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Class Certification Denied in Misclassification Claims Against National Clothing Retailers

CDF obtained a ruling denying class certification regarding misclassification claims asserted on behalf of a national clothing retailer's store managers and assistant managers in California.  In CDF’s deposition of individuals supporting the plaintiff's motion for class certification, we obtained testimony contradicting the deponents' declarations and supporting the employer's arguments against class...
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Court of Appeal Affirms Denial of Class Certification for Staffing Co. Managers

In a misclassification class action alleged by a staffing company's service managers, CDF argued that multiple exemptions applied because they performed some duties that met the administrative exemption requirements, and performed other duties that met the managerial exemption requirements.  CDF's extremely thorough investigation and deposition of the named plaintiff resulted in...
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National Cell Phone Retailer Defeats Misclassification Claims Class Certification

A national cell phone retailer sought our help on misclassification claims asserted by store managers and assistant managers in California. In the process of obtaining our client’s intended goal - a ruling denying class certification - CDF interviewed and prepared declarations from 75 percent of the putative class members, and filed...
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Domino’s Pizza General Managers Denied Class Certification in Published Decision

Domino's Pizza general managers in California sought class certification regarding misclassification claims and CDF shut down their efforts. After removing the case to federal court, we obtained a ruling denying class certification from the district court regarding all three categories of class actions permitted under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(b). ...
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Collective Bargaining Agreement Breakthrough Results for Energy Company

A national petroleum company retained CDF to help negotiate the renewal of its CBA with the union.  We were able to obtain negotiated results that provided for positive developments in the contract for the first time in over 15 years.  Under the new contract, CDF and its client were able to...
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School CEO Makes Graceful Exit Following CDF Agreement

CDF was retained by a nationally renowned educator and CEO of a floundering charter school to develop and negotiate an exit strategy for the CEO from that position.  The strategy we formulated was adopted and the separation occurred without negative press and minimal impact on all parties.
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Advertising Co. Resolves Trade Secret Dispute, Avoids Litigation

CDF was retained by a national online advertising company that suspected that its former employees, recently hired by a competitor, had taken trade secret information with them.  As a result of negotiations and informal discovery that was agreed to by the parties, a negotiated resolution was reached which ensured that trade...
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Quick Defeat of Trade Secret Claim; Anti-SLAPP Defense Leads to Dismissal

CDF clients, a regional bank and certain of its employees, were accused by a large national bank of hiring certain of the national bank's former employees and conspiring with them to take the national bank's trade secret information. The national bank spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on an investigation and...
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Multimillion Dollar Arbitration Victory Upheld for Retailer in Credit Card Dispute

A fast-growing Los Angeles based retail business brought claims and faced claims arising from a credit card origination agreement with one of the nation's largest credit card banks. After a multiphase arbitration, CDF won a complete arbitration victory defeating over $15 million of claims and securing a $1.1 million victory. In...
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Trade Secret Case Settled for Full Value on Eve of Trial

The top sales manager of a specialty insurance broker departed and started a competing brokerage. The former employee hired away key employees and suddenly the brokerage company started losing key customers. CDF acted on behalf of the brokerage and quickly started litigation under its arbitration agreement with its former employees, and...
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Wage and Hour Class Action Against Medical Co. Settled Before Complaint Even Filed

Our client, one of the top dental implant manufacturers in the United States, discovered through an audit that it faced potential class action claims arising from wage and hour laws. When a former disgruntled employee's lawyer started moving forward toward filing a lawsuit, CDF swiftly recommended early mediation, which enabled us...
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Business Divorce for Closely Held Company Resolves Amicably and Litigation Free

Our client, a closely held company owned by three equal shareholders, reached an impasse in the management of the company, recognizing that the business could not go on under the current ownership structure.  The owners effectively divorced, with two shareholders remaining and one departing the business. CDF represented the interests of...
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Verdict Supports Aerospace Manufacturer’s Exempt Classification of Engineer

Our client, an aerospace manufacturing company, was sued for overtime compensation and related penalties for the alleged misclassification of a project engineer.  The plaintiff argued his job duties did not satisfy any of the exemption tests under California law – that he did not supervise anyone, did not exercise independent judgment...
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Misclassification Class Certification Knocked Out On Behalf of a Regional Retailer

In our counsel to a regional retailer facing allegations from certain store managers of improper classification, denial of meal and rest breaks, and worked off-the-clock work without compensation, we attempted settlement discussions.  Plaintiffs were unwilling to engage in reasonable settlement discussions, and they proceeded to file a motion for class certification....
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Reverse Gender Discrimination Allegations Shut Down at Pleading Stage

A former employee sued our client, a national corporation in the transportation industry, for reverse gender discrimination. However, the plaintiff was discharged for inappropriate sexual conduct in the workplace.  The plaintiff argued our client would not have terminated his employment if he had been a woman, arguing the existence of a...
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