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Blog Posts by Cara Van Dorn

Broad Scope of Standing Available for California Employees in PAGA Suits

Posted January 12th, 2019 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

California’s Private Attorney General Act of 2004 (“PAGA”) has provided employees injured by their employer’s Labor Code violations with an opportunity to seek statutory penalties on behalf of him or herself and on behalf of other aggrieved employees.  This law famously allows an individual employee to stand in the shoes of the government agency that […]

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Strong Whistleblower Protections for CA State Employees Encourage Reporting of Government Waste, Incompetency, and Inefficiency

Posted June 19th, 2018 by in Whistleblower Law.

If you are one of the nearly quarter-million people employed by the State of California, you should feel safe reporting any improper or illegal activity that you see around you. These protections are found in a law called the California Whistleblower Protection Act (CWPA), and they apply to anyone working for the state government or […]

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California Supreme Court Expands Colleges’ Duty to Protect Students

Posted April 27th, 2018 by in Civil Litigation.

On March 23, 2018, the Supreme Court of California reversed its previous position and held that “universities have a special relationship with their students and a duty to protect them from foreseeable violence during curricular activities.” The Facts of the Case In Regents of the University of California v. Rosen, a student at UCLA, Katherine […]

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That Loan Officer is NOT Your Friend: Identifying, Avoiding, and Prosecuting Predatory Lending

Did you know that, except in a few unusual circumstances, lenders and bank loan officers do NOT owe you a duty to act in your best interest?  Did you know that it is legal for them to offer you, and even recommend, a loan that you are not equipped to pay back? Oftentimes, when people […]

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