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Injunction Upheld Prohibiting Former Employee from Competing

NewLife Sciences, Inc. v. Weinstock, 197 Cal. App. 4th 676 (2011) NewLife terminated the employment of Ronald Weinstock, the purported inventor of a Therapeutic Magnetic Resonance Device (“TMRD”), which NewLife had purchased approximately one year before the termination. In connection with its purchase of the TMRD, NewLife had obtained a non-compete covenant, which prohibited Weinstock … Continue Reading

Class Member Who Failed To Timely Submit Claim Form Could Not Recover Unpaid Wages

Martorana v. Marlin & Saltzman, 2009 WL 1875681 (Cal. Ct. App. 2009) Ron Martorana was a class member in a wage and hour class action that had been filed against his former employer, Allstate Insurance Company. The Los Angeles Superior Court approved a settlement of the class action, but Martorana did not recover any portion … Continue Reading

Attorney And Her Clients Were Properly Sanctioned For Conduct Relating To Disclosure Of Trade Secrets

Wallis v. PHL Associates, Inc., 168 Cal. App. 4th 882 (2008) The trial court imposed approximately $43,000 in sanctions against Hygieia Biological Laboratories, its principals and their attorney in this case involving alleged misappropriation of trade secrets. During the course of the litigation, the parties agreed to a protective order, which the trial court issued, … Continue Reading

Terminating Sanctions Upheld Against Employee Who Failed To Respond To Discovery Requests

Parker v. Wolters Kluwer U.S., Inc., 2007 WL 969436 (Cal. Ct. App. 2007) Leonard O. Parker sued his former employer (WKUS) and three of its employees for various employment-related torts and breaches of contract. WKUS served Parker (who was in pro per throughout the proceedings) with a set of form interrogatories and a set of … Continue Reading

Employer Was Entitled To Terminating Sanctions Against Former Employee

Computer Task Group, Inc. v. Brotby, 364 F.3d 1112 (9th Cir. 2004) Computer Task Group (CTG) sued William Brotby for breach of a non-solicitation/non-disclosure agreement that he signed while he was working as an information technologies consultant. CTG succeeded in obtaining an injunction prohibiting Brotby from working for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, one of CTG’s … Continue Reading

Terminating Sanctions And $1.6 Million Award Upheld Against Employer Following Discovery Abuses

Walker v. San Francisco Housing Authority, 100 Cal. App. 4th 685 (2002) Thelma Walker was employed as a “journeyman painter” for the San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA). In her lawsuit against the SFHA and her foreman, Walker alleged that she had been subjected to severe and pervasive sexual harassment, defamation, invasion of privacy, and interference … Continue Reading
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