September 22, 2017
NPR reports that authorities in Arkansas have forged a plan to ban dicamba next year. The news comes after over 1,000 complaints have been issued by local farmers in the state citing that the herbicide has been prone to drifting to neighboring fields, stunting the growth of their crops. To learn more about the investigation, visit zimmreed.com/case/dicamba-herbicide-drift/.
Categorised in: Environmental Protection
September 8, 2017
More than 143 million U.S. consumers’ personal and financial information, including social security numbers, may have been compromised by an Equifax data breach. Equifax is one of three credit reporting companies tracking the financial and credit history of consumers. Equifax has known about the breach since July, but did not disclose it to the public until September. In an interview by Law.com titled “5 Things to Know About the First Wave of Equifax Actions,” Zimmerman Reed partner, Brian Gudmundson brings clarity to a heated case. Zimmerman Reed represents financial institutions impacted by data breaches nationwide in Target, Home Depot, Arby’s, Wendy’s, Chipotle, and other data breaches. To learn more about the investigation, visit zimmreed.com/case/equifax-data-breach/.
Categorised in: Consumer Protection
August 16, 2017
Zimmerman Reed is proud to announce that Bucky Zimmerman and Gordon Rudd have been selected to 2018 Best Lawyers in America© list in the Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs category. Bucky and Gordon, managing partners at Zimmerman Reed, have been appointed as lead counsel in some of the largest and most complex cases in state and federal courts across the country. They have successfully represented thousands of clients in significant and demanding cases with a wide range of legal issues, including data security breaches, defective medical devices, and, most recently, the concussion litigation on behalf of retired professional athletes.
Published for more than three decades, The Best Lawyers in America list has earned the respect of the profession and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. Lawyers on this list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo a rigorous authentication process.
July 25, 2017
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has accused student loan processor Navient of directing borrowers into costly forbearance programs rather than into alternate, income-based repayment programs, as reported by Reuters. Federal student loan borrowers are entitled to participate in certain income-based repayment programs if they run into difficulty making payment due to economic hardship. Navient, which contracts with the federal government to service federal loans and assist borrowers in applying and participating in such programs, is accused of disregarding its obligations and steering borrowers into forbearance, which suspends payments altogether and can have serious economic consequences. Why does allegedly Navient do this? To save money on customer service costs. Vetting and applying borrowers for income-based repayment programs is a detailed and sometimes lengthy process, whereas the forbearance process takes much less time and effort. Federal student borrowers deserve better.
Categorised in: Consumer Protection
July 18, 2017
A driver, who drove for both Lyft and Uber, filed a lawsuit against Uber for using a secret software program called “Hell” to access Lyft drivers’ information and whereabouts in violation of privacy and other laws. As reported by Law360, the driver alleges that Uber accessed the driver’s Lyft data – without permission – to leverage a competitive upside and essentially steal customers. The driver is currently asking the court to deny Uber’s attempt to dismiss the lawsuit. Zimmerman Reed partner Caleb Marker represents the driver, who brings the suit on behalf of himself and is asking that the case be certified as a class action on behalf of drivers in California and across the country.
July 6, 2017
BizJournals reports that CenturyLink customers have filed class actions in several states alleging CenturyLink signed them up for services they did not request or authorize, improperly placed them in collections, and created fake accounts using the customers’ identification. Class actions have been filed in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Zimmerman Reed partner Hart Robinovitch and Los Angeles based Geragos & Geragos represent former and current CenturyLink customers. To learn more about the lawsuit, visit zimmreed.com/case/centurylink.
Categorised in: Class Action
July 5, 2017
Congratulations to our Zimmerman Reed partners recognized as 2017 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars honorees. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations and recognizes no more than five percent of attorneys in each state. Rising Stars of Law is a designation recognizing the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state who are 40 years old or younger or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.
The following ZR attorneys have been named as Super Lawyers:
The following ZR attorneys have been named as Rising Stars:
June 30, 2017
Zimmerman Reed partner Jason Johnston was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Stryker LFIT V40 multidistrict litigation (MDL). Judge Indira Talwani, who is presiding over the litigation in the District of Massachusetts, appointed Jason after a thorough vetting process that included applications submitted by firms from across the nation. The litigation follows a recall involving the Stryker LFIT V40 femoral heads because of a higher than expected failure rate resulting in the need for additional surgery.
June 26, 2017
The National Trial Lawyers Association has named Zimmerman Reed Partner, Jason Johnston, as a “Top 40 under 40” lawyer for 2017. The designation identifies individuals that show superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young lawyer from each state or region that are under the age of 40. Membership is by invitation only, and the selection process includes peer nominations and third-party research.
June 1, 2017
Consumers who received a text message from SuperAmerica between January 1, 2012 and April 1, 2015, are eligible to receive $50 in cash and a $50 SuperAmerica gift card (good towards gas and other SuperAmerica products) from a class action settlement. The convenience store giant has agreed to settle a class action stemming from allegations that it violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending advertisement text messages to an estimated 175,000 recipients without their express consent.
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991, known as TCPA, was signed into law to protect consumers from unsolicited calls and text messages from automated dialers. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has outlined specific rules in the TCPA that restrict companies from sending promotional or advertising text messages without having received written consent from the recipient. Companies in violation of this law can be held accountable to pay consumers per text violation. The claims deadline closes on June 15, 2017.