Wages Earned From an “Inferior” Job May Not Be Used to Mitigate Damages in Awarding Lost Wages in a Wrongful Termination Case

By | 2015-01-06T13:44:29+00:00 January 31st, 2014|Discrimination, Employment Law, FEHA|

Employee, Alfredo Villacorta, sued his employer, Cemex, for wrongful termination.  Villacorta remained unemployed for about eight months, at which point he found a job that paid him more than he was making with Cemex.   At trial, many months after Villacorta found the higher paying job, in closing argument Villacorta’s attorney only asked the jury for [...]

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New Law Protects Losing Employees in Wage and Hour Cases From Paying Attorneys’ Fees

By | 2015-01-06T13:44:30+00:00 January 27th, 2014|Uncategorized, Wage & Hour|

As of January 1, 2014, a new law (SB 462) makes it more difficult for prevailing employers in wage and hour cases to collect attorneys’ fees and costs against their employees. Prior to the new law, Labor Code §218.5 required courts in wage and hour cases to award the prevailing party attorneys’ fees and costs. [...]

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Zeldes Haeggquist &Eck Announces Investigation of Gas Natural, Inc. (NYSEMKT: EGAS)

By | 2015-01-06T13:44:45+00:00 January 21st, 2014|Investigations, Shareholder/Derivative|

Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck, LLP, a shareholder and consumer rights litigation firm, has commenced an investigation into Gas Natural, Inc. (“Gas Natural” or the “Company”) (NYSEMKT: EGAS). The investigation is related to potential violations of federal securities laws and breaches of fiduciary duties by the Company’s Board of Directors, former directors, and current and former [...]

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9th Circuit Court of Appeal Denies Sony’s Petition to Appeal District Court’s Class Certification Order

By | 2015-01-06T13:44:48+00:00 January 17th, 2014|Consumer Class Actions, News, Sony|

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling yesterday that will allow the class action against Sony Electronics, Inc. to continue moving forward. On September 25, 2013, the United States District Court for the Southern District of California issued an order granting class certification to California and New Jersey residents who allege Sony Electronics, Inc.  knowingly marketed [...]

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Ninth Circuit Approves $697,971.80 Attorney Fee Award Even Though Jury Awarded Employee Damages of Only $27,280

By | 2015-01-06T13:52:54+00:00 January 10th, 2014|Discrimination, Employment Law, FEHA|

Kim Muniz sued her employer United Parcel Service, Inc. (“UPS”) in California State Superior Court for employment-related discrimination in violation of California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), Cal. Gov. Code §12900.  UPS removed the case to federal court.  The case was tried to a jury who returned a verdict in Muniz’s favor finding that [...]

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Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck, LLP Announces Investigation of Merge Healthcare, Inc.

By | 2015-01-06T13:52:42+00:00 January 9th, 2014|Investigations, Securities Class Actions/ Shareholder Derivative Actions, Shareholder/Derivative|

Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck, LLP, a shareholder and consumer rights litigation firm, has commenced an investigation into Merge Healthcare, Inc. (“Merge” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: MRGE) to determine whether Merge and the Company’s Officers and Directors have violated the federal securities laws or breached their fiduciary duties owed to the Company and its shareholders. Merge [...]

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Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck, LLP Announces Investigation of Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS)

By | 2015-01-06T13:52:19+00:00 January 8th, 2014|Investigations, Securities Class Actions/ Shareholder Derivative Actions, Shareholder/Derivative|

Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck, LLP, a shareholder and consumer rights litigation firm, has commenced an investigation into Barnes & Noble, Inc. (“Barnes & Noble” or the “Company”) (NYSE: BKS) to determine whether the Company’s Officers and Directors have breached their fiduciary duties owed to the Company and its shareholders. On July 29, 2013, Barnes & [...]

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New California Employment Laws for 2014

By | 2015-01-06T13:51:58+00:00 January 6th, 2014|Discrimination, Employment Law, FEHA, FMLA Leave, Maternity/Pregnancy Leave, Religious Discrimination, Retaliation, Wage & Hour, Whistleblower|

A host of new employment laws take effect in 2014, many of which went into effect on January 1, 2014. Below is a summary of a few of the new laws affecting the employment arena in 2014. Sexual Harassment Definition SB 292 amends the definition of harassment to clarify that sexually harassing conduct does not [...]

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Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck, LLP Announces Investigation of INTL FCStone, Inc.

By | 2015-01-06T13:51:46+00:00 January 3rd, 2014|Investigations, Securities Class Actions/ Shareholder Derivative Actions, Shareholder/Derivative|

Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck, LLP, a shareholder and consumer rights litigation firm, is investigating potential claims on behalf of shareholders of INTL FCStone, Inc. (“INTL FCStone” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: INTL) concerning whether certain officers and directors breached their fiduciary duties to shareholders and/or caused the Company to issue materially misleading statements. INTL FCStone is [...]

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