No Bull: Santa Cruz County Rodeo Qualifies for California Environmental Quality Act Exemption

In Citizens for Environmental Responsibility v. State of California ex rel. 14th District Agricultural Association, et al. (3rd App. Dist., March 26, 2014), the appellate court affirmed the trial court’s decision to exempt a three-day rodeo from California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) review under the Class 23 categorical exemption[1] because the rodeo would be held on fairgrounds that operate similar types of events throughout the year.

California Federal Judge Rejects Telephone Consumer Protection Act Class Certification Before Discovery

By | Media, Privacy & Beyond | March 12, 2014

Discovery is expensive, and defense lawyers often are looking for ways to help clients achieve early dismissal of cases to avoid that expense.  An encouraging trend is emerging of judges rejecting class allegations pre-discovery, and the latest example is Labou v. Cellco Partnership, 2014 WL 824225 (E.D. Cal. March 3, 2014).

California District Court Confirms That Employees Need Not Be Paid for De Minimis Time

California District Court Confirms That Employees Need Not Be Paid for De Minimis Time

We have written frequently in this blog about the great many wage-hour class actions filed against employers doing business in California.   Those lawsuits often allege that a class of employees performed work off-the-clock, and that the employees are not only entitled to compensation for that time, but to a slew of penalties that often dwarf the amount of alleged damages.