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Stephen P. DeNittis

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Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney in Marlton, NJ

DeNittis Osefchen Prince, P.C.
5 Greentree Centre, Suite 410, 525 Route 73 North
Marlton, NJ 08053
Phone: 856-284-0591
Fax: 856-797-9978
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2006 - 2010
Licensed in New Jersey Since: 1997
Practice Areas: Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

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Stephen P. DeNittis is the managing partner of DeNittis Osefchen Prince, P.C. An experienced consumer fraud class action litigator and catastrophic personal injury litigator, Mr. DeNittis and the firm have recovered over $500 million for victims of severe injury or corporate fraud in federal and state courts across the country. He currently serves as lead or co-lead counsel in many class actions currently pending in federal and state court. Since 1998, Mr. DeNittis has successfully served as lead or co-lead counsel in over two hundred (200) class actions involving consumer fraud, false advertising, food mislabeling, construction defects, wage and hour violations, RESPA violations and mass tort litigation throughout the country.

In 2013, he was designated by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney, a high honor of achievement as only 1.5% of attorneys in New Jersey hold such a designation.  He is also rated AV, the highest rating given by Martindale Hubbell, the country’s foremost legal directory. He has also been named to the Super Lawyers List from 2013-2022.

In 2020, Mr. DeNittis also received two more high honors. He was named as on of America’s Top 100 High Stake Litigators in the State, an honor less than one-half percent of active attorneys in the State of New Jersey has received. In the same year he was also named as one of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the State of New Jersey, again a designation bestowed to less than 1% of attorneys nationally. (See methodology below)

 

Mr. DeNittis’ notable cases include (see disclaimer below):

In the last ten years:

  • Barba et al. v. Old Navy. where Mr. DeNittis served as lead counsel and obtained a class settlement of approximately $340 million on behalf of a class of 50,000,000 consumers. The class alleged that Old Navy stores and website offered products with false reference prices which results in fake discounts and fake sales. 34,000,000 were offered Purchase Certificates to receive free merchandise.
  • Andrews et al. v. Gap. where Mr. DeNittis served as lead counsel and obtained a class settlement of approximately $240 million on behalf of a class of 24,000,000 consumers. The class alleged that Gap Factory Outlet and Banana Factory Outlet stores and website offered products with false reference prices which results in fake discounts and fake sales. Consumers received up to $12 in vouchers to obtain free products or use to receive discounts off products.
  • Coladonato v. JCrew where Mr. DeNittis served as one of the lead counsel and obtained a class settlement of $24 million on behalf of a class of 2.6 million New Jersey, New York and California consumers. The class alleged that JCrew Outlet stores and website offered products with false reference prices which resulted in fake discounts and fake sales. Consumers received up to $16 in vouchers to obtain free products or use to receive discounts off products.
  • Sekelew et al. v. Burlington where Mr. DeNittis served as lead counsel and obtained a class settlement of $9.6 million on behalf of a class of 1,000,000 New Jersey consumers. The class alleged that Burlington stores and website offered products with false reference prices which resulted in fake discounts and fake sales. Consumers received up to $12 in vouchers to obtain free products or use to receive discounts off products.     
  • Jones v. Empire Beauty Schools, where Mr. DeNittis served as lead counsel and obtained a $6.75 million common fund settlement on behalf of 300,000 consumers who received services and were allegedly overcharged at one of Empire’s 28 beauty school clinics located in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
  • Spector v. TD Bank, where Mr. DeNittis was one of the lead counsel and obtained a $9.4 million settlement on behalf of approximately 3,000,000 account holders of TD Bank. This case involved New Jersey consumer fraud claims against TD Bank’s for its faulty Penny Arcade Coin Counting Machines allegedly undercounting consumers’ money.
  • Krivy v. Jean Madeline Beauty Schools, where Mr. DeNittis served as lead counsel and obtained a $1.35 million settlement on behalf of 70,000 consumers who received services and were allegedly overcharged at one of Jean Madeline’s 3 beauty school clinics.
  • Anderson v. Redflex and Telliho v. American Traffic Solutions, where Mr. DeNittis served as lead counsel and secured a $6.1 million settlement obtaining partial refunds for over 600,000 persons in New Jersey who received traffic violations by alleged faulty red light camera equipment located in 18 municipalities across the state. As a result of my suits, the red light camera program in New Jersey has been terminated.

