NYC Pays $75M to Settle NYPD Summons Class Action

New York City, on behalf of its police department, will pay $75 million to settle a class-action lawsuit involving nearly 1 million NYPD summonses that were issued between 2007 and 2015. Police issued the so-called "quality of life" summonses in order to meet quotas regardless of whether any crime or violation occurred that were dismissed for lack of probable cause. The people who were ticketed may now be eligible for compensation to the tune of $150 per summons. Another judge in a class action lawsuit against the NYPD found that the police's stop and frisk policy was unconstitutional. Both cases represent significant civil rights victories. Andersen Sleater Sianni represents individuals in

SEC Goes After BlackRock for Undermining Its Whistleblower Program

BlackRock Inc. agreed to pay a $340,000 penalty, remove revise its separation agreements and train its employees on the SEC whistleblower program in order to settle SEC charges. The SEC alleged that BlackRock caused its employees to sign agreements that stated they “waive any right to recovery of incentives for reporting of misconduct” in order to receive their monetary separation payments from the firm. The provision was added to the separation agreements after the enactment of the SEC whistleblower program in 2011. Andersen Sleater Sianni represents and protects whistleblowers' rights. Click here to read more about SEC's action against BlackRock.

Breathalyzer App Barred from Making False Accuracy Claims

Breathometer, Inc. and its founder that sold app-supported devices that claimed to accurately measure consumers’ blood alcohol content (BAC) through government-lab testing agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they lacked scientific evidence to back up their advertising claims. They are barred from making future accuracy claims for a consumer breathalyzer product unless such claims are supported by rigorous testing and must provide consumers with refunds. The FTC found that the products understated BAC levels making them dangerous for users, who relied on them before driving a vehicle. Andersen Sleater Sianni also represents consumers, who may have been victimized by relying

CFPB Orders TransUnion and Equifax to pay $23.3M for Misleading Consumers

The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ordered credit reporting agencies, TransUnion and Equifax, to pay more than $23.2 million in fines and restitution to consumers for deceiving them into enrolling in credit services advertised as free or costing only $1, but which could cost more than $200 a year after the expiration of the free trials. The CFPB alleged that the agencies falsely represented that the credit scores they sold to consumers were the same scores that lenders. Click here to read more.

Ninth Circuit Upholds Class Certification Standard

In a class action alleging that ConAgra's Wesson Oil is not natural as labeled because it is made up of genetically modified corn, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the District Court's certification of eleven state classes. The Court of Appeals rejected ConAgra's argument that was based on a Third Circuit decision that plaintiffs are required to meet "administrative feasiblity" under the ascertainability prong for class certification. The Court found that Congress did not require that under the plain reading of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23, and therefore plaintiffs are not required to identify all class members at that stage of the litigation. Click here to read the fu

Firm Annouces Expansion with New Partner - Ralph Sianni

Andersen Sleater Sianni LLC is excited to announce its expansion in welcoming a new partner, Ralph Sianni, in its Wilmington, Delaware office. Mr. Sianni has extensive experience in national complex commercial litigation, which will further bolster the firm's ability to take on cases in Delaware, New York and across the country. For more information on Mr. Sianni, please click here.

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