Frequently Asked Questions
1) How does the class action work?
People may seek to be a named plaintiff in cases in their state. The named plaintiffs, who are listed in the case caption of the case, will act as representatives for the Class. Halunen & Associates, and other firms with which they may associate, are working with these individuals to achieve a fair resolution for everyone in the class. Class members can also be represented by counsel and can assist in the case by providing evidence in the form of witness testimony and documents. If there is a settlement agreement or judgment in favor of the Plaintiffs, potential class members (drivers who have been wronged by BIMBO in similar ways) will be notified about settlement. As in all litigation, there are no guarantees of any particular outcome. As in all litigation, there are no guarantees of any particular outcome.
2) Does it matter what state I live in?
Yes. We want to file lawsuits in several states where Bimbo drivers work and we will need Named Plaintiffs or class representatives in each of those states. We also need people in each state who are willing to assist by providing evidence in the form of witness testimony and documents. The decision about who will be in a class is up to the court, and we cannot guarantee who will be part of a class.
3) How do I become a named plaintiff, get representation from class counsel, or assist as a witness?
You contact us and indicate an interest in participating in the lawsuit and we will discuss your options.
4) What kind of evidence should I keep?
It is important for you to maintain records of your situation, including documents relating to your work with BIMBO, communications with BIMBO, business documents and any contracts you may have with BIMBO.
5) Are there any deadlines to be aware of for the class action?
Not right now. But if you are interested in becoming involved in the lawsuits, you should contact us right away. The Illinois lawsuit is still in the early stages. Other lawsuits are in process. Class actions such as this one can often take several years.
6) Am I committing myself to being involved in the class action by contacting Halunen & Associates or by filling out the contact form?
No. By contacting us you are initially seeking information about your rights. You are under no obligation to our law firm, and you have no obligation to become a plaintiff or witness.
7) Am I “officially part of the lawsuit” now that I have submitted a contact form?
No. At this point if you would like to participate in a class action lawsuit against BIMBO please contact an attorney in our office at 612-605-4098. If there is a resolution of the case in the future, including if there is a settlement, we will update those who have contacted us and let them know what how to participate in the settlement or opt out of it.
8) Is there a cost to be involved in the lawsuit?
No. There is no out-of-pocket cost to individuals to be involved in the lawsuit. Any fees and expenses will be negotiated separately between the Plaintiffs' attorneys and BIMBO.
9) How much money can I expect if the lawsuit is successful?
Under the wage and hours laws, the lawsuit seeks recovery of overtime pay, as well as unreimbursed expenses for class members. Under the franchise law, the lawsuit seeks damages for breach of contract, but there are of course no guarantees as to how much distributors would be able to recover.