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.
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.
Firm launched a wage theft class action against the Hanlees Auto Group for Labor Code violations. Allegations against the car dealership group consist of failing to provide proper meal and rest breaks, failing to pay premium wages for missed meal and rest breaks, requiring employees to work off the clock, and instructing administrators to alter time records of employees. Potentially affected employees include auto mechanics and technicians, clerical workers such as receptionists and customer service representatives, service writers, and salespeople. For more information on the investigation, or if you or someone you know has potentially experienced these violations, please contact us.
Firm partners Randy Erlewine and Nick Carlin represent firm client on behalf of employees of car-sharing service Uber Technologies. The firm filed a lawsuit which alleges that Uber promised employees – many highly sought-after software engineers and other technology workers – the most valuable type of stock options (commonly referred to as “Incentive Stock Options”) as part of their employment contracts, but after these employees joined the company, Uber granted far less valuable options (commonly referred to as “Non-Qualified Stock Options”). The firm’s client also alleges that Uber acted to prevent employees from exercising their options at the promised times and misrepresented the terms of the options. For more information, read news about the complaint and contact us.
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.
Firm is investigating a data security breach involving the payment card data of customers of the luxury retailer Hudson’s Bay Company. On April 1st, 2018 the retailer announced the security breach and released a statement stating those affected are in-person customers of certain Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks OFF 5TH, and Lord & Taylor stores in North America. It is believed a well-known cybercriminal group stole the credit and debit card information of over 5 million customers from May 2017 to March 2018. The firm’s investigation of this breach – one of the largest known breaches of a retailer – is ongoing. For more information on the investigation, or if you or someone you know has shopped at these stores, please contact us.
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.