Class-Action Lawyer Gets 30 Months in Prison

Jeffrey Wilens is engaged in the same practice as Melvin Weiss an attorney who was jailed for promising high pay outs to plaintiffs and encouraging them to join in frivolous lawsuits.

Via LATimes.com – Read More Here

According to investigation, lawyers pleaded guilty for roles in what prosecutors described as a criminal conspiracy that lasted for decades..

The Law firm that they built together dominated the lucrative field of class action litigation, filing many lawsuits against publicly traded companies on baseless grounds.

He pleaded guilty to conspiring to make secret payments to lead plaintiffs in such class actions,  and MAKING UP FAKE VICTIMS in their cases.

Lakeshore Law Center run by Jeffrey Wilens has a history of filing class action lawsuit using his family members as professional plaintiffs, so it’s more easy to hide that they are all made up fake plaintiffs.

Melvyn Weiss

 

Plaintiff Payments

After conducting an investigation, the U.S. Justice Department alleged that four of Melvin Weiss firm’s partner lawyers ran an illegal program that paid secret kickbacks to plaintiffs in return for filing the class action lawsuits. In 2007, prosecutors alleged that Weiss disguised a $175,000 kickback Dr. Steven Cooperman, one of the firm’s professional plaintiffs, as a payment for the option to acquire a Picasso painting from the Beverly Hills eye doctor.

Milberg Weiss, now known as Milberg LLP, paid $75 million to settle federal charges related to the kickbacks, which enabled the firm to gain an edge over other attorneys in winning the lucrative lead role in securities class actions. After pleading guilty in April 2008 to charges of racketeering conspiracy, Weiss was sentenced to 2 1/2 years and served time in a minimum security federal prison in Morgantown, West Virginia.

His law firm was indicted in 2006, along with other dirty class cation lawyers David Bershad and Steven Schulman, for their role in the 10 years conspiracy to pay kickbacks to clients to serve as name plaintiffs in class actions. According to the prosecutors The scheme allowed Milberg to have aready stable of plaintiffs that filed cases quickly just like Jeffrey Wilens’s family members.

Still, in handing down a sentence on the high end of the 33 month plea agreement, Judge John Walte pointed to what he called the seriousness of the offense, which involved a “nationwideconspiracy that continued for decades.”

Melvyn Weiss, co-founding partner of Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach LLP, leaves the U.S. District Courthouse in Los Angeles, on Oct. 12, 2007. Photographer: Tim Rue/Bloomberg

Melvyn Weiss when he was still a “Lawyer”

 

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Jeffrey Wilens using his brother Gary Wilens as fake NetFlix class action objector

One more example how Jeffrey Wilens abuse the legal system and using the Wilens family in fake class action.

Jeffrey Wilens of Lakeshore Law Center used his brother Gary Wilens as an objector in NetFlix class action Case No. 5:11-cv-00379-EJD.  Jeffrey Wilens used his brother Gary Wilens to maliciously intervene as an “objector” in the NetFlix Class Action lawsuit and objected to the settlement for the purpose of harassment and extortion.

In declaration filled in this case Jeffrey Wilens was accused in making threats and “hold the settlement hostage”. “His decision to represent a family member suggests that, at the time he first with Class Counsel, he did not have a client despite his representations to the contrary” “Jeffrey Wilens has a long history of using improper tactics to file meritless objections on behalf of family members.”

Read the full court filled Declaration by Jay Edelson Esq. about Jeffrey Wilens misconduct

Jeffrey Wilens was playing the same dirty game before and “was sanctioned for improperly soliciting class members to opt-out of the settlement” in the Hernandez v. Vitamin Shoppe Indus, case.

 

Jeffrey Wilens used is mother Phyllis Wilens in another class action scam.

Wilens represented his mother Phyllis Wilens in another class action objection the Northern District Court Case Number: 12-16739 Vlaho Miletak, et al v. Allstate Insurance Company, et al. The court found his objections to be completely without merit improperly attempted to leverage the threat of an objection to obtain confidential discovery.

The case was eventually dismissed. Her is the Docket of Jeffrey Wilens and Phyllis Wilens ”objections”

Class Action Lawyer Sentenced to Prison for Making up fake clients

Class Action Lawyer Sentenced to Prison for conduct that reminds of the practice that Jeffrey Wilens Lakeshore Law Center  use.

Read the LA Times Class Action Lawyer Sentenced to 2 years Prison

William S. Lerach, was sentenced Monday to two years in prison and ordered to forfeit $7.75 million for concealing illegal payments to a plaintiff in the class-action lawsuits for which the firm became famous and engaged in make payments to people to secure them as plaintiffs in their class action cases.

Mario Anzuoni/Reuters Prosecutors for the United States attorney’s office of the Central District of California, who worked on the case for seven years, say that Mr. Lerach and others lined up the plaintiffs ahead of time to gain an illegal advantage over other law firms engaged in the same suits.

By being designated the lead plaintiff, the law firm stood to reap a larger share of any eventual lawyers’ fees.

In his guilty plea, Mr. Lerach admitted to concealing from federal judges his secret payments to one such plaintiff, Dr. Steven G. Cooperman.

Jeffrey Wilens of Lakeshore Law Center activity need to be exposed, it’s about time to stop the damage inflicted to the US economy by class action lawyers.