Uber Class Action Lawsuit: Important Update
As many of you know, Wilshire Law Firm has filed a class action lawsuit against driving app Uber. Our lawsuit claims that Uber Technologies, Inc. deliberately and systematically manipulated navigational data. The result of their actions was a higher fare to the “rider” and unjust, lower pay for the “driver” for the same trip. Wilshire Law Firm has discovered extremely solid evidence of this gross pay manipulation, and we look forward to exposing Uber during the ongoing litigation. Please note: This Uber class action lawsuit will only be available to Uber drivers who operate in the state of California. If you are an Uber driver in the state of California, you are owed recovery compensation and Wilshire Law Firm is ready to represent you in this groundbreaking case. IMPORTANT: If you are currently driving for Uber, you may still participate in this suit. Your private information will be kept 100%, completely anonymous. To be clear, you will not appear as a named plaintiff and you can keep driving for Uber. Furthermore, Wilshire Law Firm does not encourage members of this or any class action suit to share information on any social media channels or other types of sharing platforms. These posts could adversely affect the legitimacy of your claim. How much money will each driver receive from the suit? There are multiple factors that determine the financial recovery for any class action lawsuit, which makes it difficult to give a solid prediction of what each individual driver will get in recovery compensation. Factors include: How many class action members are involved. The scope and amount of work each driver has performed. Each driver’s personal circumstances and other considerations. Thousands of Uber drivers have already signed up to participate anonymously in this very important class action suit. We are still signing up new drivers every day, and we look forward to your involvement in this case. What did Uber do wrong to deserve this class action suit? There are six allegations that our suit will be pursuing during this case. They are as follows: Breach of Contract – Uber failed to live up to payment commitments in “driver” contracts. Unjust Enrichment – Uber collected portions of fares that should have been given to “drivers.” Fraud by Concealment – “Upfront pricing” features were inaccurate and misleading. Violation of the Lanham Act – False claims in advertising misled “drivers” to sign up for Uber. Unfair Competition – Manipulating fares charged to “riders” vs. fares paid to “drivers.” Misclassification and Failure to Pay Wages – Uber classified “drivers” as independent contractors, when they are really employees. Learn more about this class action suit today We understand that legal matters, especially when opposing large, famous companies like Uber, can be intimidating. Wilshire Law Firm specializes in representing small parties against these types of intimidating cases. It’s what we do, because we care for you! That’s why we’ve laid out all the information you need to make an informed decision with regards to this class action suit in one easy-to-read website: JusticeForDrivers.com. There you will learn all the details you need to make an informed decision as to whether or not you should apply to participate in this case. Wilshire Law Firm looks forward to working with you, and to getting you fair and just recovery compensation very soon! Drive safe!
Bobby Saadian and Mayor Garcetti Address Concerns for LA Homeless
Wilshire Law Firm’s Founding President & Managing Attorney Bobby Saadian recently attended Southern California’s premier international trade event, the 2017 Select LA Investment Summit, where he was a guest of LA Mayor Eric Garcetti. Located at the World Trade Center in Downtown Los Angeles, the annual summit seeks to pair international investors with local Los Angeles initiatives, as well as spread international awareness for local social initiatives. After Mayor Garcetti addressed the summit with a keynote speech, he met with Saadian to discuss ways they and other influential LA residents can further enrich the lives of local low-income residents and homeless populations. This is a pressing issue for our storied city, as the Los Angeles homeless population continues to trend in the wrong direction (currently it’s at 60,000, according to AP – that’s up 23% since 2014). Saadian, like Garcetti, is a lifelong Angelino, and is deeply concerned with this negative trend. During their brief meeting, Saadian also brought to the Mayor’s attention the good work that the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities (LATLC) is doing. Saadian, a LATLC Board Member, enjoys