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Plaintiff Settles with Bank of America Corp. NA at the Eleventh Hour

February 16, 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA – A California labor lawsuit alleging wrongful dismissal and defamation was quietly settled earlier this week at the 11th hour after a jury had awarded damages to the plaintiff, but had yet to settle on punitive damages.

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Ex-B of A employee's court victory puts all banks on notice

February 14, 2018

CALIFORNIA — A California federal jury found that Bank of America illegally blacklisted and defamed a former employee. It awarded her employee compensatory and punitive damages that could surpass $1.6 million.

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A second group of chicken workers sue, alleging rehab slavery

October 13, 2017

OKLAHOMA — Two men who were forced to work for free in a court-ordered drug rehabilitation program have filed a class action lawsuit, alleging racketeering, human trafficking and labor law violations.

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Aiman-Smith & Marcy Takes a Stand for Dollar Tree Employees Alleging Unfair Business Practices

October 03, 2017

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA — Aiman-Smith & Marcy, a leading law firm specializing in employment law, has filed a class action lawsuit against Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. on behalf of two of the retailer’s staff members.

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2 Dollar Tree employees allege unfair business practices

September 26, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO — Two employees have filed a class action lawsuit against Dollar Tree, alleging breach of contract and unfair business practices.

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Employee alleges auto business violated labor code

August 2, 2017

An employee has filed a class action lawsuit against auto parts businesses, alleging violation of federal law.

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Former Bank of America worker wins appeal on defamation charge

May 18, 2017

A reasonable jury could conclude Bank of America N.A. acted with malice when, without a thorough investigation, it reported to a third-party data base monitoring fired bank employees that it had evidence of a former employee’s criminal wrongdoing, says a federal appeals court, in reversing a lower court ruling.

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9th Circuit revives former Bank of America exec's blacklisting lawsuit

May 17, 2017

A federal appeals court on Wednesday revived a former Bank of America executive’s defamation and blacklisting claims against the bank for reporting her to a company that maintains a database for financial institutions of workers terminated for causing financial loss.

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East Bay taxi drivers join class action lawsuit against Uber

March 4, 2015

California taxi divers face a new frustration: booming competition from companies like Uber and other app-based taxi companies that have recently entered the market with new services, systems and often better cars.

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Hundreds Join Running Festival Fun

November 10, 2016

Running enthusiasts from around the country traveled to Alameda to take part in the inaugural Bank of Marin Alameda Running Festival Oct. 29 and 30. Hallie Von Rock was the first woman and Alamedan to complete the distance.

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Lawyers Are Looking for Ex-Twitter Employees, Via Facebook Ads

November 1, 2016

Twitter, everyone’s favorite 140-character social media platform, has been struggling lately, struggling to keep up growth, struggling to make a profit, struggling to find a buyer.
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Advertisers Targeting Laid-off Twitter Employees Again

October 29, 2016

One of the more unexpected side effects of Twitter’s decision to lay off roughly 350 employees this week: A little extra ad revenue for Facebook.
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CVS' $13M Deal To End 78K Workers' Bag Check Claims OK'd

October 3, 2016

A California judge on Monday granted preliminary approval to CVS Caremark Corp.’s $12.75 million settlement of claims it shorted roughly 78,000 workers on pay for time they spent in security checks, saying the deal looks to be “in order.”

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June 14, 2016

Uber drivers along with the company itself are responding forcefully to objectors of the recently negotiated controversial $100 million settlement.

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Bank Of America Settles Overtime Claims For $2.25 Million

January 19, 2016

A California federal magistrate judge on Jan. 15 granted final approval to a $2.25 million settlement to be paid by Bank of America National Association to end a class complaint brought on behalf of customer service.

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Are Scheduling Bills Like D.C.'s Helpful or Meddlesome?

January 13, 2016

The District of Columbia Council scheduled a hearing for Jan. 13 on a bill that would require stores and restaurants to tell employees what their work schedules will be several weeks in advance and require employers to compensate employees for last-minute schedule changes.

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Aiman-Smith & Marcy co-counsel in $83 million investor fraud class action settlement.

