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UPDATES FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS – DECEMBER 2015

Continuing Violation Doctrine In Jumaane v. City of Los Angeles, plaintiff sued the City of Los Angeles for alleged disparate impact and disparate treatment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on his race.  Plaintiff alleged that adverse employment actions were taken against him in June 1999 and April 2011 when he was suspended from work.  Plaintiff… Read More »

Richard Salus Panelist at JAMS Presentation

Rick Salus was among a panel of Judges and attorneys who gave a presentation on the topic of Family Law and Business Crossover issues at JAMS Orange County. Mr. Salus discussed legal challenges and practical issues facing closely held companies doing business in California when divorce strikes. Mr. Salus incorporated information about existing agreements (Buy-sell… Read More »

LITIGATION UPDATES – NOVEMBER 2015

Cisco Gets $37 Million Judgment In Counterfeit Goods Suit Cisco Systems Inc. won a $37 million judgment in California federal court in its suit against a San Jose business it claims knowingly bought counterfeit or stolen Cisco merchandise, altered the serial numbers and then resold to its customers. T-Mobile To Settle Phone Insurance Suit for… Read More »

UPDATES FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS – NOVEMBER 2015

Police Investigation Disrupts Work In Cardenas v. M. Fanaian, DDS, Inc. the plaintiff was a former employee of defendant.  Plaintiff was terminated after filing a report with the police when her wedding ring was stolen at work.  Defendant terminated her because he claimed that the police investigation disrupted her work.  Plaintiff sued defendant for violation… Read More »

25 Years of Service

Richard Salus, a managing partner of Palmieri Tyler, was honored for his 25 years of service to the March of Dimes at their Signature Chef’s Event held at the Westin South Coast Plaza on October 11, 2015.  Since 1990, Mr. Salus has served as pro bono counsel to the March of Dimes and acted as… Read More »

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 »