WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the nation's leading class action law firms specializing in plaintiffs' securities, antitrust and consumer and workers rights cases, will be one of the prime sponsors of the Fifth Annual "DC Labor Film Festival," which gets underway Wednesday, September 13th and runs through Tuesday, September 19th. Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP, which opened its Washington, DC office on July 1st of this year, will be one of the prime sponsors of the festival for the first time. The New York City based firm also has offices in Chicago, San Diego, and West Palm Beach. With roots that date back to 1888, Wolf Haldenstein is one of the oldest firms in New York City. "We are very proud to support the Film Festival, which was established as a part of a project to use the arts to highlight the plight of workers and their efforts to secure better conditions of employment," said Dan Krasner, head of Wolf Haldenstein's litigation department in New York. "I have watched the festival blossom from a vision of the late labor leader Tony Mazzochi into a national example of how the arts can be used to document working conditions and efforts to enhance them," said Reuben Guttman, resident partner in the firm's Washington, DC office. "We're tremendously pleased to welcome Wolf Haldenstein as a Labor FilmFest sponsor," said FilmFest Co-Chair Mark Dudzic. "Without their financial and logistical support, the Labor FilmFest would be just a dream," added Co-Chair and DC Metro AFL-CIO President Joslyn Williams. Wolf Haldenstein litigated the first ever class action under the federal plant closing law, the WARN Act, and brought litigation establishing the rights of workers to bring class actions against employers who cause their workers to imprudently invest their 40lk retirement savings in company stock. The firm is also a leader in litigation under the Fair Labor Standards Act and analogous state laws, established to protect workers who have been denied full pay and benefits. Wolf Haldenstein is currently litigating a class action wage and hour complaint in the State of California against giant retailer Loews. That complaint contends that Loews unlawfully allowed truck drivers to be classified as independent contractors, allegedly causing them to receive substandard pay and benefits. Wolf Haldenstein is one of the country's leading law firms litigating class actions under the federal securities laws and shareholder actions under state law. The firm has recovered billions of dollars for investors, including participants in employee pension funds. Recently, the firm has taken the lead in litigating for shareholders seeking redress over the back-dating of stock options. The festival will begin on Wednesday September 13, 2006, with the showing of "The Take," a film about unemployed auto workers in Argentina. Other films that will highlight the seven day festival include Man Push Cart, North Country, Office Space, Workingman's Death, The Gronholm Method, A Day without a Mexican, Chicken Run, and Isn't This a Time. The venue for the festival is the American Film Institute Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland with an initial free screening of "The Take" to show at American University Wechsler Theatre at 6:30pm on September 13th. A complete schedule for the festival can be found on the website http://www.dclabor.org.
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