Professionals

EDUCATION:

  • Juris Doctor, 1986 University of Kansas School of Law
  • B.A., Political Science 1981 Pennsylvania State University

BAR ADMISSIONS:

  • Pennsylvania

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Antitrust Consumer Fraud
  • Securities Fraud

MARK GOLDMAN

Throughout Mr. Goldman’s professional career he has concentrated his practice in complex class action litigation involving violations of state consumer-protection statutes and privacy protection, the federal securities laws, and federal and state antitrust laws. Mr. Goldman currently represents victims of identity theft and data breaches, seeking to hold Anthem, Inc., United Shore Financial Services and Xerox Mortgage Services, Athens Orthopedic Clinic, Community Health Systems, and Intuit accountable for failing to protect his clients’ personal information. Mr. Goldman was also one of the attorneys involved in two of the largest antitrust recoveries ever obtained for small businesses and individuals, In re Brand Name Prescription Drug Antitrust Litigation ($723 million) and In re NASDAQ Market Makers Antitrust Litigation ($1.027 billion). Mr. Goldman served as lead counsel in consumer fraud cases successfully brought against a number of life insurance companies, including Midland Life and Valley Forge Life for charging premiums for periods of time when no coverage was provided.

He has represented individual and institutional investors as lead or co-lead counsel in numerous securities fraud cases, including In re Accuray, Inc. Securities Litigation ($13.5 million settlement), In re K12 Securities Litigation ( $6.75 million recovery), In re Coinstar Securities Litigation ($6 million settlement) and In re Spectranetics Securities Litigation ($8.5 million settlement). Mr. Goldman also participated as co-counsel in the AOL Time Warner Securities Litigation which recouped of over $2.5 billion for investors.

EDUCATION:

  • Juris Doctor, 1986 University of Kansas School of Law
  • B.A., Political Science 1981 Pennsylvania State University

BAR ADMISSIONS:

  • Pennsylvania

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Antitrust Consumer Fraud
  • Securities Fraud

EDUCATION:

  • Juris Doctor, 1986 Delaware Law School, Widener University
  • B.A., Accounting, 1983 Moravian College

BAR ADMISSIONS:

  • Pennsylvania
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Antitrust Consumer Fraud
  • Securities Fraud

PAUL SCARLATO

Paul Scarlato has represented the interests of investors since 1989. Among his more recent efforts are the Deutsche Mortgage Pass-Through Securities Litigation ($32.5 million settlement for purchasers of mortgage backed securities ); Lehman Brothers Equity/Debt Securities Litigation (settlements over $500 million for Lehman debt and equity purchasers); Velti plc Securities Litigation (partial settlement of $9.5 million for Velti stock purchasers); Hewlett Packard Securities Litigation ($57 million settlement for HP common stock purchasers); In Compellent Technologies, Inc. Shareholder Litigation (settlement in connection with proposed acquisition of Compellent Dell, Inc. included key deal improvements; elimination of “poison pill” and standstill agreement with potential future bidders, and a reduction of termination fee); and In re Boeing Derivative Litigation (following a series of government scandals involving Boeing; settlement for shareholders included allocation of $29 million to establish and innovate ethics and compliance programs, and required the board to examine company’s entire governance structure). Paul has an undergraduate degree in accounting and was part of the tax department of a “Big Six” accounting firm where he provided a broad range of services to large business clients in a variety of industries prior to entering the securities litigation practice.

JUDICIAL CLERKSHIPS:

Law Clerk, The Honorable Nelson Diaz, Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, 1986-1987 Law Clerk, The Honorable James T. McDermott, Pennsylvania Supreme Court, 1987-1988

NON-CLASS ACTION EXPERIENCE:

Following his judicial clerkships, Mr. Scarlato became a member of the tax department of a “Big Six” accounting firm where he provided a broad range of services to large business clients many industries.

EDUCATION:

  • Juris Doctor, 1986 Delaware Law School, Widener University
  • B.A., Accounting, 1983 Moravian College

BAR ADMISSIONS:

  • Pennsylvania
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Antitrust Consumer Fraud
  • Securities Fraud

EDUCATION:

  • Juris Doctor, 2000 Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Law
  • B.A., History, 1997 Davidson College

BAR ADMISSIONS:

  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • US District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Antitrust
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Securities Fraud

BRIAN PENNY

Mr. Penny has significant experience prosecuting antitrust and consumer claims. He represents union health benefit funds in generic “pay-for-delay” antitrust actions; small businesses and consumers in direct and indirect antitrust litigation and consumers in false advertising and consumer fraud class actions. He has served as lead or co-counsel in Mirakay, et al. v. Dakota Growers, et al., (D.N.J. 2013); Logue v. West Penn Multi-Listing Service (W.D. Pa. 2010); Allan v. Realcomp II (E.D. Mich. 2010); Boland v. Columbia Multi-Listing Service (D.S.C. 2009); and Robertson v. Hilton-Head Multi-Listing Service (D.S.C. 2009). He has also been appointed to the executive committees of several recent antitrust cases. Mr. Penny has also litigated numerous securities fraud class actions over the course of his career. He was a key member of the plaintiff’s team that prosecuted In re Broadcom Securities Litigation which resulted in a settlement of $150 million for the class, and he participated in the AOL Time Warner Securities Litigation which recouped of over $2.5 billion for investors. Mr. Penny was also one of the lead attorneys representing the classes in a number of securities fraud actions arising out of stock option backdating, including, In re Monster Worldwide, Inc. Securities Litigation ($47.5 million settlement), In re Mercury Interactive Securities Litigation ($117.5 million settlement) , In re SafeNet, Inc. Securities Litigation ($25 million settlement), Ramsey v. MRV Communications et al. ($10 million settlement), and In re Semtech Securities Litigation ($20 million settlement).

