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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Suit Against LegalZoom Seeks Class Certification & Alleges Unauthorized Practice of Law

LegalzoomA petition filed in the Missouri Western District Court seeks class certification to proceed with a claim against LegalZoom for unauthorized practice of law.

The petition avers that LegalZoom, without a license to practice law, offers services normally offered by lawyers.  For example, the petition states that one class member sought and received a customized will from LegalZoom.  The class member also received information about how to modify his will and how payable on death accounts and joint property would affect his will instructions.

In addition to class certification, the petition seeks the following:

  • Actual damages in the amount of fees that were paid to LegalZoom for the unauthorized practice of law, 
  • Treble damages for the unauthorized practice of law, 
  • Punitive damages under the state's Merchandising Practices Act in order to punish LegalZoom for fraudulent and deceptive behavior and to deter similar conduct in the future, and 
  • Injunctive relief to stop LegalZoom from continuing to operate.

A copy of the complaint is linked here; Justia.com also provides information about the pending case. 

Special thanks to Michael Knowles (J.D. Candidate 2011, Creighton University) for brining this to my attention.


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I filed a copyright with Legalzoom.com over 24 months ago and just received an email from the Copyright Office telling me that they can't find my prototype. I believe that Legalzoom.com lost my prototype and who knows what hands it fell into. What should I do ?

Posted by: Levi | May 7, 2010 6:25:49 PM

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