GSA in the News

May 17, 2021 - Riverside Park Conservancy Hit With Sexual Harassment Allegations

GSA client Lakisha Johnson’s experience with sexual harassment at Riverside Park Conservancy was highlighted in The Indypendent.  GSA Counsel Amy Robinson filed a complaint in the Southern District of New York and reached a settlement last fall. 

View the complaint here.


October 10, 2020 - GSA Files Federal Complaint on Behalf of Man Wronged by Caribbean Airlines 

GSA Counsel Amy Robinson has filed a federal negligence case against Caribbean Airlines in the Eastern District of New York. The Complaint alleges that the airline negligently allowed Simeon Wilson's luggage to be broken into and used to transport drugs while in the sole possession of Caribbean Airlines. The consequences of Caribbean Airlines' negligence  Mr. Wilson's arrest, prosecution, termination from his work, reputational harm, and severe emotional distress  were devastating to Mr. Wilson's life, even after the criminal charges were dropped. Unfortunately, Mr. Wilson is not the first person to endure this type of ordeal: just a few years ago, another airline was found negligent in a federal case with nearly identical facts. The New York Post featured Mr. Wilson's story, highlighting the difficulties he faced as a result of the airline's negligence. 

View the complaint here.

For more information, contact Amy Robinson at arobinson@gslawny.com. 


August 28, 2020 - West Point Athletic Association Doc Alleges Wrongful Firing

GSA partner Jason Solotaroff recently filed a case for the former Senior Associate Athletic Director at Army. The case alleges that he was terminated in retaliation for whistleblowing in connection with the Army athletic program's neglect of cadet-athletes, particularly female ones. The case, recently filed in the Southern District of New York, was covered by Bloomberg Law. 


August 6, 2020 - Women workers put construction industry on notice: Sex harassment will not be tolerated

ABC News covered the successful case against Trade Off and highlighted the story of one of GSA's clients, Tierra Williams. Partner Jason Solotaroff spoke about sexual harassment in the construction industry and the importance of this case.


July 25, 2018 - Mother leads new lawsuit saying JUUL is addicting kids to nicotine

Good Morning America covered GSA's JUUL case and featured other high school students who have become addicted to using the vaping device. Attorney Jason Solotaroff spoke on JUUL's widespread use in schools and the ease of developing an addiction.  


July 24, 2018 - Users Sue JUUL for Addicting Them to Nicotine 

Wired covered Giskan Solotaroff & Anderson's case against JUUL along with two other cases that criticize the company's practice of deceptively marketing their product as a safe alternative to smoking, even though "it contains more potent doses of nicotine than cigarettes." The article highlights the widespread mistrust of JUUL due to their misleading advertising practices, showing that both adults and children were made unaware of the device's adverse effects. GSA is continuing to work on the case for D.P. and his mother and to seek some form of relief. 


December 13, 2017 - Women Hardhats say Harassment Runs Rampant on Construction Sites

GSA's case, recently filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of sexually harassed female construction workers was featured in the New York Daily News. 

"The recent barrage of sex harassment allegations has swept away high-profile men in the media, the film and entertainment industries and on Capitol Hill in a breathtaking tsunami of comeuppance — but it’s still a major problem in the construction industry.

Ashley Foster, 27, who's worked in construction for five years, describes a toxic work environment at several Manhattan job sites where she says women workers were routinely harassed by male supervisors and peers.

...

"They think there's nothing wrong with it," she said. "I wasn’t happy with how they handled it because still to this day I don’t see any change, I don’t see any investigation, I don’t hear that they looked into anything."

On Monday, the law firm of Giskan Solotaroff & Anderson filed a complaint on behalf of Foster and another Trade Off worker, Tierra Williams, 28, with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the state Division of Human Rights.

"We hope and expect the EEOC will investigate and take action," said attorney Jason Solotaroff."


May 25, 2017 - Uber Raked in Millions Through Hidden Fees: Class-Action Suit

From the New York Post, following the filing of a class action against Uber by GSA partner Catherine E. Anderson:

"Passengers are incurring hidden charges with Uber’s “upfront” pricing model — resulting in a $7.4 million windfall per month to the app-ride company from New York City trips alone, according to a new class action lawsuit.

Uber launched its upfront fares last summer, promising a “no math and no surprises” system that would calculate the actual cost of a trip before customers booked a ride.

 

But Uber is charging riders approximately $2 more than the actual cost of the trip, according to the Brooklyn lawsuit filed by Coney Island resident Jacqueline Gayed.

 

For example, while the rider pays $14 for a trip, the driver’s Uber platform shows a fare of just $12.

 

‘Uber simply pockets the difference,’ the suit says.

 

[…] The suit was filed the day after Uber admitted it owes drivers tens of millions of dollars in back pay for taking its fee before deducting taxes and other surcharges.”


 03/30/2017 – Mnuchin's OneWest Avoided Force­Placed Insurance Class Actions During Crisis

OneWest Bank, the mortgage servicer previously owned by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, has been accused by homeowner groups of a type of foreclosure abuse involving lender­placed, or force­placed, insurance.

