Case: Kullar v. Foot Locker Retail Inc., Case No. A119697 (Cal. Ct. App. 11/7/08)

The One Sentence Summary: Approval of a $2 million settlement in a wage-and-hour class action against a retailer was vacated because the trial court failed to independently analyze the evidence and circumstances surrounding the settlement.


What They Were Fighting About: Defendant

Employment contracts with non-competition clauses are common outside of California, but a California statute, section 16600 of the California Business and Professions Code, prohibits non-compete contracts outside of a few statutory exceptions. In a decision issued on August 7, 2008, Edwards v. Arthur Anderson, No. S147190, the California Supreme Court held that section

Case: Costco Wholesale Corporation v. Superior Court (Cal. Ct. App. 3/27/08)

The One Sentence Summary: Where a redacted version of a letter prepared by Costco’s outside counsel detailing a comprehensive factual investigation and legal analysis of the classification of managers within Costco warehouses disclosed only job descriptions of certain managers readily available from other sources,

The San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance (HCSO) became effective on January 9, 2008. The HCSO requires most San Francisco employers to make minimum health care expenditures for their employees, to track such expenditures, and to confirm compliance. Folger Levin & Kahn LLP has prepared a summary of the HCSO intended to be a step-by-step

This posting provides a summary of many new developments in California Employment Law for 2008, including summaries of new statutes, case law, and regulations that will impact California employers. If you have any questions about the application of any of these laws to any particular situation effecting your company, please contact one of us in

Case: National Federation of the Blind v. Target Corporation: Implications Beyond “Brick-and-Click” Retailers

Summary: Are websites required to be accessible to the blind? A case before the United States District Court for the Northern District of California directly addresses that question, and thus far, the answer seems to be “yes” if you are a

Case: Doran v. 7-Eleven, Inc., No. 05-56439 (9th Cir. Nov. 9, 2007)

The One Sentence Summary: If an ADA plaintiff has encountered or has personal knowledge of at least one barrier affecting his or her disability and thereby has been deterred from attempting to gain access to a place of public accommodation, the plaintiff

Case: Gentry v. Superior Court of Los Angeles Co. (Circuit City Stores, Inc.), No. S141502 (Cal. Aug. 30, 2007)

The One Sentence Summary: The California Supreme Court held that class arbitration waivers should not be enforced if a trial court determines that class arbitration would be a significantly more effective way of vindicating the rights

Proposed Legislation: Senate Bill 1957, Design Piracy Prohibition Act

The One Sentence Summary: The proposed Design Piracy Prohibition Act would provide copyright protection to fashion designs, whereas existing law only protects fashion labels from being copied by counterfeit merchandisers.

Summary of Legislation:

  • Senate Bill 1957 would provide copyright protection to a “fashion design,” which is