the opportunity to give back by frequently donating to charities, mentoring young adults about setting life goals, and helping children gain access to education. “The children are our future,” Saadian likes to say when asked about helping the children of his clients. It’s no wonder Saadian and Garcetti get along so well. Mayor Garcetti has been a champion for Los Angeles’ underprivileged youth and homeless populations since his first trip to Skid Row, when he was just 14. These charitable notions of giving back to the community ring true tenfold here at Wilshire Law Firm, where Saadian leads a team of talented attorneys and staff members who fight every day from sun up till sun down for our community’s most vulnerable. Wilshire Law Firm specializes in representing individuals who have fallen victim to catastrophic accidents, environmental contaminations, dangerous pharmaceuticals, defective product flaws, employee rights breaches or workplace equality violations. More often than not our clients are up against powerful insurance companies, mega-corporations and big business foes, and we’re proud to have recovered over $350 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients to date. More about LA Trial Lawyers’ Charities: The main focus of the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities (LATLC) is to make a positive impact on the living conditions of less fortunate people in the greater Los Angeles area. Key focuses include: education, children, survivors of abuse, persons with disabilities, and homelessness. LATLC is a nonprofit public benefit corp. and it’s mission is solely meant for charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. More about The Select LA Investment Summit: The Select LA Investment Summit is Southern California’s elite international trade event. It brings together large groups of international investors with local business and governmental leaders, and facilitates secure foreign direct investment (FDI). SLAIS produces key insights on what’s trending in the markets, and unique, lucrative opportunities in the greater LA region.
Running in The LA Marathon to Raise Money for Scholarship
Wilshire Law Performance in the LA Marathon Wilshire Law Firm is running in the Los Angeles Marathon. We’re promoting wellness and supporting our community. It’s our firm’s 10th anniversary this year, and we’re reflecting on all our hard work helping accident victims in California, by giving back. As such, we’re raising funds for a first-generation scholarship that will benefit one student, in the 2017-2018 academic year at Loyola Law School. Why A First-Generation Scholarship? Higher education is the pillar of sustainable development in our society. We firmly believe that every member of our diverse community deserves a chance to excel, if given the opportunity. Many first-generation students face financial difficulties and don’t have familial guidance about the profession. For those who are raised in immigrant families the struggle is real. Wilshire Law Firm is proud to build a bridge, between educational institutions and California residents, to foster the future of our industry. In our line of work, we seek justice for people who need it. Thank You for Being Here, We Appreciate You! Why You Should Consider Donating You can donate as little or as much as you are comfortable giving. This first-generation scholarship will put one student on the road to realizing their dream. It’s a selfless act of kindness to brighten the path of a future professional. Your contribution will help alleviate their financial burden. Moreover, it will give more students the confidence to become the best they can be. Our Philanthropic Legacy When it comes to giving back, Wilshire Law Firm’s Founding President and Managing Attorney, Bobby Saadian, is the first one to extend his helping hand. Every year, the firm’s decade-long tradition to inspire others to care for the community comes to live, through sponsorships and direct donations. This noble philanthropic legacy has earned our firm a special place in the heart of our community. As well, many awards and accolades, from the industry and from consumers. Mr. Saadian is one of the Most Influential Minority Lawyers in Los Angeles — a recognition by the Los Angeles Business Journal — and he serves as a Diamond-Level Honorary Board Member of the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities. How to Make Your Donation Help a first-generation law student become another stellar member of the legal community! Extend your support to a dedicated, young hopeful, and inspire many others. Make Your Donation NOW !
Can I Get Disability Benefits After a Car Accident?
