News and Media

Jim Zouras Invited Guest Speaker at Employment Law Conference

Tuesday, March 17 - 2015

One of our founding partners, Jim Zouras, will be speaking at the annual “Understanding Employment Law 2015” conference on April 30, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  Jim will be discussing ethical practices and employment negotiations and settlement agreements, among other topics.  Jim will be joined with attorneys discussing other critical aspects of employment law and litigation.

Stephan Zouras Represents CVS Pharmacists in Unpaid Wages Lawsuit

Thursday, January 15 - 2015

On January 5, 2015 Stephan Zouras, along with Kolman Ely, P.C. filed a class and collective action seeking unpaid minimum and overtime wages for CVS pharmacists.  Plaintiffs allege that CVS violated the federal Fair Labor Standards Act “FLSA” and Pennsylvania state wage laws by requiring pharmacists to work more than 40 hours a week, but failing to pay time-and-a-half for any overtime.   

Stephan Zouras Represents Loan Officers in Unpaid Minimum Wage and Overtime Class Action Against The Federal Savings Bank

Friday, January 02 - 2015

Stephan Zouras represents current and former loan officers in a class and collective action seeking unpaid minimum and overtime wages.  Plaintiffs allege that The Federal Savings Bank, a residential mortgage company, failed to pay its loan officers a guaranteed salary and misclassified them as “exempt” to avoid paying minimum and overtime compensation.  Plaintiffs also claim the defendant failed to record actual time worked by its loan officers in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act “FLSA” and applicable state wage law.

Consumer Protection Update – Make Sure Your Car’s Airbags Are Safe

Thursday, November 06 - 2014

Stephan Zouras represents owners of vehicles with defective Takata airbags.  Over 8 million U.S. vehicles are now being recalled that contain Takata airbags, which pose an immediate threat to front-seat passengers.  When the airbags inflate in a crash they can tear loose from their brackets, blowing shrapnel into the faces and chests of occupants of the vehicle.  There have already been multiple deaths due to Takata airbags exploding. 

Court Rules that Advocate Wrongly Classified Pension Plan as a “Church Based Plan” to Avoid Providing Benefits as Required by Federal Law

Tuesday, January 06 - 2015

Stephan Zouras currently represents participants and beneficiaries of the Advocate Health Care Network pension plan.  Plaintiffs allege that Advocate is violating numerous provisions of ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act), including underfunding the Advocate Plan by claiming the Plan is exempt from ERISA’s protections because it is a “church based plan.”  As a result of its misclassification, we believe Advocate underfunded its Plan by tens of millions of dollars.  On December 31, 2014, Federal District Court Judge Edmund Chang ruled in our favor, specifically holding, “the Advocate plan does not meet the criteria of an exempt church plan under ERISA.”  If you work or worked for Advocate, or any other hospital wrongly claiming a religious affiliation to deny benefits under a pension plan, and want more information on your employee rights, please contact us.

Are you receiving unwanted calls or texts?

Thursday, November 06 - 2014

Ever receive an unwanted voicemail or text?  Or answer the phone only to hear an automated voice trying to sell you something like a lower interest rate, or free travel?  It’s fair to wonder how your information was shared and how much they know about you.  It’s also important to protect yourself as well as help stop companies from abusing your personal information for their economic gain.

Jury Awards $3.27 Million to Stephan Zouras Vaginal Mesh Client

Tuesday, September 09 - 2014

On September 5, 2014 a jury awarded $3.27 Million to our client after finding a vaginal mesh manufacturer liable for defective design, failure to warn and negligence.  The transvaginal mesh product manufactured by Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, caused internal damage, pelvic pain and other severe side effects which will have a lifelong impact on our client.
 
After a two-week trial, the jury awarded our client $100,000 in reasonable expenses of necessary medical care; $470,000 for pain and suffering, mental anguish, disability or loss of enjoyment of life; $2.5 million for pain, suffering, mental anguish, disability or loss of enjoyment of life; and $200,000 to compensate our client’s husband for loss of consortium.   The verdict is one of the highest compensatory damages awarded on record against a vaginal mesh manufacturer.

Stephan Zouras, LLP Defeats Motion to Decertify

Tuesday, October 14 - 2014

On September 18, 2014 the United States District Court for the District of Maryland sided with Plaintiffs and denied Direct Sat USA’s motion to decertify.   In doing so, the court held Plaintiffs’ allegations and corroborating evidence created a meaningful nexus that bound Plaintiffs’ claims together.  

Court Certifies Home Health Care Clinicians Class Action Against Advocate Health Care

Thursday, September 25 - 2014

On April 16, 2014, Stephan Zouras, LLP filed a class and collective action on behalf of current and former home health care clinicians, which includes registered nurses, occupational therapists and physical therapists employed by Advocate Health Care (“Clinicians”).  Plaintiffs allege that Advocate wrongly classified Clinicians as “exempt” from federal and state overtime laws to deprive them of significant earned wages.  Because Clinicians were paid for their work on a combination of a “per visit” basis for time spent visiting patients and hourly basis for other work, they contend they are not paid on a legally-recognized salary or fee basis and thus, are entitled to overtime for all time worked in excess of 40 hours in given workweeks.  On September 24, 2014, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted conditional class certification under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), which means any Clinician that works or has worked for Advocate in the past three years can join the case in pursuit of unpaid wages. 

Chicago’s Coco Pazzo Tip Polling Case Certified as Collective Action

Thursday, September 04 - 2014

On May 21, 2014, Stephan Zouras filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on behalf of current and former Coco Pazzo servers, bartenders, bussers, food runners and expediters.  Plaintiffs allege that Coco Pazzo violated the tip-credit provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act by requiring tipped employees to participate in a mandatory, involuntary tip pool from which “non-tipped employees” – specifically managers – were permitted to take tips.

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