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Class-Action lawsuit pioneer dies

By soome2000     Feb 24, 2007 in World
David Berger, the lawyer who helped people living near the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant win $25 million following a partial meltdown, has passed away, he was 94.
His colleagues described him as "a bright,bright lawyer" and "a giant in his field.
Richard A. Sprague, a prominent Philadelphia criminal attorney who practiced with Berger in the 1970s says "The world didn't realize the potential of class-action litigation until Dave Berger came along."
Berger fought against the best, richest and toughest lawyers in the country. He fought cases against huge corporations for the little guy.
In 1971, he filed a nationwide class-action suit against all major oil companies, demanding that service station operators get the right to sell any brand of gasoline. In a 1984 settlement, his 50,000 clients won that right along with $37 million in damages.
Berger began to suffer the early stages of Alzheimer's disease in 2004 and retired.
Class-action lawsuits are being filed all over the place these days, it is because of lawyers like David Berger, who continue to fight for the people, unafraid of the big corporation law teams.
Thumbs up to Mr. Berger.
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