Mr. Chase has worked on hundreds of matters throughout his career. Below is a list of some of the publicly-reported litigation matters that are representative of his practice.
Representative Litigation Matters
Refundo, Inc. v. TaxSlayer Pro, LLC, 21-CV-17805 (D. N.J) (2021)
Represented a fin-tech company as plaintiff in a complex dispute alleging that a prominent developer of tax-preparation software, together with several re-sellers of tax-preparation software, engaged in anti-competitive conduct against plaintiff.
Bryant, et al. v. Adex Corporation, 18-cv-01282 (S.D.N.Y)(2018)
Represented a technology staffing company as defendant in a large collective action under the FLSA in which dozens of former employees alleged that the staffing company structured its expense-reimbursement practices to avoid paying overtime in violation of the FLSA. Successfully mediated the claims to reach a mutually agreeable settlement approved by the Court.
KCG Holdings, Inc. v. Khandekar, 17-cv-03533 (S.D.N.Y)(2017)
Represented a senior quantitative trader as defendant in a protracted and highly contentious case in which defendant’s former employer alleged that defendant misappropriated valuable trade secrets, including proprietary computer trading code, for the benefit of defendant’s new employer.
Board of Directors of Powell Cove Estates v. AVR-Powell C Dev. Corp., et al., 701228/2016 (N.Y. Sup. Ct., Queens Co.)(2016)
Represented a large residential condominium as plaintiff in a multi-million-dollar case alleging pervasive construction defects arising from the defendants’ use of defective materials, including the use of defective concrete.
Phillip Andrews, LLC v. Brooklyn Dean, LLC, 64711/16 (N.Y. Sup. Ct., Westchester Co.)(2016)
Represented a general contractor as plaintiff in a complex commercial construction dispute. The dispute originated from the contractor’s gut renovation of the Brooklyn headquarters of the prominent commercial real estate brokerage firm, Terra CRG.
Key Food Stores Co-Operative, Inc. v. Uncle Gino’s Italian Gourmet Marketplace, Inc., Mon-L-1051-15 (N.J. Sup. Ct.)(2015)
Represented a supermarket chain as plaintiff in a complex replevin action against a party who wrongfully misappropriated significant amounts of commercial-grade supermarket equipment that was pledged as collateral for the plaintiff’s financing.
BOKF, N.A. v. J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., et al., 14-22503 (S.D.N.Y. Br. Ct.)(2014)
Represented a group of financial institutions as defendants in a multi-hundred million dollar inter-creditor dispute between junior and senior noteholders arising out of the bankruptcy of the large specialty chemicals company, Momentive Performance Materials, Inc.
Marchuk v. Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP, 13-cv-1669 (S.D.N.Y)(2013)
Represented a female attorney as plaintiff in a highly publicized and extremely contentious case alleging that plaintiff was subjected to sexual harassment and gender discrimination while she was employed at a high-profile class action law firm. The case resulted in a two-week federal jury trial with a verdict for plaintiff.
Veronis Suhler Stevenson Holdings LLC v. Cole, et al., 654127/2013 (N.Y. Sup. Ct., New York Co.)(2013)
Represented a private equity firm as plaintiff in a case alleging that several former senior portfolio managers improperly and unfairly solicited clients and employees and misappropriated confidential information.
Cole v. Veronis Suhler Stevenson, LLC, et al, 13-cv-5627 (S.D.N.Y) (2013)
Represented a private equity firm as defendant in a case in which a former senior portfolio manager alleged that the firm failed to pay significant severance in violation of ERISA.
Gateway Care Center v. Church Healthcare, et al., Bur-L-1468-11(N.J. Sup. Ct., Burlington Co.)(2011)
Represented a nursing home as defendant in a multi-million-dollar case in which two competing nursing homes alleged that defendant conspired with a former employee to wrongfully solicit employees and transfer a large number of plaintiffs’ patients to defendant’s facility.
ASA Ethanol Holdings, LLC v. Cargill, Inc., Case No. 13 198 Y 00301 11 (American Arb. Assoc.)(2011)
Represented a special purpose entity (formed by creditors who acquired assets out of the bankruptcy of ethanol manufacturer VeraSun Energy Corp.) as plaintiff in a multi-million-dollar breach of contract action based on complex purchase and sale contracts between VeraSun and Cargill.
Securities and Exchange Commission v. Gryphon Holdings, Inc., 10-cv-1742 (E.D.N.Y.)(2010)
Represented a creditor of a defendant in an SEC action to successfully intervene in the action and petition the Court to modify an order freezing all of the defendant’s assets to permit the intervenor to continue to receive certain reimbursements out of the defendant’s assets.
Mishkin v. Metropolitan Funding Corp., 651624/2010 (N.Y. Sup. Ct., New York Co.)(2010)
Represented a HUD loan originator as defendant in an action in which plaintiff claimed that the defendant improperly induced the plaintiff to pursue an unsuitable HUD loan.