Knowledgeable Car Accident Attorney Provides an Answer Were you injured in a car accident? Are you wondering if you can get disability benefits? If you have been severely injured, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits; but you will not automatically qualify for it – the reason being that Social Security Disability (SSD), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) were created to help individuals with long-term disabilities. A small number of states, including California, have short-term disability programs that offer cash benefits to victims of accidents. Contact an experienced car accident attorney to learn more about it. SSA Requirements to Qualify for Disability Benefits In order to qualify for any of these benefits, you must prove that you have a disability that has lasted or is expected to last at least 12 months. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will consider you disabled if you fulfill all of the following conditions: You have a severe disability (physical, mental or both) that has lasted or is expected to last at least 12 months; You are unable to engage in any Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) that pays more than a certain amount (the amount is $21,840 per year for a blind individual and $14,040 for a non-blind individual); You are incapable of performing the work you used to do before the accident; and You are incapable of doing or being trained to do any other work that is less demanding. Specific Conditions for Disability Benefits You will quality for disability benefits if your car accident injuries have resulted in the following conditions leaving you disabled for 12 months or more and if you fulfill the requirements listed above. Here are some specific conditions in which you may qualify for disability benefits. Fractured or broken bones: If the fractured or broken bone is located in your arm or leg and has not healed, or your arm or leg has not regained function despite surgery, leaving you unable to walk or perform any kind of work, then you may qualify for disability benefits. But if the fractured or broken bones are located in other areas of your body, they will have to prove that you are unable to do any kind of work because of the injuries. Amputation of limbs: If one or more of your limbs have been amputated, leaving you disabled for life, then you may qualify for disability benefits. But once you are able to work with artificial limbs, your benefits may be stopped. Severe burns: Severe burns are not known to take a very long time to heal and can cause long-term or permanent impairments. If you can prove that the severe burn you have sustained has rendered you unable to work, then you may qualify for disability benefits. Spinal cord/back injuries: Spinal cord and back injuries are often debilitating and long lasting. If you have sustained severe spinal cord or back injuries, leaving you unable to work despite treatment and surgery, then you may qualify disability benefits. Severe whiplash (neck injury): Normally, whiplash will not qualify you for disability benefits. But you may qualify if the whiplash injury you have sustained also includes a neck or spinal injury. You will most likely have to submit a MRI report for this. Joint injuries: Joint injuries can make you unable to walk or work. If you can prove that your joint injuries have caused long-term or permanent impairments, then you may qualify for disability benefits. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Individuals with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) usually qualify for disability benefits since it often results in memory loss, inability to complete tasks and other impairments. Other impairments: Other impairments listed by SSA to qualify for disability benefits include neurological disorders, sensory impairment (vision and/or hearing) and speech impairment (which is a common side effect of traumatic brain injury). You should keep in mind that you do not automatically qualify for SSD benefits. Regardless of the type and extent of your disability, you must provide medical evidence to qualify. Talk to your car accident attorney to find out what you can do to qualify.
Car Accidents Caused by Speeding Speeding is defined as racing, driving too fast in certain weather and road conditions, or driving faster than the designated speed limit in a specific area. While campaigns to increase using seat belts and decrease driving under the influence are on the rise, speeding still isn’t addressed as much by the media and causes a substantial amount of motor vehicle injuries and deaths. Speeding Definition Key Facts Speed Limits Common Speeding Ticket Costs Basic Speed Law Speeding Ticket Intersections The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates the number of speeding fatalities in 2015 was 9,557 deaths. This represents a 3% increase from the amount of speeding related deaths in 2014, which was 9,283. In fact, the 9,557 speeding related fatalities in 2015, account for 27% of all roadway deaths from roadway collisions. Key Facts About Speeding The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2014 Report about national speeding statistics, stated the following main key findings: Male drivers from age 15 to 20 years old are the highest of all age groups – to be involved in speeding fatalities at 36 percent. 