For more information and updates regarding the case, please click here.


10/09/2015 – GSA Files Civil Rights Action for Illegal Strip Search of Visitor at Rikers Island

Giskan Solotaroff has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Rikers Island. The Complaint alleges that a Rikers correction officer violated our client’s constitutional rights by strip searching her without any reason to believe that she was carrying contraband. The correction officer’s actions also violated DOC rules and regulations, which impose strict requirements on officers before they can physically search a visitor.

For more information, contact Raymond Audain at raudain@gslawny.com.

View the complaint

Daily News
October 8, 2015
“Rikers Island visitor sues city, says
officer groped her and made her strip”

NY1
October 9, 2015
“Woman Claims Rikers Guard
Groped Her During Visit”


09/19/2012 – GSA Obtains $4.8 Million Judgment For Defrauded Hedge Fund Investor

In a case litigated by GSA partner Jason L. Solotaroff, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York recently found that a New York City hedge fund and its principal liable for fraud, negligent misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duty and awarded GSA clients $4.8 million. In the decision, Judge Paul Engelmayer found that ThinkStrategy Capital Management LLC and Chetan Kapur misrepresented the due diligence they would perform in selecting subfunds for the TS MultiStrategy fund of funds. The Court awarded the plaintiffs damages of their entire investments along with prejudgment interest.


05/09/2012 – GSA Partner Jason Solotaroff quoted in NY Times article about legal problems for interior decorators and designers

When Bryan Huffman, a North Carolina decorator, took the stand in the John Edwards trial to describe his part in funneling money from his friend Rachel Mellon to the former senator during his failed presidential bid, many in the decorating profession groaned in irritation.


12/16/2011 – Millennium Hotel Loses Racial Harassment

On December 16th, "a jury after issuing a verdict in Mr. MacMillan’s favor, awarded him $125,000 in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages."


01/06/2011 – Current and Former Workers of Baluchi’s Gain Preliminarily Approval of $1 Million Settlement

A federal judge preliminarily approved a $1 million settlement to resolve an action brought by Giskan Solotaroff & Anderson LLP on behalf of current and former employees of Baluchi’s, a New York Indian restaurant chain, claiming that the restaurant and its owner violated minimum wage, overtime wage, and tip appropriation laws.

The scheduled date for the final approval hearing is April 13, 2011.


09/22/2010 – GSA and co-counsel obtain partial damage award for class members in Nassau County Strip Search Case

Robert Herbst of Giskan Solotaroff & Anderson LLP is co-lead counsel in In re: Nassau County Strip Search Case. The certified class includes all persons arrested for misdemeanors or non-criminal offenses in Nassau County who thereafter were strip searched at the Nassau County Correctional Center pursuant to defendants’ blanket policy which required that all arrestees be strip-searched upon admission to the facility, from May 20, 1996 until and including June 1, 1999. In September 2010, the federal judge awarded $500 in general damages per illegal strip search to approximately 20,000 class members. The next phase of the case will involve additional damages issues. After all damages issues have been resolved, claim forms will be distributed to class members

Previous Long Island Press coverage can be found here and Newsday coverage here and here.


4/23/10 – PRESS RELEASE: GSAS' Amanda Masters Settles Housing Discrimination Case

In March 2010, a settlement was reached resolving claims that the owners and operators of an rental building discriminated against a tenant represented based on source of income by allegedly refusing to accept the tenant’s Section 8 voucher in violation of the New York City Human Rights Law. Defendants agreed to pay the plaintiff a total of $105,000 as follows: $500 per month for the next 10 years ($60,000 total); $5,000 for emotional damages; and $40,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs.


12/24/2009 – JPMorgan Chase to pay $19.92 million to settle GSA lawsuit involving Post Closing Fees Refunds

JPMorgan Chase agreed to pay $19.92 million to approximately 60,000 individuals improperly charged a Post Closing Fee by Chase in connection to the residential mortgages originated with Chase between September 2001 and December 2008. Class members who make a claim are also entitled to interest on their refund.

For more information and updates regarding this case, please click here.


05/06/2009 – GSA Joins as Co-Lead Counsel in Gender Discrimination Class Action Filed Against Lockheed Martin Corporation

Giskan Solotaroff & Anderson LLP joined as co-lead counsel in a sex discrimination class action against Lockheed Martin alleging that women have been unlawfully denied professional advancement opportunities and equal pay. The suit seeks an order that Lockheed Martin establish fair employment practices which do not discriminate against women in promotion, hiring and compensation, an injunction that would bar the corporation from any acts of discrimination in the future, and back and front pay differentials and other monetary damages.

For more information and updates regarding the case, please click here.


03/03/2009 – JPMorgan Chase Cancels Credit Card Fee After Lawsuit from GSA and Other Firms

JPMorgan Chase cancelled a $10 credit card service charge two months after Giskan Solotaroff & Anderson LLP and firms in other states filed class action complaints challenging, among other things, the fee.

For information and updates regarding this case, please click here.

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