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Recent Victories

Our firm is proud to have achieved the following recent victories:

Employment – Harassment, Discrimination & Retaliation

  • Prevailed on motion for summary judgment in Los Angeles Superior Court for a University client, eliminating eleven employment-related causes of action, including claims of pregnancy discrimination, discrimination on the basis of mental disability, retaliation under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, and retaliation for taking a protected leave of absence. 
  • Obtained full defense verdict after ten-day jury trial in Los Angeles Superior Court involving claims of sexual harassment.
  • Obtained summary judgment in Los Angeles Superior Court in employment case, eliminating all causes of action, including retaliation claims brought under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and Labor Code, national origin discrimination, gender discrimination, wrongful termination in violation of public policy, and failure to pay wages under the Labor Code.
  • Prevailed on motion for summary judgment in San Diego Superior Court in employment case, eliminating all causes of action, including wrongful termination and retaliation claims brought under the Labor Code and Health and Safety Code.
  • Prevailed on motion for summary judgment in San Diego Superior Court in employment case, eliminating all causes of action, including discrimination based on disability, failure to accommodate disability, failure to engage in the interactive process, retaliation under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, and retaliation and interference with the California Family Rights Act.
  • Prevailed on demurrer in Los Angeles Superior Court and obtained complete dismissal of employment case alleging harassment, discrimination and retaliation based on lapse of the statute of limitation.
  • Prevailed on anti-SLAPP motion and demurrer in San Diego Superior Court, resulting in complete dismissal of case involving claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and defamation.
  • Obtained full defense verdict for corporate client after two week jury trial in San Diego Superior Court involving claims of sexual harassment and wrongful termination.
  • Obtained full defense verdict in the first case to go to a jury trial under the California whistleblower protection law.
  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice against plaintiff in a case involving claims of sexual discrimination and harassment in San Bernardino Superior Court (Victorville) on the grounds that plaintiff failed to exhaust her administrative remedies in tribal court and failed to join an indispensable party to the action.
  • Obtained summary judgment in Los Angeles Superior Court eliminating claims of racial discrimination and retaliation against a law firm.
  • Obtained summary judgment in Eastern District Federal Court involving multiple plaintiffs claiming discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination and breach of contract. 
  • Obtained summary judgment in arbitration in Sacramento involving claims of discrimination and retaliation.
  • Prevailed on appeal of summary judgment in Sacramento Superior Court in favor of client involving claim of wrongful termination. The appeal was before the Third Appellate District.
  • Obtained dismissals for waiver of costs in favor of multiple clients involving claim of sexual harassment, filed in San Diego.
  • Obtained summary judgment in arbitration for Fortune 500 company involving claims of race/gender discrimination, retaliation and defamation.
  • Secured the outright dismissal of an Unruh Act claim brought in San Diego Superior Court, in exchange for a waiver of costs.
  • Obtained a dismissal with prejudice and an order of costs against the plaintiff in a sexual harassment case brought in Orange County Superior Court.  
  • Prevailed on motion to quash service and dismiss a sexual harassment lawsuit in San Diego Superior Court on the ground that the court lacked subject matter jurisdiction over a Native American business, due to tribal immunity.
  • Prevailed on motion for summary judgment (and subsequent appeal) in Los Angeles Superior Court, eliminating all causes of action, including age discrimination, wrongful termination in violation of public policy, whistleblower/retaliation, and wage claims for misclassification as an exempt employee.
  • Prevailed on motion for summary judgment in San Diego Superior Court, eliminating all causes of action including allegations of disability, medical condition, and perceived medical condition discrimination.
  • Successfully opposed a petition in San Diego County Superior Court to vacate an arbitration award that denied an applicant for employment’s claimed entitlement to “careful consideration” under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement.
  • Prevailed on a summary adjudication motion in Los Angeles Superior Court on nearly all causes of action, including retaliation claim, reducing a lawsuit to nuisance value settlement.
  • Obtained summary judgment in Sacramento Superior Court in a case involving race, age, disability discrimination and wrongful termination. Convinced the plaintiff and court to dismiss the race class action portion of case filed in federal court.

