A Court directed that this Notice be sent because you have a right to know about the proposed Settlement of this class action lawsuit and about all of your options before the Court decides whether to grant final approval of the Settlement. The Notice summarizes the lawsuit, the proposed Settlement, and your legal rights.
The case is known as Darrell Rogers, et al. v. Vivint Solar, Inc., et al., Case No. 1:18-cv-01567, filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Mr. Rogers, the person who sued, is called the Plaintiff/Settlement Class Representative. The company he sued, Vivint Solar, Inc. (and affiliates) are called the Defendants.
For the precise terms and conditions of the Settlement, please see the Settlement Agreement available under the Case Documents tab of this website, by contacting the Settlement Administrator at 1-844-264-8228, by contacting class counsel Shawn Heller at Social Justice Law Collective, 974 Howard Ave., Dunedin, FL 34698, (202) 709-5744, or Richard Bennett at Bennett & Bennett, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Office #360, Coral Gables, FL 33134, (305) 444-5925, or by accessing the Court docket in this case in person at the Clerk’s office at the following address: U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001.
PLEASE DO NOT TELEPHONE THE COURT OR THE COURT CLERK’S OFFICE TO INQUIRE ABOUT THIS SETTLEMENT OR THE CLAIM PROCESS.Top
In a class action, a “Representative Plaintiff” (in this case, Darrell Rogers) sues on behalf of a group of people who have similar claims. In this case and under this Settlement, these people are together called a “Settlement Class” or “Settlement Class Members.” In a class action, the court resolves the issues for all Settlement Class Members, except for those who exclude themselves from the Settlement Class.Top
The lawsuit alleges that the Defendants violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by using an automatic telephone dialing system (“ATDS”), an artificial voice, or a prerecorded voice when they (or a third party on Defendants’ behalf) called Plaintiff and the putative class members in order to promote their solar energy business without obtaining prior express written consent; or by calling Plaintiff and other putative class members that are registered with the National Do-Not-Call Registry at least 30 days prior to being contacted more than once within a 12-month period to promote their solar energy business without obtaining the requisite do-not-call permission.
Defendants deny the allegations and maintain that they have strong, meritorious defenses to the claims. The Settlement is not an admission of, and does not establish any, wrongdoing by Defendants. The Court has not determined who is right. Rather, the Parties have agreed to settle the lawsuit to avoid the uncertainties and expenses associated with ongoing litigation.Top
The Court has not decided whether the Representative Plaintiff or Defendants should win this case. Instead, both sides agreed to a Settlement. The Representative Plaintiff and his attorneys (“Class Counsel”) believe that the Settlement is in the best interests of the Settlement Class Members, because Settlement Class Members will get compensation now rather than, if at all, years from now, following litigation.Top
The Court decided that this Settlement includes a Class of all persons within the United States who, between July 1, 2014 and November 8, 2019, had their telephone numbers called by third parties that marketed solar energy products and services on behalf of, or for the benefit of, Defendants, where:
Excluded from the Settlement Class are Defendants, any parent, subsidiary, affiliate or controlled person of Defendants, as well as the officers, directors, agents, servants or employees of Defendants and the immediate family members of such persons, the named counsel in this litigation, and any member of their office and/or firm.
Everyone who fits this description, who is not excluded as per the above, is a member of the Settlement Class.
Certain Class Members may have received a call from someone identifying themselves as being from “Smart Home Solar,” followed by a call or home visit from a Vivint Solar salesperson after providing their contact information.Top
As part of the Settlement, Defendant has agreed to create a Settlement Fund of Nine Hundred Seventy-Five Thousand Dollars ($975,000.00). The Settlement Fund will be used to pay all valid claims, costs of administering the Settlement, attorneys’ fees and costs, and an incentive payment to the Representative Plaintiff.
Under the Settlement Agreement, Settlement Class Members must request a payment by submitting a valid Claim Form (including providing all of the information requested in the Claim Form) either by mail or online by February 21, 2020.Top
The Settlement creates a claims process. You can file a Claim Form or download a personalized Claim Form on this website, or by calling 1-844-264-8228 to request that a Claim Form be mailed to you. The Claim Form may be submitted online or by U.S. Mail sent to Vivint Solar TCPA Settlement Administrator, P.O. Box 43512, Providence, RI 02940-3512. If you submit a valid Claim Form and your claim is approved, you will receive a payment from the Settlement. Only one claim may be submitted per person, and each person may receive only one payment. If you choose to be paid by electronic payment, your Claim Form must be submitted online.
