Russell S. Thompson IV

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Individual And Class Action Lawsuits

Russell S. Thompson IV has dedicated his legal career almost exclusively to litigation under consumer protection laws, such as the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Truth in Lending Act, the Electronic Fund Transfer Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Consumer Leasing Act, and the Uniform Commercial Code.

Mr. Thompson currently represents consumers in individual and class action lawsuits, and has successfully briefed and argued complex consumer law issues in both state and federal courts. Mr. Thompson, a New York native, moved to Arizona in 2009 after spending considerable time managing restaurants in Florida. During his time at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Mr. Thompson became an Arizona State Law Journal Associate Editor, participated in the Innovation Advancement Program’s Legal Clinic, and graduated with a Certificate in Law, Science & Technology: Intellectual Property. Mr. Thompson now serves as the managing partner of Thompson Consumer Law Group and is committed to protecting the rights of consumers.

Education

  • J.D., Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, 2011
  • B.A. Political Science, Economics minor, Plattsburgh State University, 2004

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona
  • California

Court of Appeal Admissions

  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

District Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S . District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin

Notable Decisions

  • Bultemeyer v. CenturyLink, Inc., No. 2:14-cv-02530-SPL, District of Arizona (granting class certification of nationwide class of individuals alleging Fair Credit Reporting Act violations resulting from CenturyLink obtained their consumer reports without a permissible purpose)
  • Barr, et al. v. Drizly, LLC f/k/a Drizly, Inc. et al., No. 1:20-cv-11492-LTS, District of Massachusetts (granting final approval of $7.1 million class settlement for data breach involving 2.5 million users)
  • Lupia v. Medicredit, Inc., No. 20-1294, (10th Cir. Aug. 17, 2021) (finding standing for intangible harms where the kind of harm suffered under FDCPA was similar to common law public disclosure of private facts; affirming summary judgment for consumer on bona fide error defense where debt collector “declined to identify any of its mail-handling procedures and denied that it had policies reasonably adapted to avoid unauthorized contact with debtors” and submitting declaration on summary judgment was “too little, too late”)
  • Bea-Mone, III v. Steven D. Silverstein, Attorney at law, No. 8:17-cv-00550, Central District of California (successful jury trial verdict awarding the consumer the maximum $1,000 in statutory damages under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act)
  • Ogletree v. Cafe Valley Inc., No. CV-16-03881-PHX-JJT, District of Arizona (class certification granted in an action under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, resulting in an approved class settlement)
  • Maloy v. Stucky, Lauer & Young, LLP, No. 1:17-CV-336-TLS, Northern District of Indiana (class certification granted in an action under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, resulting in an approved class settlement)
  • Sarah Jordan v. Freedom National Insurance Services, Inc., 2:16-cv-00362, District of Arizona (class certification granted in action under Electronic Fund Transfers Act, resulting in approved class settlement)
  • Chante Dove v. Moody, Jones, Ingino & Morehead, P.A., 3:15-cv-00251, Middle District of Florida (certified as class counsel in approved settlement under Electronic Fund Transfers Act)
  • Alexander v. Bill Luke Chrysler, Jeep & Dodge, Inc., No. 1 CA-CV 13-03024 (Ariz. Ct. App. May 27, 2014) (The Arizona Court of Appeals for Division One affirmed the Maricopa County Superior Court’s order granting the consumer-plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment on the defendant’s defamation counterclaim. The Court of Appeals found that the consumer’s statements to the Better Business Bureau about her vehicle purchase with the dealership were either substantially true or expressions of opinion and therefore were not actionable as defamation.)
  • Golden v. Higgins Benjamin, PLLC, No. 1:20-cv-00627 (M.D.N.C. July 16, 2021) (Granting final approval of class settlement for claims under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act)

Notable Decisions

  • Named to the 2023 Super Lawyers Southwest Rising Star list*
  • Named a PHOENIX Magazine 2022 Top Lawyer for Consumer Debt**
  • Named to the 2022 Super Lawyers Southwest Rising Star list*
  • Named to the 2021 Super Lawyers Southwest Rising Star list*
  • Named to the 2020 Super Lawyers Southwest Rising Star list*
  • Named to the 2019 Super Lawyers Southwest Rising Star list*
  • 2019 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Arizona Man & Woman of the Year Candidate

*The Super Lawyers list is issued by Thomson Reuters. See the Super Lawyers website for a description of the selection methodology and other information about Super Lawyers.

**PHOENIX magazine generates its Top Lawyers list via an online survey of practicing attorneys in the Greater Phoenix area.