Our Successes

Anthrax Defamation
Result Confidential settlement
Description Represented Dr. Steven Hatfill in litigation against Vanity Fair and Readers Digest. Terms of settlement are confidential. Dr. Hatfill has been exonerated of any wrongdoing in the Anthrax murders.
Bank of America Overdraft Fee Litigation
Result $27.5 Million
Description Litigated & Litigated & settled class action against Bank of America regarding unlawful overdraft fee practices.against Bank of America regarding unlawful overdraft fee practices.
Bank of Oklahoma Overdraft Fee Litigation
Result $19 Million
Description Litigated & settled class action against Bank of Oklahoma regarding unlawful overdraft fee practices.
Breach of Duty of Loyalty
Result $2 Million
Description Obtained jury verdict, punitive damages, and monetary sanctions against test preparation company formed by former employees of national test preparation company.
California Lottery Dispute
Result $3 Million settlement
Description Client won $20,000,000 California lottery. Dispute arose with family members regarding rights to annual proceeds after most of the funds were distributed by the state. We successfully obtained reassignment of the remaining lottery payments to our client.
Christian Laettner Litigation
Result Confidential settlements
Description Our firm represents Duke basketball legend Christian Laettner in numerous matters relating to real estate investments in North Carolina that resulted in revitalization of urban areas of Durham. Because Mr. Laettner personally guaranteed many ventures that lost money after the collapse of the real estate market, he had numerous judgments and lawsuits pending against him when we were retained. We have resolved several of those lawsuits and are continuing to work with creditors relating to those judgments.
Citizens Bank of Michigan Overdraft Fee Litigation
Result $2 Million
Description Litigated and settled class action against Citizens Bank of Michigan regarding overdraft fee practices.
Citizens Bank Overdraft Fee Litigation
Result $137.5 Million
Description Litigated & settled class class action against Citizens Bank regarding unlawful overdraft fee practices.
City National Bank Overdraft Fee Litigation
Result $7 Million
Description Represented consumers in class action against City National regarding unlawful overdraft fee practices.
Clearwire Early Termination
Result Claims made settlement
Description Litigated and settled class action involving early termination fees and allegations of "throttling" of wireless internet services. Defeated appeals of professional objector.
Dating Site Consumer Fraud
Result $1.5 Million
Description Litigated and settled class action involving allegedly deceptive trade practices by True.com online dating service.
Defamation Against National Retailer
Result Confidential
Description Litigated and settled claims by employee that employer falsely accused employee of crimes and wrongfully imprisoned and terminated employee.
Defamation Against Law Firm
Result Confidential settlement
Description Successfully represented attorney at large national law firm based on allegations that the attorney's former employer defamed the attorney to prospective employer.
Earthlink Early Termination
Result Class settlement worth over $4,000,000
Description Litigation against Earthlink for charging early termination fees. Case settled with claims injunction relief reducing fees and providing claims process for refunds of fees.
False labeling class action re. "Walborne"
Result $1.2 Million
Description Obtained compensation for class members in class action involving misleading labeling of Walborne.
Fifth Third Overdraft Fee Litigation
Result $9.5 Million
Description Litigated and settled class action against Fifth Third Bank regarding unlawful overdraft fee practices.
First Merit Overdraft Fee Litigation
Result Contested class certification affirmed on appeal
Description Obtained class certification from trial court. First Merit appealed. Appeal was rejected by Ohio Court of Appeals and Ohio Supreme Court.
Higher One Student Bank Accounts
Result $15 Million settlement
Description Our firm was appointed lead counsel in Multi-district Litigation against Higher One relating to fees charged on student loan refund debit cards issued by Higher One. A class wide settlement in the amount of $15,000,000 together with significant changes in policies has been preliminary approved.
Housing Discrimination
Result Confidential Settlement after trial jury award of $180,000 in damages and attorneys'
Description Successful representation of tenants' association to protect rights of first refusal relating to conversion of apartment building to condominiums.
Intrust Bank Overdraft Fee Litigation
Result $2,759,641
Description Litigated and settled class action against Intrust Bank regarding unlawful overdraft fee practices.
National City Bank Overdraft Fee Litigation
Result $12 Million
Description Litigated and settled class action regarding unlawful overdraft fees. Defeated objections, including objection brought by professional objector, Ted Frank.
Orbit Medical Inc. and Rehab Medical Inc. Litigation
Result $7.5 Million
Description Litigated and settled Qui Tam Case for Alleged Forgery of Medical Records As Part of Scheme To Unlawfully Bill Medicare for Sale of Electric Wheelchairs
Qui Tam/Whistleblower Litigation
Result $2 Million for US Government (partial settlement of claims)
Description Represented whistleblower in FCA case alleging that CXTec sold counterfeit goods to the Govt.
