Reathaford focuses her practice on management-side employment litigation, with special emphasis on representative actions under the Private Attorney General
Act (PAGA) and other wage and hour collective and class actions.
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Shortly before trial, Uber and the employees agreed to a settlement that would result in the payment of $84 million (to increase to $100 million if Uber were to go public at a certain market value) to the drivers and their attorneys, clarification of Uber's driver "deactivation" policy and "star" ratings system, create a drivers' association, modify Uber's tipping policy, settle fifteen additional lawsuits, and extinguish liability under a California labor law known as the Private Attorney General
Act, or PAGA.
The case centers on the California Private Attorney General
Act (PAGA) qui tam statute that gives private individuals the ability to bring a law enforcement action in the name of the State.
Chapters are: litigation and democracy; the origins of entrepreneurial litigation; the derivative action; the emergence of the class action; merger and acquisition class actions: litigation on steroids; the mass tort class action; quick rise, faster fall; a prelude to class action reform; the needed reforms; public enforcement and the private attorney general
; the globalization of the class action: can the private attorney general
Rather, he was prosecuting a claim on behalf of the government and acting as an agent or private attorney general
for the government, and he was awarded for the information and services he provided while prosecuting that claim.
Some attorneys have chosen to pursue reimbursement under the Private Attorney General
doctrine rather than using the lower reimbursement rates contained in provisions of the Revenue and Taxation Code.
At the least, it has little place when the private attorney is handed the mantle of private attorney general
and has no direct relationship with the "client.
A private attorney general
has no greater interest in law enforcement than he or she has in law administration generally.
The defendant, in effect, is "asserting that he must be recognized as a private attorney general
, protecting the Fourth Amendment rights of the public at large," explains Columbia University Professor of Constitutional Law Henry Monaghan.