wherein Gap offered $240 million in Purchase Certificates to a class of 24,000,000 consumers for free merchandise. 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. C
- Coladonato v. JCrew where Stephen DeNittis served as one of the lead counsel and obtained a class settlement wherein JCrew offered $24 million on Purchase Certificates to a class of 2.6 million New Jersey, New York and California consumers for free merchandise. 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 Stephen 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 Stephen 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 Stephen 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 Stephen 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 Stephen 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 Stephen DeNittis 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 Stephen 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).
* Prior Results do not guarantee a similar outcome. Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances
Stephen 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 Stephen 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.
Stephen DeNittis is admitted to practice in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and before the United States Supreme Court and many other federal courts. 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 selected to the following recognized rating lists: Super Lawyers list for the years 2013-2022; The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers in the State List – 2021, 2022; and the Top 100 High Stake Litigators in the State List – 2021, 2022. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. For the selection standards employed by the various lawyer rating companies please visit Rating Methodology.
Aside from his work, Stephen DeNittis financially sponsored and coached 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.
List of Published Cases Nemykina v. Old Navy, LLC, 461 F.Supp. 3d 1054 (W.D.WA 2020); Robey v. PVH Corp., 495 F.Supp.3d 311 (S.D.N.Y. 2020); Goffe v. Foulke Management Corp., 238 N.J. 191 (2019); Munning v. Gap Inc., et. al., 238 F.Supp. 3d 1195 (N.D.CA 2017); In re Subway Footlong Sandwhich Mktg. & Sales Practices Litig., 316 F.R.D. 240 (E.D.Wis. 2016); Bernetich, Hatzell & Pascu, LLC v. Medical Records Online, Inc., 445 N.J.Super. 173 (App.Div. 2016); In re Whole Foods Mkt., 163 F.Supp.3d 385 (W.D.Tex. 2016); Broederdorf v. Bacheler, 129 F.Supp.3d 182 (E.D.Pa. 2015); In re Subway Footlong Sandwhich Mktg., 949 F.Supp.2d 1369 (MDL 2013); In re Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC Wage & Hour Empl., Practices Litig., 818 F.Supp.2d 1381 (MDL 2011); NAACP of Camden County East v. Foulke Management Corp., 421 N.J.Super. 404 (App.Div. 2011); In re Apple & AT&TM Antitrust Litig., 826 F.Supp. 1168 (N.D.CA. 2011); In re Apple & AT&TM Antitrust Litig., 596 F.Supp.2d 1288 (N.D.CA.2008); Schmoll v. J.S. Hovnanian & Sons, LLC, 394 N.J.Super. 415 (App.Div. 2007); Bruno v. Mark MaGrann Associates, Inc., 388 N.J.Super. 539 (App.Div. 2006); Tax Authority, Inc. v. Jackson Hewitt, Inc., 187 N.J. 4 (2006) W. v. L.R., 325 N.J.Super. 543 (App.Div. 1999)