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.
December 8, 2017 ǀ Chickens Antitrust Litigation – Firm files Complaint on behalf of eight direct purchaser grocery wholesalers and retailers 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.
September 26, 2017 ǀ Syngenta MIR 162 GMO Corn Litigation – Today will be remembered as a momentous day in U. S. agriculture history as Syngenta agreed to pay U.S. corn producers $1.5 billion to settle the sprawling litigation over its premature release of MIR 162 GMO corn seed (Agrisure Viptera and Agrisure Duracade) before the seeds were approved by China. There are numerous detailed terms yet to be negotiated. Those discussions will begin the week of October 2 with a view towards presenting a formal settlement agreement to the courts in late October.
September 8, 2017 ǀ Equifax Data Breach Litigation – Firm files complaints on behalf of consumers in California, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, and North Carolina whose sensitive and confidential personal and financial information was stolen and compromised by fraudsters because Equifax failed to properly safeguard and protect the information. The Firm intends to file more complaints on behalf of consumers in other states shortly. Click here for what you need to know about the Equifax data breach.
August 9, 2017 ǀ Syngenta MIR 162 GMO Corn Litigation – The August 14 start date of the Minnesota state court class action trial, in which corn farmers seek more than $600 million in damages, is postponed until September 11, 2017. Not coincidentally, the judge in the Kansas City federal MDL proceeding, in conjunction with the judges of the other courts in which cases are filed, appoints a small subset of plaintiffs’ counsel to serve as a “Plaintiffs’ Settlement Negotiation Committee to work toward a fair and expeditious resolution” of the litigation. Today is another good day for U.S. corn producers.
August 8, 2017 ǀ Ford Defective Door Latch Litigation – Firm files 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 that cause unwarranted “door ajar” warnings and the doors not to lock, thereby depleting the batteries and causing them to run down.