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.
Serota v. Desert Cab, Inc. et.al., 2:11-cv-01969-LRH-RJJThe 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