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William R. Weinstein

Law Offices of William R. Weinstein

New York, NY, USA

William R. Weinstein is Principal of Law Offices of William R. Weinstein in New York City.

Mr. Weinstein has been litigating for almost thirty years, with the last 20 years dedicated primarily to the representation of plaintiffs in complex consumer, securities, and corporate class actions. Some of the class actions in which he is or recently has served as Class Counsel or Co-Lead Class Counsel include:

Shroyer v. New Cingular Wireless Servs., Inc., 606 F.3d 658 (9th Cir. 2010) (rejecting FCC preemption defense in connection with breach of contract claim for failure to provide promised wireless phone services at promised rate); 498 F.3d 976 (9th Cir. 2007) (holding class waiver in arbitration agreement unenforceable under California law).

Litman v. Cellco Partnership, 2010 WL 2017665 (3d Cir. May 21, 2010) (holding class waiver in arbitration agreement unenforceable under New Jersey law).

Emilio v. Sprint Spectrum L.P., 2008 WL 4865050 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 6, 2008), aff'd, 2009 WL 648623 (2d Cir. Mar. 12, 2009) (granting petition to compel arbitration in connection with claims for deceptive wireless phone surcharge practices).

Lonner v. Simon Property Group, Inc., 57 A.D.3d 100, 866 N.Y.S.2d 239 (2d Dept. 2008) (affirming denial of motion to dismiss complaint alleging deceptive gift card dormancy fee practices).

Before beginning his legal education, Mr. Weinstein spent four years working as an Internal Auditor for the Internal Audit Division of the Internal Revenue Service in Cincinnati, Ohio -- becoming the first person in Ohio to receive his Certified Public Accounting certificate (in 1980, currently inactive) based on such experience.

Mr. Weinstein graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, cum laude, in 1983, where he was Topics Editor of The Tax Lawyer. He then served for one year as a law clerk for The Honorable Paul C. Weick of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Some of the other reported favorable decisions in which Mr. Weinstein has been involved include: Florio v. City of New York, 2008 WL 2854116 (S.D.N.Y Jul. 22, 2008) (sustaining amended complaint under Americans with Disabilities Act for failure of New York City to accommodate mobility-disabled persons not living, or working or attending school, full-time in New York City); Lan v. Ludrof, 2008 WL 763763 (W.D. Pa Mar. 21, 2008) (approving $5.234 million settlement of claims arising out of tender offer for minority shares of Erie Family Life Ins. Co.) (more than 99.3% of all Net Settlement Funds actually paid out to the Class); Broder v. MBNA Corp., 281 A.D.2d 369, 722 N.Y.S.2d 524 (1st Dept. 2001) (settlement valued in excess of $22 million in connection with deceptive promotional short-term, low APR credit card loans); Rodney v. KPMG, 143 F.3d 1140 (8th Cir. 1998) (reversing grant of summary judgment ) ($13.9 million settlement against accountants in mutual fund securities fraud case involving complex mortgage-backed derivatives); Winston v. Mezzanine Investments, L.P., 648 N.Y.S.2d 493 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. County 1996) (awarding judgment in excess of $10 million after week-long trial for breach of partnership agreement).


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