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Some plaintiffs attorneys received a huge pay cut today, after the California Court of Appeal reversed an $105 million judgment against Starbucks. The case involved the ever-present tip jar that sits by the register at your favorite Starbucks. It is the procedure of Starbucks, like most every other...
When employees complain that they have no rights under California’s at-will employment presumption, I explain that it is something that can be negotiated like any contract provision. In other words, if you want a parking spot, negotiate for it. If you want the company only to be able to...
We were just able to help a client dodge a bullet, and the fact pattern provides a cautionary tale for all. If you or your business is the victim of Internet defamation by an anonymous poster, and you decide to go after that person, you have many hoops to jump through to get the necessary...
I found a news squib I came across today to be particularly interesting because it follows the precise example I often use to explain the difference between opinion and a statement of fact, and it shows how one country is dealing with reviews posted for extortionist purposes. First,...
How would you like to be the employer in this case? Two police officers at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) refused to arrest a patient, saying there was no probable cause and the arrest would therefore be illegal. They were shown the door, and now are suing for wrongful...
"Pregnancy Discrimination" -- one of my firm's practice areas -- popped up in my Google Alerts, and the link took me the the YouTube video below. The video is of a visibly pregnant woman, complaining about how she suffered job discrimination at work due to her pregnancy. People using...
CareerBuilder.com did a poll to determine the most reviled corporate buzzwords. Incredibly people are still uttering "outside the box", which is the most hated term by 31 percent of the respondents. The rest of the list: Low-hanging fruit (24 percent) ...
My business partner Deanna Stone wrote an excellent article back in 2008 about how the (then) new hands free cell phone law could expose employers to liability if a worker, on company business, caused an accident while in violation of the law. Now we get news that the National...
When is a breach of contract also fraud? When the party never intended to perform. When do you get triple damages and all of your attorney fees for fraud? When you hire Morris & Stone (although your results could differ). Breach of contract is easy to spot, but business owners are often...
Target Corp. has agreed to pay $160,000 to settle federal allegations that it discriminated against an employee with cerebral palsy. The case was brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which alleged that Target had cut the hours of Jeremy Schott, an employee of an Orange...