Thomas C. Costello, the founder of the Costello Law Group, has represented hundreds of investors over the course of his 21 year career and has recovered in excess of $25 million for his clients. While many cases are resolved pursuant to confidential settlement agreements, the following is a sample of some of the reported awards that Mr. Costello has obtained for his clients:
2014 - $7.4 million settlement for defrauded real estate investors
VERDICTS AND JUDGMENTS
Wittmann v. Cabot Investment Properties, LLC, et al.
Case No. 12-C-11-002485 OC, Circuit Court for Harford County
12/9/13 Bench trial on claims for violations of the Maryland Securities Act- Judgment of $1,173,881.75 awarded to Plaintiffs.
Bollman v. Splash& Dash, LLC
Case No. 12-C-09-003497 OT
10/29/13 Jury awards $200,000 in damages to Plaintiff.
Howard v. Miller
Case No. 24-C-11-001226 OT
1/17/13 Bench Trial regarding claims of personal injury - Judgment of $51,906 awarded to Plaintiff.
FINRA ARBITRATION AWARDS
Michalak v. American Investors Company, et al., FINRA Arb. No. 09-05641
Panels awards $2,702,800 in compensatory damages, attorney's fees and costs.
Georges v. CIBC Oppenheimer Corp., FINRA Arb. No. 98-03690
Panel awards $427,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.
Zagier v. Wasserman & Associates. et al., FINRA Arb. No. 09-01281
Panel awards $118,315 in compensatory damages, attorney's fees and costs.
Edwards v. Bennett, et al., FINRA Arbitration No. 13-00612
Panel awards $100,164.38 in compensatory damages.
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC, et al. vs. Peter C. Foote, FINRA Arbitration No. 14-00233
Successfully defeated Morgan Stanley's claims against a former employee for monies owed on a promissory note. Morgan Stanley's claims for more $340,000 in damages were denied in their entirety.
Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. vs. Mamunes, FINRA Arbitration No. 12-01480
Successfully defeated Citigroup's claims against a former employee for monies owed on a promissory note. Citigroup's claims for more $100,000 in damages were denied in their entirety and all hearing session fees were assessed against Citigroup.
Scherr v. Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith, FINRA Arb. No. 08-00928
Panel finds Merrill Lynch liable for defamation and orders expungement of advisor's U-5.
Truehart v. Ferris Baker Watts, Inc., et al., FINRA Arb. No. 01-01649
Panel awards $62,000 in compensatory damages.
Bloomquist v. Royal Alliance Associates, et al., FINRA Arb. No. 02-01180
Panel awards $55,391 in compensatory damages.
Zakweiia v. Ferris Baker Watts, Inc., et al., FINRA Arb. No. 01-02517
Panel awards $50,000 in compensatory damages.
Provenza v. Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith, FINRA Arb. No. 02-00487
Panel awards $46,666 in compensatory damages and attorney's fees.
SUCCESSFUL APPELLATE DECISIONS
Mathews v. Cassidy Turley, et al., 435 Md. 584 (2013)
Successfully overturned trial court's entry of summary judgment and create new Maryland law regarding the definition of an investment contract and the application of limitations under the Maryland Securities Act. An important victory for Maryland investors!
Barbour v. International Union, 640 F.3d 599, 4th Cir. (2011)
Successfully reversed trial court rulings regarding issues of removal and the doctrine of complete preemption.
Bollman v. Splash& Dash, LLC, CSA, Sept. 2013, 2238 (2015)
Successfully reversed J.N.O.V. granted by the Circuit Court for Harford County and reinstated the $200,000 jury verdict.
Commonwealth Equity v. Messick, 152 Md. App. 381, Md. CSA (2003)
Successfully affirmed trial court's ruling regarding the waiver of an agreement to arbitrate.
Bollman v. Splash & Dash, LLC, Md. CSA, Sept. Term 2010, 1179 (2012)
Successfully reversed trial court's ruling regarding the issue of assumption of the risk.
TOTAL ANNUAL CLIENT RECOVERIES BY THE COSTELLO LAW GROUP
2015 - $10,000,000
2014 - $1,968,000
2013 - $3,164,000
2012 - $3,045,000
2011 - $3,950,500