Calif. Eateries Face Slimmed Down No-Tip Conspiracy Suit

By Joyce Hanson (January 29, 2019, 9:33 PM EST) -- A consumer who had accused upscale New York and California restaurants of cooking up a no-tipping scheme to boost menu prices returned to federal court Monday with a slimmed down complaint that focuses on a handful of Golden State eateries after a judge nixed many of his claims.

Timothy Brown's second amended complaint in California federal court names just four restaurants — Trou Normand, Bar Agricole, Comal and the now-closed Camino — and their owners, but still claims a "significant" number of Bay Area restaurants agreed to eliminate tipping and raise prices about 20 percent as part of a conspiracy started...

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