B&L has become known for taking on — and succeeding in — what many would consider complex cases. Frankly many of these cases cannot be grouped into neat little sub-categories. They are often harder to win; they are often unique and aptly described as “complex.”
Here are some examples:
- We accepted a case when a client was wronged by his former employer — a law firm — who refused to honor an employment agreement providing he share in the legal fees from proceeds of large multi-million dollar security class actions. The law firm disputed the existence of the agreement, and also correctly argued the agreement was unenforceable under existing law. Our client’s claim was worth millions of dollars. B&L accepted the case. The idea that there had to be a change in the law did not deter us. After rejections by two levels of the court system, we ultimately convinced the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to change the law. The case was SCF Consulting, LLC v. Barrack, Rodos & Bacine, 175 A.3d 273 (Pa. 2018).
- We were consulted by a client after it lost a condemnation case that would have fundamentally altered the way the organization operated. We accepted the client’s challenge of correcting the issue on appeal. We ultimately convinced the Supreme Court to take the case — a very rare occurrence — and prevailed before the Supreme Court on a novel Constitutional issue involving the separation of church and state. The case was In re Condemnation Proceedings, 938 A.2d 341 (Pa. 2007).
- When former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice, Russell Nigro, brought our attention to a fundamental problem with the Philadelphia Center City District’s tax assessment scheme, we realized it was novel and would require a great deal of work. But we accepted the case. It required us to pursue class action claims seeking a tax refund under a little used statute called the Municipal Authorities Act. After hard fought litigation, we won – the class was certified – and we obtained a very good settlement recovery for the class. The case was Nigro v. Center City District.
These are just some examples of the complex and difficult cases we have had. There are many others. We continue to add to our list. Here are some more general categories and specific examples: