Consumer Class Action Representation in Mineola, NY

Leland Greene Consumer Class Action

Mr. Greene has an extensive history of working on Class Actions. He cultivated his interest in class actions while still employed in the state court system and helped draft an early opinion in New York for Justice Bloom, Gilman v. Merrill, Lynch, Pierce Fenner & Smith, 93 Misc. 2d 941, 404 N.Y.S.2d 258 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Co. 1978). Since leaving the Court system, Mr. Greene has worked on between 75 and 90 class action cases over the 21 years that he has been in practice on his own. In most of the cases brought in New York, Mr. Greene has been lead counsel or co-lead counsel. These cases include but are not limited to the following:

  • Negrin v. Norwest Mortgage, Index No. 26551/97 (Nassau County Supreme Court, 2005)(McCarty, J.), settlement approved July, 2005
  • Manno v. Delta Funding, Index No. 006319-00 (Nassau County Supreme Court) (McCabe, J.), settlement approved July, 2003)
  • Cruise v. Option One Mortgage Corp., Index No. 27384/03 (Queens County Supreme Court, 2005) (Satterfield, J.), a mortgage related class action, which was settled with the approval of the Court on June 13, 2005
  • Dowd v. Alliance Mortgage Co., 32 A.D.3d 894, 822 N.Y.S.2d 558 (2d Dep’t 2006) and with regard to the granting of class certification, 21 Misc.3d 1112(A), 873 N.Y.S.2d 510, 2008 WL 4587270 (Sup. Ct. Suffolk Co. 2008) (also reported at 10/1/2008 N.Y.L.J. 25 (col. 3)) (class certification granted, limiting class period to two years), aff'd as modified, Dowd v. Alliance Mortg. Co., 74 A.D.3d 867, 903 N.Y.S.2d 104 (2d Dep't 2010) expanding class period to 3 years
  • MacDonell v. PHH Mortgage Corp., 45 A.D.3d 537, 846 N.Y.S.2d 223 (2d Dep’t 2007)
  • Flachs v. Advanta Mortgage Corp. USA, Stewart Title Insurance Co., and Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Co., Index No. 000214/00 (Nassau County Supreme Court 2000) (Joseph, J.) (settlement approved February 28, 2003)
  • Olivo v. Homecomings Financial, Index No. 004625-2006 (Nassau County Supreme Court) settled January 21, 2010
  • Chiatar v. Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corporation, First American Title Insurance Company of New York, Index No. 18419/00 (Sup. Ct. Queens Co.) (LeVine, J.) Settlement approved on April 1, 2005

Mr. Greene has been co-lead counsel in litigation involving unlawful business practices such as unwarranted fees imposed by title insurance companies These cases include:

  • Mediatore v. Fidelity National Title Insurance Company of New York, Index No. 016721-04 (Supreme Court Nassau County) (Austin, J.); settlement approved April, 2006
  • Flachs v. Advanta Mortgage Corp. USA, Stewart Title Insurance Co., and Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Co., Index No. 000214/00 (Nassau County Supreme Court 2000)
  • Chiatar v. Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corporation, First American Title Insurance Company of New York, Index No. 18419/00 (Sup. Ct. Queens Co.)(settlement approved June, 2003)

Lee has had significant experience in prosecuting class action cases involving other mortgage servicing issues such as inflated mortgage escrow deposits, inflated interest charges on mortgages, private mortgage insurance and predatory lending practices. These cases include:

