It feels like you're in the role in a class-action context of a private attorney general
. You have the benefit of working with a small group of named representatives but attaining relief for a far broader group of people.<br />Q.
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.
Goodman, The Private Attorney General
Act: How to Manage the Unmanageable, 56 SANTA CLARA L.
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
be exported?; conclusion: toward a semiprivate attorney general.
Sections 3729-3733, was in the business of prosecuting the FCA lawsuit and providing services to the government in prosecuting the lawsuit (or as the taxpayer described it, performing services as a "private attorney general
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.
For that reason, proponents of the private attorney general
Judge Jerome Frank used the term "private attorney general
" to refer to lawyers for private plaintiffs whose lawsuits also serve the public interest.
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." We should not pay by the size of the herd when the courts and natural terrain conducted the roundup.
In addition to specific fee-shifting statutes, sometimes attorneys' fees can be awarded to a prevailing party pursuant to a broader "private attorney general
" statute when a lawsuit results in a significant benefit to the general public.