Supreme Court Declines to Resolve Divisive False Claims Act Issue

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court denied certiorari in United States ex rel. Laurence Schneider, et al. v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, refusing to decide whether the federal government is entitled to absolute deference regarding its decision to dismiss an action brought pursuant to the False Claims Act (“FCA”). The FCA deputizes private citizens to stand […]

Class Action Filed Against Big Geyser For Misleading Seltzer Labeling

On April 26, 2020, Plaintiffs Nicholas Mangone and Jodi Spear (“Plaintiffs”) filed a purported class action against Big Geyser, Inc. (“Defendant”), makers of Hal’s New York Seltzer Water for misleading and deceptive labeling of their seltzer products.  Plaintiffs allege that the labels on the seltzer, which bear the phrase “Naturally Refreshing” and depict pictures of […]

Preliminary Approval Granted in TCPA Class Action Against Aaron’s Inc.

On May 1, 2020, Judge J.P. Boulee of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia issued an order granting preliminary approval of this class action settlement. This case was originally filed on June 8, 2018 by Plaintiff Matthew Grogan (“Grogan”) against Aaron’s Inc. (“Aaron’s”) for violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection […]

Lawsuits Target Gym Membership Charges During COVID-19 Pandemic

Author: Henry Graney On March 26, 2020 in the Southern District of New York and on April 5, 2020 in the District of Massachusetts, class action complaints were filed against Town Sports International (“TSI”) – the company which owns and operates gym brands such as “New York Sports Clubs,” “Boston Sports Clubs,” Philadelphia Sports Clubs,” […]

The Effects of COVID-19 on Public Company Reporting and Securities Fraud Litigation

Author: Alec Berin COVID-19 (“novel coronavirus” or “virus”) has affected nearly every industry and occupation, to say nothing of the personal devastation it has caused so many.  The widespread economic impact of novel coronavirus raises numerous significant issues for public companies as they attempt to react to the virus and communicate to shareholders the measures […]

Business-Loss Insurance Lawsuits on the Rise Amid Coronavirus Closures

Author: Nick Lussier The Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) has disrupted businesses from coast to coast and since led to a slew of lawsuits against insurance companies. The famed restaurateur, Thomas Keller (“Keller”), recently sued The Hartford and underwriter, Lloyd’s of London, seeking judgment in its favor pursuant to an insurance policy that extended coverage from direct physical […]

Pennsylvania Federal Judge Rules That PharMerica Can’t Escape FCA Lawsuit

Authors: John Roberts ( or Alec Berin ( On February 5th, U.S. District Judge Cynthia M. Rufe of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied PharMerica Corporation’s (“PharMerica”) motion to dismiss a complaint that alleges it violated the False Claims Act (“FCA”). The complaint, filed by four relators who were former employees of PharMerica, contends that […]

SFMS Attends 18th Annual Impact Fund Conference

Authors: John Roberts ( or Alec Berin ( Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller & Shah, LLP (“SFMS”) is a proud patron of the Impact Fund, which is a San Francisco-based organization that provides strategic leadership and support for litigation to achieve economic and social justice.  Among other things, the Impact Fund offers innovative technical support, training, and […]

Plaintiffs Move for Class Certification in Rite-Aid Uniform Reimbursement Case

Authors: John Roberts ( or Alec Berin ( On March 19, 2019, Plaintiff Kristal Nucci (“Plaintiff”), individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a proposed class action in the District Court for the Northern District of California against Rite Aid Corporation (“Rite Aid”), among others, for failure to indemnify business expenses and […]

Uber sues, changes practice, and funds ballot initiative over landmark misclassification law

Last September, California legislators passed a bill mandating companies like Uber and Lyft to treat drivers as employees if the companies exert control over how employees perform job duties, or if those duties are part of a company’s regular businesses. Following the passage of similar laws, as well as more than $600 million in fines […]

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