  • Murphy v. Dime Savings Bank of New York, No. 012712/93 (Queens County Supreme Court 1993) (The Murphy case was the name used to describe three separate Class actions settled simultaneously and consolidated for disposition only.)
  • Dinko v. Emigrant Savings Bank, No. 110874/94 (New York County Supreme Court 1994); Lauria v. Apple Bank for Savings, No. 122713/97 (New York County Supreme Court 1997)
  • Bauer v. Mellon Mortgage Corp., 178 Misc.2d 234, 680 N.Y.S.2d 397 (N.Y. County Supreme Court 1998), aff'd in part sub nom.
  • Walts v. First Union Mortgage Corp., 259 A.D.2d 322, 686 N.Y.S.2d 428 (1st Dep't 1999), appeal dismissed in part, denied in part, 94 N.Y.2d 795, 722 N.E.2d 504, 700 N.Y.S.2d 424 (1999) (settlement granted final approval September 24, 2001)
  • Friend v. Ridgewood Savings Bank, No. 98 C 436 (N.D. Ill. 1999)
  • Sabbatino v. GreenPoint Savings Bank, No. 97 C 6202 (N.D. Ill. 1999)
  • Hall v. Moneyline Money Centers, Inc. and Altegra Credit Company, No. CV 95-776 (E.D.N.Y. 1995)
  • Massingale v. The Money Store, Civ. No. 8-99-1988-13 (D.S.C. 1999) (class certification granted, two orders, dated January 24, 2000 and June 8, 2000), permission to appeal [by defendants] under Fed.R.Civ.P. 23(f) denied May 12, 2000 (Docket No. 00-610, 4th Cir.) and November 27, 2000 (Docket No. 00-688, 4th Cir.)(settlement granted final approval April 24, 2002)

In addition, Mr. Greene has experience in cases not involving mortgages. These cases include:

  • UNUM Life Ins. Co. of America v. Crutchfield, 256 Ga.App. 582, 568 S.E.2d 767 (2002) (improper payment of interest on life insurance policies)
  • Trapanotto v. Aetna Life Insurance Co. Aetna Health Plans, 1996 WL 417519 (S.D.N.Y. July 22, 1996) (health insurance)
  • Hoffer v. State of Washington, 110 Wash.2d 415, 755 P.2d 781 (1988) arising from the $7.4 billion bond default in the construction of two nuclear power plants in the State of Washington

Many of the cases that Mr. Greene worked on have been officially reported and include, but are not limited to the following:

