Congratulations to my law partner, Rob DiTusa, who was selected as one of Massachusetts’ Top Personal Injury Attorneys in 2016 by New England Super Lawyers. Rob does outstanding work for our clients. He has 21 years of trial experience representing individuals in personal injury and insurance bad faith claims. In the past year he obtained several significant verdicts, and helped finalize a $10 million consumer class action settlement with the third largest auto insurer in the country. Great job Rob! -Ryan

making insurance companies pay

Congratulations to Attorneys Rob DiTusa and Stephen Holstrom for their trial victory last week. Making insurance companies pay what they should is not only important for the case that was tried, but to send a message for all cases going forward. Great job guys!! – Ryan

Attorneys Rob DiTusa and Laura Mangini tried a case over the last week on behalf of a client, against an insurance company, for Bad Faith Claims Handling. Holding insurance companies responsible, when they don’t handle claims in accordance with the law, should make them think twice before engaging in such actions going forward The trial ended yesterday, but because it was a bench trial (the judge alone decides) we likely will not have a decision for many months. Watching how hard they’ve worked, especially in the weeks leading up to the trial, makes me proud of the team we’ve assembled. -Ryan

Progressive Direct Insurance Settlement

The law firms of Alekman DiTusa, LLC and Connor, Morneau and Olin, LLP are proud to announce final settlement of Estrada v. Progressive Direct Insurance Company. In 2011, our law firms jointly filed a consumer protection class action lawsuit on behalf of Massachusetts consumers against Progressive Insurance Company. On Friday, January 29, 2016, the settlement received final approval from the United Stated District Court in Boston.

The case involved Massachusetts auto insurance policies originally purchased on Progressive’s website from 2008-2010. The Court certified a class, which included 4,311 people whose claims for accident-related medical bills and lost wages denied due to an $8,000 PIP deductible on their automobile insurance policy. Progressive Direct denied any wrongdoing in the sales and marketing of their policies.

The terms of the settlement call for payment of $1,875.00 to each of the 4,311 class members who make a claim against the settlement fund (totaling a potential $8,083,125 in payments directly to class members, legal fees and costs paid separately). Attorneys’ fees and costs are paid separately and do not come out of the claimant’s money. Each of the 4,311 affected consumers should have received written notice of the settlement in December and January. Details can be found at All claims must be filed by February 28, 2016.

Class actions level the playing field between consumers and large corporate interests. We are proud of the outstanding settlement we were able to reach after 4 years of hard-fought litigation against one of the nation’s largest car insurance companies.

Ryan and Rob.

Congratulations to Attorneys DiTusa and Holstrom for their victory yesterday against an insurance company that didn’t want to pay what they owed our client.

rear end collision settlement

I am very proud of the hard work and dedication that my law partner, Rob DiTusa, and our associate, Laura Mangini, showed on trial this week. The number of hours and late nights, reviewing materials and preparing, really shows their dedication to doing right by our clients.

This was a rear-end crash, with little visible property damage. Our client, a gentleman, had a pre-existing medical problem, for which his doctor had recommended surgery. However, before the collision, our client considered his pain to be tolerable and chose not to have surgery. Unfortunately, the accident made his pain much worse and forced him to surgery much sooner than anticipated.

Through their hard work, Rob and Laura were able to prove to the jury that this crash made his pre-existing problems worse. Yesterday, the jury awarded our client $100,000 for his injuries. It was also important to our client that they found him to be credible, and made the defendant take responsibility for her actions, which will ultimately be paid for by her insurance company. The defendant’s insurer never made a reasonable offer, which required this case to go to trial.

Ryan Alekman


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