Low, Ball & Lynch shareholders Guy Stilson and Christine Reed have won a complete reversal of a trial court order denying a motion to compel arbitration. In Valdez v. Santa Lucia Preserve Co., the plaintiffs were hourly laborers who filed a wage-and-hour claim against their employer. They filed the action as a purported class action…

Issue By:  Catherine E. Golden Karan Eriksson, et al., v. Kristi Nunnink California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (January 27, 2015) The California Court of Appeals recently held that a minor’s release of liability was enforceable against her parents in their wrongful death and negligent infliction of emotional distress claims against their daughter’s equestrian trainer….

Issue By:  Christine B. Reed Jazmina Gerard, et al. v. Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (February 10, 2015) In Jazmina Gerard, et al. v. Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, three health care workers sued their hospital employer in a putative class and private attorney general enforcement action for alleged Labor…

Issue By:  Charles S. Redfield Wilfredo Velasquez v. Centrome, Inc. Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District (January 30, 2015) When a plaintiff who is an undocumented immigrant files a personal injury action, the plaintiff’s status as an illegal immigrant is inadmissible evidence at trial unless the plaintiff is claiming damages for lost earnings or earnings capacity. …

Issue By:  Laura S. Flynn James Scott Richardson et al. v. Greg Franc et al. Court of Appeal, First Appellate District (January 27, 2015) Equitable principles often govern property disputes between neighbors.  In the Richardson case, the Court determined that an irrevocable license to landscape and maintain an area within an access easement was created based…

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