January 01, 2012

Each year, the National Law Journal (NLJ) selects the nation’s most successful law firms to highlight in its prestigious Hot Lists. We are pleased to announce that Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC was named to the NLJ’s 2011 Plaintiffs’ Hot List based on cases and settlements that “are at the cutting edge of plaintiffs’ work —and that are giving defense players a run for their money.”

According to NLJ Hot List judges, Cohen Milstein “soared with big wins in a class action involving Native American farmers, and a major securities fraud case, and another concerning Louisiana hurricane victims.”

Among the cases leading to Hot List selection were:

Keepseagle v. Vilsack, a case where Cohen Milstein, as lead counsel, represented Native American farmers and ranchers charging discrimination in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s farm loan program.  Cohen Milstein helped secure a settlement that included $760 million in damages, debt forgiveness, and safeguards to prevent such discrimination in the future.

Rubin v. MF Global Ltd., in which Cohen Milstein was co-lead counsel in a securities fraud case against MF Global, where the Company's misstatements to investors regarding the adequacy and effectiveness of risk controls caused shareholders to incur substantial losses. These internal weaknesses came to light when a rogue employee engaged in unauthorized trading of wheat futures that caused the Company to absorb a massive $141.5 million trading loss. A proposed $90 million settlement was reached in August 2011.

Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center v. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a case involving the $9.8 billion federal Road Home program created to aid Louisiana residents that were displaced following hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  Cohen Milstein worked with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center to win a $62 million settlement to aid African-American homeowners who alleged they were discriminated against in the formula developed to award funds.

While we are immensely honored by the NLJ’s Plaintiffs’ Hot List award, we are even prouder of the fact that our work helps secure justice and produce results for these and many other clients.