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Judge Rejects Uber Settlement

Posted Aug 19, 2016

U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen in San Francisco rejected  a proposed $100 million dollar class action settlement between Uber and a group of its current and former drivers.  The drivers had filed the class action lawsuit seeking employee status.    Under the terms of the settlement, the drivers would remain classified as independent contractors and receive payments based on the numbers of miles they have driven for Uber.  Judge Chen ruled that the settlement was not fair, adequate or reasonable for Uber drivers.  Read articles in the New York Times and Reuters.

California Legislature Passes Bill Requiring Pro Bono Service by Law Students

Posted Aug 19, 2016

The California Senate passed SB 1257, mandating 50 hours of supervised pro bono service by all law students prior to admission to the California State Bar.  The bill previously passed the Assembly by a vote of 42-31 and now heads to Governor Brown’s office.  The provisions of the bill apply to all applicants who enter law school on or after January 1, 2018.  Read this article in Metropolitan News-Enterprise.

California Supreme Court Rules Percentage Fees OK for Class Action Attorneys

Posted Aug 12, 2016

In a closely watched case, the California Supreme Court endorsed giving class-action attorneys a percentage of whatever they win in a case instead of making them justify their fee based on hours expended.  In Laffitte v. Robert Half International, the plaintiffs argued that “every fee award must be calculated on the basis of time spent by the attorney or attorneys on the case.”  The court disagreed and wrote, “when an attorney fee is awarded out of a common fund preserved or recovered by means of litigation, the award is not per se unreasonable merely because it is calculated as a percentage of the common fund.”   Read articles in Forbes,  SFGate and Metropolitan News-Enterprise.