Class Actions

Class actions allow many Davids to join forces in the fight against one Goliath. Brown, Goldstein & Levy represents the Davids. Our class action lawyers help plaintiffs band together when individuals, standing alone, cannot afford to hold wrongdoers to account for their actions.

In class actions, Brown, Goldstein & Levy brings together its deep bench of trial lawyers to find redress for plaintiffs. Our class action lawyers have the respect of opposing counsel in the corporate bar because of the firm’s proven trial record of winning the toughest cases. We understand the procedural, discovery, and strategic challenges unique to class action lawsuits. We have filed class action lawsuits both as lead counsel and local counsel.

We have successfully represented plaintiffs in a wide variety of suits against defendants of all stripes. We obtained a $1 billion settlement for Black families in Baltimore forced into segregated housing. We won tens of millions of dollars for students from state universities for tuition overcharges and recovered millions of dollars for workers against employers who refused to pay employees for overtime, preparation time, and waiting time. Our attorneys have prevailed against major corporations like Target and Perdue Farms, winning substantial relief for plaintiffs and creating systemic change. We have prevailed in class action lawsuits involving mass torts, housing discrimination, taxes, employment, false advertising, Internet accessibility, and more.

U.S. News & World Reports and Best Lawyers ranks Brown, Goldstein & Levy in Tier 1 of the “Best Lawyers” list for Baltimore Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs. Best Lawyers has twice recognized us as “Lawyer of the Year” for Baltimore Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs. Our class action attorneys are recognized in Super Lawyers and include members of highly selective, invitation-only organizations, such as the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Representative Cases
  • Roberson v. Morgan Properties Management Company – Co-lead counsel in putative class action challenging the late-fee practices of the largest owner of multi-family properties in Maryland (2020).

  • Rivera v. Mo’s Fisherman Exchange, Inc. – Successfully negotiated a $1 million settlement on behalf of restaurant workers against the Mo’s Seafood chain for wage and hour violations (2018).

  • Obtained $1.4 million settlement on behalf of class of 2,500 students who were charged a new fee after already having registered for classes (2016).

  • Gray v. The Walt Disney Company – Won judgment holding that the owners and operators of the ESPN Zone restaurant in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor violated the WARN Act when they closed the restaurant without providing the employees with the 60-day notice required by law and without paying them the full amount they would have earned had they received that notice, resulting in a settlement of $485,000. 915 F. Supp. 2d 725 (D. Md. 2013).

  • Thompson v. HUD – Obtained $1 billion settlement, including 4,400 vouchers and mobility counseling, to enable poor Black families to move from public housing and other segregated areas of Baltimore City to communities of opportunity throughout the Baltimore region over the course of 15 years (2012). Co-lead counsel, together with the Maryland ACLU and NAACP Legal Defense Fund, for remedies phase of trial, settlement negotiations, and implementation (2006–present).

  • Luquetta v. Regents of the University of California – Won $49 million for University of California professional degree students for tuition overcharges (2012).

  • Kashmiri v. Regents of the University of California – Won $42 million for University of California students for tuition overcharges. Judgment affirmed on appeal at 156 Cal. App. 4th 809 (2007).

  • National Federation of the Blind v. Target Corp. – Successfully resolved claim against Target Corporation for its failure to make www.target.com accessible to the blind. The case established the applicability of the Americans with Disabilities Act to websites that relate to physical places of public accommodations and the applicability of California anti-discrimination law to all commercial websites. 452 F. Supp. 2d 946 (N.D. Cal. 2006). Target agreed to take necessary steps to make its website fully and equally accessible and to pay $6 million in damages to a class of blind Californians who had unsuccessfully attempted to use the website.

  • Successfully negotiated three separate settlement agreements on behalf of school bus drivers and attendants whose employers had failed to pay them proper overtime and straight-time wages. Those settlements paid $1.25 million in Baltimore City, $1.5 million in Baltimore County, and $975,000 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

  • Heath v. Perdue Farms – Recovered $2.4 million in overtime pay and fees on behalf of low-wage poultry workers. 87 F. Supp. 2d 452 (D. Md. 2000).

  • Won verdict and appeal on behalf of workers in Delaware chicken processing plants who were owed wages for time spent donning and doffing protective gear, resulting in a payment of $975,000.

  • Part of a consortium of law firms that represented a certified class of over 570 disabled Social Security Administration workers who claimed that the SSA discriminated against employees with targeted disabilities in affording promotions and other career advancement opportunities, obtaining a settlement that included substantial prospective and monetary relief.

Awards
Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year 2019, Andy Freeman, Mass Tort Litigation/ Class Actions - Plaintiffs
Best lawyers, Lawyer of the Year 2014, Andy Freeman, Mass Tort Litigation/ Class Actions - Plaintiffs, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Ranked in Tier 1 on the "Best Lawyers" list for Baltimore Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs by U.S. News & World Reports and Best Lawyers (2020).
  • Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year," Baltimore Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Plaintiffs (2014, 2019).