Entries by Peder

McDonald’s Agrees to Pay $26 Million to Resolve Wage Theft Lawsuit in California

Largest ever wage theft settlement against McDonald’s also includes extensive injunctive relief On March 4, 2020, the L.A. Superior Court granted preliminary approval to a pathbreaking class action settlement in Maria Sanchez, et al. v. McDonald’s Restaurants of California, Inc., et al., that provides $26 million and comprehensive injunctive relief to approximately 38,000 employees of […]

Ninth Circuit Denies Petition for Rehearing in Wal-Mart Truck Driver $55 Million Minimum Wage Case

On February 20, 2020, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied Wal-Mart’s petition for rehearing or rehearing en banc in Ridgeway v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., rejecting Wal-Mart’s latest attempt to overturn a $55 million California minimum wage judgment that Altshuler Berzon LLP helped defend on appeal.  The Court’s order denying rehearing is here.  For more […]

Altshuler Berzon LLP Attorney Argues Climate Change Case in 9th Circuit

On February 5, 2020, Altshuler Berzon LLP partner Michael Rubin argued City of Oakland et al. v. BP LLC et al., No. 18-6663, before a Ninth Circuit three-judge panel.  The consolidated cases, brought by the City of Oakland and the City and County of San Francisco against five of the largest private investor-owned oil and […]

Court Approves $13 million Consumer Class Action Settlement in Blair v. Rent-a-Center

On January 24, 2020 the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted final approval of a $13 million dollar settlement to benefit low-income consumers in California who alleged they were overcharged in violation of California’s Karnette Act when purchasing appliances and other household items from defendant Rent-a-Center.  The settlement requires Rent-A-Center to […]

California Retailers and Banks to Provide Seating to Cashiers, Tellers

In a series of settlements negotiated by Altshuler Berzon LLP and its co-counsel, prominent retailers including CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid, and national banking institutions JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America have agreed to provide seats to all of their cashiers and tellers and to pay tens of millions of dollars in civil penalties. The […]

Federal District Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against Unions for Petitioning Activity Protected by the First Amendment

On January 7, 2020, the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of California granted a motion to dismiss federal antitrust, RICO, and labor law claims, as well as state law claims, brought by a hotel developer against UNITE HERE! Local 30, the San Diego County Building and Construction Trades Council, and those unions’ leaders.  […]

Ninth Circuit Affirms $55 Million Class Action Judgment Against Wal-Mart for Failure to Pay California Minimum Wages

On January 6, 2020, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a published opinion affirmed a $55 million California minimum wage judgment in favor of a class of Wal-Mart, Inc.’s California truck drivers, in Ridgeway v. WalMart, Inc., Ninth Cir. Nos. 17-15983, 17-16142.  Following a 16-day trial in 2016, a jury found that Wal-Mart failed […]

Ninth Circuit Rejects Damages Claims Against Union for Collecting Fair-Share Fees in Reliance on Supreme Court Precedent

On December 26, 2019, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued its decision in Danielson v. Inslee, 945 F.3d 1096 (9th Cir. 2019).  Affirming the decision below, Danielson held that public employee unions that received fair-share fees from nonmembers before the Supreme Court held such fees unconstitutional in Janus v. AFSCME, […]