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Old Dec 4, 18, 7:27 am
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hello I too have been bait and switched by JetSmarter. Does anyone know how to call the General council office? Thanks
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Old Dec 4, 18, 8:28 am
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That's a waste of time. File a lawsuit.
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Old Dec 4, 18, 5:19 pm
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That's a waste of time. File a lawsuit.

More critically report your experience to the Federal Trade Commission, your State's Attorney General, the FBI and BBB. Individual civil lawsuits are meaningless in the scheme of accountability. Civil court cases will drag on for months in the early phases. Only the FBI and Attorney General in your state has any real power to shut them down or bring accountability.
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Old Dec 4, 18, 11:56 pm
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News on the California lawsuit:

One element of JetSmarter contracts that has been hanging over the heads of plaintiffs and others contemplating legal action against by-the-seat private jet membership club JetSmarter has been a clause in its contracts designed to prevent members from taking the company to court. In the case of Derek Milosavljevic vs. Jet Smarter playing out in the Superior Court of the State of California, JetSmarter has apparently lost that battle.

According to a hearing held today, Dec. 4, 2018, Judge Mark V. Mooney denied the action filed by JetSmarter back on Sept. 7, 2018. The next court date is now set for Feb. 5, 2018. Lawyers for the plaintiff are now expected to begin the process if trying to depose JetSmarter executives. The case is one of more than a half-dozen lawsuits JetSmarter is facing.





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Old Dec 6, 18, 6:15 pm
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Current staff and even ex-staff should come clean. The hammer is coming and many of these people won't be able to get a job at McDonalds.
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Old Dec 7, 18, 10:41 am
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Another federal lawsuit brought by members Sheri Laine and Gary Seidler alleging fraud and unfair business practices was filed in the Southern District of Florida. This brings the current tally of pending lawsuits by members or ex-members in state and federal court to at least eight, along with multiple arbitration proceedings.
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Old Dec 7, 18, 10:55 am
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More are coming and Tom Ridge will be implicated.
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Old Dec 8, 18, 9:22 pm
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Another federal lawsuit brought by members Sheri Laine and Gary Seidler alleging fraud and unfair business practices was filed in the Southern District of Florida. This brings the current tally of pending lawsuits by members or ex-members in state and federal court to at least eight, along with multiple arbitration proceedings.
Interesting...Seems like Sergey's comments reaffirm that they were promising old members the free seats would continue...I guess the question is at what point did the execs know they were going to be pulling back the free seats. If they were still selling memberships based on the benefit at the same time they knew they were going to withdraw it or cut back on it, that sounds like jail time.

On March 26, 2018, in an interview with Private Jet Card Comparisons CEO Sergey Petrossov was trumpeting new lower membership costs while promising members in its old program would continue to enjoy the benefits they had paid for.


He told us, “We are lowering the fee of entry for new members to democratize the access point even more. Annual membership is now $4,950 plus a $3,000 initiation fee. These new members will pay more per seat than (existing) SMART members do now.The plan is to open up access to more people that fly even a few times per year versus more frequent fliers that are joining today with SMART membership for $15,000. Existing SMART members are not affected by this and keep their old membership with better pricing and perks.”

Petrossov told us, “Sophisticated is $50,000 and has been that way for a while. We are making it more private and won’t be advertising as much to make it more exclusive. We are continuously expanding the service and features.”


According to a lawsuit filed last week in the United States District Court Southern District of Florida by Sheri Laine and Gary Seidler on March 29, 2018, they received an email from JetSmarter that this would be their “Last chance to become a founding JetSmarter member.” The company was founded in 2012. The each bought in for the SMART membership paying a combined $30,000.



They were told by joining they would still be able to get free seats for flights under three hours even as the private jet-sharing service, what until then had been a core benefit. From that point, they were hit with multiple approaches to upgrade to the SOPHISTICATED membership with offers to pay $97,500 for three years through mid-June, although they declined.

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Old Dec 10, 18, 11:58 am
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Another case was filed last week - Edward Liceaga v. JetSmarter, this one in state court in Illinois, Cook County. Liceaga is alleging fraud and seeking damages of over $9 million:

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Case Information Summary for Case Number
2018-L-013127
Filing Date: 12/06/2018
Case Type: FRAUD
Division: Law Division
District: First Municipal
Ad Damnum: $9479167.00
Calendar: N
Party Information



