Vildan Teske and Marisa Katz Named to 2021 Minnesota Super Lawyers List and Vildan Teske Selected to Minnesota Top 100 and Top 50 Women Lists

We are pleased to announce that partners Marisa Katz and Vildan Teske have been selected again to the 2021 Minnesota Super Lawyers list.  Additionally, for the fourth year in a row, Vildan Teske has been selected to the Minnesota Top 100 Super Lawyers  and the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers Lists,  a high distinction recognizing the top attorneys under the Super Lawyers rating system. These honors are notable given Minnesota has over 25,000 practicing attorneys.

Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer-influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in the state.

The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes:

  • Peer nominations
  • Independent research by Super Lawyers
  • Evaluations from a highly credentialed panel of attorneys

Attorneys on the top lists have been selected to the 2021 Minnesota Super Lawyers list and ranked top of the list in the Super Lawyers selection process.

Teske Katz is proud of its attorneys, and grateful to the legal community for this continued recognition. The 2021 Minnesota Super Lawyers Magazine can be found here (https://digital.superlawyers.com/superlawyers/mnslrs21/MobilePagedReplica.action?pm=2&folio=Cover#pg1)

Federal Judge Gives Green Light to Teske Katz’s Antitrust Lawsuit against Residential Real Estate Industry

On October 02, 2020, U.S. District Judge Andrea R. Wood denied a motion to dismiss brought by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) in a case accusing it of breaking antitrust laws by imposing sales commission rules that result in unfair charges to home sellers. The Court rejected NAR’s argument that a proposed class of former homeowners who say they are duped into paying too high of a commission when they sell their houses cannot prove injury. Judge Wood made clear the injury laid out by the home seller plaintiffs in their complaint was “assuredly of a type that the Sherman [Antitrust] Act was designed to prevent.”
The case is Moehrl v. National Association of Realtors, et al., and is being litigated in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Teske Katz, PLLP is one of seven law firms representing Plaintiff and the proposed class of home sellers.
The complete article detailing the Judge’s order is featured in Law360 and can be found here:

Vildan Teske Featured in Article by Super Lawyers Magazine

We are excited to announce that Minnesota Super Lawyers Magazine, a Thompson Reuters publication, has featured Vildan Teske in an article appearing in their annual publication. The article, entitled “Their Voice in the System”  focuses on Vildan’s class action practice,  cases she has handled for our country’s military members, and testifying before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee to improve access to justice for her clients. The article also discusses Vildan’s background as an immigrant and her motivation to fight for the underprivileged.

The article can be found here and here.

Vildan Teske Authors National Consumer Law Center’s Consumer Class Actions Manual, 10th Edition

Vildan Teske is a contributing author of the National Consumer Law Center’s (NCLC) Consumer Class Actions (10th Ed.) 

The tenth 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.”

Marisa Katz interviewed in KARE11 story on Residential Real Estate Antitrust Lawsuit

On May 19, 2020, Teske Katz partner Marisa Katz appeared in a KARE11 story discussing a major antitrust class action lawsuit against the residential real estate industry, Moehrl v. National Association of Realtors, et al. The lawsuit, filed in March 2019, in which Teske Katz, PLLP and co-counsel represent Plaintiffs, alleges the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and the four largest real estate broker franchises (Realogy Holdings Corp., HomeServices of America, Inc., RE/MAX Holdings, Inc., and Keller Williams Realty, Inc.) conspired to required home sellers to pay the broker representing the buyer of their homes, and to pay at an inflated amount, in violation of federal antitrust law.
To watch the news report, click here:

Vildan Teske Elected as Fellow of the American Bar Foundation

Teske, Katz, Kitzer & Rochel, PLLP is excited to announce that Vildan Teske has been elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (ABF).  This prestigious distinction is limited to only one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Fellows are nominated by their peers and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.

