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Reviews from the Bench

Berman DeValerio’s lawyers have earned a national reputation for their top-notch legal work. Some of the favorable judicial comments they have elicited appear below:

Judge: Alvin W. Thompson
Case: Carlson v. Xerox Corp.

"The fraud alleged in this action involved multiple accounting standards that touched on numerous aspects of a multinational corporation's business, implicated operating units around the world, and spanned five annual reporting periods. ... [and] the rudiments of the accounting principles at issue in the case were complex, as were numerous other aspects of the case. ... The class received high-quality legal representation and obtained a very large settlement in the face of vigorous opposition by highly experienced and skilled defense counsel.

Judge: C. Weston Houck
Case: In re Force Protection, Inc. Securities Litigation

"I have, however, been involved in the selection of the attorneys, and in that process I was careful to choose attorneys that had great ability [and] great reputation . . . And I think that you've undertaken the representation of these people, you've done an excellent job, you've reached a settlement that I think is fair and in their benefit . . ."

Judge: John F. Walter
Case: In re International Rectifier Corporation Securities Litigation

"I think the work by the lawyers - all the lawyers in this case - was excellent. ... In this case, the papers were excellent. So it makes our job easier and, quite frankly, more interesting when I have lawyers with the skill of the lawyers that are present in the courtroom today who have worked on this case ... the motion practice in this case was, quite frankly, very intellectually challenging and well done. ... I've presided over this consolidated action since its commencement and have nothing but the highest respect for the professionalism of the attorneys involved in this case. The law firms are some of the most respected in the country ... The fact that plaintiffs' counsel were able to successfully prosecute this action against such formidable opponents is an impressive feat."

Judge: John G. Schwartz
Case: Oracle Cases, Coordination Proceeding, Special Title

" ... [Ms.] Lavallee, I just want to tell you I thought your brief was excellent."

Judge: Nancy G. Edmunds
Case: In re Cardizem CD Antitrust Litigation

"...[T]here is no question that Plaintiffs' Counsel spent thousands of hours litigating this complex case over the past five years. Counsel's work throughout the substantial motion practice and discovery process has been of the highest quality. ... Plaintiffs' Counsel, from the very beginning of this litigation, demonstrated a thorough understanding of the case, the industry, Defendants' business operations, and effectively and efficiently prosecuted and settled this matter. ... Both Plaintiffs' Counsel and Defendants' Counsel are all seasoned, highly competent professionals with years of experience in litigating complex antitrust actions. From the date this action began, Plaintiffs' Counsel has aggressively prosecuted and Defendants' Counsel has vigorously defended on their clients' behalf, while displaying the utmost skill, courtesy, and professionalism."

Judge: Charles R. Breyer
Case: In re KLA-Tencor Corporation Securities Litigation

"I found your fee to be extraordinarily reasonable ... I appreciate the fact that you've done an outstanding job, and you've been entirely reasonable in what you've done. ... Congratulations for working very hard on this."

Judge: Joseph P. Stadtmueller
Case: White v. Heartland High-Yield Municipal Bond Fund

"... [I]n the context of the trial of this case, the lawyers did what I would describe as a masterful job... I think the fee request that Mr. Burt and his colleagues have advanced here is about as fair and honest and just and reasonable as any lawyer could ask. And I truly commend counsel for the approach that they took in not only pulling all of the appropriate data together, but the industry with which they approached the entirety of the litigation."

Judge: Paul J. Barbadoro
Case: Teachers Retirement, et al., v. Ernst & Young, et al.

“I also would just take a moment to commend counsel. I know you do this on a regular basis and I recognize that your pleadings are to some extent formulaic in these kinds of cases, but nevertheless, I think they are very well done, very clear, very detailed and provide about as much information to a judge in my position as one can hope to receive in a settlement like this. So I just want to commend you for preparing a good set of pleadings.”

Judge: Steven J. McAuliffe
Case: In re Enterasys Networks, Inc. Securities Litigation

"I think it's a reasonable, fair and adequate settlement, certainly. The attorneys' fees are certainly reasonable. ... By the way, I do applaud the inclusion of the changes in corporate governance."

Judge: Kimba Wood
Case: In re ICN Securities Litigation

"Let me say, I think that plaintiffs' counsel did a superb job here on behalf of the class. This was a very hard fought case... The trial work was beautifully done and I believe very efficiently done."

Judge: Ralph D. Gants
Case: Olson, et al. v. Energy North, Inc., et al.

"... I am very familiar with the work performed by the other law firm representing the plaintiffs .... This firm is perhaps the most experienced law firm in Massachusetts in its representation of class action plaintiffs, and I have been impressed by the high quality of their work in this and other class action cases."