January 31, 2019 ǀ Chickens Antitrust Litigation – Firm files fourth Complaint on behalf of a direct purchaser grocery wholesaler and two retail grocery chains against the seventeen major chicken producers, their affiliates, and Agri Stats, Inc. for artificially raising and fixing the prices of fresh/frozen whole chickens and parts and value-added chicken products sold in the United States, from 2008-2016.
March 27, 2019 | Catholic Church Clergy Sex Abuse Litigation - Firm files amended complaint on behalf of child sex abuse victims against the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the Holy See for condoning, facilitating, and covering up the sexual abuse of children by Catholic Church cardinals, bishops, monsignors, priests, sisters, lay leaders, educators, and members of Catholic religious orders.
February 12, 2019 | Catholic Church Clergy Sex Abuse Litigation – The Vatican refuses service of the complaint. Before serving the Vatican with the lawsuit, the complaint must first be translated into Latin. The law provides two ways to serve the translated complaint. One way is for the clerk of the district court in Washington, D.C. to simply mail the complaint directly to the Vatican—which was initially done here. Rather than accepting service, and acknowledging and dealing with plaintiffs’ claims of clergy child sex abuse, the Vatican refused to accept service. The package containing the complaint was returned to the district clerk’s office today with no explanation—other than “Rifiutato” (refused) written on the box. The Vatican will now be served with the lawsuit via the U.S. State Department.
January 16, 2019 | Catholic Church Clergy Sex Abuse Litigation - Defendant United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) was served with the sex abuse class action lawsuit in late November 2018. Rather than acknowledging and dealing with plaintiffs’ claims of clergy child sex abuse, the USCCB continued its pattern of denial by filing a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, claiming that the complaint “is extreme in its rhetoric and extravagant in its claims, but ultimately directed at the wrong parties.” Incredibly, the USCCB takes the position that nether it, nor the Vatican, is responsible in any way for clergy child sex abuse in the Catholic Church.
November 13, 2018 | Catholic Church Sex Abuse Litigation - Firm files national RICO Class Action Complaint on behalf of child sex abuse victims against the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the Holy See for condoning, facilitating, and covering up the sexual abuse of children by Catholic Church cardinals, bishops, monsignors, priests, sisters, lay leaders, educators, and members of Catholic religious orders since at least 1940. Rather than safeguarding and protecting children, Catholic Church leaders, including the USCCB and the Vatican itself, protected the abusive clergy, denied the abuse occurred, took extraordinary measures to conceal abusive priests’ wrongful conduct, moved them from parish to parish, without warning other parishioners or the general public, failed and refused to report abusive clergy to law enforcement or other responsible authorities as required by law, and—incredibly—even promoted the abusers. The USCCB’s and Vatican’s longstanding wrongful conduct cheated the abused children out of their youth, their innocence, their adulthood, their families and friends, their careers, and their finances—in short, their lives.
September 6, 2018 ǀ Firm Lawyers Designated 2018 Texas Super Lawyers – Richard L. Coffman designated a 2018 Texas Super Lawyer in Class Actions/Mass Torts and Sonya B. Coffman designated a 2018 Texas Super Lawyer in Family Law. No more than five percent of Texas lawyers are selected by Super Lawyers. Texas Super Lawyers are exceptional lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The list of Texas Super Lawyers is published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazine and in the October 2018 issue of Texas Monthly magazine.
August 16, 2018 ǀ Texas Credit Card Surcharge Litigation – The district court grants summary judgment in favor of the Firm’s clients (Texas merchants), holding that the Texas credit card anti-surcharge statute is unconstitutional and enjoining the Texas Attorney General from enforcing the statute further.
August 6, 2018 ǀ Chickens Antitrust Litigation – Firm files third Complaint on behalf of a direct purchaser grocery retailer and two meat and poultry distributors against the seventeen major chicken producers, their affiliates, and Agri Stats, Inc. for artificially raising and fixing the prices of fresh/frozen whole chickens and parts and value-added chicken products sold in the United States, from 2008-2016.
June 1, 2018 ǀ Packaged Seafood Antitrust Litigation – The Direct Purchaser Class files its motion for class certification. Although the Direct Purchaser Class originally alleged a price-fixing conspiracy beginning in 2004, class counsel asked the Court to certify their claims only for the period beginning June 1, 2011. This means that the Direct Purchaser Class has given up its members’ damage claims for the period prior to June 1, 2011. Every company that purchased packaged tuna products directly from StarKist, Bumble, Bee, or Chicken of the Sea is a member of the Direct Purchaser Class, and will lose its pre-June 1, 2011 damage claims if the class is certified. There is only one way a direct purchaser can protect (and potentially recover) its pre-June 1, 2011 damages: file its own non-class, direct action case. Under the law, the day the Direct Purchaser Class filed its certification motion is the day the statute of limitations began running on every direct purchaser’s pre-June 1, 2011 damages claims. Every day that passes without filing a direct action case is a lost day of damages. The Firm only represents direct purchasers in non-class, direct action cases.