Other notable cases in the last 20 years.

  • France v. Merrill Lynch, where Mr. DeNittis served as co-lead counsel in a wage an hour violation action and obtained final approval in 2009 of a $43.5 million class action settlement on behalf of a class of 22,000 Merrill Lynch stockbrokers in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon.
  • Ingling v. Ryder Truck Rental, where he obtained a $7 million dollar settlement on behalf a client who suffered a devastating brain injury as a result of a slip and fall that occurred in a parking lot in 2005. The settlement was recognized by The New Jersey Law Journal as the largest slip and fall settlement in the State of New Jersey for the year 2007 and still stands as the largest recovery for an individual in the State involving a person injured by a slip and fall;
  • DeMarco v. National Collector’s Mint where Mr. DeNittis was lead counsel and obtained a settlement valued at $9 million dollars on behalf of a class of 176,000 class members who were defrauded into purchasing a fake coin allegedly issued by the U.S. Mint to commemorate the “9/11” Terrorist Attack. The case was a matter of first impression in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York under the Hobby Protection Act 15 U.S.C. § 2101(b) and is now a published opinion in the Federal Reporters. 229 F.R.D. 73 (S.D.N.Y. 2005).

Mr. DeNittis was also plaintiffs’ trial counsel in Barkers v. Public Service Electric and Gas (PSEG) where he obtained an order for PSEG to install excess flow valves or place cement protective bollards to approximately 2,800 residential and commercial gas meter sets located throughout the State of New Jersey.  PSE&G negligently placed meters in a dangerous condition, in close proximity to persons’ driveways, garage doors or parking areas. As a result of Mr. DeNittis’ efforts in the case, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities proposed and adopted new rules and regulations in December of 2004 prohibiting any new or existing gas meters from being installed in the State of New Jersey within 3 feet of any garage door, driveway or parking area. Mr. DeNittis was also lead trial counsel in Schmoll v. J.S. Hovnanian, a class action that settled after four days of trial which resulted in J.S. Hovnanian repairing a construction defect found in 995 homes in the Holiday East development in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey.

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He is admitted to practice in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and before the United States Supreme Court and many other federal courts.

Aside from his work, Mr. DeNittis financially sponsored and coached his two daughters’ soccer and softball teams. He also is a lifelong rabid Philadelphia Eagles fan and has been a season ticket holder since 1997.  Mr. DeNittis was also an officer of the Board of Directors for the Ronald McDonald House – Southern New Jersey (RMH) charity 2012-2015 and rejoined the RMH Board in 2019. Lastly, Mr. DeNittis loves to golf.

 

Practice Areas
  • 50%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
  • 50%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Class Actions, Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Selections

9 Years Super Lawyers
5 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2006 - 2010

Certificates and Credentials

About Stephen P. DeNittis

First Admitted: 1997, New Jersey

Professional Webpage: https://www.denittislaw.com/attorneys/stephen-denittis-attor...

Educational Background

  • Juris Doctorate Widener University School of Law, Pennsylvania , 1997
  • Rutgers University, Camden, Camden, New Jersey, 1992, B.A. Major: Economics, 1992

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • 2013 Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as Civil Trial Attorney per R. 1:39-1 and Re-certified in 2018., 2013
  • Re-Certified Civil Trial Attorney by New Jersey Supreme Court - This is certification is considered a high honor of achievement as only 1.5% of attorneys in New jersey hold such a designation. Mr. DeNittis was originally certified in 2013. Certifications assist the consumer in identifying those attorneys who have reached a high level of competence and experience within a particular or specialized practice of law. Though there are in excess of 77,000 attorneys licensed to practice law in the state of New Jersey, as of the end of 2018 there were only 1162 Certified Civil Trial Attorneys in the state. At DeNittis Osefchen Prince, Stephen P. DeNittis is a Certified Civil Trial Attorneys., 2018

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Board Member of the Moorestown Soccer Club, 2017
  • Board Member of the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey Charities between 2012-2015 and reappointed 2019., 2019