In 2015, Mr. Penny was one of four finalists for the American Antitrust Institute’s Enforcement Award for Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement by a Young Lawyer for his work on Allen, et al. v. Realcomp Ltd., et al.  Mr. Penny has also been named a Super Lawyer or Rising Star by Super Lawyers every year since 2010.


EDUCATION:

  • Juris Doctor, 2000 Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Law
  • B.A., History, 1997 Davidson College

BAR ADMISSIONS:

  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • US District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Antitrust
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Securities Fraud

Education

  • Juris Doctor, 2006 Widener University School of Law
  • B.S., Psychology, 2003 St. Joseph’s University

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • US District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • US Court of Federal Claims
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America

Practice Areas

  • Products Liability
  • Mass Tort

MELISSA FRY HAGUE

Melissa Hague has dedicated her career to the successful and diligent prosecution of complex mass tort cases. She is an advocate for consumer rights and victims injured as a result of defective medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs. She was recently appointed by Judge Saylor of the US District Court of Massachusetts to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in In Re: Zofran (Ondansetron) Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2657 on behalf of children born with birth defects as a result of in utero exposure to the drug Zofran.

Melissa has represented hundreds of clients who have suffered debilitating injuries caused by metal-on-metal hip implants, knee implants as well as transvaginal mesh implants. As a zealous advocate for her clients, Melissa has developed an intricate level of industry knowledge in this area of the law relating to the failure to properly design and test medical devices. Her mass tort litigation experience includes:

  • In Re Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2327
  • In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2197
  • In re: DePuy Orthopedics, Inc., Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2244
  • In re: Biomet M2A Magnum Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2391
  • In re: Stryker Rejuvenate & ABG II Hip Implant Litigation, Ber-L-936-13
  • In re: Zimmer NexGen Knee Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2272
  • In re: Human Tissue Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1763

Among her early successes, Melissa was an integral part to the successful resolution of the In re: Human Tissue Products Liability Litigation. Melissa successfully represented individual victims who received cadaver bone and tissue that was infected and not properly screened. As part of that litigation, Ms. Hague also represented dozens of families in lawsuits against funeral homes for the mutilation and illegal harvesting of body parts from their deceased loved ones. For her efforts, Melissa was featured with partner Larry Cohan of Anapol Weiss in national news media regarding the Human Tissue litigation.

Leadership in the Legal Community

Melissa currently serves on the Executive Committee for the American Association for Justice (AAJ) as well as the Board of Governors. She is the Immediate Past Chair of the New Lawyers Division for AAJ, she is the current Chair of AAJ’s Marketing and Practice Development Committee and was recognized by the President of AAJ for her Distinguished Service in 2017. She is also a supporter of EndDD.org where she speaks to high school students in her community as well as other communities about the dangers of distracted driving.

Melissa has been named a Rising Star in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® since 2013. She was also selected for the state of New Jersey as The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 members, an elite group of the top attorneys under the age of 40 who have demonstrated excellence in their field.

Education

  • Juris Doctor, 2006 Widener University School of Law
  • B.S., Psychology, 2003 St. Joseph’s University

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • US District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • US Court of Federal Claims
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America

Practice Areas

  • Products Liability
  • Mass Tort

EDUCATION:

  • Juris Doctor, 2006 Cornell Law School
  • B.A. Political Science and Journalism University of Pittsburgh, 2003

BAR ADMISSIONS:

  • Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Missouri
  • Pennsylvania

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Antitrust Consumer Fraud
  • Securities Fraud

DOUGLAS BENCH, JR.

Mr. Bench primarily focuses on antitrust and consumer class actions. Representative cases include:

  • Kaufman v. CVS Caremark Corp., (D. R.I. 2014) (alleging consumer protection violations);
  • Weintraub v. Pharmavite, (C.D. Cal. 2014) (same);
  • Mirakay v. Dakota Growers Pasta Co., Inc. (D. N.J. 2013) (alleging unfair trade practices and false advertising) ($7.92M settlement, preliminarily approved);
  • In re Nexium (Esomeprazole) Antitrust Litigation (D. Mass. 2012) (alleging generic suppression claims on behalf of end-payors);
  • In re Ductile Iron Pipe Fittings (DIPF) Direct Purchaser Antitrust Litigation (D.N.J. 2012) (alleging price fixing in the market for DIPF);
  • Allan v. Realcomp II (E.D. Mich. 2010) (alleging antitrust violations) ($3.25M settlement pending approval);
  • Boland v. Columbia Multi-Listing Service (D.S.C. 2009) (antitrust) ($1M settlement);
  • Robertson v. Hilton-Head Multi-Listing Service (D.S.C. 2009) (antitrust) (settled on claims-paid basis).

Prior to joining Goldman Scarlato & Penny, P.C. in 2012, Mr. Bench served as a Death Penalty Law Clerk for the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Pennsylvania from 2010-2012. He was in private practice from 2008-2010 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and taught undergraduate macro and micro economics at the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown campus, from 2006-2008.

As a result of his economics background, Mr. Bench is naturally interested in antitrust violations, consumer fraud, and the market inefficiencies these violations engender.

PUBLICATIONS:

Douglas J. Bench, Collateral Review of Career Offender Sentences: The Case for Coram Nobis, 45 U. Mich. J. L. Reform 155 (2011).

Douglas J. Bench, What Constitutes a Violent Felony After Begay?, 67 J. Mo. B. 209 (2011).

EDUCATION:

  • Juris Doctor, 2006 Cornell Law School
  • B.A. Political Science and Journalism University of Pittsburgh, 2003

BAR ADMISSIONS:

  • Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Missouri
  • Pennsylvania

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Antitrust Consumer Fraud
  • Securities Fraud