May 31, 2018 ǀ Ford Defective Door Latch Litigation – Firm files Third Amended Class Action Complaint against Ford Motor Company on behalf of current and former owners and lessees of certain 2011-2016 Ford and Lincoln vehicles with defective door latch assemblies. The defective door latch assemblies cause unwarranted “door ajar” warnings, the doors not to lock, the interior lights to stay on while driving, and the dome lights to stay on after the vehicles are parked, thereby running down the batteries. The affected Ford and Lincoln vehicles include the 2011-2016 Ford Edge, 2012-2014 Ford Flex, 2013-2014 Ford Explorer, 2011-2013 Lincoln MKX, and 2013 Lincoln MKT.
May 30, 2018 | Equifax Data Breach Litigation – Firm’s client, the largest credit union in Florida, joins Financial Institution Plaintiffs’ Consolidated Amended Complaint on behalf of all financial institutions nationwide that incurred damages due to Equifax’s failure to safeguard and protect the sensitive and confidential personal and financial information of over 143 million U.S. consumers.
May 16, 2018 ǀ Chickens Antitrust Litigation – Firm files second Complaint on behalf of twelve direct purchaser grocery wholesalers and poultry distributors against the seventeen major chicken producers, their affiliates, and Agri Stats, Inc. for artificially raising and fixing the prices of fresh/frozen whole chickens and parts sold in the United States, from 2008-2016.
May 11, 2018 ǀ Syngenta MIR 162 GMO Corn Litigation – Today, the 150-day corn settlement claim filing period begins. Soon, every U.S. corn producer will receive the lengthy Court-ordered notice describing the settlement. The Firm will prepare our clients’ settlement claim forms, send the forms to them for their review and signature, and then timely file the claim forms on their behalf—so our clients can keep doing what they do best: growing corn. If you need assistance completing and filing your Syngenta corn settlement claim form, we are here to help.
April 17, 2018 ǀ Packaged Seafood Antitrust Litigation – Firm files Third Amended Complaint on behalf of twenty-seven (27) direct purchaser grocery wholesalers and retailers against Starkist, Bumble Bee, Chicken of the Sea, and their affiliates for artificially raising and fixing the prices of packaged tuna (i.e., tuna in cans, pouches, and ready-to-eat servings) sold in the United States since at least 2004. Bumble Bee’s CEO is the latest tuna industry executive to be indicted for criminal price fixing.
March 8, 2018 ǀ Zappos.com Data Breach Litigation – The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issues an Opinion reversing the district court’s dismissal of the case for lack of Article III standing, finding that the Firm’s clients properly allege an injury-in-fact based on a substantial risk that they will suffer identity theft or identity fraud as a result of the Zappos.com data breach. The Court of Appeals further held that the Firm’s clients properly allege that the risk of future harm they face is “fairly traceable” to the Zappos.com data breach, and their risk of injury from identity theft is compensable by the relief sought in the case. The Court of Appeals remanded the case to the district court for further proceedings.
March 1, 2018 ǀ Syngenta MIR 162 GMO Corn Litigation – The Plaintiffs’ Settlement Negotiation Committee is rumored to have signed a mediated settlement agreement (MSA) that will be presented to the Court shortly. But the Committee has not made it available for review by corn producers and their lawyers. Firm files motion to delay consideration of the MSA to protect the interests of all corn producers until their lawyers have had an opportunity to review the MSA and provide input.
January 30, 2018 | Equifax Data Breach Litigation - Firm files class action Complaint on behalf of the largest credit union in Florida and other similarly situated financial institutions that incurred damages due to Equifax’s failure to safeguard and protect the sensitive and confidential personal and financial information of over 143 million U.S. consumers.
January 25, 2018 ǀ Syngenta MIR 162 GMO Corn Litigation – Judges overseeing the litigation confirm that the $1.4 billion settlement must be distributed on a claims-made basis. In other words, to receive a share of the settlement funds, corn producers must file a formal claim with the settlement administrator. Judges further order the parties to craft a claims-made corn case settlement distribution plan by February 22, 2018, or come to court on February 26 “prepared for evening work.” Firm now represents over 8800 individual corn producers in 42 states planting over 2.8 million acres of corn per year—for whom the Firm will file settlement claims, so they do not have to take time away from the fields to do so.