Stream Energy and Ignite

October 2017: The U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari, meaning that the Fifth Circuit’s decision to certify the class stands and that the case is returning to the trial court for proceedings.

April 2017: Defendants/Appellants filed a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case.

September 2016: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the District Court’s decision to certify the class, meaning that the case may proceed as a class action.

May 2016: TINA.org filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the District Court’s decision to certify the class. To read TINA.org’s brief, click here.

March 2016: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals granted the petition for rehearing en banc. The case will be heard the week of May 23, 2016.

November 2015: Plaintiffs filed a petition for en banc review (i.e., a rehearing by all of the judges of the Fifth Circuit, rather than the selected three-judge panel). TINA.org filed an amicus curiae brief supporting this petition. To read TINA.org’s brief, click here. To learn more about TINA.org’s involvement in the case, click here.

October 2015: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals – in a 2-to-1 decision – reversed the district court’s class certification decision finding that each class member’s reliance on the alleged misrepresentations is an individualized inquiry and that some class members theoretically knew before joining that the company was a pyramid scheme. The case was remanded for further proceedings. (Torres et al v. SGE Management, LLC et al, Case No. 14-20128, 5th Cir.)

January 2014: A federal district court judge certified the class on the basis that plaintiffs could establish their common reliance on the alleged misrepresentations by showing that the defendants were operating a pyramid scheme.

June 2009: A class-action lawsuit was filed against several defendants, including Stream Energy and its marketing arm Ignite for, among other things, allegedly operating a pyramid scheme and falsely representing that it is a “legitimate” business. (Plaintiffs filed an amended complaint in September 2011.) (Torres et al v. SGE Management, LLC et al, Case No. 09-cv-2056, S. D. TX.)

For more information about other class-action lawsuits regarding pyramid schemes and TINA.org’s coverage of the issue, click here.

 

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