Jay Strosberg, lawyer and partner at Sutts Strosberg, is taking on ride-hailing behemoth Uber – to the tune of $400-million. Everyone knows the definition of a lawsuit: a machine you go into as a pig and come out of as a sausage. A class-action lawsuit, on the other hand, works in reverse: You go in as sausages in a greater cause, and come out, with any luck, made whole pigs again.
Jay Strosberg, the uppity class-action lawyer and partner at Sutts Strosberg LLP who is currently suing Uber (and associated entities) about UberX for $400-million on behalf of beleaguered taxi and limousine operators in Ontario, is himself contemplating a sausage at this moment – the non-metaphorical kind, fashioned from Berkshire pork by Wvrst, a downtown Toronto sausage factory. This is culturally unconventional because Mr. Strosberg is Jewish (his maternal grandfather was an orthodox rabbi) and Wvrst sells non-trayfe sausages as well – even bison, which the Book of Deuteronomy specifically exempts from kosher law. Does Mr. Strosberg order a bison wiener? He does not: He’s a class-action lawyer, after all. They like to make their own rules.
As did Calgary’s Garrett Camp, who changed the Internet, blew up the transportation industry and became the third-richest man in Canada – all while remaining virtually anonymous as one of the two founders of Uber.
• Taxi drivers protesting against Uber in Toronto.