Crystal R. Cook

Kansas City - Associate | 816-714-7107 (Direct) | cook@stuevesiegel.com

Crystal has dedicated most of her early practice to the firm’s Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) litigation against DIRECTV.  In this role, she manages the nearly 3,000 clients in two collective actions (Arnold and Arndt) as well as hundreds of individual cases across the country filed in more than 35 federal courts and arbitration. Her passion for her clients and their rights under the FLSA keep her motivated and challenged as the team navigates this complex litigation.

Crystal earned her J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2013.  During law school, Crystal was the Staff Editor and Co-Director of Alumni & Internal Relations of the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy and a recipient of the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Construction Law & Litigation. Throughout law school, Crystal clerked at the Kansas Department of Transportation in the Office of Chief Counsel.

Prior to law school, Crystal worked in Washington, D.C. for over three years as an Executive Assistant at the White House and then as a Legislative Assistant at an international law firm providing legislative and government relations assistance to numerous clients on environmental, transportation, health care, and educational issues. 

Crystal received her undergraduate degree from Fort Hays State University, cum laude, in 2007, while earning a double major in Political Science and History.

Crystal joined Stueve Siegel Hanson in 2013 where her practice includes class actions, wage and hour, and consumer protection litigation.

 

  • EXPERIENCE
  • EDUCATION
  • BAR ADMISSIONS
  • COMMUNITY

RECENT LITIGATION HIGHLIGHTS

 DIRECTV – Crystal is the case manager for numerous of the individual cases filed on behalf of nearly 400 plaintiffs in over 35 federal courts across the country (including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin). The firm is representing these individuals in their FLSA claims including minimum wage, overtime, and misclassification violations against DIRECTV, DirectSat USA, LLC, MasTec North America, and Multiband Corp.

Arndt et al. v. DIRECTV, Inc.- Crystal is a member of the firm's team pursuing this FLSA collective action in Arbitration against DIRECTV for failure to pay W-2 installation technicians for the time they spent completing mandatory tasks before, after, and during their work day, as well as miscalculating their overtime pay.

Arnold et al. v. DIRECTV, LLC – Crystal is a member of the firm’s team pursuing this FLSA collective and class action filed in the Eastern District of Missouri against DIRECTV for failure to pay installation technicians for the time they spent completing mandatory tasks throughout their day and miscalculating their overtime pay.

In Re: The Home Depot, Inc. Customer Data Security Breach Litigation(N.D. Georgia) (Data Breach Litigation) – Crystal is a member of the leadership group appointed to represent consumers in multi-district litigation against The Home Depot, Inc. following a massive data breach that compromised the payment card data of 40 million U.S. customers and e-mail address of 52-53 million U.S. customers. In March 2016, the Court preliminarily approved a settlement creating a $13 million cash fund for customers who suffered out-of-pocket losses, unreimbursed charges, or time spent remedying issues related to the Home Depot data breach. Home Depot also agreed to fund 18 months of identity theft monitoring services for customers who had their payment card data compromised, and significantly upgrade its data security practices.

In Re: Target Consumer Data Security Breach Litigation (D. Minnesota 2015) (Data Breach Litigation) – Crystal was a member of the leadership team appointed to represent a class of consumers in multi-district litigation against Target Corp. following the announcement that hackers had stolen the personal and financial information of millions of Target customers. In November 2015, the district court approved final settlement providing for monetary relief of $10 million to consumers nationwide and injunctive relief requiring Target to significantly improve its data security practices. The settlement was recognized by Missouri Lawyers Weekly as one of the largest out-of-state settlements in 2015.

PUBLICATIONS

Contributing author, Transportation Review on School Bus Safety, The National Conference of State Legislatures, http://www.ncsl.org/issues-research/transport/transportation-review-school-bus-safety-2012.aspx

 

State Courts

Colorado, 2013

Kansas, 2014

Missouri, 2014

U.S. Federal Courts

United States District Court Eastern District  of Arkansas, 2016

United States District Court Western District of Arkansas, 2016

United States District Court District of Colorado, 2015

United States District Court Northern District of Florida, 2015

United States District Court Western District of  Missouri, 2015

United States District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2015

University of Kansas School of Law, J.D., 2013

Fort Hays State University, Bachelor or Arts, cum laude, 2007

Honors: Phi Sigma Alpha

KCMBA - Member; Federal Courts Advocates Section; Young Lawyers Section

LAKC - Member

LEAP -  When she’s not assisting clients, Crystal tutors at Operation Breakthrough, a large nonprofit daycare for the working poor in Kansas City, as part of Lawyers Encouraging Academic Performance. She helps students excel in core education areas and serves as a role model to young children who benefit from the experience of positive role models.

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