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E. Crystal Lopez

Associate

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Crystal focuses her practice on class action defense, with an emphasis on consumer fraud, data privacy, marketing, accessibility, technology and compliance issues. Crystal has extensive experience successfully defending against class action claims brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title II, III and state accessibility law compliance and public accommodations, Unfair Competition Laws, False Advertising Laws, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Hobby Protection Act and Auto-Renewal Law in both state and federal courts.

She has defended corporate clients against class actions at all stages of litigation, including through class certification, preliminary, and final approval of settlements. She has a track record for early and efficient dispute resolution and saving costs associated with discovery through early informal negotiations, mediation and class action settlements. Crystal is also a member of the firm's Sports & Entertainment Practice.

Prior to joining Mintz, Crystal worked as an associate at a global firm, and clerked for the Honorable Frederick J. Martone in the US District Court for the District of Arizona. Before pursuing her legal education, Crystal was a junior consultant at the World Bank, a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute fellow, and Editor in Chief at Human Rights Law Review and staff editor of A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual.

Education

  • Columbia University (JD)
  • Stanford University (BA, with honors)

Experience

  • Successfully defended companies in numerous industries against putative class actions alleging website inaccessibility and violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Negotiated a successful settlement on behalf of JB Line, a cosmetics retailer, in a class action alleging violations of New York false advertising laws in connection with a beauty product.
  • Successfully settled a class action alleging violation of the TCPA against Popeye’s, a fast-food restaurant chain. At the outset we filed and won a motion to stay the case pending the Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo. After the stay was lifted we informed plaintiff’s counsel of our intent to file a motion to dismiss for lack of standing and they made a settlement demand.
  • Represented 24 Hour Fitness in a TCPA class action matter in CA. Matter was resolved quickly and efficiently via favorable settlement agreement.
  • Obtained an early dismissal before an answer or motion practice in various class actions, including:

            - Coerver v. Webimax., Southern District of Texas

            - Makaron v. World Wide Vacations, Central District of California

  • Obtained multiple favorable settlements in class actions involving statutory violations for the TCPA and the recording of telephone calls
  • Counseled corporate clients to ensure compliance with telemarketing laws

Recognition & Awards

  • Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star: Class Action (2018-2020)
  • Southern California Super Lawyers Top Women Attorneys Rising Star: Class Action (2019)
  • Recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the Leaders in Law - Attorney Nominees (2017)
  • Best Lawyers of America Ones to Watch - Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants (2021)

Languages

- Spanish

Recent Insights

News & Press

Viewpoints

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Monthly TCPA Digest — October 2020

October 20, 2020 | Article | By Joshua Briones, Russell Fox, Crystal Lopez, Elana R. Safner

Mintz’s October TCPA Digest covers Creasy v. Charter Communications, Inc., a federal district court ruling that deems autodialed calls and text messages made during the past five years unconstitutional under the TCPA, and recent TCPA-related activity at the FCC.
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TCPA Litigation Update — District Court Rules TCPA Unconstitutional from 2015 to 2020

October 20, 2020 | Article | By Joshua Briones, Crystal Lopez

Read about the federal district court ruling in Creasy v. Charter Commc’ns, Inc., which held that the TCPA was unconstitutional from 2015 to 2020.
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Breaking: SCOTUS Will Decide ATDS Definition in Facebook, Inc. v. Duguid et al.

July 10, 2020 | Blog | By Joshua Briones, Crystal Lopez, Esteban Morales, Matthew Novian

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Breaking: Supreme Court Scraps TCPA’s Government Debt Exception

July 6, 2020 | Alert | By Joshua Briones, Crystal Lopez, Esteban Morales, Matthew Novian

This alert covers the US Supreme Court’s ruling in Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants, Inc., which invalidated the TCPA’s government debt exception but left the remainder of the statute intact.
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Monthly TCPA Digest — April 2020

April 16, 2020 | Article | By Joshua Briones, Russell Fox, Crystal Lopez, Elana Safner

Mintz’s April TCPA Digest covers a circuit split on what an Automatic Telephone Dialing System is under the TCPA and a petition at the FCC for a TCPA emergency exception for COVID-19 communications.
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TCPA Litigation Update — Circuit Split Deepens on What Constitutes an ATDS Under the TCPA

April 16, 2020 | Article | By Joshua Briones, Russell Fox, Crystal Lopez, Elana Safner

Read about a 2nd Circuit holding that equipment that merely stores and dials telephone numbers constitutes an ATDS and the 7th Circuit’s holding that a $280 million penalty against DISH for illegal telemarketing was insufficient.
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Eleventh Circuit Confirms the FCC’s Solicited Fax Rule is Dead and Reverses Course on Interpretation of the Hobbs Act in TCPA Appeal
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Monthly TCPA Digest – August 2019

