Bryan Hawkins

Bryan Hawkins

Stoel Rives LLP

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California Supreme Court Makes It Easier For Workers in Misclassification Cases To Obtain Class Certification

Employment class action litigation is often won or lost with a class certification ruling. If the employer is successful in opposing class certification, then these cases often go away with little or no fanfare and limited...more

7/31/2014 - Class Action Class Certification Classification Employer Liability Issues Independent Contractors Misclassification

California Court of Appeal Affirms That It Pays To Be the Squeaky Wheel

In a time when California courts are busier than ever, the California Court of Appeal recently did double duty by issuing an opinion that both decided an issue of first impression in California and implicitly approved Senate...more

1/23/2014 - FEHA Harassment Sexual Harassment

New California Law Provides that Sexual Desire Is Not a Required Element in a Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

In a same-sex sexual harassment case, does the plaintiff need to prove that the alleged harasser's conduct was motivated by sexual desire? Under SB 292, a law signed by Governor Brown a few days ago, the answer in California...more

8/26/2013 - FEHA Harassment New Legislation Sexual Harassment

CEQA Baseline Analysis: Future Conditions Baseline Should Be The Exception Not The Rule When Agency Reviews Environmental Impacts,...

In Neighbors for Smart Rail v. Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority (filed August 5, 2013) (“Neighbors”), a majority of the California Supreme Court justices announced a new rule regarding the baseline agencies may...more

8/9/2013 - CEQA Environmental Assessments Environmental Claims Environmental Impact Report Environmental Policies High-Speed Rail Public Projects Public Transit

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