Lederman. v. Prudential Life Insurance Co., et al. - We currently represent 73 New Jersey plaintiffs in a consolidated action against Prudential for engaging in discriminatory and illeglal practices. The common thread among the Plaintiffs is that they all have employment-related claims against Prudential, including race and gender discrimination, sexual harassment and other claims stemming primarily from the agents being coerced to avoid selling insurance (property and casualty) to applicants of minority and ethnic backgrounds, or to applicants who lived in predominantly minority areas. In addition to the discrimination that they endured while employed with Prudential, the plaintiffs were further victimized when Prudential paid off Leeds Morelli & Brown ("LMB") (the New York law firm formerly retained by the plaintiffs in late 1998/early 1999) to dispose of their cases for a fraction of their true value. Specifically, it is alleged that Prudential paid LMB a $5 million advance payment, $4 million of which was non-refundable, in exchange for LMB's commitment to reign its clients into an alternative dispute resolution process and forfeit their rights to litigate their claims in a court of law.
For strategic reasons, our firm dismissed claims against LMB and is now only pursuing claims against Prudential.
Written By Tomeka Church, Esq.