Case Files

Medallion Auction Litigation

Singh, et al . City of New York, et al., Queens County Index No. 701402/17

This is a class action lawsuit on behalf of taxi driver and investors who purchased medallions at auction from the City and the TLC in 2013 and 2014.

Padberg, et al. v. McGrath-McKechnie, et al,

Ind. No. 00 Civ. 3355

Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Judge Raymond J. Dearie

This federal class action successfully challenged a policy instigated by Mayor Giuliani and the TLC—dubbed Operation Refusal— by which the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission suspended hack licenses without hearings, confiscated taxicabs and sought license revocations—all for a single service refusal offense. At least 100 drivers had their licenses revoked; more than 500 were summarily suspended. Judge Dearie held the hearing procedure unconstitutional. Following a ruling signaling that the revocation policy would likely be found illegal as well, the city agreed to a settlement on the eve of trial. By that settlement, the cabdrivers received $121.50 per day for each day they suffered an unconstitutional suspension. Cabbies whose licenses were revoked received an additional $26,000 and were eligible for expedited reinstatement. All fines were to be repaid.

Nnebe et al v. Daus al.

Ind. No. 06 Civ. 4991 (RJS)(AJP)
Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York
Judge Richard J. Sullivan

Nnebe v. Daus challenges the TLC’s unwritten rule by which it suspends the license of any taxi drivers who has been arrested and charged with a crime, but convicted of nothing. After the suspension, the TLC offers the cabbie a putative “hearing” to determine whether that suspension should be continued. Even then, the TLC’s handpicked judges disregard the facts and circumstances of the arrest and recommend in virtually every case that the suspension be continued. The TLC Chairman accepts the so-called recommendations without fail. In short, the TLC suspends first and asks questions later—and then ignores the answers.

In May 2011, The Second Circuit Court of Appeals largely vacated a summary judgment ruling in favor of the TLC and remanded the case to the district court for additional fact finding. Aspects of the case were tried before Judge Sullivan in January 2014.

Rothenberg et al. v. Daus et al.

Ind. No. 08-CV-00567 (SHS)(RLE)

Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York,

Judge Sidney H. Stein

Rothenberg v. Daus challenges the TLC’s practice of automatically revoking the license of any taxi driver are convicted of an off-duty crimes or who fails a drug tests, despite the absence of any evidence, or even allegation, that the driver harmed or threatened harm to any passenger or was ever impaired while on duty. In June 2012, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a district court decision dismissing the case and remanded it back to the lower court. 

Cola Field with ‘Star Wars Night’

The sun was start to set over Coca Cola Field as the director bellowed over the PA system for the actors on the field to head out past second base mascots for sale. “For anyone an Imperial, Bill Reynolds screamed, “Keep going until the ‘oncology’ sign getting blown up, It’s rehearsal night at the Buffalo Bisons’ home field for the exorcist Night, The seemingly incongruous coupling of George Lucas’ epic sci fi movie series with Triple A baseball that has been one of, If not distinct, Popular Bisons event of the summer season. Last year’s the exorcist Night sold out, Beating presence at the annual July 3 Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert and fireworks show, A long time favorite. Tonight’s the exorcist Night has sold out as well school mascot costumes. A troupe of small town”Transformers” Re enactors who call the North Ridge dress up as Jedi Knights, Stormtroopers, A Wookie and even more. The Bisons players get included with the act, Putting on”Transformers” Themed cycling cycling tops and, Rather than the usual stats, Are announced as characters from the films. The kids in the viewers wield glowing”Beam swords” (Hallmark issues bar them from being called official”Lightsabers”). Bisons assembled”Transformers” Video vignettes starring the North Ridge personas plus Buster and the other Bisons mascots delight the crowd. The grand finale is an epic battle between good and evil on the baseball field in the blasts of fireworks as John Williams’ soaring music fills the stadium. “I would stake my job on it no one does that which you do, Recounted Anthony Sprague, The Bisons’ marketing director and enthusiastic”The exorcist” Buff. “We just take it to that next stage, That’s not to say that Buffalo is getting getting some epicenter of”Transformers” Passion. After the debut of the first movie in 1977, “The exorcist” Has broken American culture. For many years now, Dads have encouraged their your kids by urging them to”Apparel Force, And a girl can pick up two sugar-cinnamon buns, Hold them to her temples and be instantly changed into Princess Leia. Give up, There was a good number of references to ice covered planet Hoth this past brutal winter among Buffalo”Transformers” Fans who published a Facebook image of Luke Skywalker on his winter hardy Tauntaun, Talking about, “I’m looking to Wegmans. You anything, “Whatever you decide and feel about ‘Star Wars,’ Darth Vader and lightsabers and all these false claims are so much a part of the shared culture, Said tutor Robert J. Thompson, Founding director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse college or higher education. “They’re like a time-honored period we all share. Similar Aphrodite and Heracles, Zeus and all the details, So who are these grown many people who run around Coca Cola Field in their”Gi joe” Disguises? With 2002, Bob Solecki, A North Tonawanda man who is employed by a medical billing company, Was tooling around the particular web, Interested in”Gi joe” Fans when he found an inactive Buffalo fan chat forum. He got it running again and ultimately met up with fellow fans.

