(New York, NY; June 8, 2017): HDRBB Partner Bruce Feffer was honored to be the moderator of a panel discussion at the “China-US Real Estate Investment Forum” hosted by the Asian Financial Society (AFS) in New York City on June 8, 2017. The event was attended by real estate professionals from a broad spectrum of industries including banking, private lending, brokerage, developers and others. Mr. Feffer also received an “Appreciation Award” from AFS for his support and service to the Asian business community.
(River Edge, NJ; June 5, 2017) The New Jersey Superior Court, Bergen County, entered an order today denying class certification in a putative consumer fraud class action filed against an HDRBB client. Plaintiff alleged that Defendant – a prominent New Jersey vehicle towing company – had violated the Predatory Towing Prevention Act (PTPA), as well as the Consumer Fraud Act (CFA) and the Truth in Consumer Contract Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA), by charging fees not permitted under the PTPA. HDRBB filed a motion to dismiss, arguing that the case could not proceed as a class action because the issue of whether each individual class member suffered a loss or not, that is, whether each class member received services in exchange for each of the fees charged or not, would predominate over any class-wide issues. The Superior Court agreed and ordered that Plaintiff’s case could not proceed as a class action. The decision is notable because class certification is often decided only after discovery has been completed, imposing a significant cost on defendants. The Superior Court here, however, denied class certification at the motion to dismiss stage, agreeing with Defendant that the issue of class certification can and should be decided on a Defendant’s pre-answer motion to dismiss the class claims, avoiding the costs and complications of class action litigation where appropriate.
The case is Pellegrino v. Nick’s Towing Service, Inc., et al., No. BER-L-1606-17. Defendants were represented by Paul S. Doherty, III, Jeremy B. Stein, and Christine M. Caputo. Jeremy Stein argued for Defendants.
(River Edge, NJ; January 3, 2016) Hartmann Doherty Rosa Berman & Bulbulia, LLC (“HDRBB”), a law firm based in River Edge, New Jersey, is pleased to announce that it recently added four attorneys and two staff members to its Short Hills, NJ and New York City offices. The firm now employs a total of 25 attorneys who focus on the following practice areas: commercial litigation, criminal defense, corporate law, real estate, trusts and estates, and family law.
Robert Goldenberg, Esq. joined HDRBB as a partner in the firm’s Short Hills and New York City offices. Mr. Goldenberg, who is admitted in New York and New Jersey, leads a team that includes Karen Krause, Esq., who works in the firm’s Short Hills office, and paralegal Daniel Brown, who works in the firm’s New York office. Mr. Goldenberg, Ms. Krause and Mr. Brown assist commercial lenders with the closing of real estate loans in New York and New Jersey. They were formerly affiliated with the New York office of Eaton & Van Winkle.
Heather Adelman, Esq. joined HDRBB as a partner in the firm’s Short Hills and New York City offices. Ms. Adelman counsels employers and employees on a broad range of workplace and employment-related matters, including federal and state harassment and discrimination laws, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), wage and hour laws, proper classification of employees and independent contractors, hiring and firing, and performance management. Ms. Adelman also drafts employment agreements and separation agreements, addressing issues such as executive compensation, restrictive covenants, and other terms of employment. Prior to joining HDRBB, Ms. Adelman practiced employment law at DLA Piper.
Bruce Feffer, Esq. joined HDRBB as a partner in the firm’s New York City office. Mr. Feffer, who has practiced law in New York for 30 years, advises corporations, not-for-profit organizations and individuals on a wide range of issues related to real estate and corporate law. Mr. Feffer has devoted his entire career to representing clients from China, Hong Kong and the Asian-American community. Mr. Feffer is assisted in this practice by Ms. Dan “Bessie” Zhang, who is a native of China and certified by the New York court system as a Chinese interpreter.
Paul S. Doherty, III, Esq., HDRBB’s Managing Member, noted that the firm “welcomes the addition of these talented professionals and looks forward to the continued expansion of its New York and Short Hills offices.”
Angela G. Kim has been named as a Partner in HDRB&B’s Matrimonial Department. Angela represents individuals in all aspects of Family and Matrimonial Law, including marriage dissolution, property distribution, child custody, spousal support, child support and matrimonial agreements (pre-marital, post-nuptial and separation agreements). Before joining HDRB&B, Angela practiced at Chemtob Moss & Forman, LLP and Weinstein Lindemann & Weinstein, P.C. She also clerked for the Honorable Joseph C. Cassini in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Family Division in Essex County. Angela received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and an undergraduate degree from Columbia University.
New York, NY. On August 4, 2015, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (Hon. Colleen McMahon, USDJ) granted summary judgment in favor of HDRBB’s client, LHB AG, a European financial institution, which was sued for failure to make payment under an irrevocable letter of credit issued to a New York-based export company, Mago International, LLC . The letter of credit had been issued to guarantee payment on a large maritime shipment of food goods from New York to a company based in Kosovo, which ultimately failed to make payment for the goods. Adopting HDRBB’s arguments on behalf of LHB, Judge McMahon held that LHB had rightfully refused payment under the letter of credit because the beneficiary of the letter of credit (Mago) had failed to submit documentation in compliance with the strict terms of the letter of credit, which required submission of documentation “evidencing shipment of the goods,” as interpreted under the International Chamber of Commerce’s Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits. Specifically, the Court held that Mago’s repeated submission of photocopies of non-negotiable copies of bills of lading, which did not evidence shipment of the goods, failed to satisfy the strict terms of the letter of credit. The case is captioned Mago International, LLC v. LHB AG et al., 13-civ-3370 (SDNY). Mark A. Berman and Jeremy B. Stein appeared in the case on behalf of the firm and LHB.
On November 18, 2014, Stephanie Lehman will be speaking on the differences between alimony and maintenance in NJ and NY at a program sponsored by Eisner Amper. The presentation with take place live at Eisner Amper’s Metro Park offices and will be video-streamed to Eisner’s NY and PA offices.
Richard M. Rosa, who heads the firm’s Construction Law practice, recently obtained a favorable settlement for a subcontractor defendant in a multi-million dollar construction defect case, involving over 50 construction industry defendants, pending in Hudson County NJ. The case had been litigated for over 5 years.
Allison Busch, a partner in the area of Trusts and Estates and Elder Law, will be speaking on “The Ethical Considerations in Estate Planning” at the National Business Institute’s Tax Planning for Trusts and Estates seminar on Dec. 10 in Princeton. The program is a basic-to-intermediate program geared towards lawyers, accountants, investment advisors, tax planners and paralegals.
Leonard P. Rosa recently resolved a personal injury lawsuit arising from a car accident where the client underwent lumbar disc surgery aggravating a prior injury. The case settled for $150,000.00 shortly before the scheduled trial date.
Jeremy B. Stein has been named as a Partner in HDRB&B’s Litigation Department. Jeremy’s practice focuses on the representation of closely held businesses and their principals in partnership and shareholder disputes, as well as corporate and individual clients in a broad range of complex commercial litigation. Before joining HDRB&B in 2012, Jeremy was a litigation associate for five years in the New York office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. He also clerked for the Honorable Anne E. Thompson, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Jeremy received his J.D. from New York University School of Law, an M.S. from Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Yeshiva University.