Honors/Awards

  • Honored as being in the top one-half percent of attorneys in the United States, Top 100 High Stakes Litigators in the United States, 100 High Stake Litigators, 2020
  • Honored as being one of the top1% of attorneys nationwide, Top 100 Trial Lawyers , The National Trial Lawyers , 2020
  • Mr. DeNittis has received Martindale Hubbell’s “AV” peer review rating. “AV” rating is the highest possible Martindale Hubbell rating and is a “testament to the fact that lawyers peers rank them at the highest level of professional excellence” according to Lexis Nexus Martindale Hubbell. This distinction is awarded to less than 5% of all the attorneys throughout the United States. Martindale Hubbell’s peer review ratings are not sold and do not require any advertising of any sort by the attorneys. An attorney awarded the “AV” rating has earned the distinction based on the honest opinions of attorneys and judges who have witnessed the ethics and legal abilities of the rated lawyer., Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale Hubbell, 2019

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • List of Published Cases Nemykina v. Old Navy, LLC, 461 F.Supp. 3d 1054 (W.D.WA 2020) Robey v. PVH Corp., 495 F.Supp.3d 311 (S.D.N.Y. 2020) Alessi v. Mayweather (In re Pacquiao-Mayweather Match Pay-Per-View Litig.), 942 F.3d 1160 (CA 9th 2019). Goffe v. Foulke Management Corp., 238 N.J. 191 (2019) Munning v. Gap Inc., et. al., 238 F.Supp. 3d 1195 (N.D.CA 2017) In re Subway Footlong Sandwhich Mktg. & Sales Practices Litig., 316 F.R.D. 240 (E.D.Wis. 2016) Bernetich, Hatzell & Pascu, LLC v. Medical Records Online, Inc., 445 N.J.Super. 173 (App.Div. 2016) In re Whole Foods Mkt., 163 F.Supp.3d 385 (W.D.Tex. 2016) Broederdorf v. Bacheler, 129 F.Supp.3d 182 (E.D.Pa. 2015) In re Pacquiao-Mayweather Match Pay-Per-View Litig.), 122 F.Supp.3d 1372 (MDL 2015)942 F.3d 1160 (9th Cir. 2019). In re Subway Footlong Sandwhich Mktg., 949 F.Supp.2d 1369 (MDL 2013) In re Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC Wage & Hour Empl., Practices Litig., 818 F.Supp.2d 1381 (MDL 2011) NAACP of Camden County East v. Foulke Management Corp., 421 N.J.Super. 404 (App.Div. 2011) In re Apple & AT&TM Antitrust Litig., 826 F.Supp. 1168 (N.D.CA. 2011) In re Apple & AT&TM Antitrust Litig., 596 F.Supp.2d 1288 (N.D.CA.2008) Schmoll v. J.S. Hovnanian & Sons, LLC, 394 N.J.Super. 415 (App.Div. 2007) Bruno v. Mark MaGrann Associates, Inc., 388 N.J.Super. 539 (App.Div. 2006) Tax Authority, Inc. v. Jackson Hewitt, Inc., 187 N.J. 4 (2006) W. v. L.R., 325 N.J.Super. 543 (App.Div. 1999), 2021

