Over forty years representing persons suffering from CATASTROPHIC injury
In some of the most significant personal injury cases in New Jersey history, Mr. Shabel was lead plaintiff’s counsel, including Medeiros v. Cooper Hospital ($4.25 million medical malpractice settlement); Ingling v. Rider Truck ($7.1 million slip and fall settlement); Moore v. Sarappa ($1 million verdict obtained in 2011); along with several dozens of verdicts and settlements ranging in value between $400,000 and $1.5 million.
Significant Experience Representing Individuals Who Were Victims of Consumer Fraud
His former firm, Shabel & DeNittis, pioneered numerous consumer fraud cases throughout the State and country. They litigated cases ranging from illegal fees and charges in numerous false advertising cases to regulatory overcharges by real estate companies, title agencies, nursing homes and health clubs. Some examples of their work involved Real Estate Settlement Procedure Act (RESPA) violation cases which were well publicized against Weichert Realty, Prudential Fox & Roach, Keller Williams and Trident Title. These cases resulted in recoveries of hundreds of thousands of dollars for thousands of consumers throughout New Jersey. Shabel and his former law firm also represented classes of individuals scammed and defrauded by companies selling bogus coins, deficient replacement windows, fraudulent weight loss products, fraudulent health club service contracts, and illegal fees for nursing home and assisted living services.
Significant Experience Representing Employees Against Employers for Labor Law Violations
Mr. Shabel and his former firm litigated numerous causes of action on a class action basis against defendants for wage and hour violations, illegal deductions from pay, and minimum wage violations. They recovered millions of dollars for workers who were not paid properly, such as in France v. Merrill Lynch ($43 million settlement on behalf of 22,000 class members for alleged wage and hour violations and alleged illegal deductions from pay); Kaufmann v. Commerce Bank ($600,000 settlement for 132 financial advisors for alleged illegal deductions from pay and alleged overtime violations); Hyman v. TD Bank ($300,000 settlement for alleged overtime violations and illegal deduction from pay).
Significant Experience Representing Individuals with Homes Containing Severe Construction Defects
Since he became a lawyer, Mr. Shabel and his former firm represented many individuals in various mass construction design defect class actions. For example, Mr. Shabel was co-lead counsel representing thousands of homeowners with common construction defects in the cases Schmoll v. J.S. Hovnanian (settlement reached after two days of trial where defendant Hovnanian agreed to repair 989 patio homes in Mt. Laurel); Melnick v. Orleans Homebuilders (defendant Orleans agreed to repair mass construction defects in over 3,000 condominiums throughout Mt. Laurel valued at $1.4 million); Ward v. Orleans Homebuilders (a settlement where defendant agreed to repair over 250 condominiums with various common air conditioning construction defects); Felderstein v. Orleans Homebuilders (where defendant agreed to pay over $6,000 a home to repair 55 homes with common construction defects dealing flashing and windows defects); and Barker v. PSE&G (wherein defendant PSE&G agreed to repair over 3,000 defectively designed gas meter sets throughout New Jersey resulting in new gas meter safety laws being adopted in New Jersey).