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Calif. SC upholds $90M verdict in rest break case, helps define rules for breaks

Charmaine Little Feb. 21, 2017, 8:49am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – An ABM Security Services employee has kicked off the new year with a major $90 million win against the company after the California Supreme Court ruled in her favor on Dec. 22 in a lawsuit concerning the definition of a rest break in California.

California attracts 'litigation tourists,' study finds

Tabitha Fleming Feb. 3, 2017, 10:04am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) – Most of the plaintiffs in product-liability cases filed against pharmaceutical manufacturers in California’s leading courts were brought by people who live in other states, finds a recent study by the Civil Justice Association of California.

Calif. Supreme Court: No immunity extension for tribal payday lenders

Ethan Bailey Jan. 17, 2017, 10:18am

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – Two federally recognized tribes have been denied immunity protections from California payday lender regulations after a recent state Supreme Court decision.

Attorneys fees added when factoring maximum punitive damages in California case

Marian Johns Dec. 23, 2016, 9:43am

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A California appellate court recently held attorneys fees could be applied to the state's 10:1 punitive-to-compensatory damages limit while weighing in on a case involving a life insurance company’s alleged fraud against a disabled veteran.

Ninth Circuit doesn't order pay for employees' time spent calling in

Dee Thompson Nov. 18, 2016, 9:43am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - A recently decided case that involved California employers revisited a question of whether employers are responsible for paying employees who are asked to “call in” to see if they need to come to work.

Attorney fees in class-action suit upheld by California Supreme Court

Kristin Danley-Greiner Oct. 10, 2016, 11:43am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) -- The California Supreme Court has upheld the attorney fees awarded in an employment class action lawsuit, stating the award was not unreasonable because it is calculated as a percentage of the common fund instead of using a lodestar calculation.

California Supreme Court rules retirement is the same as quitting when it comes to a final paycheck

Katelyn Kivel Sep. 6, 2016, 10:08am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) -- A retiring employee is considered to be quitting, the California Supreme Court has ruled in McLean v. State of California.

California adopts asbestos defense, but defendant loses case anyway

Kerry Goff Jul. 26, 2016, 10:01am

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline)  — The California Supreme Court in May formally adopted the "sophisticated intermediary doctrine," which provides an additional defense that manufacturers and suppliers can assert against asbestos and other product liability claims in California.