Geoffrey H. Baskerville
GEOFFREY H. BASKERVILLE is a 1982 graduate of Gettysburg College and a 1992 graduate of the Dickinson School of Law. During law school, Geoffrey published an article entitled Human Gene Therapy: Application, Ethics and Regulation in the Dickinson Law Review, Vol. 96, No. 4.
Since graduating from law school, Geoffrey has worked for both plaintiff and defense litigation firms practicing in the areas of medical malpractice, architect’s and engineer’s malpractice, the Federal Employer’s Liability Act, and trucking litigation. In 2007, Geoffrey joined Francis Mailman Soumilas, P.C. and began to practice in the area of consumer protection litigation, including fair credit reporting and fair debt collection.
Since that time, Geoffrey has concentrated his practice on representing consumers in cases under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and other consumer statutes. He is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, the District of New Jersey, the Eastern District of Michigan, the District of Colorado and the District of New Mexico, as well as the state courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
- Dixon Rollins v. Trans Union LLC, Civil No. 09-646 (E.D. Pa., April 10, 2010) – $530,000 jury verdict against a credit reporting agency that falsely reported an old landlord collection claim for rent (remitted to $300,000);
- Smith v. LexisNexis Screening Solutions, Inc., (6th Cir. (an exact match of first name, last name and date of birth was found to violate the FCRA);
- Schwartz v. Aracor Search & Abstract, Inc., 2014 WL 4493662 (E.D. Pa. Sept. 11, 2014) (upholding compensatory and punitive damages judgment against title company that misappropriated certain funds at real estate closing);
- Ferguson v. Wells Fargo Bank, NA, 538 Fed. Appx. 782 (9th Cir. 2013) (reversing summary judgment for bank that failed to properly remove bankruptcy notation);
- Shames-Yeakel v. Citizens Financial Bank, 677 F. Supp. 2d 994 (N.D. Ill. 2009) (first court to rule that consumer may proceed to jury trial on claim that bank breached its duty to sufficiently secure its online banking system).
Geoffrey is an active member of his community and volunteers his time by serving on his local Historic Preservation Commission. He is also an avid amateur photographer.