Court upholds split shift wage regulations

June 20, 2011

A federal court recently sided with FedEx in a class action wage and hour dispute case filed against them.  The California court upheld the state’s split shift wage regulation, section 4(C), that says if an employee works a split shift “one hour’s pay at the minimum wage shall be paid in addition to the minimum…

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HP files suit against Oracle in contract dispute

June 16, 2011

This week, Hewlett-Packard filed suit against Oracle claiming that they committed breach of contract by not supporting the release of Intel’s Itanium processor.  In addition, HP accuses Oracle of intentional contract interference for prospective economic advantage, defamation-libel, and violation of California’s professional and business codes. A statement from HP reads, “HP believes that Oracle’s March…

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International accounting businesses form partnership

June 14, 2011

This week, two international tax and accounting businesses announced that they will be forming a strategic business partnership that will not only benefit the two companies, but accounting professionals and clients all over the world. Baker Tilly International, an accounting advisory firm with 150 offices in 120 countries, will be forming the partnership with CCH,…

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N. CA judge rejects insurer’s motion to dimiss

June 10, 2011

Continental Casualty Co. was recently ordered to provide a defense for one of the companies they insured for several years after U.S. District Judge Susan Illston of the Northern District of California rejected their motion to dismiss. Former owner of West Coast Scrap Producers Inc., Richard L. Bradley, filed a declaratory judgement against the insurer…

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Quest Diagnostics settles unfair business practices lawsuit

June 6, 2011

In a whistleblower unfair business practice lawsuit, Quest Diagnostics recently agreed to pay $241 million to the state’s Medi-Cal program.  A worker at another medical laboratory reported the unfair business practices saying that Quest Diagnostics’ practices gave them an unfair and illegal advantage over other laboratories. The lawsuit accused Quest Diagnostics of overcharging Medi-Cal and…

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PayPal sues Google and two executives

June 3, 2011

PayPal has sued Google and two of its executives in a lawsuit alleging that the company stole trade secrets and employees.  The non-compete dispute lawsuit was filed in a federal Santa Clara County court. PayPal filed the lawsuit just hours after Google introduced a new mobile payment service called Google Wallet.  Two Google executives and…

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Tessera sues Sony for breach of contract

May 31, 2011

Tessera Inc., a subsidiary of Tessera Technologies, Inc., announced last Friday that they have filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Sony Corporation.  The lawsuit was filed in the California State Court of Santa Clara County. According to the lawsuit, Sony committed breach of contract, sought declaratory relief, and committed breach of the covenant of…

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California Pizza Kitchen restaurant chain bought

May 26, 2011

Los Angeles-based restaurant chain California Pizza Kitchen was recently purchased by a private equity firm after months of struggling financially.  The equity firm, Golden Gate Capital, acquired California Pizza Kitchen at a value of $470 million.  Golden Gate also has investments in On the Border Mexican Grill &  Cantina and Romano’s Macaroni Grill. The restaurant…

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State Senate passes language discrimination bill

May 23, 2011

Last month, members of the California Senate passed a bill to protect foreign language speakers and workers in the state from facing language or national origin discrimination in the workplace.  Senate Bill 111 would add language into the state’s civil rights law, the Unruh Civil Rights Act, and make it illegal for employers to require…

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