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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 »

REAL ESTATE UPDATE

BIASED DECISION-MAKER – YOUR OPPONENTS MAY BE DISQUALIFIED FROM VOTING AGAINST YOUR PROJECT During my 35 years of land use representation, I have many times witnessed my clients endure grandstanding by planning commissioners, city council members and supervisors, who were clearly biased against development proposals before a fair hearing.  Sometimes this type of opposition is… Read More »

LITIGATION UPDATES – MARCH 2015

“No Sugar Added” – Just Fruit Juice A California federal court has granted a partial motion to dismiss a putative class action alleging that Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. (“Ocean Spray”) mislabels its juice as “No Sugar Added,” despite the fact that the company adds fruit juice to its product from concentrate.  In Major v. Ocean… Read More »

UPDATES FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS – MARCH 2015

Work Restrictions Necessitate Job Restructure?  NOT! In Nealy v. City of Santa Monica, the plaintiff, Tony Nealy, was a solid waste equipment operator who had sustained injuries to his knee and back.  Nealy underwent multiple surgeries that necessitated several leaves of absence.  Nealy’s physician subsequently authorized him to return to work subject to work restrictions… Read More »

REAL ESTATE UPDATE – SUPREME COURT LIMITS CEQA CHALLENGES

An “Unusual Circumstance” California Supreme Court Decision Limits CEQA Challenges It took the California Supreme Court 46 pages to clarify the availability of California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) exemptions.  The long-awaited decision in the Berkeley Hillside Preservation, et al. v. City of Berkeley case addressed a couple of crucial issues faced by developers of in-fill… Read More »

UPDATES FOR CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS – FEBRUARY 2015

  On-Call During Rest Breaks In Augustus v. ABM Security Services, Inc., plaintiffs were security guards whose employer provided them with regular rest breaks, but required that the security guards remain on-call during these breaks.  According to the security guards, their employer’s requirement that they remain on-call during rest breaks rendered the rest breaks invalid… Read More »