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Dismissal of Fraud and RICO Claims Leads to Favorable Settlement for National Mortgage Co.

A nationwide mortgage banker and its top executives faced claims of fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, ERISA and RICO violations in a federal action brought against them by 11 former branch managers.  The plaintiffs sought $1.3 million in damages, plus punitive damages.  Vigorous defense of the case included...
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Nonprofit Minimizes Threat of Independent Contractor’s Unemployment Claim

A nonprofit hired CDF to assist the organization with a pending unemployment claim filed by an independent contractor, which had prompted the EDD to make inquiries regarding auditing the organization's other independent contractor arrangements.  We advised the client regarding the pending claim, conducted our own audit and analysis of the positions...
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Wage and Hour Claims Favorably Settled for Senior Care Facility

A former caregiver at an assisted living residential care facility sued the facility to recover years of unpaid overtime as well as statutory penalties resulting from missed meal and rest breaks.  Although the facility insisted that it treated all its workers fairly and that all breaks were given and no overtime...
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Age Discrimination Claim, Based on Failure to Promote, Successfully Defended

A Fortune 100 telecommunications company faced an age discrimination claim brought by a current employee and based on a failure to promote theory. Although the successful candidate was only 19 years old, had been with the company for a shorter period of time, and did not have the same college credentials...
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Disability Discrimination Claim Ends at Summary Judgment, Upheld on Appeal

CDF successfully defended a global logistics company against a disability discrimination claim brought by an employee who had sustained a workplace injury and filed a concurrent worker’s compensation claim. The successful summary judgment of all of the plaintiff’s claims withstood the challenge on appeal.
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Summary Judgment Dismissal in Gender Discrimination Claim Upheld on Appeal

A regional manufacturing client sought our defense against a gender discrimination/wrongful termination case brought by a former female employee whom the company had hired and relocated from another state. CDF acted early, deposed the plaintiff and was able to dismiss the entire case on summary judgment. Undaunted, the employee appealed the...
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Defense Against Whistle-Blower Claims Prevents University Funding Rescission

CDF defended a California public university in allegations brought by a former track coach, which included claims of whistle-blowing of alleged financial improprieties, Title IX violations, and wrongful termination. CDF strategically obtained early dismissal on a number of contract and tort-based claims, which resulted in a published opinion, Wells v. Board...
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Gender Discrimination Case Against National Mortgage Lender Defeated in Arbitration

Initially our client, a national mortgage lender, faced a coordinated complex gender discrimination matter brought by four former female employees.  The action contained a full gamut of complaints - more than 50 employment and tort claims, including race/national origin discrimination, wrongful termination, invasion of privacy, defamation, California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies...
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Aggressive Defense Yields Nuisance Value Settlement in Gender Discrimination Case

Our client, a Fortune 1000 company, faced a gender discrimination claim from a former employee who was part of a reduction in force.  At an early mediation, the plaintiff sprung allegations of a surprise witness who purportedly had direct evidence of discrimination.  However, after CDF deposed this witness, we successfully negotiated...
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Global Corp.‘s Workforce Reduction Executed Fairly and with Minimal Exposure

CDF worked with a large international company and assisted them in a complex and successful reduction in force that included elimination of certain positions on a nationwide basis.  CDF applied our experience and familiarity with the legal and practical considerations for reductions in force to minimize litigation risks for the company,...
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Sexual Harassment Actions Against High Profile Co. Strategically Reduced and Settled

Our client, a Fortune 1000 company, faced numerous claims arising out of an alleged incident of sexual harassment and battery involving two additional defendants and a related criminal action.  After completing the plaintiff’s deposition, CDF successfully persuaded the plaintiff to voluntarily dismiss five of the six claims alleged against our client...
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Transport Company Succeeds in Compelling Arbitration in Misclassification Claims

A trucking and cargo company faced a state court complaint for alleged misclassification of an independent contractor.  CDF successfully moved to compel arbitration of the case based on an independent contractor agreement incorporating the American Arbitration Association’s commercial arbitration rules.
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Trial Victory Favors Nonprofit Foundation Client in Contract Action

Represented a nonprofit foundation client seeking to enforce its rights under a benefactor’s bequest. Served as second-chair on a bench trial in this breach of contract action in state court, including examinations of expert, lay and party witnesses in the case, resulting in a complete trial victory.
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Informal Background Investigation of Plaintiff Proves Worthwhile

Our client, a prominent land developer, was sued for pregnancy discrimination by a former employee.  At the inception of the case, the CDF defense team obtained background information on the plaintiff, revealing that the plaintiff had a significant criminal background, all of which she had lied about on her employment application. ...
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Successful Employment Agreements for Rabbi and Cantor Set Right Tone

CDF was hired by a prominent synagogue to negotiate and draft a comprehensive multiyear employment agreement for its new rabbi.  Following those successful negotiations and binding agreement, the synagogue hired CDF to prepare a written employment agreement with its existing cantorial soloist.  These agreements have helped forge very positive relations between...
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