Supreme Court Extends its Strong (Conservative) Pro-Arbitration Jurisprudence to Mandate Enforcement of Class Action Waivers Contained in Arbitration Agreements

By | 2015-01-06T13:57:31+00:00 July 2nd, 2013|Uncategorized|

The Supreme Court’s conservative majority’s recent opinion (5-3) in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, 2013 DJDAR 7944 (June 20, 2013), while no surprise, extends the court’s strong pro-arbitration jurisprudence to mandate enforcement of class action waivers contained in arbitration agreements, even where pursuit of an individual claim may be uneconomical or impractical.  Specifically, [...]

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New Whistlerblower Protections For Defense Contractors Went Into Effect July 1, 2013

By | 2015-01-06T13:57:17+00:00 July 2nd, 2013|Uncategorized|

Tens of thousands of California employees who work for defense contractors will now have more protection from retaliation for disclosing their reasonable concerns of gross mismanagement, gross waste of funds, substantial and specific danger to the public health and safety, or a violation of law relating to Department of Defense contracts. This is due to [...]

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Ninth Circuit Continues to Hold that Individualized Damages Issues Do Not Defeat Class Certification

By | 2015-01-06T13:57:05+00:00 July 2nd, 2013|Uncategorized|

In Leyva v. Medline Ind., Inc., No. 11-56849 (9th Cir. May 28, 2013), the Ninth Circuit reversed a United States District Court for the Central District of California’s denial of class certification brought by current and former employees against their employer, seeking to recover wages employer did not pay in alleged violation of California law. [...]

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