Walter v. Wells Fargo & Company, 10-cv-7491 (S.D.N.Y)(2010)
Represented a former executive assistant as plaintiff in one of the first reported cases alleging “conviction” status discrimination after former employer wrongfully terminated plaintiff’s employment based upon her DUI conviction.
Whitney Group, LLC v. Hunt-Scanlon Corp., et al., 602775/2008 (N.Y. Sup. Ct., New York Co.)(2008)
Represented a prominent New York recruiting firm (1) in an internal investigation relating to suspected embezzlement by the Company’s Chief Financial Officer and (2) as plaintiff in litigation against the CFO and several third-parties that assisted the embezzlement. Defendants included the Company’s longtime outside legal counsel who advised the CFO on issues relating to the embezzlement but then failed to alert other Company management about the embezzlement.
O’Connor v. Smith & Laquercia, LLC, 08-cv-4599 (E.D.N.Y) (2008)
Represented a law firm as defendant in a case in which a former employee alleged that the law firm failed to accommodate plaintiff’s disability. The case resulted in a one-week federal bench trial with a verdict for defendant.
Burlington Packaging, Inc. v. Extra Packaging, Inc., 08-cv-1515 (E.D.N.Y.)(2008)
Represented a packaging company as plaintiff in an action alleging that defendant violated a licensing agreement by continuously failing to pay royalties owed on defendant’s sales of a line of specialized commercial packaging products designed by plaintiff.
Daughters of Mary v. Zaplin, 6777-08 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Albany Co.)(2008)
Represented art dealer as defendant in a highly publicized and extremely contentious case in which a convent of nuns alleged that defendant fraudulently induced the nuns to sell a very valuable painting for a fraction of its known value. The case resulted in a five-week state jury trial with a verdict for defendant.
Magnoni v. Smith & Laquercia, LLC, 07-cv-9875 (S.D.N.Y)(2007)
Represented law firm as defendant in action by a former employee alleging sexual harassment, gender discrimination and failure to pay overtime in violation of state and federal law. The case resulted in a one-week federal bench trial with a verdict for defendant.
Wilpon v. OptimizeRx Corp., Esx-C-289-06 (N.J. Sup. Ct., Essex Co.)(2006)
Represented a prescription drug company as defendant with respect to a successful application to vacate a default judgment that plaintiff had entered against defendant’s predecessor entity and was seeking to enforce against defendant.
Best v. Publicis Healthcare Comm. Group, Inc., et al., 05-cv-7375 (S.D.N.Y.)(2005)
Represented a senior advertising executive as plaintiff in an action against his former employer to recover significant compensation and expense reimbursements owed concerning his employment.
Tenenbaum v. Forest Hills Associates, LLC, 600201/2005 (N.Y. Sup. Ct., New York Co.) (2005)
Represented the former owner of a large Manhattan residential building as defendant in a breach of contract action in which plaintiff sought to recover a multi-million-dollar broker’s fee relating to the $50 million sale of defendant’s building.
Kamson Corp. v. Metropolitan Funding Corp., 601549/2005 (Sup. Ct., New York Co.)(2005)
Represented a HUD loan originator as defendant in an action in which borrower claimed that that defendant misrepresented and/or failed to disclose material fees, expenses and other onerous terms associated with a HUD loan obtained by plaintiff.
Red Tulip, LLC v. Nieva, 100952/03 (N.Y.Sup. Ct., New York Co.)(2003)
Represented fee owner of a valuable SoHo residential building as plaintiff in a protracted declaratory judgment action seeking to terminate the occupancy and investor rights asserted by the tenant defendant occupying the building’s extremely valuable 10,000 square foot penthouse unit.
Findlay v. Zaplin-Lambert Gallery, Inc., 603118/01 (N.Y. Sup. Ct., New York Co.) (2001)
Represented an art gallery as defendant in a case alleging breach of contract and breach of warranty with respect to defendant’s sale of a valuable painting that plaintiff later believed to be counterfeit.
Seward Park Housing Corp. v. Greater New York Mutual Insurance Company, 600059/01 (N.Y. Sup. Ct., New York Co.) (2001)
Represented a large residential co-op as plaintiff in a $20 million breach of contract action against the co-op’s property insurance carrier arising from the carrier’s refusal to provide coverage relating to the catastrophic collapse of the co-op’s underground parking garage. The case resulted in a five-week state jury trial with a verdict for plaintiff.
Aiena v. Olsen, 97-cv-8713 (S.D.N.Y) (1997)
Represented large group of retired executives as plaintiffs in an action asserting ERISA and common law claims based on plaintiffs’ allegation that the management of their former employer improperly induced plaintiffs to waive valuable retirement benefits in order to facilitate management’s billion-dollar sale of the former employer.
Canpartners Investments IV, LLC v. Alliance Gaming Corp., 96-cv-9788 (S.D.N.Y) (1996)
Represented a large casino gaming company as a defendant in an action brought by several investment firms seeking to recover a multi-million-dollar break-up fee with respect to financing that plaintiffs had agreed to provide to the defendant to fund a hostile takeover.