December 2015

Aiman-Smith & Marcy Secures Class Certification in Employment Law Class Action Lawsuit Against Telecom Network Specialists, Inc. (“TNS”)

September 30, 2015

The Honorable Judge John Wiley, Jr., presiding over the Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County, Department 311 certified the plaintiff class in Benton v. Telecom Network Specialists, Inc

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Legal Troubles Hit Abercrombie & Fitch as Plaintiffs Lawyers with Aiman-Smith & Marcy Back Employees

August 11, 2015

U.S. District federal Judge, Jesus G. Bernal, ruled plaintiffs successfully satisfied all the requirements for class certification for Brown et al. v. Abercrombie & Fitch Co. et al., case number 2:14-cv-01242, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

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62K Abercrombie Workers Win Class Cert. In Look Policy Row

July 16, 2015

A California federal judge on Thursday certified a class of about 62,000 Abercrombie & Fitch Co. employees who brought an employment suit claiming they were illegally required to buy the retailer’s clothing for work, ruling that the plaintiffs satisfied all the requirements for class certification.

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Oakland Law Firm Aiman-Smith & Marcy, Has Filed a Class Action Lawsuit Against UBER TECHONOLOGIES, INC. on Behalf of Taxi Drivers

November 13, 2014

Aiman-Smith & Marcy, an Oakland class action law firm, has filed a class action lawsuit in Alameda County against UBER TECHONOLOGIES, INC. on behalf of taxi drivers in Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville.

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Brown v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., Northern District Court certifies a 62,000 member class of retail employees seeking reimbursement of clothing expenses.

February 2014

Benton v. Telecom Network Specialists, Inc. (2013) 220 Cal.App.4th 701 published, reversing denial of class certification on behalf of a class of telecom workers seeking unpaid overtime and missed break pay.

October 2013

Fatal Attractions

June 23, 2013

Four years ago, Phaneesh Murthy realised he’d become a bit chunky and began a punishing gym programme. But sticking to an exercise schedule wasn’t easy because the chief of IT outsourcing company iGate Corp travelled about 20 days a month.

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Araceli Roiz pregnant, will sue Phaneesh Murthy and iGate, says lawyer

May 24, 2013

Phaneesh Murthy was asked to leave iGate because Araceli Roiz, the company’s head of investor relations, was allegedly pregnant with his child, and the Fremont, California-based IT firm faced the risk of a multi-million dollar lawsuit.

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Araceli Roiz reveals details, Phaneesh Murthy to be sued

May 23, 2013

Sacked iGate Corp Chief Executive Phaneesh Murthy will be sued for sexually harassing the firm’s investor relations head and allegedly making her pregnant, the law firm representing the victim said.

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iGate: Sexual harassment claim may cost Phaneesh Murthy his career

May 22, 2013

Ten years after he paid the price, literally and figuratively, for an avoidable indiscretion, Phaneesh Murthy, is in the news for the same misstep — an inappropriate relationship at the workplace.

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Bradley v. Networkers International LLC (2012) 211 Cal.App.4th 1129, published, reversing denial of class certification and ordering class certified on behalf of telecom workers seeking unpaid overtime and missed break pay.

December 2012

First eight-figure wage and hour class action settlement for Aiman-Smith & Marcy.

September 2010

Williams v. Union Pacific Railroad, Aiman-Smith & Marcy's first seven figure verdict for race and sex discrimination.

May 2006

McPhee & Aiman-Smith settles sex harassment case for $3 million.

April 2003

Rivero v. City and County of San Francisco (9th Cir. 2002) 316 F.3d 857 published, reversing summary judgment and reinstating jury verdict in favor of plaintiff.

December 2002

Before BEEZER, THOMAS and W. FLETCHER, Circuit Judges. Owen P. Martikan,City Attorney’s Office, San Francisco, CA, for the defendants-appellants. Randall B. Aiman-Smith, McPhee & Aiman-Smith, Oakland, CA, for the plaintiffs-appellees.

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McPhee & Aiman-Smith settles sex discrimination suit for $2.1 million.

June 2002

McPhee & Aiman-Smith settles funeral home negligence class action for $4.1 million.

March 2001

McPhee & Aiman-Smith files first class action on behalf of consumers who were victims of funeral home negligence.

July 1998

Randall Aiman-Smith settles first seven figure case on behalf of investors who were victims of financial fraud.


Verdict for plaintiffs in the Rivero v. City and County of San Francisco case. Final judgment would come 11 years later in March 2006 after three appeals.

October 1995

Before BEEZER, THOMAS and W. FLETCHER, Circuit Judges. Owen P. Martikan,City Attorney’s Office, San Francisco, CA, for the defendants-appellants. Randall B. Aiman-Smith, McPhee & Aiman-Smith, Oakland, CA, for the plaintiffs-appellees.

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