Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

Vineyard's Attorney Fees Claim Turns Into Sour Grapes

In Belle Terre Ranch Inc. v. Wilson, 2015 DJDAR 506, the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District decided an agricultural trespass action involving an attorney fees claim…more
| Agriculture, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Personal Injury, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Law Firm Loses Fee Claim: Total Victory Turns Into Crashing Loss

In David S. Karton, A Law Corporation, v. Dougherty, 2014 DJDAR 15340, the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District decided a case with a long, convoluted complex fact pattern under California Code of Civil…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies

EEOC Not Required to Identify Aggrieved Individual in Title VII Race Discrimination Claim

On April 7, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois held that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") is not required to identify an aggrieved individual in order to pursue a race…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Employer's "No Re-Hire" Provision May Violate California's Non-Compete Laws

Pretty much everyone knows that California courts do not favor covenants not to compete. We even have our own state laws that address this very issue (Business & Professions Code section 16600). But what about provisions in…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Health

Even When NLRB Orders It, Employers Have Little Guidance on Work Authorization Procedures

Quick, employers: you make a job offer to a promising applicant, only to find out that his work authorization papers are less than perfect. He has a social security card and number but something seems… off. (“Is that a letter in…more
| Civil Remedies, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

Employer's Overbroad Confidentiality Language Leads to SEC Investigation and Penalty

Most employers have confidentiality provisions in their handbooks, employment agreements, or other employment procedures manuals. Employers might want to take a minute to review those provisions in light of some recent…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Does Your Handbook Hold Up? The NLRB Offers Guidance for Employment Policies

Having an employee handbook is an effective way to communicate the rules of the workplace and the employer's expectations of its employees. Employers not only use handbooks in day-do-day personnel management activities, but also…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Court Shoots Down ADA Discrimination Claim Premised on Employer's Alleged Embarrassment

It would never occur to most employers that "embarrassment" could serve as the grounds for a disability discrimination claim, but that's exactly what an employee attempted to argue in Lester v. City of Lafayette. In this case, a…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Everything Must Go? Dealership's Service Advisors Not Exempt from Overtime

Classifying employees as exempt or non-exempt can prove to be an arduous task for some employers. For others, however, the classification is easy, particularly where the state or federal authorities expressly spell out the…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Court Dismisses Case For No Diversity Jurisdiction 2 Days After Filing

In an unusual display of speedy discretion, federal District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell wasted no time in dismissing the complaint on a public works payment bond filed by Advance Industrial Coating, LLC in Advance Indus…more
| Civil Procedure, Construction Law, Insurance, Government Contracting

Typo Renders Proposal For Settlement Ambiguous ? No Fees Awarded

In GEICO v. Ryan, No. 4D13-2615 (Fla. 4th DCA, Mar. 11, 2015), the Court reversed the Trial Court's award of attorney's fees in favor of the insured because the "Proposal for Settlement contains a patent ambiguity--spelling out…more
| Civil Remedies, Insurance, Law Practice Products & Services

Supreme Court Vacates 4th Circuit in UPS Pregnancy Discrimination Case, But Rejects EEOC's "Most Favored Employee" Argument

Since the case was argued on December 3, 2014, practitioners and clients alike have been anxiously awaiting the Supreme Court's decision in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc. That wait is over as the Supreme Court issued a…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Supervisor's "Hitler" Comment Not Enough to Create Hostile Work Environment

Does a single incident create a hostile work environment? Just this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that one offensive comment was insufficient to create a hostile work environment…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Lie Rejecter: Employer's Fraud Defense to Disabled Employee's Claim Fails

It's no secret that in formulating their defense to employment claims, employers often seek to discredit employees' allegations through the employees' own contradictory statements or positions taken. This issue arises most…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

"Unconscionable" to Provide Arbitration Agreement to Dancers While "Mostly Naked"

Not surprisingly, a court has found that employers should probably not present (and potentially force execution of) important legal documents to employees while they are mostly naked. This shouldn't be too much of a stretch for…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law
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