GSA in the News
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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."
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.”
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 email@example.com.
October 8, 2015
“Rikers Island visitor sues city, says
officer groped her and made her strip”
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.
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."
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.