Employment – Wage & Hour, Class/Representative Actions

  • Prevailed at Labor Commissioner hearing in Stockton, securing a decision for the employer denying claims by former sales representative for unpaid wages (commissions) and waiting time penalties.
  • Obtained summary judgment in Riverside Superior Court on Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) complaint for alleged deficient wage statements based on Plaintiff's failure to exhaust administrative remedies as required by PAGA, resulting in dismissal of case and seven-figure damages claims.
  • Obtained dismissal of class and representative PAGA claims in San Diego Superior Court involving meal period, rest break and overtime claims.
  • Prevailed on trial de novo in San Diego Superior Court after Labor Commissioner's ruling on a wage claim for missed meal and rest periods, as well as failure to pay overtime.
  • Prevailed on demurrer in San Diego Superior Court eliminating all class allegations in a wage and hour class action for missed meal and rest periods.

Employment – Business/Trade Secret/Unfair Competition

  • Prevailed on motion for summary judgment in San Diego Superior Court on business/employment dispute, eliminating all causes of action, including multiple claims of breach of written, oral, and implied contracts, fraudulent and negligent inducement, and conversion.
  • Obtained full defense verdict for national client after two week federal (Southern District) jury trial involving claims of wrongful termination and breach of contract.
  • Prevailed on anti-SLAPP motion in San Diego Superior Court, resulting in dismissal of case and award of fees and costs for client.
  • Obtained permanent injunction against former employees and their new employer in trade secret/misappropriation action.
  • Obtained summary judgment in Visalia County Superior Court in a wrongful termination/breach of contract matter.
  • Prevailed on motion for summary judgment in King County Superior Court (Washington) on behalf of security staffing employer in response to claims for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and false light invasion of privacy. 

Real Estate/Homeowners

  • After successfully evicting a defaulting tenant for our landlord client, our office assisted the Orange County District Attorney with prosecuting and obtaining restitution for landlords from serially defaulting tenants who make false representations to multiple landlords.
  • Filed amicus brief with the California Court of Appeal on behalf of homeowner associations in Los Angeles in a dispute over the legality of petitioners erection of digital billboards throughout the City, which resulted in a published opinion confirming that erection of the billboards was illegal pursuant to a private settlement agreement between petitioners and the City and further directing that the permits for the billboards be revoked and the billboards be taken down.
  • Forced an immediate and favorable settlement on behalf of a real estate broker and sales agents of alleged fraudulent real estate transaction after deposing plaintiff and filing a motion for summary judgment in Orange County Superior Court.
  • Prevailed on anti-SLAPP motion in San Diego Superior Court, resulting in dismissal of case and award of fees and costs for client.
  • Successfully narrowed and defended claims of homeowner against Orange County HOA, resulting in nuisance value settlement of claims.

Professional Liability – Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Real Estate Brokers, Accountants, Lawyers

  • Obtained a nonsuit on the issue of causation in an accounting malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty case after a two-week trial in San Diego Superior Court.
  • Obtained a nonsuit on the issue of duty in a legal/accounting malpractice case tried in San Diego Superior Court.
  • Prevailed on motion for summary adjudication to dismiss causes of action for breach of contract, fraud and negligent misrepresentation, which sought significant damages against a general contractor.
  • Prevailed on summary judgment for a geotechnical engineer arguing that the general contractor failed to follow the pre-litigation claims process required by the parties’ contract.  The client was awarded its attorney’s fees.  
  • Procured dismissal of an engineering client at the pleadings stage (only defendant to do so) via a motion to dismiss the complaint filed in Clark County District Court of Nevada in highly publicized wrongful death matter. 

Premises & General Liability/Personal Injury

  • Obtained dismissal with prejudice of premises liability action filed against Craft Brewery & Restaurant client immediately after deposing plaintiff (San Diego Superior Court).
  • Prevailed on appeal of a successful summary judgment for an employer in a wrongful death action in San Diego Superior Court on the issue of whether an employee was acting in the course and scope of his employment at the time of the accident.
  • Prevailed on summary judgment on the issue of “open and obvious” in a premises liability case where plaintiff fell off a three-foot ledge and fractured her leg.
  • Obtained a dismissal at the pleading stage of all class and fraud allegations in a mold exposure case in Los Angeles Superior Court against the largest owner of residential apartment complexes in the nation.
  • Successfully demurred and forced a nominal settlement in a personal injury matter. Subsequently recovered attorney’s fees via contribution claim against a third party in Orange County Superior Court.
  • Succeeded on a motion for summary judgment in Sacramento Superior Court against sixteen plaintiffs alleging fraud in a mold exposure case, where case eventually settled for more than $6 million against the other co-defendants.
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