Plaintiff(s) LICEAGA EDWARD

Attorney(s )CERVANTES CHATT & PRINCE
16 W 343 83RD ST #A
BURR RIDGE IL, 60527
(630) 326-4930

Defendant(s) JETSMARTER
Defendant Date of Service
Attorney(s)
Case Activity



Activity Date: 12/06/2018
Participant: LICEAGA EDWARD FRAUD COMPLAINT FILED Court Fee: 368.00
Ad Damnum Amount: 9479167.00 Attorney:CERVANTES CHATT & PRINCE

Activity Date: 12/06/2018
Participant: LICEAGA EDWARD
SUMMONS ISSUED AND RETURNABLE
Ad Damnum Amount: 9479167.00
Attorney:CERVANTES CHATT & PRINCE

Activity Date: 12/06/2018
Participant: LICEAGA EDWARD
CASE ELECTRONICALLY FILED
Attorney: CERVANTES CHATT & PRINCE

Activity Date: 12/06/2018
Participant: LICEAGA EDWARD
CASE SET ON STATUS CALL Date:01/29/2019
Court Time: 0915
Judge:BRENNAN MARGARET ANN

Activity Date: 12/06/2018
Participant: LICEAGA EDWARD
CASE SET ON INDIVIDUAL CALENDAR

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Old Dec 11, 18, 1:14 pm
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THERE IS A PENDING CLASS ACTION ARBITRATION AGAINST JETSMARTER.

In a recent filing in one of the federal cases (Bachewicz v. JetSmarter), JetSmarter states that there is a class action underway before the American Arbitration Association.

10. It should be noted that, previously, on or about September 5, 2018, other plaintiffs lodged a Demand for Class Arbitration against JetSmarter with the AAA in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (the “Class Arbitration”). Plaintiff would be included in this class and have the ability to participate or opt-out of the class. The Class Arbitration is underway, an arbitrator has already been appointed, limited discovery has taken place, and mediation is expected to take place sometime this month.
Has anyone here been notified of this class action, or given the opportunity to opt out?
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Old Dec 11, 18, 2:23 pm
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See the links for the class action demand and docket here.

Named claimants are
  • FRED MICHAEL DAVIS
  • ANNE-MARIE VAN DER VELDE
  • HOWARD KAHN
  • ROBIN BADER
  • STEVEN M. NAKASH
  • ALISON NAKASH
  • SHANE GALLAGHER
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Old Dec 14, 18, 12:07 pm
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Current and ex-employees should be very concerned about Federal jail time.
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Old Dec 18, 18, 5:04 pm
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Two more federal consumer fraud lawsuits have been filed. Scaba v. JetSmarter in the District of New Jersey, and Porcelli v. JetSmarter, in the Southern District of New York.

By my count this brings the total number of lawsuits against JetSmarter by members of former members into the double digits along with at least one class action arbitration. And JetSmarter has filed at least two lawsuits of its own against former employees in the past several months accusing them of stealing customer lists. Yet, the mainstream media has been almost wholly silent about this, following their breathless coverage of the company and its CEO, Sergey Petrossov.

CNBC in particular ought to be ashamed of itself after having Petrossov on air several times touting his company and its service. Twice I have been private messaged on this site by people claiming to be researchers from CNBC investigating JetSmarter, yet there has been nary a peep about the company (or its tailspin) in months.
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Old Dec 20, 18, 5:15 pm
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JetSmarter responds to lawsuits

This is from today - hmmmm

Facing mounting lawsuits, JetSmarter fires back, says litigation represents “less than 0.1% of growing customer base”

Against the backdrop of three more lawsuits, the sharing economy private jet company is responding, saying programs changes were within its rights, and the “vast majority” of “core” members are understanding


In response, a JetSmarter spokesperson provided the following statement:



“As a leader in private aviation, we are constantly looking to improve in-flight services, customer standards and our business model. Changes that were made to our member services and benefits were well within the rights of our membership agreement, and any legal action against JetSmarter is completely meritless. We will defend ourselves vigorously against these claims, which represent less than 0.1% of our growing customer base.



“Our legacy members still have access to complimentary seats and incremental discounts over and above new members. We recognize and appreciate that a number of members are unhappy with certain changes. However, these changes benefit our entire customer community, not just isolated groups, by improving availability and lowering the price of member-initiated/crowdfunded flights, improving in-flight service quality by reducing total passenger count per plane, providing complimentary gourmet catering, and most importantly elevating the quality of people flying together.



“The vast majority of our core customers understand the necessity of these decisions to ensure the long-term viability of JetSmarter. Today, we are more positive about the health of our business than ever, and since opening up the JetSmarter platform to members and non-members in June, our current paying customer base (members and non-members) has continued to increase.”
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Old Dec 20, 18, 7:15 pm
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“Only 1 out of every 1,000 of our customers has sued us so far.” I chuckled.
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