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  1. MONIQUE SYKES et al., Plaintiffs, v. MEL HARRIS AND ASSOCIATES, LLC, et al., Defendants. No. 09 Civ. 8486 (DC). United States District Court, S.D. New York. September 4, 2012. In this case, four plaintiffs allege that a debt-buying company, a law firm, a process service company, and others engaged in a scheme to fraudulently obtain default judgments against them and more than 100,000 other consumers in state court. Defendants allegedly acted in concert to defraud these consumers in violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (the "FDCPA"), 15 U.S.C. § 1692 et seq., the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act ("RICO"), 18 U.S.C. § 1961 et seq., New York General Business Law ("GBL") § 349, and New York Judiciary Law § 487. Plaintiffs seek injunctive relief, declaratory relief, and damages on behalf of themselves and other similarly situated individuals. They move for class certification. The motion is granted. Specifically, the "Leucadia defendants" include Leucadia, L-Credit, LLC, LR Credit, LLC, LR Credit 10, LLC, LR Credit 12, LLC, LR Credit 14, LLC, LR Credit 18, LLC, and LR Credit 21, LLC, Joseph A. Orlando, Philip M. Cannella, and LR Credit John/Jane Does 1-20. (See Third Am. Compl. ¶¶ 22-31). The "Mel Harris defendants" include Mel Harris, Michael Young, David Waldman, Kerry Lutz, Todd Fabacher, and Mel Harris John/Jane Does 1-20. (See id. ¶¶ 14-21). The "Samserv defendants" include Samserv, William Mlotok, Benjamin Lamb, Michael Mosquera, John Andino, and Samserv John/Jane Does 1-20. (See id. ¶¶ 32-38).
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