MAOR v VOLUME SERVICE AMERICA, INC.

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
COUNTY COUNTY OF NEW YORK

MARSHALL MAOR and DEBRA UNDERWOOD, on behalf of themselves and others similarly situated

Plaintiffs,

-against-

VOLUME SERVICE AMERICA, INC. D/B/A CENTERPLATE; VOLUME SERVICES, INC.; CENTERPLATE, INC. and any other related entities

 

Defendants

To: All individuals who performed work as servers/attendants, bussers, bartenders, food runners, captains and other service workers performing work at Centerplate’s catered events from August 22, 2008 to the present. The putative class does not include maintenance workers, corporate officers, salespersons, cooks, food preparers, chefs, dishwashers, directors, clerical, office workers or any other person employed whose trade, classification or profession does not customarily receive gratuities (the “Class” or “Putative Class”).

  • This notice has been authorized by the Honorable Melissa Ann Crane, J.S.C. and may affect your legal rights. This is not a solicitation from a lawyer.

  • Plaintiffs Marshall Maor and Debra Underwood (“Plaintiffs”) work(ed) as servers at catered events on behalf of Centerplate in New York, and have brought this lawsuit on behalf of themselves and other current and former service workers to seek payment of alleged unpaid gratuities under New York Labor Law.

  • Defendants deny any wrongdoing and/or liability.

  • Receipt of this notice does not indicate that you are entitled to receive any monetary recovery. No determination has been made by the Court that you are owed any unpaid gratuities, and the Court is not endorsing the merits of this lawsuit or the defenses.

1. Why did I get this notice?

The purpose of this notice is to inform you of the existence of this lawsuit, and to advise you of how your rights may be affected by this lawsuit.

2. What is a class action?

A class action is a lawsuit where one or more persons sue not only for themselves, but also for other people who have similar claims. These other people are known as Class Members. In a class action, one court resolves the issues for all Class Members, except for those who exclude themselves from the Class. Honorable Melissa Ann Crane, New York State Supreme Court, New York County, is presiding over this class action.

3. How do I join this lawsuit?

If you performed work at catered events for Centerplate as a server/attendant, busser, bartender, captain, food runner or other service employee who customarily receives tips at any time from August 22, 2008 to the present you are a member of the Class, and do not need to do anything to join this lawsuit. If you wish, you may make an appointment to meet with a representative of Virginia & Ambinder, LLP, or Leeds Brown Law, P.C., the attorneys appointed as Class Counsel. Virginia & Ambinder is located at 40 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, New York 10004, telephone 212-943-9080, website www.vandallp.com. Leeds Brown Law is located at One Old Country Road, Suite 347, Carle Place, New York, 11514, website www.leedsbrownlaw.com. You have the right to consult with an attorney of your own choosing and to initiate your own action if you do not wish to participate in this class action lawsuit. You are still eligible to be a member of this class action even if you worked for Centerplate through a staffing agency.

4. How do I exclude myself from this lawsuit?

If you wish to opt-out and be excluded from the Class, then you must take steps to exclude yourself from this case.

If you intend to exclude yourself, you must mail a written, signed statement to Class Counsel by mail or facsimile sent to Lloyd Ambinder, Esq., of Virginia & Ambinder, LLP, 40 Broad Street, 7th Floor, New York, New York 10004. If you decide to exclude yourself from this lawsuit, you may not be eligible to receive any benefits in the event that a settlement or judgment is obtained.

5. If I don’t exclude myself from this lawsuit, can I sue Defendants for the same thing later?

If you do not exclude yourself from this lawsuit, you give up any rights to sue Defendants for the New York Labor Law claims brought in this case or which could have been brought in this case, or in the future in the event there is a change in existing law. However, if you exclude yourself from this lawsuit, you have the right to bring a similar lawsuit on your own behalf.

6. Do I have a lawyer in this case?

The law firms of Virginia & Ambinder, LLP, 40 Broad Street, 7th Floor, New York, New York, 10004 and Leeds Brown Law, P.C., One Old Country Road, Suite 347, Carle Place, New York 11514 have been designated as legal counsel to represent you and the other Class Members. These lawyers are called Class Counsel.

If you are represented by Virginia & Ambinder, LLP and Leeds Brown Law, PC, any attorney fees will be paid out of any recovery that is obtained. If there is a recovery, the fees may be part of a settlement obtained or money judgment entered in favor of Plaintiffs, or may be ordered by the court to be paid by the Defendants, or may be a combination of both. If you are represented by Virginia & Ambinder, LLP and Leeds Brown Law, PC and Plaintiffs do not recover anything in this lawsuit, you will not have to pay any attorneys’ fees.

7. Can the Defendants fire me or otherwise retaliate against me for joining this lawsuit?

No. New York law prohibits Defendants from retaliating against you because you are a class member in this lawsuit.

8. What if I still have questions?

If you have any questions about this lawsuit, or would like further information about this notice, you can contact Class Counsel Lloyd Ambinder, Esq. of Virginia & Ambinder, LLP at (212) 943-9080; or Jeffrey K. Brown, Esq. of Leeds Brown Law, P.C. at (516) 873-9550.

You have a right to participate in this action even if you are an undocumented alien or if you were paid in cash.

PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE COURT WITH QUESTIONS INVOLVING THIS LAWSUIT