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Employment Law Commentary - Volume 28, Issue 10

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Annual California Legislative Roundup - Now that the dust has settled on the California 2016 legislative session, it is once again time to round up and review the new laws impacting California employers. Although there...more

Ninth Circuit Adopts California Rule Voiding Arbitration Provisions Barring Certain Representative Claims

In recent decisions, both the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the California Supreme Court have held that arbitration clauses barring employees from pursuing class actions in arbitration are unenforceable with...more

Safe Harbor Relief for Some Violations of Wage Statement Requirements Under the California Labor Code

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Two new laws—both related to employee wage statements—give California employers a safe harbor opportunity to avoid costly liability for small, technical, unintentional, or short-lived violations. Assembly Bill No. 1506 (AB...more

California Supreme Court to Decide Whether (And When) PAGA Plaintiffs Can Compel Discovery of Other Employees’ Contact Information

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The California Supreme Court has granted review of the appellate court decision in Williams v. Superior Court to answer the following question: Is the plaintiff in a representative action under the Private Attorneys General...more

Attorney Fees Granted In Prisoner Litigation Under Private Attorney General Doctrine

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In In re Butler, 2015 DJDAR 5345, the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District decided a prison case and awarded attorney fees under the Private Attorney General Doctrine contained in CCP§ 1021.5. The court...more

Winners Beware – Fourth District Upholds Trial Court’s Discretion To Drastically Reduce Successful CEQA Plaintiff’s Fees In...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In an opinion filed March 18 and belatedly ordered published on April 13, 2015, the Fourth District Court of Appeal upheld a trial court’s discretion to award only $19,176 in attorneys’ fees under Code of Civil Procedure §...more

SCOTUS Allows California to Interpret Federal Arbitration Act As Excluding Private Attorney General Claims

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the petition for certiorari in the Iskanian case from the California Supreme Court. In doing so, SCOTUS allowed one of the most interesting Federal Arbitration Act interpretations in...more

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