Today, Fisher House Foundation and VeteransPlus each received $41,287.17 as part of a multi-million dollar class action settlement in a case that Teske Katz Kitzer & Rochel lawyers, Vildan Teske and Marisa Katz, and their retired partner Bill Crowder, litigated on behalf of thousands of servicemembers. Under the settlement, the parties agreed that any unclaimed settlement funds would go to the two nonprofits to assist in their work for servicemembers rather than the funds remaining with the defendant. Vildan Teske was the court-appointed lead counsel in the class action lawsuit.
Settlement checks were mailed out today in a class action litigated on behalf of consumers in Minnesota and Missouri who were sent unlawful notices following the repossession of their vehicles. Class members will receive checks ranging from nearly $600 to more than $5,000, as well as nonmonetary benefits including the deletion of credit report trade lines regarding the subject vehicle loans and elimination of deficiency balances on those loans. Marisa Katz was the court-appointed lead counsel in the litigation.
Vildan Teske testified in front of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee. The Senate hearing was entitled “The Federal Arbitration Act and Access to Justice: Will Recent Supreme Court Decisions Undermine the Rights of Consumers, Workers and Small Businesses?”
The hearing was chaired by Senator Al Franken, D-MN, who introduced the Arbitration Fairness Act into the Senate. Vildan testified about the impact of forced arbitration clauses and class action bans in consumer and employment contracts on the ability of consumers, servicemembers, and employees to hold wrongdoers accountable.
Vildan Teske has been asked to testify before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing that will explore the impact of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on the ability of consumers, servicemembers, and employees to access justice through our civil court system. Vildan is a nationally-recognized expert in representing consumers and in class actions and will bring that expertise before the U.S. Senate in an attempt to further the rights of individuals against large corporations that are trying to keep legitimate claims from being filed in the civil court system.
The United States District Court for the District of Minnesota has granted final approval of a settlement in the case of Zellner-Dion v. Wilmington Finance, Inc., a class action involving mortgage prepayment penalties. The plaintiff had alleged that Wilmington Finance, Inc. charged home mortgage borrowers prepayment penalties that violated Minnesota law. The settlement included significant refund payments to borrowers who paid mortgage prepayment penalties, as well as payments to Habitat for Humanity and Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance.
A full copy of the order is available here.
The eighth edition of Consumer Class Actions published by the National Consumer Law Center is now in publication. Vildan Teske is one of the national class action lawyers who served as a contributing author for this book. Herb Newberg, author of Newberg on Class Actions has praised Consumer Class Actions stating it “[c]omprehensively guides lawyers through the entire spectrum of class action litigation. … Invaluable, succinct resource for new and experienced class action practitioners.”