news 2018

Firm opposes effort to force arbitration in employment dispute

March 5, 2018 – Firm lawyers Nick Carlin and Brian Conlon have filed a wage theft class action in Alameda County Superior Court against Hanlees Auto Group. The lawsuit alleges that Hanlees, which owns and operates sixteen dealerships in California, failed to provide meal and rest breaks to its workers, while fraudulently falsifying time records to make it look like they were getting such breaks. Hundreds of current and past employees have been impacted by these practices.  In response to the firm’s lawsuit, Hanlees filed a petition to force the workers to arbitrate each separate claim individually. The firm filed papers today opposing this petition, arguing that the purported arbitration agreement is invalid and unenforceable, and that it would essentially be a “get-out-of-jail free card” for Hanlees. A hearing on the matter is expected shortly. For more information on the case, or if you have had similar employment experience with Hanlees, click here.

Firm launches wage and hour case against the Charlie Palmer Group

January 23, 2018 – Firm partners David Given and Nick Carlin filed a complaint today in San Francisco Superior Court on behalf of a former employee at Burritt Room + Tavern, a restaurant until recently operated by the Charlie Palmer Group.  The firm’s client seeks relief for California labor code violations by the collection of restaurants and hotels located in the State led by celebrity chef Charlie Palmer.  The client's complaint alleges that the restaurant group denied employees proper meal and rest breaks and failed to properly compensate for overtime worked.  Additionally, says the complaint, managers were instructed to falsify time records by marking employees as clocked out regardless of whether they had actually stopped working. The firm is investigating whether and how additional Charlie Palmer Group restaurants may have practiced similar labor violations. For a full list of locations under investigation, or if you believe you have been affected by any of these violations or wish to learn more about the investigation, click here.

Firm adds two lawyers to its roster

January 2, 2018 – Firm managing partner David Given today announced the firm’s hiring of two new associate attorneys.  Michael Levinson comes to the firm with six-years’ experience practicing law at a large plaintiff’s personal injury firm in the Bay Area, and will continue to specialize in that area.  He graduated with honors from the University of Miami School of Law in 2010.  Jake Feaver graduated with honors last year from the University of California Hastings College of the Law, where he served on the editorial board of the Hastings Law Journal.  Jake served as a law clerk at the firm before law school, and rejoins the firm as an associate attorney after passing the California bar on his first try this past November.  Jake will focus on intellectual property, entertainment and commercial law matters.