investigations

The firm actively investigates illegal and unfair behavior by certain entities and maintains websites to provide members of the public with the opportunity to share their experiences and to learn more about their legal rights and remedies in connection with such behavior. The following is a list of current investigations the firm has initiated.

We encourage you to learn more by exploring the links below. 


Tracy Auto Center - Wage and Hour Class Action

Firm is leading a class action against a variety of auto dealerships in Northern California for wage and hour violations against their employees. The complaint alleges, among other things, that Tracy Auto Center, its owners, and various other dealerships failed to provide adequate meal and rest breaks for their employees, failed to properly compensate their employees for all hours worked, and instructed employees to alter their time records in order to look as though they had worked less than they had. The dealerships in question include Tracy Ford and Tracy Ford Used Car Superstore, Antioch Nissan, Antioch Toyota, Antioch Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, All Star Hyundai, All Star Ford, and All Star Genesis. For more information, or if you believe you have experienced these violations, please contact us.

Marriott - Consumer Information Data Breach

PEGC is leading an investigation into the hacking of Marriott International’s Starwood reservation system. The breach is thought to be one of the largest breaches of consumer data ever recorded, potentially affecting over 500 million guests that used the system since 2014. It is thought that both credit and debit card information was stolen, as well as a variety of personal information such as addresses, birth dates, and passport numbers. Effected hotel properties include the Sheratin, Westin, W Hotels, St. Regis, Four Points, Aloft, Meridien, Tribute, Design Hotels, Elements, and the Luxury Collection. For more information, or if you or someone you know may have been affected by the breach, please contact us.

Facebook & Cambridge Analytica - Massive Data Breach

Firm partner Nick Carlin represents firm client on behalf of a nationwide class against Facebook and Cambridge Analytica on behalf of Facebook users affected by the data breach revealed by Cambridge Analytica co-founder Christopher Wylie on March 17th, 2018. Facebook now admits that Cambridge Analytica harvested and processed over 87 million American Facebook users’ private and sensitive information without user consent with the intent to use the data to manipulate the American public in elections. The complaint alleges among other things that Cambridge Analytica engaged in racketeering activities under the RICO statute. For more information, read news about the complaint and contact us.

Charlie Palmer Group - Wage and Hour Violations

Firm is investigating allegations of Labor Code violations against the Charlie Palmer Group, a collection of restaurants and hotels led by celebrity chef and hospitality entrepreneur Charlie Palmer.  Allegations against the group include failing to provide compliant meal breaks and not providing premium pay to employees.  Additional allegations consist of failing to pay overtime, failing to pay all earned wages, and altering time records of employees.  The restaurants under investigation are Burritt Room + Tavern (now “Mystic Room + Tavern”), Harvest Table, Charlie Palmer Steak Napa, Dry Creek Kitchen, Spirit Bar, Pizzando, and Spoonbar.  For more information on the investigation, or if you or someone you know has potentially experienced these violations, please contact us.

Grindr - HIV Privacy Breach

Firm is looking into reports that the dating app Grindr breached basic privacy standards by sharing users’ highly sensitive and personal information – including users’ HIV status and test dates – with third-party companies without consent or knowledge. Grindr’s sharing of this information calls into question how seriously the company prioritizes users’ privacy and data. Each time this information is shared to a third party, the risk of further exposure of the information increases, potentially putting users’ personal and professional lives at risk. For more information on the investigation, or if you or someone you know potentially was affected by Grindr’s breach, please contact us.