41 percent of speeding drivers had a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher, while 17 percent of non-speeding drivers involved in fatal crashes had a BAC of .08 or higher. Motorcycle riders were involved in 33 percent of fatal crashes that included speeding, the highest of any vehicle on the road. Only 13 percent of speeding deaths happened on interstate highways. Speed limits in California Maximum Speed Limits Highways in California typically have a maximum speed limit of 65 miles per hour, except you’re permitted to drive 70 miles per hour where signage is posted. Unless the sign indicates a different speed, the speed limit on a two-lane highway is 55 miles per hour. The typical speed limit in business and residential districts is usually 25 miles per hour unless it’s noted otherwise. The speed limit in school zones is typically 25 miles per hour. Nonetheless, many school zones have lower speed limits such as 15 miles per hour or slower. Every road and area has a different maximum speed limit that must always be obeyed. High speed decreases the stopping distance between cars. In other words, driving faster. decreases your time to prevent an accident from occurring. Thus, the impact of a 60mph. collision is 4 times as catastrophic as a collision that occurs when a car is travelling 30mph. Common Speeding Ticket Costs Speeding doesn’t only potentially cause devastating accidents. But for those who get caught and issued tickets for failing to obey the speed limit, there are also very expensive fines that can take a deep financial toll on your wallet. Although most traffic tickets have a base fine of $35, officers are eligible to write tickets for up to the following amounts: Drivers travelling over 1 to 15 mph of the designated speed limit can incur a ticket fee of more than $214. Drivers travelling over 16 to 25 mph of the designated speed limit can incur a ticket fee of more than $360. Drivers travelling over 26 mph of the designated speed limit can incur a ticket fee of more than $480. In addition to monetary costs, speeding tickets can also cost you one point on your license for each violation. In fact, if you get four points in one year in California, the DMV will suspend your license for up to six months, due to driving negligently. Furthermore, the DMV will also suspend your license if you receive 6 points within two years or eight points within 3 years. Basic Speed Law The state of California reinforces a “Basic Speed Law.” In other words, drivers are not permitted to go faster (than it is considered to be safe) based on the given conditions. For instance, if a driver is going 55 miles per hour in a 65 mile per hour area during a snow storm, the driver can potentially receive a ticket for driving too fast during the given conditions. Although there will always be a posted speed limit, your speed should always be based upon the following four factors: 1) The speed of other cars on the roadway, 2) The road’s surface, 3) The number and speed of bicyclists and pedestrians in the surrounding area, and 4) The current weather conditions such as snow, rain, fog, etc. Speeding Ticket Intersections in Los Angeles According to a report by NBC Los Angeles, the top 5 spots for receiving speeding tickets in Los Angeles are all located within the San Fernando Valley. At the intersection of Laurel Canyon Blvd. and Canton Dr. in Studio City, NBC claims that officers issued a grand total of 750 tickets in less than six months. NBC’s report indicates the five most common spots to receive speeding tickets include: Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Canton Drive in Studio City Sunland Way and Johanna Avenue near Sun Valley Nordhoff Street and Louise Avenue in Northridge Sepulveda Boulevard and Weddington Street in Van Nuys Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Rinaldi Street in San Fernando
First Generation Scholarship
Wilshire Law Firm Team Running in LA Marathon to Benefit First-Generation Student On March 19, 2017, the Wilshire Law Firm team will run in the LA Marathon to raise funds for the “First-Generation Scholarship,” which will benefit one first-generation law student in the 2017-2018 academic school year at Loyola Law School. They hope to raise at least $5,000. As a law school alumni who was raised in an immigrant family, Founding President and Managing Attorney Bobby Saadian, Esq. understands the unique struggles of being a first-generation law student. “Many first-generation law students have a hard time in school for two reasons: One is financial, two is that they didn’t grow up in a family of lawyers, so they lack familial guidance about the profession,” said Bobby. Today, the average law student graduates with around $140,000 in student debt. A single semester can cost upwards of tens of thousands of dollars, including tuition and fees, books and supplies, living expenses and loan origination fees. “Once you’re in, there’s very little room for failure due to the major investment of time and money that is involved,” said Bobby, talking about the hardships of pursuing a legal career. “Achieving good grades, graduating, passing the bar, securing a position with a firm, getting partnership, and so on – it is a long and arduous process that requires complete commitment for many, many years. If you don’t make it, you can easily become mired in debt with little recourse, especially if you don’t have family resources or a financial safety net.” He continued, “That said, being a lawyer is incredibly rewarding and a dream come true. I feel very fortunate to be where I’m at, to be in a position where I can give back. Through the First-Generation Scholarship, it is my hope to provide some financial relief enabling a deserving young student to accomplish their dream, but more importantly give them the confidence that it can be done as I am living proof that it has been done.” Interested donors can find more information here.