Established in 1955, the American Bar Foundation Fellows “is a global honorary society of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and to the welfare of their communities.” For more information about the ABF, click here

Marisa Katz Recognized for Her Work on behalf of those Displaced by Hurricane Katrina

Last week, Marisa Katz was featured in a museum exhibit at the Louisiana Supreme Court marking the 50th anniversary of legal aid service programs in Louisiana. Marisa was a staff attorney at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) from 2004 to 2008. Part of the exhibit documented the legal services provided by SLLS attorneys in both the immediate and long-term aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Marisa’s work during and after Hurricane Katrina was a formative chapter in her professional career, where she continues today to advocate on behalf of low-income consumers to ensure an equal and just marketplace, free from predatory business practices. For more information on TKKR’s work on behalf of consumers and employees click here.

 

Exhibit at Louisiana Supreme Court, November 9, 2017. 

Marisa Katz, with Mark Moreau and Brian Lenard (former co-executive directors of SLLS) standing outside SLLS’ office in Chalmette, LA. The building sustained more than 14 feet of flood water following the levy breaches in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. The office was destroyed. 

Marisa Katz Presents on Forced Arbitration with Congressman Keith Ellison

On Monday, October 30, Marisa Katz co-presented a CLE at St. Thomas School of Law with Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) on forced arbitration clauses. Congressman Ellison addressed last week’s vote in the Senate that rescinded the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) rule that would have banned class action waivers in forced arbitration bans in consumer contracts.

Marisa discussed recent key U.S. Supreme Court cases on this topic and the Court’s continued role in shutting the courthouse doors to consumers, employees and small businesses. Both speakers discussed how to keep up the fight against forced arbitration and class action bans in the current political environment.

The presentation, “On Our Terms: Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Stopping Courts from Granting Justice,” was sponsored by University of St. Thomas School of Law’s Law Democrats.

Doug Micko Presents on Updates to Whistleblower Law at Employment Law Institute

On May 23, 2017, Teske Katz Kitzer & Rochel partner Doug Micko presented a continuing legal education seminar to his peers at the Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute. The Employment Law Institute, billed as “the Nation’s best employment law conference,” is a program that attracted approximately 1,400 lawyers and employment law professionals. Micko, together with his co-panelist Joe Schmitt, presented a session entitled “Blowing the Amended Whistle – Minnesota Whistleblower Litigation.” The discussion focused on Minnesota’s Whistleblower Act, some recent amendments to the Act, and how broad the Act protects employees from retaliation.

Teske Katz Kitzer & Rochel’s attorneys regularly practice whistleblower law. If you believe you have been the victim of retaliation for whistleblowing, contact us today.

Class Certification Granted in Class Action against Payday America

On Wednesday, April 26, Hennepin County District Court Judge Daniel H. Mabley issued an order granting Plaintiffs’ motion for class certification. Teske Katz Kitzer & Rochel represents a class of Minnesota consumers who took out payday loans from Payday America, Inc. between October 2, 2013 and December 31, 2016. The named plaintiff and class representative, Randy Holte, filed this lawsuit in 2015 challenging several of Payday America’s practices: (1) charging fees on payday loans in excess of the maximum rates allowed for closed-end loans, (2) failing to properly disclose the annual percentage rate, and (3) engaging in prohibited debt collection practices.

The Court’s order granting class certification is available here.

Teske Katz Kitzer & Rochel attorneys, Vildan Teske and Marisa Katz, have been appointed Class Counsel in this litigation. Marisa Katz, who briefed and argued the motion, noted, “Today’s certification order is a critical next step in our ongoing effort to stop the predatory business practice in which this defendant lends money to Minnesota’s most cash-strapped and vulnerable consumers.”

Teske Katz Kitzer & Rochel looks forward to its continued role in advocating for consumer lender compliance under the law and marketplace fairness.

If you have questions about the Holte v. Payday America, Inc. litigation, or believe that your consumer rights have been violated, contact us today for a confidential consultation.