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"This is the end result of all the bright lights... and the comp trips, of all the champagne... and free hotel suites,
and all the broads and all the booze. It's all been arranged just for us to get your money.
That's the truth about Las Vegas. We're the only winners. The players don't stand a chance. "

-- Sam "Ace" Rothstein, Casino, 1995

Monday, December 26, 2011

Long Hauling = RICO?

I have been a vocal critic of the corrupt practices of some cab drivers in Las Vegas.  Now there is a lawsuit that alleges that the practice of "long hauling" tourists was a part of company policy/directives at Desert Cab.   Here are some of my past posts on this subject:

On December 8, 2011 a civil lawsuit was filed in Nevada Federal District Court by a former Desert Cab Inc. driver alleging violations of by Desert and others for wire fraud, Racketeering / corrupt organizations (RICO), Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and wrongful discharge. Individuals sued include its owners, George Balaban, Dana Balaban and Brad Balaban, its General Manager, Sandy Shaver, its senior supervisor, Marc Cramer and its supervisor David Kocher.

The complaint alleged violations illegal or wrongful misconduct by the company for requiring long-hauling, cash deposits by its drivers in exchange for the right to work (running the meter with no customers present) and forcing its drivers to drive negligently maintained vehicles. Alleged retaliation by Desert includes bad shifts, cancelled shifts, poorly maintained taxicabs, and ultimately termination for drivers who do not not make average book.

The terminated driver filing the lawsuit demands general and special damages, punitive damages and treble damages under RICO.

Reference case:
Serota v. Desert Cab, Inc., 2:11-cv-01969-LRH-RJJ
The assigned judge is the Hon. Larry Hicks
The assigned magistrate judge is the Hon. Robert Johnston, Las Vegas
The case is on file with the United States District Court in Las Vegas


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  2. and yet they are still long hauling and firing employees for NOT doing so