Decision Limits Discovery Of Employee Information In Wage And Hour Class Action

A plaintiff’s right to pursue discovery of employee contact information in wage-and-hour class actions has long been a problematic issue for employer defendants.  In addition to the cost of compiling and producing voluminous contact information, production of such information potentially allows the plaintiff’s counsel to use the discovery process to “bootstrap” previously unsupportable claims from Read More…

Court Confirms Separate Actions May Be Filed Against Co-Obligors To A Contract

A recent decision by the Supreme Court of California clarified a bedrock principle of contract law: Parties who are jointly and severally liable on an obligation may be sued in separate actions.  The decision in DKN Holdings, LLC v. Faerber clarified that separate actions against multiple parties are permissible because joint and several liability does Read More…

Recent Uber Ruling Threatens “Sharing Economy” Business Model

A California Labor Commissioner’s recent ruling that an Uber driver is an employee, not an independent contractor, represents a threat to the rapid rise of the “sharing economy” in which companies depend on the labor of workers classified as independent contractors. Although completely separate from, and unrelated to, the ongoing O’Connor, et al. v. Uber Technologies, Read More…