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Legal Remedies in California for Employees Fraudulently Lured into a Job

Posted January 6th, 2021 by in Civil Litigation.

Ever since the Gold Rush of the mid-19th century, California has attracted a large number of job seekers.  Silicon Valley is home to some of the world’s most valuable technology companies, and the Los Angeles area dominates the national media and entertainment industries.  With these booming sectors come enticing professional opportunities that appeal to people […]

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Confidentiality Provisions: What You Need to Know and the Unique Strategy of the Trump Campaign

Posted October 15th, 2020 by in Civil Litigation.

The New York Times recently reported that the Trump campaign has proposed that former aide and Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman pay for an ad campaign costing over $846,000 to remedy allegedly damaging comments Newman made about the president in a recent memoir. The campaign’s suggestion came as a proposed remedy for Newman’s alleged violation […]

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7 Reasons Arbitration Harms Employees

Posted September 28th, 2020 by in Civil Litigation.

If you are an employee in the United States, you probably have given up your constitutional right to access the courts and receive a trial by a jury for claims against your employer, or will soon do so. Many, if not most, large employers impose arbitration agreements (sometimes misleadingly referred to as “policies”) on their […]

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Supreme Court to Cell Phone Users: The Right to Be Free From Spam Calls Is Alive and Well

Posted July 29th, 2020 by in Civil Litigation.

This month, the Supreme Court handed down a victory for cell phone users (which is practically all of us these days) in Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants, Inc. The case concerns the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (“TCPA”). Under the Act, anyone who makes an unsolicited robocall or text message can be […]

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Tort Claims Act: A Trap for Unwary Californians with Claims Against Public Entities

Posted June 4th, 2020 by in Civil Litigation.

In California, individuals been harmed by public entities must comply with the stringent and idiosyncratic requirements of the Tort Claims Act (TCA) in order to preserve their right to pursue legal action and recover damages. While most employees have between 300 days and three years to initiate legal action against their employers, those with claims […]

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Understanding 401(K) Documents: The Annual Fee Disclosure

401(k) documents are notoriously mystifying—and notoriously ignored. “I must say,” admitted Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at recent oral argument of the United States Supreme Court, “I don’t read all the mailings that I get about my investments.” For about 72 million American workers, 401(k)s are “nest eggs.” Employees expect their 401(k) investments, along with social […]

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Schrödinger’s Job Offer: When An Employer Takes Back A Job Offer By Pretending It Never Existed

Posted February 7th, 2020 by in Civil Litigation.

It’s happened to my friends and no small number of the people who call into our office. They received a job offer, or rather, they were told orally in language they cannot precisely recall, replete with reassuring gestures and talk of the future, that a business with which they have already completed the interview cycle […]

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My Employer Has Wronged Me, But I May Be Subject to an “Arbitration Agreement.” Can I Still Get Justice?

Posted June 14th, 2019 by in Civil Litigation.

More and more, employers are forcing workers to give up their constitutional rights to seek justice in our nation’s courts. Instead of seeing their day in court, workers may be sidelined into “arbitration.” This means a private individual or “arbitrator” can decide a civil litigation case outside of court, without a judge or jury. Arbitration […]

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Virginia Supreme Court Appoints Panel at Request of Martinsville, VA to Consider Consolidation of Opioid Lawsuits in State Court

Posted December 10th, 2018 by in Civil Litigation.

On November 20, 2018, the Virginia Supreme Court appointed a panel of three Circuit Court judges to consider the consolidation of lawsuits previously filed in Virginia state courts against opioid manufacturers, distributors, and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) for their role in creating the public health emergency caused by prescription opioids. The panel was appointed in […]

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The Opioid Epidemic: Its Causes and How Communities Can Fight Back

Posted August 7th, 2018 by in Civil Litigation.

America is experiencing an opioid epidemic that has resulted in economic, social and emotional damage to virtually every community in the United States and tens of thousands of Americans. It is indiscriminate and ruthless, and kills 175 Americans every day. In 2016, more than 64,000 people died of drug overdoses (and the majority of these […]

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