Simmons Hanly Conroy, along with co-counsel in New York and Louisiana, has obtained a favorable ruling in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of consumers and small business owners who claim that they were defrauded by a group of companies and individuals who conspired to extract from the plaintiff class exorbitant payments and hidden fees associated with leases for electronic payment processing equipment. The lawsuit alleges that the defendants concealed and misrepresented the lease terms and then unlawfully deducted payments from plaintiffs’ bank accounts. Defendants moved to dismiss the complaint, but United States District Judge Katherine B. Forrest ruled substantially in favor of the plaintiffs, letting stand plaintiffs’ claims of fraud, breach of contract (including breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing), conversion, and violation of the Connecticut consumer fraud statute. Simington v. Lease Finance Group, LLC, 10 Civ. 6052 (KBF) (S.D.N.Y.).