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California Charter Cities Must Pay Prevailing Wages on State-Funded Public Works Projects

Apr 1, 2016

The State of California won an important appeal this week that affirms a lower court ruling regarding public works projects in charter cities. By state law, reimbursements from the state to charter cities are conditioned on local governments requiring contractors to pay prevailing wages. The appeal from certain charter cities […]

Don-Doff Row: Preparation Time is Compensable Time

Mar 22, 2016

The US Supreme Court ruled today that time spent donning and doffing protective gear is time that must be paid. This includes gear such as hard hats, work boots, hairnets, gloves and earplugs. The case before the court involved Tyson Foods Inc. and workers at a pork processing facility in […]

Collecting Wages After Wage Theft

Mar 17, 2016

More than a quarter of a billion dollars of wages went unpaid in California since 2010 according to a recent review of California Labor Commissioner’s Office records. Unfortunately, the real number is probably higher. Perhaps worst of all, only 17% of judgments were actually paid, according to the UCLA Labor […]

ERISA Lawsuit Filed Against Wawa Convenience Store Chain

Feb 22, 2016

On February 1, 2016 a lawsuit was filed in federal district court alleging Wawa, Inc. violated ERISA laws when administering its Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Plaintiff Greg Pfeifer alleges he and more than 3,000 other former employee participants in the plan, each who had a balance of more than […]

Hot Topic – Arbitration

Nov 30, 2015

One of the hot topics on the legal landscape is Arbitration. Arbitration is a specific method of settling disputes that is outside of the court system. It relies on an unbiased third party to resolve disputes away from the courts. That means the decision maker is neither a currently sitting […]

Congratulations to the 2015 Trial Lawyers of the Year!

Nov 5, 2015

The Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (OCTLA) recently announced the winners of this year’s Trial Lawyer of the Year awards. The winners are: Gregory G. Rizio, Trial Lawyer of the Year; Personal Injury Jerry N. Gans, Trial Lawyer of the Year; Medical Malpractice Richard E. Donahoo, Trial Lawyer of the […]

For Volkswagen, the Facts are Where the Rubber Will Meet the Road

Sep 24, 2015

In mid-September Volkswagen shocked the world by acknowledging that defeat devices were used in as many as 11 million of its diesel vehicles worldwide. These devices enabled the vehicles to deceive regulators by passing emission tests even though under regular road conditions the vehicles exceed standards for nitrogen oxide emissions […]

US Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Employees in 401(k) Oversight Case

May 19, 2015

In their unanimous decision Monday, the United States Supreme Court made a clear statement about the duty companies have in monitoring investments offered to its employees. As reported in the Los Angeles Times, the decision involved several employees who sued Edison International alleging that the company had failed in its […]

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What is a “Public Work” Under California Law?

Feb 12, 2015

Defining Public Work Often workers are unsure whether the California project where they are working is a “public work” that requires their employer to pay them a minimum “prevailing wage” rate set by the State of California. California Labor Code section 1720 defines a public work as: “Construction, alteration, demolition, […]

Prevailing Wage Class Action Filed Against Long Beach and Contractors on Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project

Feb 5, 2015

Law360 reported this week that Donahoo & Associates, PC filed a proposed class action lawsuit in California court on behalf of Plaintiff Jerome Fatulegaee. The plaintiff accuses Long Beach, Tidelands Oil Production Co., subcontractor Nabors Completion & Production Services Co. and other unspecified contractors and subcontractors of failing to pay […]

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