(i) Class Cases
  • Dowd v. Alliance Mortgage Co., 32 A.D.3d 894, 822 N.Y.S.2d 558 (2d Dep’t 2006)
  • Sharabani v. Simon Property Group, Inc., 96A.D. 3d24 (2d Dep't 2012)
  • Dowd v. Alliance Mortgage Co. 21 Misc.3d 1112(A), 873 N.Y.S.2d 510, (Sup. Ct. Suffolk Co. 2008) aff'd as modified, 74 A.D.3d 867, 903 N.Y.S. 2d 104 (2d Dep't 2010)
  • Bauer v. Mellon Mortgage Corp., 178 Misc.2d 234, 680 N.Y.S.2d 397 (N.Y. County Supreme Court 1998), aff'd in part sub nom., Walts v. First Union Mortgage Corp., 259 A.D.2d 322, 686 N.Y.S.2d 428 (1st Dep't 1999), appeal dismissed in part, denied in part, 94 N.Y.2d 795, 700 N.Y.S.2d 424 (1999)
  • Fuchs v. Wachovia Bank, NA, 9 Misc.3d 1129(A), 862 N.Y.S.2d 808 (Sup Ct. Nassau Co. 2005) aff’d. 41 A.D.3d 424, 838 N.Y.S.2d 148 (2d Dep’t 2005) mot for lv. to app. den. 9 N.Y.3d 810, 844 N.Y.S. 2d 786 (2007)
  • McCarthy v. Wachovia Bank, N.A., 759 F.Supp.2d 265 (E.D.N.Y. 2011)
  • Wint v ABN Amro Mtge. Group, 19 AD3d 588, 800 N.Y.S.2d 411 (2d Dep’t 2005)
  • Farber v. MetLife, 648 F.3d 98 (2d Cir 2011)
  • Shovak v. Long Island Commercial Bank, 50 A.D.3d 1118, 858 N.Y.S.2d 600 (2d Dep’t 2008) mot.lv. to App. to Ct of App. den., 11 N.Y.3d 762, 864 N.Y.S.2d 806 (2008)
  • Westfall v. Chase Lincoln First Bank, 258 A.D.2d 299, 685 N.Y.S.2d 181 (1 st Dep’t 1999)
  • Lum v New Century Mtge. Corp., 19 AD3d 558, 800 N.Y.S.2d 408 (2d Dep’t 2005) lv to app. den. 6 N.Y.3d 706, 812 N.Y.S.2d 35 (2006)
  • Fisher v Equicredit, 19 AD3d 541, 800 N.Y.S.2d 407 (2d Dep’t 2005)
  • Monroig v. Washington Mutual Bank, FA, 19 A.D.3d 563, 800 N.Y.S.2d 416 (2d Dep’t 2005)
  • Fontana v. Champion Mortgage, 32 A.D.2d 453, 819 N.Y.S.2d 472 (2d Dep’t 2006)
  • UNUM Life Ins. Co. of America v. Crutchfield, 256 Ga.App. 582, 568 S.E.2d 767 (2002)
  • Trapanotto v. Aetna Life Insurance Co. Aetna Health Plans, 1996 WL 417519 (S.D.N.Y. July 22, 1996)
  • Hoffer v. State of Washington, 110 Wash.2d 415, 755 P.2d 781 (1988)
  • MacDonell v. PHH Mortgage Corp., 45 A.D.3d 537, 846 N.Y.S.2d 223 (2d Dep’t 2007)
  • Shovak v. Long Island Commercial Bank, 35 A.D.3d 837, 829 N.Y.S.2d 546 (2d Dep’t 2006)
(ii) Non-Class Cases
  • Emigrant Mortgage Co. v. Teel, 74 A.D.3d 1275, 903 N.Y.S.2d 250 (2d Dep’t 2010)
  • Cropsey v. County of Orleans, 66 A.D.3d 1361, 886 N.Y.S.2d 290 (4 th Dep’t 2009)
  • MBNA American Bank v. Karathanos, 65 A.D.3d 688, 883 N.Y.S.2d 917 (2d Dep’t 2009)
  • In Re Pedigo, 57 A.D.3d 1188, 870 N.Y.S.2d 134 (3d Dep’t 2008)
  • Modica v. Modica, 15 A.D.3d 635, 791 N.Y.S.2d 134 (2d Dep’t 2005)
  • Keeney v. Keeney, 297 A.D.2d 606, 747 N.Y.S.2d 482 (1 st Dep’t 2002)
  • Galletta v. Siu-Mei Yip, 271 A.D.2d 486, 705 N.Y.S.2d 409 (2d Dep’t 2000)
  • Leone v. Sabbatino, 235 A.D.2d 460, 652 N.Y.S.2d (2d Dep’t 1997)
  • Donatelli v. Siskind, 170 A.D.2d 433, 565 N.Y.S.2d 224 (2d Dep’t 1991)
  • Incorporated Village of Manorhaven v. Ventura Yacht Club, 166 A.D.2d 685, 561 N.Y.S.2d 277 (2d Dep’t 1990)
  • Mirasola v. Gilman, 163 A.D.2d 371, 558 N.Y.S.2d 105 (2d Dep’t 1990)
  • Kassover v. Kassover, 162 A.D.2d 402, 557 N.Y.S.2d 325 (1 st Dep’t 1990)
  • Herbil Holding v. Hein, 158 A.D.2d 588, 551 N.Y.S.2d 884 (2d Dep’t 1990)
  • Masada Universal v. Goodman Systems Inc., 121 A.D.2d 518, 503 N.Y.S.2d 835 (2d Dep’t 1986)
  • Michalson v. Michalson, 112 A.D.2d 269, 492 N.Y.S.2d 44 (2d Dep’t 1985)
  • Smith Haven Mall-Prudential Ins. v. Assessor of Town of Brookhaven, 105 A.D.2d 791, 481 N.Y.S.2d 648 (2d Dep’t 1984)

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