Representative Cases

Joseph J. M. Lange, who has been admitted to practice law in California since 1987, is listed in "Who's Who in American Law", is AV-rated and is listed in the "Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers". Mr. Lange specializes in the trial and appellate practice of civil litigation in Federal and State Courts emphasizing consumer class actions, business litigation, professional negligence, elder abuse, insurance bad faith, employment and personal injury matters. Mr. Lange has represented many individual plaintiffs whose cases were resolved for amounts exceeding $1 million. In the class action arena, Mr. Lange's office has been appointed as counsel in the following matters:

Tully v. AT&T Communications of California, Inc., Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County. California statewide class action alleging overcharging and improper collection of fees by telecommunication carrier. The settlement approved by the Court created a fund of $4.3 million to be returned to the Class of more than 318,000 low income consumers which represented the amounts that they were overcharged plus interest. The firm served as co-lead counsel for the class.

In re LG/Zenith Rear Projection Television Class Action Litigation, United States District Court, District of New Jersey. Nationwide consolidated class action representing tens of thousands of consumers alleging that televisions were sold to the public with defective components resulting in discoloration of the picture. Settlement approved that provided for refunds and repairs valued at tens of millions of dollars. The firm served on the executive committee.

In re Sony SXRD Rear Projection Television Class Action Litigation, United States District Court, Southern District of New York. Nationwide class action brought on behalf of hundreds of thousands of consumers alleging that the televisions were sold with an inherent defect which caused color anomalies to be displayed across their screens. In approving the settlement, the Court noted that the settlement terms provided a "comprehensive remedy to class members". The firm served as co-lead counsel for the class.

Friedman v. Samsung Electronics America and Summer v. Toshiba America Consumer Products, Inc., Superior Court of New Jersey, and Messick v. Pioneer Electronics, USA, Inc., Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County. Three separate nationwide class actions brought on behalf of millions of consumers alleging that Samsung, Toshiba and Pioneer DVD players contained inherent defects rendering them incompatible with the DVD Video specification and unable to properly play DVD Video discs. The settlements approved by the Courts were valued at more than $100 million.

Maish v. Criterion Catalysts Company, Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County. Class of more than 100 workers certified asserting wage and hour claims. Settlement for back wages and interest negotiated and approved by the Court. Mr. Lange's office served as lead counsel for the class.

Weber v. Saint John's Health Center, United States District Court, Central District of California. A nationwide class action was certified on behalf of more than 11,000 class members alleging violations of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. A monetary settlement was negotiated and approved by the Court. Mr. Lange's office served as co-lead counsel for the class.

Shimada v. Dun & Bradstreet, Inc., United States District Court, Central District of California. A nationwide class action was certified on behalf of more than 51,000 class members alleging illegal collection practices and violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Despite negative precedent in the same Circuit, a monetary settlement, in addition to injunctive relief, was negotiated and approved by the Court. Mr. Lange's office served as co-lead counsel for the class.

Duronslet v. Transworld Systems, Inc., United States District Court, Central District of California. A nationwide class of 1.5 million consumers was certified against a debt collection company for their illegal practices. A monetary settlement, in addition to injunctive relief, was negotiated and approved by the Court. Mr. Lange's office served as co-lead counsel for the class.

Fisk v. Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County. Class of more than 35,000 consumers asserting that health care providers and professional copying services overcharged for the copying of medical records in violation of California Evidence Code section 1158. A monetary settlement was negotiated and approved by the Court. The firm served as lead counsel for the class.

In re Samsung DLP Television Class Action Litigation, United States District Court, District of New Jersey. Nationwide class action involving more than 1.4 million consumers who owned televisions alleged to possess defect which obscured images on the viewing screen. Settlement resulted in refunds and repairs for affected consumers. Mr. Lange's office served as co-lead counsel for the Class.

Ramsey v. Prime Healthcare Services, United States District Court, Central District of California. A nationwide class action was certified on behalf of more than 3,400 class members alleging violations of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. A monetary settlement was negotiated and approved by the Court. Mr. Lange's office served as co-lead counsel for the class.

Other consumer class actions in which the Mr. Lange is at least one of the lead counsel that are now pending: Maish v. Criterion Catalysts Company II, seeking damages for wage and hour claims.

Mr. Lange's reported cases are Spielman v. Ex'pression Ctr. for New Media, 191 Cal. App. 4th 420 (2010), Loeffler v. Target Corp., 93 Cal. Rptr. 3d 515, review granted, 216 P.3d 520 (2009), Pioneer Elecs. (USA) Inc. v. Super. Ct., 40 Cal. 4th 360 (2007), Bush v. Cheaptickets, Inc., 425 F.3d 683 (9th Cir. 2005), Morohoshi v. Pacific Home, 34 Cal. 4th 482 (2004), Bird, Marella, Boxer & Wolpert v. Super. Ct., 130 Cal. Rptr. 2d 782 (Ct. App. 2003), and Villa Pacific Building Company v. Superior Court, 223 Cal. App. 328 (1991).

Non Class Action Cases

$300,000 Verdict in a Medical Malpractice case when the pharmacy filled a prescription at one-tenth of the prescribed dosage causing medical effects on the patient.

Defense Verdict in a Palimony case when the male partner in a same sex relationship attempted to claim palimony from my client.

$1 Million Settlement in a Breach of Contract case against an insurance company by its agents.

$100,000 Verdict in a Consumer Fraud case due to the car salesman selling the plaintiff a six-cylinder car but delivering a four-cylinder car.

$500,000 Arbitration Award for the Sexual Abuse of a developmentally disabled child by a bus driver.

$1 Million Settlement in a Product Liability case resulting from the Wrongful Death of a child due to a trailer door closing and crushing her.

$500,000 Verdict in an Elder Abuse case.

$600,000 Verdict in an Attorney Malpractice case when the defense attorney did not preserve the plaintiff's rights, leading to dismissal of the case.

$700,000 Settlement in an Elder Abuse case.

$1.5 Million Settlement in a Child Abuse case for a child who was sexually abused by a Catholic priest.

$1.7 Million Settlement in a Motorcycle Accident due to defective road design.

$1.5 Million Settlement in a Medical Malpractice Birth Injury case in which an obstetrician fractured an infant's skull while using forceps during delivery.

$3 Million Settlement for a Motor Vehicle Accident when a husband and daughter suffered Wrongful Deaths in a head-on collision.

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