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Hooper v United Road Services (URS)


Update July 10, 2017 - The Court Grants our Motion for Final Approval of Class Action Settlement!!!!

Thanks to all of you who helped make this a fact!!!! This class action brought on behalf of individuals employed by United Road Services from May 13, 2012 through January 30, 2017 as California-domiciled Car Haulers was granted final approval on July 10, 2017.  A copy of the Order and Judgment signed by the court is attached.  You can view it here.  Any questions, be sure to call us.

We are so very grateful to all of those of you who called and emailed us and helped us prepare our case. Our being able to talk with many of you really helped us achieve a very good result.

It’s always a pleasure when we can report this kind of outcome.  We’re glad we were able to obtain this quick result, since it was filed May 2016, little more than a year ago!  In class action time, that was a short-haul!

Each of those of you who helped us in the case also did a great service to all of the the class members. We’re sure that many of you were on the road when you called in, and we thank you for your kindness in doing so.   To all of you who helped us carry this load, we appreciate all of your efforts and assistance.

If you have any questions or comments, whether on this case or any other matter, and whether in relation to URS or any other employer, either before or since your employment there, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Feel free to call 818-547-5200 or email us at tom@falveylaw.com any time if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.


Update - June 12, 2017 - Did you get your Notice? Have you moved?

If you moved, perhaps you didn’t get your notice regarding the terms of the settlement.  Maybe it was lost in the mail, or someone through it away.

No matter what, and even more importantly, if, as we assume, our motion for final approval is granted next month, then you need to watch your mail if you feel you’re part of this class.   

Here’s why.  If you worked as a Car Hauler for United Road Services in California during the last five (5) years - since May 13, 2017, through January 30, 2017, you may be getting a check for unpaid wages.  So if you believe you are part of this class, please contact Rust Consulting at 612-359-2052 and ask if it sent you a notice, and if not, why not.

If you have any further questions or comments, please also free to call us at 818-547-5200 or write us any time at tom@falveylaw.com.


Update - April 26, 2017 - Notices Regarding Settlement Terms and Preliminary Approval Have Been Out!!!

If you were employed United Road Services Midwest, Inc. ("URS") from May 12, 2012 to March, 2017, you should be getting written notice of this settlement any day now.  It will come from Rust Consulting, the Third Party Administrator for this case.

Remember!  If you moved, URS might not have provided your correct address.  Or an incorrect address might have been provided by URS or placed on the mailing by Rust. Or it could have been lost in the mail or mis-delivered.  

If you believe you are a class member and don’t get that notice by May 10, 2017, contact Karen Dubinsky at Rust Consulting at 612-359-2052.

If you’ve got questions about this case, or anything regarding your employment, we’d be glad to speak with you.  Please feel free to call us at 818-547-5200 or email us at tom@falveylaw.com.


Update - March 7, 2017 - Motion for Preliminary Approval of Settlement Granted!

To all employees of United Road Services Midwest, Inc. ("URS") who were employed by URS from May 13, 2012 through January 30, 2017 as California-domiciled Car Haulers:  We are glad to inform you that the court gave preliminary approval of a settlement in this case, as reflected in the attached Order.  (see attached)

If you were so employed, you should have get notice of this settlement on or after April 27, 2017).  It would have come from Rust Consulting, the Third Party Administrator for this case.

If you believe you are a class member in the case and don't receive any notice from Rust Consulting by May 10, 2017, one of several things might have happened.

If you moved, URS might not have provided your correct address.  Or an incorrect address might have been provided by URS or placed on the mailing by Rust. Or it could have been lost in the mail or mis-delivered.  

If you do think you are a class member and haven’t yet received such a notice by May 10, 2017, please be sure to promptly contact Karen Dubinsky at Rust Consulting at 612-359-2052.

You may of course feel free to contact us if you want to discuss this matter further.  Likewise, if you have any questions about this case, or any other aspect of your employment, we’d be glad to speak with you.

If you choose to do so, please call us at 818-547-5200 or email us at tom@falveylaw.com.


Update: 11/10/16

Since we filed our case, we have now gotten to the point where we are hoping to resolve this case via mediation.  In addition, our case was consolidated with other cases filed against URS.

We can use your help, especially right now.


Did you work at any of the United Road terminals in California?  We know of three so far, Benecia, Fontana and Oxnard.  Are there more in California?  If so, how can you get information about them to us, or, for that matter about your working at any of those terminals since May of 2012.          

If you have anything at all - pictures, schedules, delivery documents, emails, letters, manuals, instructions, directives, please contact us.  Calling would be best at 818-547-2200 or email us at tom@falveylaw.com.

We will be mediating soon. We need your help now.  Thanks very much.

Hooper v URS Midwest, Inc. (United Road Services, Inc.) - Case Filed 5/13/16


Plaintiff's Allegations

Our firm joined with the firm of Sundeen Salinas & Pyle and filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against URS Midwest, Inc.(hereafter, “URS”) and more commonly known as United Road on behalf of employees designated as Car Haulers who worked for URS in California at any time since May 13, 2012.  The case is entitled Brent Hooper v URS MIDWEST, INC., Case No. civds1607489 in the Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino (see copy of complaint attached).  

In his lawsuit, filed on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated, the plaintiff (Mr. Hooper) contends that URS did not comply with the requirements under California law for payment of wages, including for failure to pay for rest periods, non-productive time, including but not limited to dead mileage, dead running or dead-heading for work performed pre-trip and post-trip, for completing necessary paperwork, for standby time and for time attending safety meetings.  It also seeks damages for minimum wage violations, inaccurate wage statements and failure to pay all wages due at the time they were due or at the termination of the employee, and for unreimbursed business expenses.

If successful, a class action allows former and current employees to receive back wages that are owed to them.    

The court has not yet ruled on any of Plaintiff's allegations or determined whether the case is appropriate for class action status.

If you are or were a URS employee working in a similar capacity or having a similar job title in California since May 13, 2012, we would like to speak with you.  Please contact us by either calling us at 818-547-5200 or 626-795-0205, or by mailing us at 550 North Brand Blvd., Suite 1500, Glendale, California 91203.  

If you like, it might be easiest for you to email us at tom@falveylaw.com.

Your calling and contacting us may help us in this case. If you have any documents relating to your job there, such as copies of job assignments, training materials, earnings statements, checks, paystubs, text messages, anything you signed, names of fellow employees, manuals, emails, letters, timesheets, photographs, schedules or anything else, it might help us and others to see them.

We hope to hear for you if you feel you can help us, or if you feel a need to discuss your employment in any way.


Case Documents

Class Action Complaint - 5-13-16

2017-3-7, Hooper v. URS, ORDER Granting MPA of Class and Settlement (00022944xD4D2C)

Hooper v URS - Order Granting Motion for Final Approval - July 10, 2017

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