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Frequently Asked Questions


  1. Why should I read the notice?
  2. What is this lawsuit about?
  3. Who is a class member?
  4. Who are the lawyers representing the class?
  5. How do I participate in this class action?
  6. How do I exclude myself from the class?
  7. How can I get more information?

 



  1. Why should I read the notice?

    The Court has certified a class in the lawsuit Shawn Reed v. Sunrun Inc., Case No. BC498002 in the Superior Court for the State of California for the County of Los Angeles. 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. You may be a member of this class. 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.

    The notice provides a summary of the lawsuit. It also describes who is eligible to be included in the class, the effect of participating in this lawsuit as a class member, and how to request exclusion from the class.

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  2. What is this lawsuit about?

    This is a class action lawsuit alleging that defendant Sunrun violated the Contractors’ State License Law, Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 7000, et seq., and the Unfair Competition Law, Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200, et seq., 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.

    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.” These individuals represent and act on behalf of the class. The Court has appointed Shawn Reed as Representative of the class (“Class Representative”). The complaint names as defendant Sunrun Inc. (“Defendant”).

    Plaintiff alleges that prior to February 10, 2012, Defendant was not licensed as a contractor in California to install solar energy systems. Plaintiff further alleges that by entering into contracts for the installation of solar energy systems in homes throughout California before it was licensed to do so, Defendant violated the Contractors’ State License Law, Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 7000, et seq., and the Unfair Competition Law, Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200, et seq.

    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.

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  3. Who is a class member?

    The Court has certified the following class of plaintiffs:

    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.

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  4. Who are the lawyers representing the class?

    Plaintiff’s Counsel, who represents the class in this lawsuit, is the firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, 1918 Eighth Avenue, Suite 3300, Seattle, Washington 98101. You will not be charged separately for these lawyers. Further information about this case may be obtained from this firm at www.hbsslaw.com. You may also contact Plaintiffs’ Counsel at 1-206-623-7292 or 1-213-330-7150. You may also obtain information about this case by contacting the Notice Administrator at the address and phone number, listed in the Contact Us section on this website.

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  5. 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 participate in any monetary settlement or judgment that is favorable to the class. 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. You may not have the right to seek exclusion from the class at the time of settlement or judgment. Class Representative and Plaintiff’s Counsel represent the class and all of its members. Plaintiff’s Counsel has agreed to pursue this lawsuit on a contingent fee basis. All attorneys’ fees and expenses will be payable only out of a recovery by the class, if any, and will be subject to approval by the Court. Class members will not have to separately pay lawyers any additional amounts and in no event will individual class members be obligated to pay any judgment, court costs, or lawyers’ fees for participating in this lawsuit.

    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.

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  6. How do I exclude myself from the class?

    If you wish to be excluded from the class, you must submit a request for exclusion by following the instructions in the Notice. 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. 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. Requests for exclusion must be mailed to the address provided below.

    Only request exclusion if you do NOT wish to participate in this litigation and do NOT wish to share in any potential recovery that might be obtained on behalf of the classes in this lawsuit.

    Exclusion requests should be sent to:

    Sunrun Licensing Litigation Exclusions

    c/o Gilardi & Co. LLC

    P.O. Box 8060

    San Rafael, CA 94912-8060

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  7. How can I get more information?

    The Notice does not fully describe all of the claims and contentions of the parties. 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, including the operative complaint and court documents related to the certification of the class, is available on this website. You may also contact the Notice Administrator directly at:

    Sunrun Licensing Litigation

    c/o Gilardi & Co. LLC

    P.O. Box 8060

    San Rafael, CA 94912-8060

    1-888-562-8927

    info@LicensingLitigationAgainstSunrun.com

    You may also contact Plaintiffs’ Counsel identified 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.

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