Lime Scooter Co.'s $5M PAGA Deal Smells Rotten To Judge

Law360 (February 22, 2021, 10:37 PM EST) -- A San Francisco judge has refused to approve a nearly $5 million settlement of a lawsuit accusing e-scooter company Lime of misclassifying some of its workers, saying the deal reached outside what was supposed to be coordinated negotiations alongside other plaintiffs carried an "odor of mendacity."

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Andrew Y.S. Cheng on Thursday rejected the settlement for a number of reasons, including because he said plaintiff Rebecca Torres was not forthcoming about how the deal was reached.

Torres' 2018 Private Attorneys General Act complaint was coordinated with a handful of others by the Judicial Council of California, and...

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