Portland litigation boutique Stoll Berne has amassed a steadily growing fan base among peers in the legal community throughout Oregon and beyond. One prominent figure in the New York litigation market testifies, “I have worked with Stoll Berne on a couple of matters and found them to be a complete pleasure. Refreshingly laid-back but still very tenacious and persuasive. They feel like real partners, not just local counsel.” The firm has also amassed a loyal client following. “They provide great insight and knowledge of the process of litigation and settlement,” testifies one peer. “They work very well with D&O insurance, and they provide outstanding legal research.” Another confirms, “They assessed my case, perceived the downside and suggested a couple of strategies. They gave me prompt response, and I appreciated their friendliness and calmness.” The firm’s model affords it the flexibility of pursuing cases entrepreneurially, on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants.
Stoll Berne scored a milestone triumph in August 2019 when a firm team, acting as co-lead counsel, achieved a record $234.6 million in a class action on behalf of investors who lost in excess of $300 million of investments with various entities aligned or affiliated with Aequitas Holdings, an entity ultimately proven to be a fraud. Defendants include Deloitte & Touche, Sidley Austin and TD Ameritrade. Settlement approval was given by the Federal Court in December 2019 and settlement payments are being processed. This win was recognized with a prestigious “impact case” award at the Benchmark West award ceremony in March 2020, and was a contributing factor to the firm’s winning the “Oregon Firm of the Year” award at this same gala event. Team members acting on this case include two firm mainstays, Keith Ketterling and Tim DeJong. This duo is also acting on another securities case class action, this one in the defense capacity, on behalf of a law firm that is alleged to have participated or aided sales of securities on behalf of an entity that was uncovered to be a Ponzi scheme. More recently, a team consisting of Ketterling, Steve Larson and Jen Wagner took on chemical juggernaut Monsanto on behalf of the State of Oregon and, in a separate case, the City of Seattle, in environmental cases stemming from Monsanto’s alleged PCB-related contamination of various land and water locales, affecting local ecosystems and wildlife. Keith Dubanevich represents the plaintiffs and a class of customers of virtual reception services Ruby Receptionists. The case alleges that the defendant breached its contract with its customers when it rounded up the time billing in 30-second increments and when it billed for time a call was on hold. The case settled on the eve of the January 2021 trial date. Dubanevich was also appointed liaison counsel to the plaintiffs and putative class of people who were impacted by a data breach at Premera Blue Cross, Blue Shield. A class-action case was filed seeking damages and injunctive relief. After years of litigation, the case settled for more than $32 million and the court granted final approval of the settlement.