|David Berger, Pioneer of
the Class-Action Lawsuit
BY AMARA ROCKAR
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David Berger, C'32, L'36, a prominent Philadelphia lawyer
who was among the pioneers of class-action lawsuits that
took on some of the most powerful defendants in the world,
died in February at the age of 94.
The son of Austrian immigrants, Mr. Berger devoted much of
his career to fighting corporations on behalf of consumers and
ordinary people. His advocacy in Bogosian v. Gulf Oil Co., in
which he represented gas station owners in a price fixing case,
was a model for nationwide class action suits. He later adapted
the strategy in fighting for residents affected by the Three Mile
Island nuclear accident.