Entries by Peder

District Court Approves Settlement of Faculty Union Lawsuit Against Accrediting Agency

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has approved the settlement of a lawsuit brought by the California Federation of Teachers and four of its affiliated local unions against the Accrediting Commission for Community & Junior Colleges (ACCJC). The lawsuit, AFT Local 2121 v. Accrediting Commission for Community & Junior Colleges, stemmed […]

District Court Dismisses Chamber of Commerce Lawsuit Challenging Seattle Ordinance Permitting Collective Bargaining by Uber and Lyft Drivers

The United States District Court for the Western District of Washington today dismissed Chamber of Commerce et al. v. City of Seattle et al., a United States Chamber of Commerce lawsuit challenging a Seattle ordinance that establishes a process for independent contractor drivers who contract with for-hire and taxicab transportation companies, including companies like Uber […]

Daily Journal Names Vergara Decision Top Appellate Verdict of 2016

In its annual review of the largest and most significant verdicts and appellate reversals in California, The Daily Journal named Altshuler Berzon LLP’s victory in Vergara v. California as the top appellate reversal of 2016. The plaintiffs in Vergara had sued the State of California, several state officials, and three school districts in 2012, alleging […]

District Court Rejects Challenge to Law Prohibiting Unilateral Deductions from Worker Paychecks on Public Work

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California today granted motions to dismiss challenges to California Senate Bill 954 (2016), which prohibits contractors on public work from unilaterally reducing workers’ wages by taking credit for payments to industry advancement funds.  Under Senate Bill 954, contractors may only take credit for industry advancement payments […]

Altshuler Berzon LLP Welcomes New Partner Casey Pitts

Altshuler Berzon LLP is pleased to announce that P. Casey Pitts became a member of the partnership on January 1, 2017.  Casey is a 2008 graduate of Yale Law School.  He joined Altshuler Berzon as an associate in 2009 after completing a clerkship with Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the […]

Ninth Circuit Stays District Court Injunction Against California Law that Requires Payment of Prevailing Wages to Ready-Mix Drivers

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today issued a stay of a District Court injunction that prevented enforcement of a new California law that requires suppliers of ready-mix concrete to public work to pay ready-mix drivers at least the prevailing wage. In Allied Concrete v. Baker, a group of ready-mix suppliers assert a constitutional challenge […]

District Court Upholds California Refinery Safety Law

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of California upheld California’s refinery safety law, Senate Bill 54, which allows refineries to use outside construction contractors to perform onsite work only if those contractors use a skilled and trained workforce. The Legislature found that the use of unskilled workers at the refineries is a […]