Race Discrimination
Result Confidential settlement
Description African American sales manager alleged that he was discriminated against on the basis of his race.
Race Discrimination
Result Confidential settlement
Description Represented several African American employees in race discrimination case against national consulting firm.
Representation of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Result $4 Million
Description After jury trial and multiple appeals, obtained judgment in favor of client Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP based on forgery of central documents by former client.
Ritz Carlton Construction Defect litigation
Result Confidential settlement
Description Successfully represented condominium owners in action against developer related to construction, marketing, and sale of condo units.
Sex Discrimination Case Against Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
Result Confidential settlement
Description Sex discrimination case brought on behalf of several managers and other female employees against Ruth's Chris.
Sexual Harassment Claims Against Hooters
Result Confidential settlement
Description Successfully represented seven servers at Hooters restaurant in Charleston, West Virginia in allegations of sexual harassment.
Tenant's Rights
Result Millions of dollars in settlements
Description Our firm was a pioneer in protecting tenants from sales transactions that were engineered to avoid providing tenants with their statutory rights of first refusal to purchase their buildings when sold by their l&lords. In the numerous cases we litigated we were responsible for the highest number of payouts and largest dollar amount payouts to tenants in the District of Columbia under the District's Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act.
TD Bank Overdraft Fee Litigation
Result $62 Million
Description Litigated and settled class action against TD Bank regarding unlawful overdraft fee practices.
United Bank Overdraft Fee Litigation
Result $3.3 Million
Description Litigated and settled class action against United Bank regarding unlawful overdraft fee practices.
Unocal Antitrust
Result $48 Million settlement
Description Settlement of antitrust class action against Unocal.
Webster Bank Overdraft Fee Litigation
Result $2.8 Million
Description Litigated and settled class action against Webster Bank regarding unlawful overdraft fee practices.
Qui Tam Lawsuit Against CXtec
Result Confidential settlement
Description Tycko & Zavareei LLP represented a whistleblower who brought a qui tam lawsuit under the False Claims Act against Cablexpress Corp. d/b/a/ CXtec, alleging that the company violated the Trade Agreements Act by knowingly selling products to U.S. government agencies that were manufactured in China and other non-approved countries. The lawsuit resulted in substantial payments by CXtec to the United States government; the exact terms of the settlement are confidential.
Qui Tam Lawsuit Against Advanced Biohealing, Inc.
Result $350 million
Description Tycko & Zavareei LLP represented a whistleblower who brought a qui tam lawsuit under the False Claims Act against Advanced Biohealing, Inc. (“ABH”), alleging that ABH utilized illegal kickback schemes to sell its product, Dermagraft, to hospitals operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. That lawsuit in a number of criminal convictions, as well as a settlement pursuant to which pharmaceutical company Shire, which had purchased ABH, agreed to pay $350 million to federal and state governments—one of the largest settlements ever in a kickbacks case.
Qui Tam Lawsuit Against Arbon Equipment Corporation and Rite-Hite Holding Corporation
Result $4 Million
Description Tycko & Zavareei LLP represented a whistleblower who brought a qui tam lawsuit under the False Claims Act against defendants Arbon Equipment Corporation (Arbon) and Rite-Hite Holding Corporation (Rite-Hite). The lawsuit alleged that Arbon and Rite-Hite violated "prevailing wage laws," which include the federal Davis-Bacon Act and Service Contract Act, and certain provision of the California Labor Code. These prevailing wage laws require contractors and subcontractors working on certain types of government-funded projects to pay employees working on those projects specified hourly wages that are higher than minimum wage, and often higher than the employees would be paid for doing similar work on private projects. The action brought by a former Arbon employee, alleged that Arbon and its parent company, Rite-Hite, failed to pay prevailing wages to employees who installed and serviced loading dock equipment at facilities owned by the federal or California state governments. Pursuant to the terms of a settlement, the Defendants paid a total of $4,000,000 and agreed to change their compensation practices and policies to assure compliance with federal and Californiaprevailing wage laws.
Qui Tam Lawsuit Against Orbit Medical Inc. and Rehab Medical Inc.
Result $7.5 million
Description Tycko & Zavareei LLP represented two whistleblowers who brought a qui tam lawsuit under the False Claims Act against defendants Orbit Medical Inc. and Rehab Medical Inc. alleging that Orbit sales representatives, under the direction of one of Orbit’s top executives, Jake Kilgore, forged medical records so that Orbit could obtain payment from Medicare for electric wheelchairs. By blowing the whistle on this fraud, the firm’s brave clients helped the government obtain a number of criminal convictions and the return of more than $7.5 million to the government.