Fuentes v. Empire Nissan, S280256 (California Supreme Court, review granted August 9, 2023) (to decide the applicable framework for determining whether an illegible arbitration provision in an employment form contract is enforceable).
Woodworth v. Loma Linda University Medical Center, 93 Cal. App. 5th 1038 (2023) (reversing the trial court’s grant of summary adjudication on plaintiff’s rounding claim and rejecting that the less protective federal standard governs such claims under California’s Labor Code; reversing the trial court’s grant of summary adjudication on plaintiff’s PAGA claim, holding that “unmanageability” isn’t a proper basis for dismissing PAGA claims).
Galarsa v. Dolgen California, LLC, 88 Cal. App. 5th 639 (2023) (presaging the California Supreme Court’s ultimate decision in Adolph v. Uber Technologies, Inc., and holding that a PAGA plaintiff retains standing to prosecute her PAGA claim on behalf of non-party aggrieved employees irrespective of whether her “individual” PAGA claim must be arbitrated, rejecting the U.S. Supreme Court’s dicta to the contrary in Viking River Cruises, Inc. v. Moriana, 142 S. Ct. 1906 (2022)).
Twitter, Inc. v. Taamneh, No. 21-1496 (U.S. Supreme Court, January 18, 2023) (submitted amicus brief on behalf of group of retired U.S. generals in support of Petitioner-Plaintiff’s merits brief, regarding whether Twitter can be liable under federal antiterrorism statutes for allowing ISIS to grow its ranks using Twitter’s platform).
National Pork Producers Council v. Ross, No. 21-468 (U.S. Supreme Court, August 15, 2022) (submitted amicus brief on behalf of Senator Cory Booker, in support of Respondents’ merits brief, regarding whether California’s Prop. 12 outlawing use of gestation crates for pigs is impliedly preempted by the Dormant Commerce Clause).
Iskanian v. CLS Transportation, 59 Cal. 4th 348 (2014), cert. denied 135 S.Ct. 1155 (Jan. 20, 2015) (making new law in case of national importance regarding the scope of FAA preemption) (employment class action)
McGill v. Citibank, N.A., 2 Cal. 5th 945 (2017) (holding that claims for public injunctive relief under California consumer protection statutes are not waivable; also, that claims for public injunctive relief need not be certified as class actions)
Williams v, Super. Ct. (Marshalls of CA, LLC), 3 Cal. 5th 531 (2017) (holding that a plaintiff in a PAGA action is entitled to broad discovery, including the names and the contact information for non-party employees)
Baton v. Ledger SAS, 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 33183 (9th Cir. Dec. 1, 2022) (reversing dismissal of class claims against French and Canadian defendant producers and sellers of crypto wallets).
Salazar v. Target Corp., 83 Cal.App.5th 571 (Sept. 19, 2022) (reversing dismissal of class claims under California’s consumer protection statutes for false advertising of white chocolate product).
Salazar v. Walmart, Inc., 83 Cal.App.5th 561 (Sept. 19, 2022) (reversing dismissal of class claims under California’s consumer protection statutes for false advertising of white chocolate product)
Prescription Opioid Cases, JCCP 5029, B302241, 57 Cal.App.5th 1039 (2020) (making new law regarding peremptory strikes of judge in JCCP setting).
McShannock v. J.P. Morgan Chase Bank N.A., 976 F.3d 881 (9th Cir. 2020) (representing class of mortgage borrowers for violations of California laws regarding interest earned on escrow accounts).
Skinner v. Ken’s Foods Inc., 53 Cal. App. 5th 938 (2020) (affirming plaintiffs’ counsel’s award of fees pursuant to a catalyst theory)
Brown v. Cinemark USA, Inc., 705 F. App’x 644 (9th Cir. Dec. 7, 2017) (reversing district court dismissal of PAGA claim, and reversing denial of class certification).
Vitolo v. Bloomingdale’s, Inc., 669 F. App’x 890 (9th Cir. 2016), cert. denied 137 S.Ct. 2267 (June 19, 2017) (obtaining reversal of district court’s dismissal of PAGA claims).
Allen and Labor Ready Southwest, Inc. v. Bedolla, 787 F.3d 1218 (9th Cir. 2015) (obtaining a reversal of a district court order approving an inadequate class and PAGA settlement)
Baumann v. Chase Investment Services Corp, 747 F.3d 1117 (9th Cir. 2014), cert. denied 135 S.Ct. 870 (Dec. 15, 2014) (obtained reversal of district court decision refusing to remand case, finding no federal jurisdiction over PAGA claims under CAFA)
Chavarria v. Ralphs Grocery Co., 733 F.3d 916 (9th Cir. 2013) (holding, in a unanimous opinion, that Ralphs’ mandatory employment arbitration agreement is unconscionable)
Mazza v. Am. Honda Motor Co., 666 F.3d 581 (9th Cir. 2012) (nationwide consumer class action, involving UCL and CLRA claims) (briefs only)
Coleman v. Estes Express Lines, Inc., 631 F.3d 1010 (9th Cir. 2011) (making new law with respect to CAFA’s “Local Controversy Exception”)