New CA Employment Case

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To do the best job possible as a mediator, arbitrator and referee, I keep up with and summarize the new published California civil cases. In this blog I discuss a new civil case that was published last month.


Actions under the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA; Labor Code, section 2698) are regularly addressed in the new published civil cases. Last month, the Second District Court of Appeal published a new decision addressing whether a party bringing a PAGA claim is entitled to a jury trial. In the video above I briefly discuss this new case. Below is my summary of this new case.

New Employment Decision 

LaFace v. Ralphs Grocery Co. (2022) _ Cal.App.5th _ , 2022 WL 498847: The Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court's judgment for defendant, following a bench trial, in plaintiff's action under the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA; Labor Code, section 2698, et seq.). The trial court properly concluded that the PAGA action was equitable and...

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New Employment Law Case

In addition to my work as a mediator, arbitrator and referee, I help California lawyers easily keep up with the new case law in their practice areas by publishing California Case Summaries. 

Below is a free sample of a new case summary from the newly published issue of my publication California Case Summaries Monthly, with summaries of the 43 new California civil and family law cases published in January of 2022. 

California Supreme Court

 Lawson v. PPG Architectural Finishes, Inc. (2022) _ Cal.5th _ , 2022 WL 244731: The California Supreme Court, answering a question posed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, determined the proper method for presenting and evaluating a claim of whistleblower retaliation under Labor Code section 1102.5. Once an employee-whistleblower establishes by a preponderance of the evidence that retaliation was a contributing factor in the employee’s termination, demotion, or other...

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