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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 »

UPDATES FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS – MAY 2015

REI Settles Overtime Class Action Case for $2.5 million A federal magistrate judge on Tuesday granted preliminary approval of a $2.5 million settlement between Recreational Equipment Inc. and about 5,000 former employees in California who claim the sporting goods store failed to pay minimum wage and overtime. City of Los Angeles Sues Wells Fargo The… Read More »

LITIGATION UPDATES – MAY 2015

Pacquiao hit with a bevy of class-action suits seeking to knock-out part of his incredible payday Boxing fans who paid to watch Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the “Fight of the Century” have flocked to courthouses to file proposed class actions against Pacquiao and boxing promotion company Top Rank Inc., saying they would… Read More »

2015 March for Babies

April 26, 2015 – Thank you Team PTWWW for “Marching” for Babies at the annual March of Dimes Walk in Fashion Island Richard Salus stated that: “The weather was great and the crowd huge. With the generosity of the great people in the firm we were able to raise in excess of $4,500 in pledges. … Read More »

UPDATES FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS – APRIL 2015

EMPLOYEE REFUSES TO WORK OT BECAUSE OF HIS RELIGION In Copple v. CDC, plaintiff was an employee of the California Department of Corrections who was disciplined after refusing to work overtime.  Plaintiff’s reason for refusing to work overtime was that it interfered with his practice of his religion, Sun Worshiping Atheism.  After being disciplined, plaintiff… Read More »

LITIGATION UPDATES – APRIL 2015

Racket Maker Gets Hit Harder in Settlement A California federal judge signed off on a $4.5 million class action settlement to resolve a pair of consolidated suits alleging racket maker Babolat VS North America Inc. used deceptive tactics to sell products endorsed by tennis superstars such as Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick.  In her order,… Read More »