LOS ANGELES, May 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement is being issued by Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP regarding the Sunrun Inc. Solar Energy Systems Litigation:
SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES
Shawn Reed v. Sunrun Inc., Case No. BC498002
TO: CALIFORNIA CUSTOMERS OF SUNRUN SOLAR POWER SYSTEMS
Your rights may be affected by a class action lawsuit regarding your contract with Sunrun Inc., for the installation of a solar energy system at your home or business. The lawsuit is pending before Judge John Shepard Wiley, Jr. in state court in Los Angeles, California ("Court"). This Notice is not an expression by the Court of any opinion as to the merits of any of the claims or defenses asserted by either side in this lawsuit.
What is this about?
This is a class action lawsuit alleging that defendant Sunrun Inc. ("Defendant") violated California state licensing laws by allegedly arranging for the installation of solar panels on the roofs of homes from 2007 until February 9, 2012, without a contractor's license. Defendant denies any wrongdoing or liability for the claims alleged. Defendant asserts that it is an electricity provider, not a contractor, and that each of the class members' solar systems were installed by licensed contractors.
In a class action, one or more individuals, called Plaintiffs, file suit on behalf of others with similar claims, called "the Class" or "Class Members." The Court has certified a class, defined below, in the lawsuit Shawn Reed v. Sunrun Inc., Case No. BC498002 in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Who is a class member?
The class consists of all persons and entities located in the state of California who entered into a solar power contract with Sunrun prior to February 10, 2012, unless installation of that person's or entity's solar power system did not begin until on or after February 10, 2012.
Excluded from this Class are all those who entered into an arbitration agreement with Sunrun that states that it "is governed by the Federal Arbitration Act." Also excluded from the Class are: (1) Defendant; (2) any entity in which Defendant has a controlling interest; (3) Defendant's officers, directors, and employees; (4) Defendant's legal representatives, successors, and assigns; and (5) the Court to which this case is assigned.
How do I participate in this class action?
If you fall within the definition of the class set forth above, you are a class member. IF YOU WISH TO REMAIN A CLASS MEMBER, YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO ANYTHING AT THIS TIME. As a class member, you will be bound by any judgment or settlement, whether favorable or unfavorable, in this lawsuit. Thus, you may be entitled to participate in any benefits that may eventually be obtained for the class as a result of this lawsuit. There is, however, no assurance that a judgment in favor of the class will be granted. No judgment or settlement has occurred at this time. You will also be bound by any unfavorable judgment which may be rendered in favor of Defendant.
The Court has appointed the law firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, 1918 Eighth Avenue, Suite 3300, Seattle, Washington 98101 to represent the Class ("Class Counsel"). You will not be charged separately for these lawyers.
Any class member who does not request exclusion from being a class member may also enter an appearance through their own counsel at their own expense.
How do I exclude myself from the class?
To be excluded, you must send a written request for exclusion from class membership to
Sunrun Licensing Litigation Exclusions
c/o Gilardi & Co. LLC
P.O. Box 8060
San Rafael, CA 94912-8060
Your request must be received by July 13, 2015. After that date, you will not have the right to be excluded from class membership. In order to be valid, your request for exclusion must (i) set forth the name and address of the person or entity requesting exclusion, (ii) state that such person or entity requests exclusion from the class in this lawsuit, and (iii) be signed and dated by such person or entity.
IF YOU CHOOSE TO BE EXCLUDED: (1) you will NOT be entitled to share in any recovery from any settlement or judgment that may be paid to class members as a result of trial or other resolution of this lawsuit; (2) you will NOT be bound by any judgment or release entered in this lawsuit; and (3) at your own expense, you MAY pursue any claims that you have by filing litigation.
How can I get more information?
This Notice is a summary only. The pleadings and other papers filed in this lawsuit are available for inspection, during business hours, at the Los Angeles Superior Court located at Central Civil West Courthouse, 600 South Commonwealth Avenue, Los Angeles, California, 90005. Further information is available at www.LicensingLitigationAgainstSunrun.com, or by calling 1-888-562-8927. You may write to the Notice Administrator at Sunrun Licensing Litigation, c/o Gilardi & Co. LLC, P.O. Box 8060, San Rafael, CA 94912-8060.
You may also contact Class Counsel by calling 1-206-623-7292 or 1-213-330-7150 or visiting www.hbsslaw.com.
Please do not contact the Court for information about this lawsuit.
Date: May 29, 2015
Los Angeles, California
BY ORDER OF THE SUPERIOR COURT
OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
FOR THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES
SOURCE Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP