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  • Two Trief & Olk Attorneys Included in Su…
    We have some exciting news at Trief & Olk. In 2015 and 2016, partner Ted Trief was included in the Super Lawyers list. This year, Jordan Rutsky, Senior Counsel at Trief & Olk, joins him, as he was included in the 2016 Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.
  • Who Wins in a World Without Forced Arbitratio…
    “Trief & Olk featured in NLJ”: In the highly charged debate over arbitration, businesses and consumer groups have tussled over the question of who stands to gain from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed ban on contract clauses that prevent class actions.
  • Trief & Olk Announces Promotions
    Trief & Olk is pleased to announce the following promotions: Shelly L. Friedland has been elevated to partner and Jordan Rutsky is now Senior Counsel, effective January 1st of this year. Ms. Friedland, who joined Trief & Olk in 2014, graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, and received her B.A. in economics from Columbia University, ...
  • Trief & Olk lawyers named as finalists f…
    Trief & Olk was honored by the nonprofit organization Public Justice for its central role in an ongoing class action litigation against the largest banks in the United States. The litigation, known as In re Checking Account Overdraft Litigation, involved an accounting trick used by consumer banks to reorder the deductions made from consumer accounts ...

Case News:

World’s Largest Restaurant Group Sued for Violation of Labor Laws

Trief & Olk served as the plaintiffs’ attorneys in a collective action against the world’s largest full-service restaurant group, Darden Restaurants. Darden’s chains include Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, and Seasons 52.  The matter is currently proceeding through mediation and arbitration on an individual basis.  The lawsuit alleged that Darden violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by underpaying thousands of servers and bartenders across the country.  These violations included off-the-clock work, inappropriate use of tip credit wages, and unpaid overtime. For additional information, please visit – See more at: http://www.triefandolk.com/news/in-the-news/#sthash.pchZLMDs.dpuf

  • More workers may join Darden lawsuit
    Up to 300,000 current and former Darden Restaurants employees will be invited to join a lawsuit filed against the company last year alleging it underpaid servers. A federal judge earlier this month granted what’s called “conditional certification of a nationwide class” in the lawsuit, filed last year in Miami. Orlando-based Darden is being required to ...
  • Trief & Olk, Higer Lichter and Givner fi…
    Trief & Olk is one of three firms that filed a proposed class action overtime lawsuit Wednesday against all restaurant chains owned by Darden Restaurants, including The Capital Grille, Longhorn Steakhouse, Olive Garden and Red Lobster. Darden is considered the world’s largest full-service restaurant group, with almost 170,000 employees.
  • More plaintiffs added to Darden Restaurants l…
    A lawsuit alleging Darden Restaurants, Inc violated U.S. labor laws by underpaying servers at its Olive Garden and Red Lobster chains and other eateries has been expanded to include dozens of new plaintiffs, a lawyer said on Friday. The suit, filed in September in federal court in Miami, accuses one of the largest restaurant operators ...
  • Darden lawsuit expands to 50 plantiffs
    A federal lawsuit alleging Orlando-based Darden Restaurants underpaid servers has been expanded from two plaintiffs to 50. The legal action now includes former and current employees at Darden’s restaurants across the country, including Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52. The lawsuit, filed in September in federal court in Miami…
  • Nasty customers and heartless managers
    Kim Stahler was a waitress at a Red Lobster through most of the 1990s. She was so angry when she quit, she started a popular website called the Stained Apron, where restaurant servers of every stripe could air their seemingly endless frustrations about their jobs in often colorful ways.In a Miami federal court, the ...
  • Suits: eateries serve up pay abuses
    From McDonald’s to Mario Batali, restaurant owners have forked over big bucks in recent years to settle lawsuits brought by workers who claimed they were illegally underpaid. Darden Restaurants, which owns Olive Garden, Red Lobster and the Capital Grille eateries in New York and across the country, is the latest to be hit with a ...
  • Darden Restaurants hit with lawsuit over wage…
    Darden Restaurants Inc, best known for its Olive Garden and Red Lobster chains, was hit with a lawsuit in federal court in Miami on Thursday accusing one of the largest U.S. restaurant operators of violating federal labor laws by underpaying workers at its popular eateries across the country. The lawsuit accuses the Orlando, Florida-based company ...
  • Olive Garden, Red Lobster workers sue company…
    Lawsuit contends the chain violated federal labor laws and underpaid thousands of employees across the country at Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Red Lobster and other eateries, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday on behalf of the workers. The lawsuit filed in Miami federal court seeks to collectively represent current and past employees…
  • Olive Garden, Red Lobster hit with labor-law …
    Darden Restaurants violated federal labor laws by underpaying thousands of servers across the country at Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Red Lobster and other eateries, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday on behalf of the workers. The lawsuit filed in Miami federal court seeks to collectively represent current and past employees…
  • Darden Restaurants hit with lawsuit over wage…
    Darden Restaurants Inc, best known for its Olive Garden and Red Lobster chains, was hit with a lawsuit in federal court in Miami on Thursday accusing one of the largest U.S. restaurant operators of violating federal labor laws by underpaying workers at its popular eateries across the country. The lawsuit accuses the Orlando, Florida-based company ...

 

 

Second Largest Bank Overdraft Settlement Reached at $137.5 Million

Trief & Olk co-led the action against Citizens Financial Group, a unit of the Royal Bank of Scotland, resulting in the second largest bank overdraft settlement to date of $137.5 million.  At issue was the financial institutions reordering of debit-card transactions from highest to lowest–rather than in the order that the transactions occurred–in order to maximize the number of overdraft fees that could be charged to a customer.  As a result of these deceptive practices, millions of customers were charged unfair overdraft fees.  The settled lawsuit was part of a broader class-action suit that involved more than 30 banks including Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, Capital One Financial, PNC Financial Services and JPMorgan Chase.

  • Citizens Bank Settles Overdraft Fee Lawsuit F…
    Citizens Bank is the latest bank to settle in a massive class action lawsuit over dodgy overdraft fee practices. On Wednesday, the midsize New England institution agreed to pay $137.5 million to settle the suit, which is part of a broader class action suit that involves more than 30 banks. A court must still approve ...
  • RBS Citizens settles overdraft-fees case for …
    (Reuters) – Citizens Financial Group Inc agreed to pay $137.5 million to settle lawsuits accusing it of charging customers excessive overdraft fees, in the second-largest settlement to date in nationwide litigation. Citizens, a unit of Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc (RBS.L), joins Bank of America Corp (BAC.N), JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) and several ...
  • Consumers Pay the Price for Bank Overdraft Fe…
    Columbus, OH: If you are like many people, chances are that you have at least once attempted to make a purchase with a bank card only to be informed that your account does not have enough money and the transaction is declined. A potentially embarrassing situation and one that the banks say they are preventing ...

 

$410 Million to Be Paid in Lawsuit Settlement by Bank of America

Trief & Olk served on the plaintiffs’ executive committee in the nationwide class-action lawsuit against dozens of the country’s largest banks concerning the deceptive overdraft fee practices. The litigation resulted in a number of settlements, including a $410 million settlement reached with Bank of America. The settlement affected more than 13 million Bank of America customers who had debit card overdrafts during the past decade.

  • BofA Wins Approval for $410 Million Overdraft…
    Bank of America Corp., the largest debit card issuer, won court approval of a $410 million settlement with customers who accused the bank of charging excessive overdraft fees for electronic transactions. U.S. District Judge James Lawrence King in Miami yesterday approved the accord between the bank and about 1 million account holders, who may receive ...
  • Bank of America Settles Excessive Overdraft F…
    More than 13 million Bank of America (BAC) debit-card customers could see some repayment for excessive overdraft fees the bank charged between January 2001 and May 2011. On Monday, a federal judge gavefinal approval to a $410 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit to compensate customers who were charged fees one or more times as ...
  • Bank Of America Overdraft Lawsuit: Judge Appr…
    A federal judge on Monday gave final approval to a $410 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit affecting more than 13 million Bank of America customers who had debit card overdrafts during the past decade. Senior U.S. District Judge James Lawrence King said the agreement was fair and reasonable, even though it drew criticism from ...

 

JPMorgan Chase Pays $110 Million in an Overdraft Lawsuit Settlement

Trief & Olk was part of the multidistrict class-action lawsuit which resulted in a $110 million against JPMorgan Chase. The lawsuit was brought against the bank over its so-called transaction-ordering practices. The bank’s deceptive reordering of debit card transactions resulted in increased overdraft fees for millions of consumers. As part of the settlement, the bank also agreed not to charge overdraft fees on transactions of $5 or less.

  • JPMorgan Chase Agrees to Pay $110 Million in …
    JPMorgan Chase & Co. is one step closer to a possible settlement of a class-action lawsuit brought against a number of banks over their so-called transaction-ordering practices. “We’re pleased to have reached an agreement in principle,” said spokesman Patrick Linehan, in which the bank has agreed to pay $110 million.
  • JPMorgan Chase To Pay $110 Million To Settle …
    JPMorgan Chase & Co has agreed to pay $110 million to settle consumer litigation accusing it of charging excessive overdraft fees. The largest U.S. bank by assets joined Bank of America Corp and several smaller lenders in settling their portion of the nationwide litigation over the fees, which are typically assessed when customers overdraw their ...
  • JPMorgan Agrees to Pay $110 Million in Overdr…
    JPMorgan Chase & Co., the biggest U.S. bank by assets, reached a preliminary agreement to pay $110 million to settle litigation saying it gouged customers on overdraft fees for checking accounts, court records show. The settlement would resolve claims by customers including Andrea Luquetta of Los Angeles, who sued over fees charged to debit cards ...