Success Stories 2017-11-28T14:25:30+00:00

Success Stories

Education Cases

Prevailed before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, reversing and reinstating a disability discrimination case that had been dismissed by the lower court.  The decision is Chambers v. School District of Philadelphia.

Prevailed before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on behalf of a group of parents.  Reversing the lower court, the Third Circuit held that parents are prevailing parties in Individuals with Disabilities Education Act cases when they succeed on an independent claim to enforce their procedural rights.  The decision is H.E. v. Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School.

In a case with significant ramifications for parents in Pennsylvania, Berney & Sang secured a decision on behalf of a parent of a child with disabilities where a Pennsylvania Hearing Officer ordered the School District of Philadelphia to fund a special needs trust for a student with specific learning disabilities in the amount of approximately $180,000 due to the District’s failure to provide a free and appropriate public education to the Student.  In addition, the Hearing Officer ordered the District to pay for the Student to attend a private school.  The decision is Q.H. v. School District of Philadelphia.

In a case of first impression, Berney & Sang achieved a decision from the Eastern District of Pennsylvania holding that the state is responsible for ensuring that students’ special education rights are honored when a charter school goes defunct. The decision is critical for students with disabilities because it ensures that they receive the services to which they are entitled even if their charter school closes its doors.  The decision is Charlene R. v Solomon Charter School.

Prevailed in a special education due process hearing, winning the full relief requested, including compensatory education and placement in the least restrictive environment for a student with autism, speech and language impairment, and specific learning disabilities.  The decision is D.W. v. School District of Philadelphia.

Won a special education due process hearing against Khepera Charter School, obtaining full days of compensatory education funding for the student for nearly two years of schooling.  The student was able to use the compensatory education funding to attend a private school.  The decision is T.T. v. Khepera Charter School.

Obtained a decision ordering the Pennsylvania Department of Education to provide compensatory education to a student who was denied an appropriate education while attending a now-defunct charter school.  The decision is X.J. v. Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Prevailed in a special education due process hearing on behalf of parents of a child who is both gifted and on the autism spectrum.  Obtaining a decision ordering the School District of Philadelphia to pay for the student’s private placement.  The decision is S.M. v. School District of Philadelphia.

Won a special education due process hearing against Young Scholars Kenderton Charter School, obtaining prospective private placement at the Y.A.L.E. School for two brothers.  The decisions for each brother can be accessed here.

Prevailed in a special education due process hearing against the School District of Philadelphia, obtaining over 1000 hours of compensatory education for a student with autism.  The decision is D.C. v. School District of Philadelphia.

Won a special education due process hearing against the School District of Philadelphia, obtaining a special education trust fund for a student with autism.  The decision is I.M. v. School District of Philadelphia.

Won a special education due process hearing, obtaining for a student with a severe learning disability reimbursement for private school tuition and compensatory education services.  The decision is C.O. v. School District of Philadelphia.

Prevailed in a special education due process hearing against the Pennsylvania Department of Education, obtaining funding for student’s placement at a private school.  Berney & Sang sued the Department of Education for relief because the student’s charter school shut down.  The decision is A.D. v. Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Prevailed in a special education due process hearing against the Pennsylvania Department of Education, obtaining over 1,000 hours of compensatory education services.  Berney & Sang sued the Department of Education for relief because the student’s charter school shut down.  The decision is T.T. v. Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Obtained a favorable ruling in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on behalf of a group of special education students.  The court held that the students had a right to a special education due process hearing against the Pennsylvania Department of Education.  The decision is H.E. v. Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Prevailed in a special education due process hearing, obtaining hundreds of hours of compensatory education for a student.  The hearing officer held that the School District of Philadelphia violated its child-find obligations under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.  The decision is S.J. v. School District of Philadelphia

Prevailed in a special education due process hearing, obtaining hundreds of hours of compensatory education for a student.  The hearing officer held that the Upper Darby School District violated its child-find obligations under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and failed to provide the student a free and appropriate public education.  The decision is W.P. v. Upper Darby School District.

Obtained through settlement approximately $500k in educational funding for parents of a student with a disability.

Negotiated a six-figure settlement on behalf of a class of university students who sued their university for breach of contract and fraud.

Achieved through settlement over $180K in compensatory education funds for a parent of a student with autism in Pennsylvania.  The family was able to use the funds to pay for the student to attend a private special needs school.

Obtained private placement and approximately $150K in compensatory education funds for a parent of a child with multiple disabilities in Pennsylvania.

Obtained private school placement and compensatory education services for a student with specific learning disabilities, resulting in a total recovery of over $110K.

Litigated a case in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on behalf of parents of a student with autism.  Through the litigation, the parents obtained approximately 2.5 years of compensatory education.

Employment Cases

Achieved a six-figure settlement in an employment discrimination lawsuit, which resulted in reinstatement of a correctional officer who had been wrongfully terminated from her position.

Obtained a six-figure settlement on behalf of four employees who were sexually harassed by a supervisor.

Negotiated a six-figure settlement on behalf of an African American doctor who suffered race discrimination in the workplace.

Achieved a six-figure settlement on behalf of a police officer in a free-speech retaliation case.

Achieved a six-figure settlement on behalf of a correctional officer who suffered disability discrimination in the workplace.

Participated in a multi-million dollar class action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson for race discrimination.

Obtained an arbitration award on behalf of a woman who had been sexually harassed by a female supervisor.

Testimonials