The Claim Form requires you to provide your name, address, current telephone number, and the telephone number at which you received the call(s). You must sign the Claim Form to certify that you are a member of the Settlement Class and provide all the requested information.
All Claim Forms must be properly completed and submitted online (or postmarked if mailed) by February 21, 2020.Top
Each member of the Settlement Class who submits a valid, timely Claim Form will receive a pro rata share of the Settlement Fund, meaning an equal distribution of all funds remaining in the Settlement Fund, after payments are made to Class Counsel, the Named Representative, and the Settlement Administrator. Your share of the Settlement will depend on the number of Claim Forms that Class Members submit and other factors. Class Counsel estimates you will receive between approximately $40.00 and $100.00, but this is only an estimate.
You may receive your settlement payment via either electronic payment or U.S. Mail. If you choose to be paid by electronic payment, your Claim Form must be submitted on this website. If you wish to receive payment by check, a paper check will be sent to the postal address you submit on the Claim Form. Checks may be deposited into a bank account or cashed at a bank by the expiration date on the check (180 days after the issuance date stated on the check); after a check expires, it may no longer be deposited or cashedTop
The hearing to consider the final fairness of the Settlement is scheduled for May 12, 2020. If the Court approves the Settlement, and after any appeals process is completed, payment will be sent to eligible Settlement Class Members whose claims were approved by the Settlement Administrator. If final approval of the Settlement is granted, payments will be issued no later than 30 days after any timely appeals have been resolved and the Settlement is final. Please be patient.Top
Yes, the Court has appointed lawyers Shawn Heller of the Social Justice Law Collective and Richard Bennett and Peter Bennett of the Bennett & Bennett law firm as the attorneys to represent you and other Settlement Class Members. These attorneys are called “Class Counsel.” Contact information for Class Counsel is as follows:
Shawn A. Heller, Esq.
Social Justice Law Collective, PL
974 Howard Ave.
Dunedin, Florida 34698
Tel: (202) 709-5744
Bennett & Bennett
1200 Anastasia Ave., Office #360
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
Tel: (305) 444-5924
You do not need to hire your own lawyer. Class Counsel is working on your behalf. However, if you want your own lawyer, you will have to pay that lawyer. For example, you can ask your lawyer to appear in Court for you, at your own expense, if you want someone other than Class Counsel to represent you.Top
Subject to final approval by the Court and pursuant to the Parties’ Agreement, Plaintiff has requested that the Court award the Representative Plaintiff $20,000.00 from the Settlement Fund as compensation for his role as Class Representative, and has requested attorneys’ fees equal to one-third of the Settlement Fund ($325,000.00), subject to final approval by the Court.Top
If you do nothing, you will receive no payment under the Settlement, you will remain in the Settlement Class, and if the Court approves the Settlement, you will also be bound by all orders and judgments of the Court. Also, unless you exclude yourself, you won’t be able to start a lawsuit or be part of any other lawsuit against the Defendants for the claims being resolved by this Settlement.
By doing nothing, you will be releasing Defendants from any future claim brought by you relating to this Settlement. Unless you exclude yourself, you are “releasing” the claims, regardless of whether you submit a Claim Form or not.Top
If you do not want to participate in this Settlement, or you want to keep the right to sue or continue to sue Defendants on your own, then you must take steps to opt out of the Settlement. This is called “excluding yourself” or “opting out” of the Settlement.
If you exclude yourself from the Settlement, you cannot receive any benefits as a result of the Settlement. You will keep your right to bring your own separate lawsuit against the Defendants for the claims resolved in this Settlement. You will not be legally bound by the Court’s judgments related to the Settlement Class in this class action.Top
You can ask to be excluded from the Settlement. To do so, you must send a letter clearly stating that you want to be excluded from the Settlement in Darrell Rogers, et al. v. Vivint Solar, Inc., et al., No. 1:18-cv-01567. Your letter must also include your name, address, your current phone number, the phone number that you contend you received the call(s) on, and your signature. You must mail your exclusion request postmarked no later than March 9, 2020 to:
Vivint Solar TCPA Settlement Administrator
P.O. Box 43512
Providence, RI 02940-3512
You cannot exclude yourself on the phone or via email.
