California Employment Law Update

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Urging Other Employees To Quit And Sue Employer Is Protected Conduct Under Anti-SLAPP Statute

Bel Air Internet, LLC v. Morales, 2018 WL 1045222 (Cal. Ct. App. 2018) Bel Air Internet sued two of its former employees, Albert Morales and Flavio Delabra, for encouraging their fellow employees to quit and sue the company for alleged employment violations rather than sign a release of claims as Bel Air had requested. Bel … Continue Reading

Post-Employment Non-Compete Covenant Could Not Be Enforced Against Seller/Employee Of Company

Fillpoint, LLC v. Maas, WL 3631266 (Cal. Ct. App. 2012) Michael Maas sold his stock in Crave Entertainment Group, Inc. to Handleman Company and signed a stock purchase agreement that contained a three-year covenant not to compete. Maas signed a separate employment agreement with Crave that contained a one-year covenant not to compete, which would … Continue Reading

Company Could Proceed With Interference Claims Against Competitor That Hired Away Its Employees

CRST Van Expedited v. Werner Enterprises, 479 F.3d 1099 (9th Cir. 2007) CRST sued Werner Enterprises, claiming Werner had interfered with the employment contracts CRST had with two of its truck drivers whom CRST had trained at its expense. The Ninth Circuit reversed the dismissal of CRST’s contractual interference claim on the ground that CRST … Continue Reading

New Employer Was Not Liable For Interfering With Contract Between Employee And Her Former Employer

Powers v. Rug Barn, 15 Cal. Rptr. 3d 292, 117 Cal. App. 4th 1011 (2004) Fred Powers and Suzanne DeVall were partners in a company called Earth Tapestries, which was engaged in providing consulting, design and sales related to textiles and home furnishings and products. Another company, Rug Barn, expressed an interest in entering into … Continue Reading

Attorney Did Not Act Unethically By Contacting Other Employees Of Company

Snider v. Superior Court, 113 Cal. App. 4th 1187 (2003) Quantum Productions, Inc. sued its former sales manager, David Snider, for misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, interference with contractual relations and unfair competition after Snider resigned his employment with Quantum and formed a competing company. Quantum filed a motion to disqualify Snider’s attorney, … Continue Reading

Attorneys Who Left Law Firm And Solicited Its Employees Were Liable For Tortious Interference

Reeves v. Hanlon, 106 Cal. App. 4th 433 (2003) Attorney Robert L. Reeves filed a lawsuit against attorneys Daniel P. Hanlon and Colin T. Greene and their law firm, Hanlon & Greene (H&G), after Hanlon and Greene abruptly resigned from their positions with Reeves & Hanlon (R&H) and allegedly persuaded certain R&H employees to join … Continue Reading
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