California employees are protected against off-the-clock work and must receive overtime pay for longer hours in accordance with California prevailing wage law. When violations of that law occur, companies are at risk for fines and civil litigation. A red light camera company is currently in the midst of a lawsuit […]
Christine Ramirez told Fox 11 News reporters in a video published August 31, 2016 that justice was done in a recent financial fraud case against MetLife. The Los Angeles Superior Court jury awarded almost $16 million to Ramirez in the case. Watch the video now. Attorneys Richard Donahoo of Donahoo & Associates, […]
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 […]
Work covered by California’s Prevailing Wage Law includes installation of traffic light cameras. A recent article about red light light cameras highlights a prevailing wage issue that may not be commonly understood. Projects paid in full or in part with public funds require payment of prevailing wage rates, which are […]
Recently the Wall Street Journal featured three articles related to Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP) and valuation practices that put employees’ retirement funds at risk. These articles discuss increased scrutiny by the federal government to ensure that employees are not cheated in their ESOP retirement funds. They also describe the […]
Employment cases routinely proceed as class actions. Plaintiffs and their attorneys seek to represent large numbers of employees to correct common legal wrongs and to obtain common fund damages. Employers and their counsel reflexively contest class certification or seek to decertify class action cases after certification is granted. But decertification […]
On January 25, 2012 the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals published its opinion in Carey v. 24 Hour Fitness (5th Cir. No. 10-20845). The court held that 24 Hour Fitness’s 2005 Arbitration Agreement is illusory and unenforceable. Carey, a former 24 Hour Fitness employee, argued that the arbitration agreement was […]
Almost 1,000 former employees of 24 Hour Fitness continue to pursue their former employer for unpaid overtime. A 2011 ruling decertified the collective action filed in California, and the case is now headed into arbitration where each of the 983 claims will be adjudicated by an arbitrator.
On November 29, 2011 Hon. Elihu M. Berle named Orange County lawyer Richard E. Donahoo Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel in related cases involving Diversified Lending Group (“In Re DLG”) currently pending before Los Angeles Superior Court Civil Complex Division.
The Ponzi scheme was named after Charles Ponzi, an Italian immigrant who was arrested in 1920 for conning New England residents out of millions of dollars. The scheme, in one form or another, continues today.