August 14, 2019 | Article | By Joshua Briones, Russell Fox, Crystal Lopez, Elana R. Safner

This TCPA Digest reviews FCC anti-spoofing rules covering spoofing outside the U.S. directed at US consumers and an 11th Circuit decision that the FCC's solicited fax rule is invalid.
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Monthly TCPA Digest – January 2019

January 16, 2019 | Article | By Joshua Briones, Russell Fox, Alexander Hecht, Radhika Bhat, Elana R. Safner, Crystal Lopez, Esteban Morales, Nicole Ozeran, Natalie Prescott

This TCPA Digest covers an FCC petition on how the TCPA defines telemarketing and dual purpose and an Eighth Circuit holding for an insurance carrier based on record-keeping.
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Monthly TCPA Digest – December 2018

December 17, 2018 | Article | By Joshua Briones, Russell Fox, Alexander Hecht, Radhika Bhat, Elana R. Safner, Crystal Lopez, Esteban Morales, Nicole Ozeran, Natalie Prescott

This TCPA Digest examines recently introduced Congressional bills focused on combatting robocalls and the FCC’s order to establish a single reassigned numbers database.
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News & Press

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Mintz Member Arameh O’Boyle and Associate Crystal Lopez co-authored an article published by Natural Products Insider examining proposed regulation and litigation risks associated with labeling cosmetics products as “natural.”
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Mintz Member Arameh O’Boyle and Associate Crystal Lopez co-authored an article published by Beauty Packaging Magazine that addressed how manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and retailers can minimize litigation risks associated with labeling products as “natural.”
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Managing Member of Mintz’s Los Angeles Office Joshua Briones, Associates Crystal Lopez and Adam Korn, and client Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Hot Topic Kim Matthews co-authored an article published by Corporate Counsel that examined some of the challenges facing subscription-based companies during the pandemic, including regulation and litigation spurred by COVID-19, and offered tips on how to protect these businesses.
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Managing Member of Mintz’s Los Angeles office Joshua Briones and Associate Crystal Lopez, along with Senior Vice President of Legal, Fry Cook and Cashier at Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers Camille Penniman, co-authored this article published by Corporate Counsel examining common law trends in bet the company class actions in 2019.
Litigators Joshua Briones and Crystal Lopez authored this “Expert Analysis” column discussing growing interest in California Invasion of Privacy Act class actions and what recent decisions mean for businesses.
This coverage highlights the decision by a San Francisco judge tossing out a proposed class action against Yelp Inc. for allegedly monitoring and recording conversations between the named plaintiff and Yelp sales representatives.
Joshua Briones, Managing Member in Mintz’s Los Angeles office and Crystal Lopez, a Litigation Associate, authored a Law360 article on the importance for businesses to be vigilant about internal and third-party Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) compliance.
This piece, published by Bloomberg BNA Product Safety & Liability Reporter, highlights the faulty damages models of food companies and the companies’ defenses to consumer fraud class actions over product labeling.
Joshua Briones, Managing Member in Mintz’s Los Angeles office and Crystal Lopez, a Litigation Associate, authored a Law360 column on the worry businesses nationwide are experiencing over facing “no-injury” class action lawsuits.
Mintz and Ansell Grimm & Aaron, P.C., have achieved a dismissal – among the first of its kind – on behalf of Work Out World, which faced a class action alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and attempting certification of a nationwide class. 
Joshua Briones, Managing Member in Mintz’s Los Angeles office, and Associates Esteban Morales and Crystal Lopez, authored this Inside Counsel article covering three U.S. Supreme Court decisions in separate Telephone Consumer Protection Act TCPA class action cases.
Mintz Litigation Associate Crystal Lopez authored this Daily Journal article on the U.S. Supreme Court’s highly anticipated decision in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo.
Joshua Briones, Member and leader of the Los Angeles office, and Los Angeles-based Litigation Associate Crystal Lopez authored this Computerworld column with a warning to companies that implement the automatic subscription renewal business model.
Crystal Lopez, a Mintz Associate, authored this Daily Journal article discussing recent class action lawsuits that reached the U.S. Supreme Court and the implications of these cases.

Events

Moderator
Mar
5
2020

Lawyer for a Day

Los Angeles, CA

Panelist
Panelist
Mar
11
2019

Avoid False Advertising Scandals that Damage Your Brand

ACC Southern California In-House Counsel Conference - January 31, 2019

Hollywood, CA

Speaker
Mar
6
2019
Speaker
Apr
26
2018

Trailblazers - 21st Century Women Leaders

Shutters Hotel 1 Pico Bl.vd., Grand Salon Santa Monica, CA 90405

Moderator
Mar
22
2017

Women Leaders in Law

Los Angeles, CA