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Presented developments in the law under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, Co-Chair/Moderator, Consumer Law - Boardwalk Seminar 2021, New Jersey Association for Justice Educational Foundation, 2021
  • Presented on various aspects of practicing class action litigation in 2020, Lecturer, Class Action Litigation in 2020: What You Need to Know, New Jersey Bar Association, 2020
  • Presented on consumer law litigation issues both substantively and procedurally under NJ Consumer Fraud Act, Co-Chair/Lecturer, Consumer Law - Boardwalk Seminar, New Jersey Association for Justice, 2018
  • Presented new case decisions and their impact on litigating in New Jersey consumer fraud cases court versus arbitration , Co-Chair/Presenter, NJAJ Consumer Law-Update on Arbitration Decisions and Aspects of the TCPA, New Jersey Association for Justice, 2017
  • Presented regarding Insights into Federal Practice: Perspectives of the Bench and Bar, Lecturer, Insights into Federal Practice: Perspectives of the Bench and Bar, U.S. District Court and Federal Bar Association , 2017
  • A Plaintiff's Perspective of the "New Ascertainability" Requirement in Federal Actions, Co-Author, A Plaintiff's Perspective of the New "Ascertainability" Requirement in Federal Class Actions, New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, 2015
  • Presented to attorneys what to look for in determining if a client has a viable class action , Lecturer, Identifying Consumer Class Actions, New Jersey Association of Justice, 2015
  • Presented on what constitutes ascertainable loss under the NJ CFA, Lecturer, Ascertainable Loss Under the NJ Consumer Fraud Act, More than Out of Pocket Damages, New Jersey Association of Justice, 2013
  • Presented on discussed the substantive and procedural differences under the law in litigating medical negligence cases between NJ and PA , Lecturer, Litigating Medical Negligence Claims: Similarities and Differences Between NJ and PA, Cape Institute, 2012
  • Presented the recent cases and their impact on FDA preemption in consumer product mislabeling cases, Lecturer, Consumer Fraud Product Labelling Class Actions: One Label, Very Different Perspectives, Perrin Conferences, 2012
  • Presented recent decisions in NJ regarding class actions, Lecturer, Challenges for Plaintiffs and Defendants Posed by Recent NJ Class Action Decisions, Camden County Bar Association , 2012
  • Presented on recent cases in the area of class actions, Lecturer, The Impact of Recent Developments in Class Action Law in the Interests of Plaintiffs and Defendants, Camden County Bar Association, 2011
  • Presented and discussed the considerations and tactics for negotiating complex high stakes cases, Lecturer, Opposing Perspectives on the Tort Settlement Process, The Sharper Lawyer, 2010
  • Presented to attorneys of the Camden County Bar Association how to anticipate class actions from a plaintiff's perspective , Lecturer, Anticipating Class Actions, Camden County Bar Association , 2010
  • Presented at Rutgers University to students about the field of class action litigation, Lecturer, Private Practice Professional Development Symposium - Class Action Litigation, Rutgers University School of Law, 2009
  • Presented on issues in handling a FLSA collective action from plaintiff's perspective, Lecturer, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Collective Actions, Camden County Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Committee, 2008
  • Faculty Member, “Personal Injury Case Management for Seasoned Litigators”, National Business Institute Seminar, November 29, 2007 Lecturer, “Personal Injury Trials: Getting the Most Out Of Your Evidence”, National Business Institute Seminar, October 13, 2008 Lecturer, “Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Collective Actions”, Camden County Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Committee, November 12, 2008 Lecturer, “Private Practice Professional Development Symposium- Class Action Litigation”, Rutgers-Camden University School of Law, February 28, 2009 Lecturer, “Anticipating Class Actions”, Camden County Bar Association Class Action Practice Committee, March 23, 2010 Lecturer, “Opposing Perspectives on the Tort Settlement Process – Legal and Practical Considerations” , The Sharper Lawyer, Continuing Legal Education, December 14, 2010 Lecturer, “The Impact of Recent Developments in Class Action Law in the Interests of Plaintiffs and Defendants – New Jersey and Beyond”, Camden County Bar Association Class Action Committee, April 19, 2011 Lecturer, “Challenges for Plaintiffs & Defendants Posed By Recent NJ Class Action Decisions”, Camden County Bar Association Class Action Practice Committee, May 16, 2012 Lecturer, “Consumer Fraud Product Labeling Class Actions: One Label, Very Different Perspectives – Plaintiffs, Defendants and the Government” Perrin Conferences, November 15, 2012. Lecturer, “Litigating Medical Negligence Claims: Similarities and Differences Between New Jersey and Pennsylvania” Cape Institute, December 10, 2012 Lecturer, “Ascertainable Loss Under the NJ CFA – More than Just Out-of-Pocket Damages” New Jersey Association for Justice, Meadowlands Seminar November 15, 2013 Lecturer, “Identifying Consumer Class Action,” New Jersey Association of Justice, Boardwalk Seminar, April 9, 2015 Co-author, “A Plaintiff’s Perspective of the New “Ascertainability” Requirement in Federal Class Actions,” New Jersey Lawyer Magazine, March 2015 Lecturer, “Insights into Federal Practice: Perspectives of the Bench and Bar”, The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, in conjunction with the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, February 24, 2017 Lecturer and Co-Chair, “Consumer Law – Boardwalk Seminar 2017 – Update on Arbitration Decisions and Aspects of the TCPA”, NJAJ Educational Foundation, Inc.’s Boardwalk Seminar, April 26, 2017 Moderator and Co-Chair, “Consumer Law – Boardwalk Seminar 2018”, NJAJ Educational Foundation, Inc.’s Boardwalk Seminar, May 9 & 10, 2018, Lecturer, Personal Injury Case Management for Seasoned Litigators, National Business Institute Seminar, 2007

