Mark R. Cuker
Mark Cuker is one of the foremost litigation attorneys in the country. With more than 40 years’ experience, Mark has been highly successful at achieving results in small business advocacy, environmental litigation, pharmacy mass action, and consumer class action cases.
Mark has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for his pre-eminence in class action/mass torts and environmental litigation several times. As Of Counsel at Jacobs Law Group, Mark concentrates his practice in unfair business practices and environmental cost recovery on behalf of businesses with contaminated properties
Growing up with his parents’ “mom and pop” business, Mark watched them constantly battle the unfair practices of much larger businesses. From this experience, he developed a sense of justice and passion for the practice of law at an early age. He is often called upon to help small businesses which have suffered massive losses due to the bad faith actions of their corporate “Goliath” partners, including squeeze outs and freeze outs of various types. Mark is currently representing plaintiffs in an ongoing pharmacy mass action lawsuit, filed on behalf of over 450 independent pharmacies, fighting the unreasonably and unjustifiably low reimbursements they receive for generic drugs from Catamaran (now Optum Rx), a large pharmacy benefits management company.
Mark is a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates, the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Associations, and Public Justice. He also is a member of the board of directors of TEACH (Toxic Environments Affect Children’s Health), which has benefited from his experience in high profile toxic tort cases, such as the Toms River cancer cluster case.
His analyses of legal issues concerning consumers, businesses, municipalities, and the environment are frequently sought by the news media, and his articles on these subjects have been published in the Philadelphia Daily News, Pennsylvania Bar Association Quarterly, Toxics Law Reporter, Pennsylvania Law Weekly, and the Villanova Law Review.
He holds a law degree from Villanova University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Temple University.
Mark has successfully represented consumers in three cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court:
- Strawn v. Canuso: Representing purchasers of new homes near a landfill against developer for fraudulent concealment of the nearby toxic waste dump.
- Perez v. Rent-A-Center: Ruled that rent-to-own contracts charged illegal and exorbitant interest, leading to a $109 million settlement.
- Muhammad v. County Bank: Decided that payday loan contract provision banning class actions is ‘unconscionable and unenforceable’.
Select cases, past and present:
- In re: Wachovia Corp. “Pick-A-Payment” Mortgage Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, Ralston v. Mortgage Investors, Grp., Inc., Monaco v. Bear Stearns Resid. Mortg. Corp., Peel v. BrooksAmerica Mortg. Corp: Obtained class action settlements that recovered hundreds of millions of dollars paid by the nation’s biggest banks to homeowners and borrowers who entered into predatory and deceptive Option Adjustable Rate Mortgage (“Option ARM”) loans that were designed to strip them of the equity in their homes.
- In re: Toms River Cancer Cluster: Represented 69 families with childhood cancer in claims that the cancer was caused by the chemical contamination of drinking water.
- In re: Paulsboro train derailment: Representing citizens and first responders claiming injury and damages from negligent operations of Conrail leading to spill of 20,000 gallons of carcinogenic vinyl chloride.
- Albert’s Pharmacy, Inc. et al v. Catamaran Corporation: Representing independent pharmacists who claim pharmacy benefit manager illegally inflates patient’s costs for prescription drugs, overcharging insurance plans and underpaying pharmacies.
- Minnix et. al. v. Solvay: Representing private well owners in West Deptford, New Jersey whose wells were contaminated by PFC’s (Perfluorinated compounds).
- Delta Quarries vs. Simon's Wrecking et. al. Recovered millions of dollars for small business in CERCLA action seeking contribution for costs of cleaning up a landfill
Seminar Presentations & Publications
- Presented at the National Community Oncology Dispensing Association in Denver CO in March 2019
- Presented at meeting of Pharmacists United for Truth and Transparency in Austin TX in August 2019