The Court will exclude from the Settlement Class any Settlement Class Member who timely requests exclusion.Top
No. Unless you exclude yourself, you give up any right to sue Defendants for the claims being resolved by this Settlement.Top
No. If you exclude yourself, you may not submit a Claim Form to ask for a payment. You will no longer be eligible to receive a benefit from the Settlement.Top
If you are a Settlement Class Member and you do not exclude yourself from the Settlement Class, you can object to the Settlement if you do not like any part of it. You must give reasons why you think the Court should deny approval by filing an objection. You cannot ask the Court to order a larger or different settlement; the Court can only approve or deny the Settlement. If the Court denies approval, no settlement payments will be sent out, and the lawsuit will continue. If that is what you want to happen, you must object in writing. The Court will consider your views. Your objection and supporting papers must include:
Your written objection must be signed, dated and postmarked no later than March 30, 2020. You must mail your objection to the Court, Class Counsel, and Defense Counsel to the following addresses:
Clerk of Court
US District Court for the District of Columbia
33 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
Shawn A. Heller
Social Justice Law Collective, PL
974 Howard Ave.
Dunedin, FL 34698
Steven A. Augustino
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
3050 K Street NW, Ste 400
Washington, DC 20007
If, in addition to submitting a written objection to the Settlement, you wish to appear and be heard at the Final Approval Hearing on the fairness of the Settlement, you must file by April 13, 2020 a motion to intervene, any additional memoranda regarding your objection, or a notice of intention to appear with the Court and list the name, address, and telephone number of the attorney, if any, who will appear on your behalf.Top
Objecting simply means telling the Court that you do not like something about the Settlement. You can object only if you stay in the Settlement Class (i.e., you do not exclude yourself from the Settlement). Excluding yourself from the Settlement Class is telling the Court that you do not want to be part of the Settlement Class. If you exclude yourself, you have no basis to object because the case no longer affects you.Top
A Final Approval Hearing has been set for May 12, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., in Courtroom 2 at the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001. At the hearing, the Court will hear any objections and arguments concerning the fairness of the proposed Settlement, including the final payments to Class Members, administration costs, and requests for attorneys’ fees and an incentive award to the named Plaintiff. The Court will issue its decision after the hearing. We do not know how long it will take for the Court to decide.
Note: The date and time of the Final Approval Hearing are subject to change by Court Order, but any changes will be posted on this website. If, however, you timely object to the Settlement and advise the Court that you intend to appear and speak at the hearing, you will receive a notice of any change in the date of such hearing.Top
No. Class Counsel will answer any questions the Court may have that are directed to the Settlement Class, but you are welcome to come at your own expense. If you send an objection, you do not have to come to Court to talk about it. As long as your written objection was mailed or filed on time and meets the other criteria described in this Notice, the Court will consider it. You may also pay another lawyer to attend, but you do not have to. If you do not exclude yourself from the Settlement Class, you may ask the Court for permission to speak at the hearing concerning any part of the proposed Settlement by asking to speak about your objection, filed by following the instructions under FAQ18.Top
The Notice summarizes the proposed Settlement. For the precise terms and conditions of the Settlement, please see the Settlement Agreement available at under the Case Documents tab of this website, by contacting the Settlement Administrator at 1-844-264-8228, by contacting Class Counsel Shawn Heller at Social Justice Law Collective, 974 Howard Ave., Dunedin, FL 34698, (202) 709-5744 or Richard Bennett at Bennett & Bennett, 1200 Anastasia Ave., #360, Coral Gables, FL 33134, (305) 444-5925 or by accessing the Court docket in this case in person at the Clerk’s office at 333 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001.
PLEASE DO NOT TELEPHONE THE COURT OR THE COURT CLERK'S OFFICE TO INQUIRE ABOUT THIS SETTLEMENT OR THE CLAIM PROCESS.Top