In July 2009, Partners John B. Golper and Eric C. Schwettmann and Senior Counsel John J. Manier, representing Anheuser-Busch, Inc. and Bacardi USA, Inc., defeated a motion for class certification in Rava v. Anheuser-Busch, Inc., et al. The plaintiff, a licensed attorney, sued under California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act based on a ski resort’s “Ladies…

In April 2009, Partners John Golper and Eric Schwettmann received a defense verdict in Bujko v. Los Angeles Unified School District, etc. (Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. EC 044 839). The plaintiff claimed he was subjected to whistleblower retaliation under the California Reporting of Improper Governmental Activities Act (California Education Code § 44110 et….

In March 2009, Partner Jeffrey P. Fuchsman and Senior Counsel John J. Manier won a victory for Pilot Catastrophe Services, Inc. in the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Porche v. Pilot & Associates. The court affirmed the dismissal of the plaintiffs’ lawsuit based on improper venue. The plaintiffs were a husband and wife…

In December 2008, Partners John Golper and Eric Schwettmann and Senior Counsel John Manier obtained summary judgment in Pizarro v. Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Bacardi U.S.A., Inc., etc. (Los Angeles Superior Court case no. JCCP 4505). The plaintiff claimed that she was subjected to age discrimination under the California Unruh Act on “Customer Appreciation Day” at Bear…

In December 2008, Partner John B. Golper and Senior Counsel John J. Manier won a motion to compel arbitration on behalf of Anheuser-Busch, Inc. in Blackwell v. Anheuser-Busch, Inc. The plaintiff claimed he was denied reasonable accommodation and terminated because of his disability and age. The Los Angeles County Superior Court found that the plaintiff…

In October 2008, Partner Jeffrey P. Fuchsman and Senior Counsel John J. Manier won a victory for the Bicycle Club Casino in California Court of Appeal in Daboub v. Bell Gardens Bicycle Club, Inc. The court affirmed an order sustaining the Casino’s demurrer to the class action allegations in the plaintiff’s complaint, without leave to…

Partner Linda Miller Savitt received a defense arbitration award in September 2008 in the case Lowell Sanders v. Sempra Energy Corporation. Mr. Sanders had been terminated in 2005 and claimed he had been a “whistleblower” on safety issues. The court found that he was not terminated in retaliation for whistleblowing and that there had been…

In September 2008 Linda Miller Savitt received a defense verdict in Saenz v. Backbone Communications, Inc. The plaintiff claimed she had been terminated as a result of using the “kin care” statute, Labor Code § 203, which provides that an employee may use one-half of their sick time for family related incidents. After a 4…

“On July 29, 2008 , Partner Linda Miller Savitt and Associate Philip Reznik obtained a defense verdict in Duamel Vellon vs. City of Los Angeles, Department of Water and Power (Los Angeles Superior Court case no. BC 343494). The case involved a former high-level manager who claimed that he had been terminated based on his…

On April 24, 2008, Linda Miller Savitt and Linda B. Hurevitz received a defense verdict in Heather Krell v. The Regents of the University of California (UCLA). The plaintiff, a former Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry claimed she had been subjected to sexual harassment by her mentor, a full professor, and that when she complained…

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