Jonathan Tycko and Hassan Zavareei founded Tycko & Zavareei LLP with a mission to protect the public interest through significant, impactful litigation. Since then, TZ attorneys have pursued litigation in a wide range of subject areas to protect the public interest.
The heart of many of our class action cases is economic justice. Our firm is a leader in litigation challenging illegal and unfair fees charged by banks, credit unions, mortgage servicers, and other financial institutions—fees that disproportionately affect low-income consumers. As one example, each year, banks in the United States make billions of dollars in profits from overdraft fees, which are most often charged on small-dollar purchases made by consumers living paycheck to paycheck. Many of these fees are unpredictable and unexpected. TZ has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in unfair and illegal bank fees, which effectively serve as a poverty tax.
TZ is also a leader in cases challenging illegal payday lending practices. In one of the largest unlawful payday lending cases in the country, TZ helped recover a settlement fund of approximately $60 million, along with the cancellation of over $380 million in outstanding loans, from unscrupulous payday lenders who tried to evade consumer protection statutes by operating their schemes from inside Native American reservations. The judge presiding over the settlement said that the attorneys in charge of the case, including TZ, were “some of the best lawyers in America.”
TZ attorneys regularly partner with legal advocacy organizations to pursue important cases. For instance, we partnered with the Arch City Defenders to fight back against unconstitutional money bail practices in Florissant, MO and Maplewood, MO. And we partnered with the Centro Legal de la Raza to combat the predatory practices of a private probation company that violated the rights of immigrants, many of whom were low income and spoke little English. We are extremely proud of our accomplishments in these cases involving racial justice and immigrants’ rights.
Our attorneys also protect the public from consumer goods that are unsafe or sold based on false and misleading claims. We have litigated and settled numerous cases involving defective products, including headphones and microwaves. We have also litigated cases regarding dietary supplements that falsely claimed to be able to restore users’ youth, and cosmetics that secretly contained unapproved drug products. We teamed up with the Attorney General of the District of Columbia to fight back against oil companies’ false claims about their products’ harm to the environment.
Through our growing privacy practice, we hold companies accountable for failing to safeguard consumers’ personal and private information from theft and disclosure. Hassan Zavareei was appointed Interim Lead Counsel in In re Ring, LLC Privacy Litigation, in which families that purchased Ring indoor security cameras were viciously harassed by hackers who were able to gain access to their Ring accounts. We have also served as lead counsel in cases involving data breaches and improper data collection.
Finally, our whistleblower practice plays an important role in protecting the public and ensuring that taxpayer dollars are not wasted in fraudulent transactions. Without courageous whistleblowers willing to take a stand against fraud, many corrupt and deceitful practices would simply continue unchecked. Our brave whistleblower clients have exposed customs fraud, healthcare fraud, and other improper and illegal conduct in government contracts and private insurance transactions. We represented a whistleblower who exposed her former employer’s practice of paying illegal kickbacks to referring physicians.
We look forward to hearing from you.