They started a certified fan club and named it”North of manchester Ridge, A mention of the snow covered opening scenes of”The Empire bites Back, Solecki already had a general Darth Vader costume that his wife, Mindy, Had created him. The fellow members had their own”Transformers” Goods, And they found the idea of dressing in character for charity events, As some various different fan clubs do. That’s actually to get they don’t get into trademark issues with Lucas and Disney, Which received the”Alien” Team; Its northern border Ridge often gives its profits to Compass House for runaway teens and young adults. The Bisons’ Star Wars Nights was anxiously a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. Solecki is fully aware that some may not realise what the North Ridge is about. “The guy who will take off his shirt in January at a Bills game, No one examines him, He was quoted saying. For the 38 yr old Solecki, Dressing up as Darth Vader is no exception. “It becomes weird, He explained. “It’s a pastime, And we do it for via shawls by hoda. It’s a getaway from our daily routine, North of manchester Ridge has about 50 active members, Introducing Solecki’s wife, And are seen at events across the region, From charity fundraising to the Buffalo Museum of Science and the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester. The actual best members is Sean P. Moore, Who has built an incredibly lifelike, Rc R2 D2 replica robot that has a periscope, Pulsating lights, A gripper arm a zapper arm, And a fire extinguisher in its head. Moore has been told a few times that he perhaps has too much time on his hands, But many people are delighted, Says Moore, 46, Who runs a laptop repair business in Dunkirk. Moore recalled a time when he was revealing his R2 unit at a Fourth of July event. A guy with an extremely beautiful girlfriend walked up to the robot as Moore showed off some of its tricks. The guy’s jaw dropped in awe sparky the fire dog costume. The lover”Tested out him, Put her face to face her hips and said, ‘Well, In no way thought,’and stormed down from, Moore explained. Karen Caligiuri, 38, A yoga trainer and massage therapist from Lackawanna, “Fell engrossed” After seeing a costume party as Ventress, A personality from”The duplicate Wars, An computer super-hero”The exorcist” Backtwist off. When a North Ridge member invited her to sign up with the fan club, She was the leery. “What do everyone do exactly, She inquired about warily. But after learning simple fact that members do their thing for charity, She registered and has loved it. Might portray Ventress at the Bisons game tonight. “Literally, It’s Halloween consistently, She stated that. For computer chip Rockwell, 32, An Army veteran and teacher at Summit Academy for kids with autism, Developing disabilities and other learning challenges, “Alien” Has proved a surprisingly effective avenue for reaching children who can often be difficult to direct. He joined the North Ridge as a Rebellion trooper many years ago, After the group took part in a Summit fundraiser walk. He was struck by how comfortable they were with the characters. “Having the kids come up and become and high five you It’s not something they normally do, Rockwell menti one d. This the month of jan, The North Ridge literally starring role in another”The exorcist” Themed fund raising evening: A bowling party at the AMF Thruway Lanes in Cheektowaga named”The Empire visits for Bucks, But what does Star Wars are locked up in baseball? Sprague, The Bisons marketing director and caring fan of”Transformers” Since reviewing”Revenue of the Jedi” As a son, Had without needing inviting the North Ridge actors to a”Transformers” Developed Friday Night Bash in 2008 They did a few photo ops with fans and a post game duel at golf.

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