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Uber Driver’s Suit Over Gun Carrying Ban Dismissed

On February 16, 2018, U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, dismissed a proposed class action against Uber Technologies Inc. (“Uber”), the suit alleged Uber’s rule prohibiting drivers from carrying a gun violates their constitutional rights. Judge Bloom found that Jose Mejia (“Plaintiff”), an Uber driver […]

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What are the basics underlying Dodd-Frank whistleblowing?

Congress passed the consumer-protective Dodd-Frank legislation in 2010. The law’s passage owed partially to a widespread belief that greater safeguards needed to be established for individuals brave enough to step forward and identify violations of U.S. securities laws within their companies. The enactment made material adjustments to whistleblower-linked provisions. A core intent of lawmakers was […]

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Sales Reps Win Wage and Hour Class Action Against Wyndham

On January 29, 2018, Judge C. Clifford Shirley Jr., of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, found that Wyndham Vacation Resorts Inc. and Wyndham Vacation Ownership Inc. (collectively, “Defendants”) violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) by prohibiting its sales representatives from recording or recovering overtime despite working overtime, telling its […]

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SFMS to participate in and sponsor the 2018 Impact Fund Class Action Conference this Thursday and Friday, February 15 and 16, 2018.

SFMS is pleased to announce that members of the firm (James E. Miller, Ronald S. Kravitz and Kolin C. Tang) will join over 250 advocates at a national gathering to support nonprofits, private practice firms, government institutions, and academics committed to funding and fighting for civil rights, as well as economic, environmental, and social justice. […]

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SHAREHOLDER ALERT: SFMS Announces Filing of Securities Fraud Class Action Lawsuit Against LJM Funds Management, Ltd.

February 12, 2018 Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller & Shah, LLP (“SFMS”) announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (1:18-cv-01039) against LJM Funds Management, Ltd. and its executives (collectively, “the Company”). The case seeks remedies under the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities […]

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Talk about being busy: EEOC flooded by discrimination complaints

Employees at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission who deal with the public weren’t exactly idle last year. Indeed, many of them likely worked nonstop throughout the federal government’s fiscal year trying to keep up with a steady flow of complaints from employees across the country. A recent national article notes that 2017 was a frenetic […]

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Uber to Pay Waymo $245 Million in Equity to Settle Trade Secret Lawsuit

On February 9, 2018, Uber Technologies Inc. (“Uber”) and Waymo LLC (“Waymo”) announced a deal in which Uber will pay Waymo 0.34 percent of its equity to settle Waymo’s claims that it stole trade secrets and infringed patents related to Waymo’s proprietary laser system used to help guide driverless vehicles. At a $72 billion valuation, […]

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Whistleblower could score big in health care false billing case

We stressed a few fundamental points regarding qui tam whistleblower lawsuits that individuals file on behalf of the federal government under the U.S. False Claims Act in a recent post. We noted in our January 31 entry that such filings seem to be spiking these days. Moreover, “they feature in stories involving federal agencies and […]

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Columbia To Appeal NLRB Grad Student Unionization Ruling

On January 30, 2018, Columbia University (“Columbia”) announced in a campus-wide letter that it will not bargain with the representatives of graduate student assistants (“GSAs”) that won a union election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) and will instead challenge the NLRB’s ruling that deemed the GSAs employees in a federal appeals court. […]