Walker v. Apple, Inc., 4 Cal. App. 5th 1098 (2016)

The trial court disqualified the attorneys for a putative class led by Stacey and Tyler Walker based upon the lawyers’ concurrent representation of a certified class in another wage and hour class action (the Felczer class) pending against the same employer (Apple). In its disqualification motion, Apple asserted that in order to advance the interests of its clients in the Walker case, the lawyers would have to cross-examine one of their own clients from the Felczer class in an adverse manner. The Court of Appeal affirmed, holding that the trial court did not err in finding the firm represents the former store manager in the Felczer class action and that a disqualifying conflict exists between her interests and the Walkers’ interests.