Elliott Greenleaf Wins Class Certification in Identity Theft and Credit Defamation Case

On October 8, 2003, the Honorable Norma L. Shapiro of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania granted Elliott Greenleaf’s Motion for Class Certification on behalf of over one hundred and fifty (150) persons who suffered credit impairment or other harm as a result of the actions of a car dealership, and its principals. Plaintiffs seek equitable relief and damages caused by the dealership’s improper access of credit reports, and placing of loans in victims’ names without their knowledge, or otherwise failing to satisfy liens on automobiles which were “traded in” to the dealership. (Ciccarone v. B.J. Marchese, Inc., E.D. Pa, No. 03-1660, 10/10/2003).

Senior Judge Shapiro found Elliott Greenleaf to be appropriate lead counsel for the class, without dispute from the Defendants.

This case raises important issues of identity theft and credit impairment in a rapidly developing area of the Law. As lead counsel, Elliott Greenleaf secured class certification treatment on behalf of similarly situated people arising from the identical conduct. Specifically, the Class Plaintiffs seek relief under The Fair Credit Reporting Act, a subsection of the Truth In Lending Act (“TILA”), as well as for breach of contract, breach of duty of good faith and fair dealing, unjust enrichment, credit defamation and invasion of privacy.

Further information regarding this Class, including a copy of the Order and information on how to become a member of this Class can be found by contacting Elliott Greenleaf and review of the Court’s Order.

Elliott Greenleaf shareholders Timothy T. Myers and Mark A. Kearney are co-lead counsel in this groundbreaking identity theft and credit defamation case.