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 2021
  • U.S. District for the Eastern District of New York, 2020, 2020
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2020
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals, 2012, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee, 2012, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2018, 2018
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2007, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2006, 2006
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1997, 1997
  • New York, 2020 , 2020
  • Pennsylvania, 1997, 1997
  • New Jersey, 1997, 1997
  • Board Member – Ronald McDonald House Charities – Southern New Jersey 2012 – present, 2021

Verdicts/Settlements

  • $340 Settlement in consumer fraud class action.  Barba v. Old Navy et al.  Defendants settled claims of false referencing pricing and fake sales by offering $340 million in Purchase Vouchers to a class of 34, 000,000 class members.  The settlement gained final approval by the court on March 18, 2022, 2022
  • $240 Million Dollar Settlement in consumer fraud class action. Andrews et al. v. Gap. where Mr. DeNittis served as lead counsel and obtained a class settlement wherein Defendants offered $240 million in Purchase Vouchers for free merchandise to a class of 25,000,000 consumers. The class alleged that Gap Factory Outlet and Banana Factory Outlet stores and website offered products with false reference prices which results in fake discounts and fake sales. , 2019
  • $9.6 Million Dollar Settlement in consumer fraud class action.  Sekelew et al. v. Burlington where Mr. DeNittis served as lead counsel and obtained a class settlement of $9.6 million on behalf of a class of 1,000,000 New Jersey consumers. The class alleged that Burlington stores and website offered products with false reference prices which resulted in fake discounts and fake sales. Consumers received up to $12 in vouchers to obtain free products or use to receive discounts off products, 2019
  • $24 Million Dollar Settlement in consumer fraud class action. Coladonato v. JCrew where Mr. DeNittis served as one of the lead counsel and obtained a class settlement of $24 million on behalf of a class of 2.6 million New Jersey, New York and California consumers. The class alleged that JCrew Outlet stores and website offered products with false reference prices which resulted in fake discounts and fake sales. Consumers received up to $16 in vouchers to obtain free products or use to receive discounts off products, 2019
  • $9.4 Million Dollar Settlement in consumer fraud class action. Spector v. TD Bank, where Mr. DeNittis was one of the lead counsel and obtained a $9.4 million settlement on behalf of approximately 3,000,000 account holders of TD Bank. This case involved New Jersey consumer fraud claims against TD Bank’s for its faulty Penny Arcade Coin Counting Machines allegedly undercounting consumers’ money, 2018
  • Obtained a $6.75 million class settlement was obtained in the case Jones v. Empire on behalf of approximately 250,000 customers of Empire Beauty school clinics who were alleging overcharged for services received in violation of the PA Unfair Trade Practices Act and NJ Consumer Fraud Act, 2017
  • Obtained a$1.35 million class settlement was obtained in the case Krivy v. Jean Madeline on behalf of approximately 70,000 customers of Jean Madeline Beauty school clinics who were alleging overcharged for services received in violation of the PA Unfair Trade Practices Act, 2017
  • $6.1 Million Dollar Settlement in Civil Rights class action Anderson v. Redflex and Telliho v. American Traffic Solutions, 2013
  • $43.5 Million Dollar Settlement in Wage and Hour Class Action France v. Merrill Lynch, 2009
  • Obtained a $7.1 million settlement on behalf of a client who suffered a devastating brain injury in a slip and fall on ice that occurred on Ryder Trucks property located in Pennsauken, NJ, 2008
  • $7 Million Slip and Fall Settlement Ingling v. Ryder Truck Rental, 2005
  • $9 Million Dollar Settlement in Consumer Fraud Class Action DeMarco v. National Collector’s Mint, 2005
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Office Location for Stephen P. DeNittis

5 Greentree Centre, Suite 410
525 Route 73 North
Marlton, NJ 08053

Phone: 856-284-0591

Fax: 856-797-9978

Last Updated: 5/19/2022

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