Attorneys Christopher Bandas and C. Jeffrey Thut, along with Gary Stewart, have filed motions to dismiss the claims made by Edelson, P.C. in their on-going civil RICO case. The underlying case contends that the above group (also including Joseph Darrell Palmer) form an “objector enterprise”, the goal of which is to extort money from class action settlements. They do so by objecting to settlements and then holding out until mediation on appeals, where they can request payments to “go away.”
In December 2016, Jay Edelson brought a class action suit against Christopher Bandas (and others), alleging violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), the All Writs Act, and for Abuse of Process. To defend himself from these claims, Mr. Bandas retained the law firm of Freeborn & Peters, LLP. However, Mr. Bandas’ malpractice insurance provider, Landmark Insurance, balked at paying the price of defending him. Landmark alleges that Freeborn & Peters, LLP are charging an excessive rate for their services.
The Southern District of New York declined to order sua sponte sanctions on Attorney Christopher Bandas in a case involving Major League Baseball television practices, despite finding that "his behavior “has been unfitting for any member of the legal profession” (See Order Declining to Impose Sanctions, page 9). The actions in question involve Bandas’ failure to file an appearance on behalf of an objector he represents. The Court believes this was an attempt to avoid sanctions, but Bandas asserted that “he did not have time to ‘travel around the country and make appearances in every objection matter that I am involved in.’” (id, page 10, citation omitted).
In a force-placed insurance class action suit, Amirali and Janet Jabrani (who have teamed up with Christopher A. Bandas to object in five cases), class counsel deposed the Jabranis. Mr. Jabrani testified that he had also objected in two other force-placed insurance cases with Mr. Bandas (Fladell v. Wells Fargo and Hamilton v. Suntrust Mortgage). When pressed, Mr. Jabrani could not cite any improvements to those settlements beyond an increased payment to himself, which came directly from Mr. Bandas.