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UPDATES FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS – OCTOBER 2015

Arbitration of Employment Claims. The California legislature recently passed AB 465, which is a bill that prohibits employers from requiring employees to agree to arbitrate employment claims as a condition of their employment.  Other provisions of AB 465 include: 1) requiring employers to prove that arbitration was entered into voluntarily; 2) prohibiting employers from threatening,… Read More »

LITIGATION UPDATES – OCTOBER 2015

Hannah Montana Creators Not Entitled to Profits Two creators of the Walt Disney Co.’s hit kid’s television show “Hannah Montana” lost their bid for a cut of the show’s merchandising profits when a California judge refused to vacate an arbitration ruling upholding Disney’s interpretation of their profit-sharing deal.  BMW Hit With Large Verdict Over Fake… Read More »

UPDATES FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS – SEPTEMBER 2015

Reasonable Accommodation Constitutes Protected Activity. In July 2015, Governor Brown signed AB 987, which provides that a request for reasonable accommodation on the basis of religion or disability constitutes protected activity under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), regardless of whether the request for accommodation was granted. This new law reverses the California Court… Read More »

LITIGATION UPDATES – SEPTEMBER 2015

Clippers Fined $250,000 The NBA announced that it fined the Los Angeles Clippers with $250,000 over allegedly holding a pitch meeting to a free agent that included an improper third-party endorsement opportunity. Prompting the fine was a July 2 presentation that the Clippers made to free agent DeAndre Jordan, which the league said improperly included… Read More »

LITIGATION UPDATES – JULY 2015

CA Jury Hits Sunbeam For $59M Over Space Heater Fire Death A California federal jury awarded $59.3 million to the family of a woman who died in a fire sparked by a Sunbeam Products Inc. space heater, finding that the company was negligent in designing the product and in failing to adequately warn consumers.  After… Read More »

UPDATES FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS – JULY 2015

Protected Speech at Work In Turner v. City and County of San Francisco, the plaintiff, Turner, sued his employer, the City and County of San Francisco (the “City”) for wrongful termination in violation of public policy. Plaintiff alleged that he had been wrongfully retaliated against because he had complained that the City improperly employed him… Read More »

14th ANNUAL LAW SUITS™ STATEWIDE CLOTHING DRIVE

The Litigation Section of the State Bar of California announces the Fourteenth Annual Law Suits™ Statewide Clothing Drive.  From June 22 to July 31, drop off your gently used business suits (men’s or women’s) at any Men’s Wearhouse® in California. Shirts, ties, belts, and shoes, in good condition, are also urgently needed.  All clothing will… Read More »

LITIGATION UPDATES – JUNE 2015

DOES FITBIT CAUSE SKIN DAMAGE? Fitness tech maker Fitbit Inc. was hit with a complaint in California state court claiming that two of its newly released activity monitors have manufacturing defects that cause skin rashes, burns and nerve damage.  A group of seven plaintiffs from throughout the country, including Florida, California and Texas, claim that… Read More »

UPDATES FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS – JUNE 2015

RELIGION A MOTIVATING FACTOR FOR NOT HIRING? Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits a prospective employer from refusing to hire an applicant in order to avoid accommodating a religious practice that it could accommodate without undue hardship.  In EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch, the EEOC sued Abercrombie & Fitch on behalf… Read More »

DOWNTOWN RESIDENTS SUE CITY OF HUNTINGTON BEACH OVER PARKING PERMITS

A lawsuit filed by Huntington Beach Residents for Equal Treatment (HBRET) against the City of Huntington Beach was featured in the media earlier this week.  HBRET is represented by Palmieri Tyler in the lawsuit.  The lawsuit seeks, among other things, to void the City of Huntington Beach’s new parking district ordinance and reinstatement of a… Read More »