Class Actions


  • An FDCPA class action regarding alleged filing of fraudulent affidavits in tens of thousands of state court collection cases. Coble, et al. v. Cohen & Slamowitz, et al., 11-CV-01037 (S.D.N.Y.) See, 824 F. Supp. 2d 568 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 11, 2011) (denying defendants’ motion to dismiss)
  • A multi-district product liability class action regarding allegedly defective plastic cooling tubes in certain Porsche vehicles (member, executive committee). In re Porsche Cars North America, Inc., Plastic Coolant Tubes Products Liability Litigation, 11-MD-2233 (N.D. Ohio) See, 880 F. Supp. 2d 801 (S.D. Ohio 2012); 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 88693 (S.D. Ohio June 30, 2014), aff’d summary order (6th Cir. 14-3421, 7/13/15)
  • Reversal of district court’s denial of class certification and holding that National Bank Act Preemption of state usury laws did not extend to non-bank taking assignment of loans from a national bank. In re Midland Funding Interest Rate Litigation, 11-CV-814 (S.D.N.Y.) (class action). See, 2015 U.S. App. 8483, 786 F.3d 246 (2d Cir. 2015) rehearing denied 8/15/2015
  • Approved FDCPA class action regarding allegedly false and misleading collection letters sent to judgment debtors. Defendant denied all allegations. The case was settled and approved by the District Court prior to any findings of fact with regard to Plaintiff’s allegations. Moy v. Eltman, Eltman & Cooper, P.C., 12-CV-02382 (E.D.N.Y.)
  • Approved FDCPA class action against high volume debt collection law firm involving alleged misstatements regarding debt collectors’ standing to sue, and alleged failure to meaningfully review state court collection pleadings. De La Paz v. Rubin & Rothman, LLC, et al., 11-CV-9625 (S.D.N.Y.)
  • Approved FDCPA class action regarding alleged filing of consumer collection actions against upstate New Yorkers in improper venues and related alleged misstatements in boilerplate summonses. Klippel v. Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC, et al., 15-cv-1061 (N.D.N.Y.)
  • Pending putative class action regarding alleged false advertising by large Massachusetts auto dealership. Motion to dismiss denied September 2017. Farahmand v. Tom Murph, LLC d/b/a Quirk Volkswagen, 1682-CV-1503 (Norfolk Superior, MA)
  • Pending class action against high volume debt collector regarding alleged misstatements in thousands of state court pleadings filed on behalf of National Collegiate Student Loan Trust. See Winslow v. Forster & Garbus, LLP, No. CV 15-2996 (AYS), 2017 WL 6375744, at *1 (E.D.N.Y. Dec. 13, 2017); Class certified and Defendant’s motion for Summary Judgment denied in its entirety. Winslow v. Forster & Garbus, LLP, et al., 15-CV-02996 (E.D.N.Y)


Other Notable Representations

  • Denial of dismissal of FDCPA and Judiciary Law claims based on debt collection attorneys’ alleged failure to file state court complaint timely under New York’s borrowing statute, and alleged failure to meaningfully review complaint prior to filing. Diaz v. Portfolio Recovery Assoc., LLC, 10-CV-3920 (E.D.N.Y.) 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 25802 (E.D.N.Y. Feb. 28, 2012), adopted by, objections overruled by, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 72724 (E.D.N.Y. May 23, 2012)
  • Reversal of dismissal of complaint with regard to unlawful addition of attorney’s fees in complaint filed against rent-controlled tenant in housing court. DiMatteo v. Sweeney, Gallo, Reich & Bolz, 13-CV-8451 (S.D.N.Y.) See, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 12250 (2d Cir. July 16, 2015)
  • Striking of defendants’ answer and sanctioning defendants in case involving allegations of medical debt collection abuse. 894 F. Supp. 2d 245 (granting in part and denying in part parties’ cross motions for summary judgment) Douyon v. NY Med. Health Care, P.C., 10-CV-3983 (E.D.N.Y). See, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 47850 (E.D.N.Y. May 4, 2011) Plaintiffs’ motion for reconsideration granted at 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 138053 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 25, 2013); 49 F. Supp. 3d 328 (E.D.N.Y. 2014) (awarding attorney’s fees)
  • Dismissal of motion to enforce arbitration award on grounds that arbitral forum was institutionally biased against consumers. FIA Card Services, N.A. v. Miguel Escobar, 2010 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 3729 (N.Y. City Civ. Ct. May 10, 2010)
  • Reversal of dismissal and finding federal jurisdiction pursuant to the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act. Pyskaty v. Wide World of Cars, LLC, 856 F.3d 216 (2d Cir. 2017)
  • Denial of motion to dismiss and sanctioning defendant. Shepherd v. Law Offices of Cohen & Slamowitz, LLP, 08-CV-6199 (S.D.N.Y.). See, 668 F.Supp. 2d 579 (S.D.N.Y. 2009); 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 135501 (S.D.N.Y. December 21, 2010) (awarding fees)
  • Granting consumer rescission of home loan pursuant to the Truth in Lending Act. United States Bank Nat’l Ass’n v. Pia, 2011 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 4962 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Oct. 7, 2011); affirmed 106 A.D.3d 991 (2d Dept. 2013); leave to appeal denied, 2013 LEXIS 2512 (Ct of Appeals, 9/17/13); 2014 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 3841 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Aug. 26, 2014) (holding bank in contempt for non-compliance with prior court orders and denying bank’s motion to quash post-judgment discovery)