Former Messenger staffers file class-action lawsuit over news site shutdown


The Messenger was sued in a class action lawsuit by former employees Thursday, a day after the company shuttered, leaving roughly 300 people without jobs, or severance pay, according to the suit.

Why it matters: The lawsuit adds to the drama surrounding the sudden closure of the news site — which burned $50 million in cash in a few months after launching, leading to its demise.

Details: The lawsuit, filed in the Southern District of New York, accuses The Messenger and its CEO Jimmy Finkelstein of violating the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, which requires large employers to give advance notice of large-scale layoffs of New York employees.

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