“These are people who served our country honorably in very dangerous conditions and are suffering life-changing injuries as a result of the company’s misconduct,” said Travis Lenkner of Chicago’s Keller Lenkner, who has filed nine lawsuits so far and has 1,000 clients. “And the nature and extent of the injuries bears that out.”Read More
Even if the mass arbitration strategy is successful, it may be hard to replicate.
Coordinating dozens, let alone hundreds or thousands, of arbitration proceedings is a daunting task. Law Firm Keller Lenkner LLC is behind the 12,501 Uber drivers filing arbitration claims and the 3,420 drivers filing arbitration claims at Lyft.
Very few people have the expertise and capital to engage in a campaign of mass arbitration filings, a plaintiff’s attorney familiar with these types of campaigns told Bloomberg Law.Read More
“Uber treats all of its drivers like independent contractors even though they provide the core service, which is transportation,” said the plaintiffs’ attorney, Travis Lenkner, managing partner of Chicago-based law firm Keller Lenkner LLC. “By doing that, Uber gets to evade minimum wage, overtime, and sick leave laws. Many of the drivers make less than $8 an hour even though in Massachusetts it is $12 an hour.”Read More
The California Supreme Court’s decision rattled companies and forced state and federal courts to grapple with unresolved, consequential questions. Meanwhile, plaintiffs attorneys find themselves with more leverage in suits challenging employment practices.Read More
“We pride ourselves on the marriage of law and finance,” Gerchen says. “The qualitative side of identifying and managing talent, and the quantitative side of allocating our resources. That’s what we do.”Read More
A North Carolina man has filed a lawsuit against more than a dozen pharmaceutical companies, alleging that their targeted marketing and distribution of prescription opioids has directly led to higher insurance costs for North Carolinians.Read More
Travis Lenkner, a lawyer who is representing Green-Kuchta, said his firm, Keller Lenkner, has filed similar class action lawsuits in 15 other states. They represent a new front against the industry because they seek to recover damages paid by private people as opposed to the lawsuits brought by governments on behalf of the taxpayers.
“Most of the litigation that exists right now is brought on behalf of the taxpayers who paid more in taxes because there were public health care and public safety costs associated with the opioid health epidemic,” Lenkner said.Read More
"The pharmaceutical companies that provided opioids have perpetuated a fraud on the people of South Dakota, and on the American people by lying about the addictive nature of these drugs saying that they weren't addictive," Plaintiffs' attorney Travis Lenkner said.Read More
Philadelphia-based Uber limo drivers told the Third Circuit on Monday that they're similar to migrant workers who are compensated at the whim of an economically dominant entity, meaning they should be recognized as employees entitled to proper wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act.Read More
A pair of offshore hedge funds that claim to have lost more than $15 million to cover short positions in Tesla have asked for court approval to lead consolidated private securities fraud litigation against the carmaker.Read More
A California limousine company told a federal court Friday that the state's newly adopted Dynamex standard for distinguishing between independent contractors and employees will show that Uber Technologies Inc. has misclassified its drivers to get a competitive edge over traditional taxicabs and limousine companies.Read More
Lawyers at Robins Kaplan and Keller Lenkner sued Uber last month on behalf of a SoCal livery service claiming that ride-haling app company saves millions in required benefits and payroll costs by misclassifying drivers, and targets their client with “below-cost and anticompetitive pricing.”Read More
A Los Angeles limousine company has sued Uber Technologies Inc. in federal court in San Francisco for unfair competition, alleging that the ride-booking company saves up to $500 million per year and hurts its rivals by failing to classify its drivers as employees.Read More
Uber has for years successfully fought off lawsuits claiming it misclassifies drivers as contractors, but a class action filed by a competitor this week could force the ride-hail giant to finally start treating drivers like employees.Read More
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of livery services by lawyers at Robins Kaplan and Keller Lenkner, seeks an injunction barring Uber from pricing rides below cost and treble damages for Uber's allegedly anti-competitive activity.Read More
A limousine company has filed a proposed class action against Uber Technologies Inc. in California federal court alleging that the ride-sharing service has unfairly stolen business from traditional cab companies by low-balling its drivers’ wages and unfairly steering clear of the required costs of doing business.Read More
From the complaint (available here): “Uber’s CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, has admitted that Uber’s rapid accumulation of market share in the transportation industry was accompanied by a culture of rule breaking. In his words, “[t]he culture went wrong” at Uber and “[t]he governance of the company went wrong.” Khosrowshahi has assured the public that the company has changed its ways. But Uber has not changed its culture of rule breaking in two fundamental ways. First, Uber continues to misclassify its drivers as independent contractors when California law clearly requires that they be paid minimum wage and overtime and be given other protections and compensation as employees. Second, Uber uses these illegal cost savings to bolster a larger strategy of pricing its rides far below their true cost, and to take business and market share from competitors who pay the required costs of complying with the law. Each day that Uber misclassifies its primary workforce, it steals wages from drivers earning below a living wage and gains millions of dollars in unlawful cost savings. Uber uses these savings to price its services far below their cost. California prohibits this form of unfair competition and gives Plaintiff and a class of similarly situated companies a right to an injunction stopping these practices as well as treble damages.”Read More