California Court of Appeal Finds Dismissal of Claims for “Death Knell” Doctrine

Death Knell Doctrine

In order to protect potential class members’ rights, the “death knell” doctrine permits immediate appeal from a court order denying the certification of class claims, yet preserving individual claims.  In Miranda v. Anderson Enterprises, Inc., 241 Cal. App. 4th 196, 200 (2015), the Court of Appeal ruled that it also applies to the dismissal of […]

Taco Bell Employee Wins Arbitration Important Victory For Working People

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November 9, 2016 In an important victory for workers’ rights, the California Court of Appeals refused to order a fast-food worker to arbitrate his wage and hour claims against a Taco Bell franchisee, Century Fast Foods. Attorneys from Matern Law Group, PC argued that an arbitration agreement, like any agreement, requires the mutual assent of […]

In The News: Matt Matern Features On Daily Journal Cover

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Lawyers Warn of Pay Stub Litigation Wave Matthew J. Matern, Daily Journal Cover July 6, 2015 – By Matthew Blake, Daily Journal California businesses and their lawyers have perennially fretted about the state’s employee-friendly laws, but companies see one recent labor code amendment as beyond pale. In 2012 Gov. Jerry Brown amended an existing law by […]

Supreme Court Refuses to Review California Supreme Court Arbitration Decision

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The information on this website and blog does not constitute legal advice.   For the second time, the United States Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge to the California Supreme Court’s holding that state Private Attorney General Act (“PAGA”) claims cannot be compelled to arbitration, despite language in employment arbitration agreements containing class action […]

Pantoja v. Anton and Its Impact on “Me-Too” Evidence

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The information on this website and blog does not constitute legal advice. The “me-too” evidence doctrine permits a plaintiff to proffer evidence of discrimination, not only against himself or herself, but also against other persons who are similarly situated. In Johnson v. United Cerebral Palsy/Spastic Children’s Foundation of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, an employee who […]

Brinker and Its Impact on California Employment Law

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The information on this website and blog does not constitute legal advice.   On April 12, 2012, the California Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in Brinker Restaurant Corporation v. Superior Court(2012) 53 Cal. 4th 1004.  The Supreme Court resolved several important issues with respect to meal periods and rest breaks. Chiefly, Brinker resolved a split among California […]

Gallagher vs. Lionsgate, Joss Whedon

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GALLAGHER V. LIONSGATE We are formally representing author Peter Gallagher for protection of his work and book against Joss Whedon and Lionsgate, whose movie “Cabin in the Woods” allegedly copies Mr. Gallagher’s work. Our client claims Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard took the idea for The Cabin in the Woods from his 2006 novel The Little White Trip: […]