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February 2018 Archives

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 proposing to lead a class of all persons similarly situated, failed to plead an injury in fact, and, therefore, lacked standing to sue.

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.

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.

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, 0.34 percent of Uber's equity equates to approximately $245 million. As part of the deal, Uber also has agreed not to incorporate Waymo trade secrets into its autonomous vehicle hardware and software.

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 entities of virtually every type and dimension."

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.