Berman Tabacco

Steven L. Groopman

Associate

Steven L. Groopman

Steven L. Groopman is an associate in the Boston office of Berman Tabacco. Steve seeks to use the law in a compelling and creative manner to achieve financial justice for clients in complex litigation. He currently litigates cutting-edge healthcare and consumer protection matters, with a particular focus on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

Prior to joining the firm in 2015, Steve served as a law clerk to the Hon. Dickinson R. Debevoise on the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Earlier in his career, Steve worked as an associate at a litigation and white-collar defense boutique law firm in New York.

During law school, Steve interned at the World Organization for Human Rights and with the Hon. Nicholas G. Garaufis on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He also served as a Student-Attorney in his law school’s appellate defender clinic. Before law school, he worked as a Reporter-Researcher at The New Republic magazine in Washington, D.C.

In 2017 and 2018, Steve was named a “Rising Star” by New England Super Lawyers magazine.

Experience

  • Currently representing a proposed class of EpiPen purchasers in Klein, et al. v. Prime Therapeutics, LLC, at al., No. 17-cv-1884 (D. Minn.) and Illis Optum Inc., et al., No. 17-cv-5154 (D. Minn.), alleging that major pharmacy benefit managers violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) by extracting rebates and other monies from Mylan N.V., keeping a significant amount of those monies for themselves, and causing Mylan to raise EpiPen’s list price that the class is subject to under the terms of their ERISA health plans.
  • Currently representing a proposed class of consumer borrowers in Gingras, et al. v. Rosette, et al., No. 15-cv-0101 (D. Vt.), alleging that online payday lenders, along with a major hedge fund and venture capitalists, engaged in a scheme to defraud and to collect unlawful debt, in violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), by creating and controlling a Native American tribal entity and issuing usurious loans through that entity in an effort to circumvent state and federal law.
  • Currently representing a proposed class of consumer borrowers in Solomon, et al. v. American Web Loan, Inc., et al., No. 17-cv-0145 (E.D. Va.), alleging that online payday lenders and a private equity firm engaged in unlawful debt collection, in violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), by issuing usurious loans through a Native American tribal entity in an effort to circumvent state and federal law, and in violation of the Truth In Lending Act (TILA), for the failure to inform consumer borrowers of material terms of their loans during the application process.

Publications, Presentations & Appearances

  • A View from the Courthouse: Lawsuits Targeting PBMs, Coalition of State Rheumatology Organizations, 2017 State Society Advocacy Conference, September 9, 2017
  • Why Dark Money is Bad Business, The New York Times, May 10, 2016
Steven L. Groopman Associate
Boston
One Liberty Square
Boston, MA 02109

Steven L. Groopman is an associate in the Boston office of Berman Tabacco. Steve seeks to use the law in a compelling and creative manner to achieve financial justice for clients in complex litigation. He currently litigates cutting-edge healthcare and consumer protection matters, with a particular focus on the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

Prior to joining the firm in 2015, Steve served as a law clerk to the Hon. Dickinson R. Debevoise on the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Earlier in his career, Steve worked as an associate at a litigation and white-collar defense boutique law firm in New York.

During law school, Steve interned at the World Organization for Human Rights and with the Hon. Nicholas G. Garaufis on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He also served as a Student-Attorney in his law school’s appellate defender clinic. Before law school, he worked as a Reporter-Researcher at The New Republic magazine in Washington, D.C.

In 2017 and 2018, Steve was named a “Rising Star” by New England Super Lawyers magazine.

Education
  • George Washington University Law School (J.D., 2009)
  • Brown University (A.B., Magna Cum Laude, Political Science, 2005)
Experience
  • Currently representing a proposed class of EpiPen purchasers in Klein, et al. v. Prime Therapeutics, LLC, at al., No. 17-cv-1884 (D. Minn.) and Illis Optum Inc., et al., No. 17-cv-5154 (D. Minn.), alleging that major pharmacy benefit managers violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) by extracting rebates and other monies from Mylan N.V., keeping a significant amount of those monies for themselves, and causing Mylan to raise EpiPen’s list price that the class is subject to under the terms of their ERISA health plans.
  • Currently representing a proposed class of consumer borrowers in Gingras, et al. v. Rosette, et al., No. 15-cv-0101 (D. Vt.), alleging that online payday lenders, along with a major hedge fund and venture capitalists, engaged in a scheme to defraud and to collect unlawful debt, in violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), by creating and controlling a Native American tribal entity and issuing usurious loans through that entity in an effort to circumvent state and federal law.
  • Currently representing a proposed class of consumer borrowers in Solomon, et al. v. American Web Loan, Inc., et al., No. 17-cv-0145 (E.D. Va.), alleging that online payday lenders and a private equity firm engaged in unlawful debt collection, in violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), by issuing usurious loans through a Native American tribal entity in an effort to circumvent state and federal law, and in violation of the Truth In Lending Act (TILA), for the failure to inform consumer borrowers of material terms of their loans during the application process.
Honors & Distinctions
  • Named a “Rising Star” by New England Super Lawyers magazine in 2017 and 2018
Admissions
  • State Bar of Massachusetts
  • State Bar of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Affiliations
  • The Corporate Reform Coalition (Public Citizen)
Publications, Presentations & Appearances
  • A View from the Courthouse: Lawsuits Targeting PBMs, Coalition of State Rheumatology Organizations, 2017 State Society Advocacy Conference, September 9, 2017
  • Why Dark Money is Bad Business, The New York Times, May 10, 2016