Representation of various media and transportation/delivery clients in class action lawsuits based on claims of misclassification of independent contractors under agreements to effect delivery of goods and related services.
Defeated certification of a putative class of newspaper delivery contractors; limited reversal by California Supreme Court and sent back to trial court for reconsideration of limited claims under a clarified standard.
Won class-wide summary judgment finding independent contractor status for all class members. Trial court denied certification on the wage-and-hour Labor Code claims, resulting in limited claims for expense reimbursement, record keeping, and unfair business practices section 17200, on which final Judgment was entered for defendants. Salgado v. The Daily Breeze, et. al., Case No. BC458074, Los Angeles Superior Court.
Defend two California class actions challenging the independent contractor status of delivery service providers.
Defend two collective and class actions involving wage-and-hour claims resulting in settlement.
Antitrust Class Action
Counsel to defendant hospitals in an alleged price-fixing class action and opposing interlocutory appeal from partial denial of class certification.
Initiated a lawsuit against former employee for misappropriation of trade secrets, conversion and Penal Code 502 violation, related to unlawful access to information of mortgage loan provider, in San Diego Superior Court. As a result of summary judgment motions filed on complaint and cross-complaint, the matter resulted in dismissal of the entire action on terms favorable to the client, including dismissal of the employee’s whistleblowing claim against client.