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Andrew H. Friedman Speaks California State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Annual Meeting

July 14, 2017 – Andrew H. Friedman To Speak At California State Bar Association’s Labor And Employment Law Section Annual Meeting & Advanced Wage And Hour Conference

The Labor and Employment Law Section of The State Bar of California has selected Andrew H. Friedman to speak at its combined 34th Labor & Employment Law Annual Meeting and 7th Annual Advanced Wage and Hour Conference. The Meeting/Conference will take place on Thursday and Friday, July 13-14, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency – Los Angeles International Airport. Mr. Friedman will be speaking along with Anthony J. Oncidi of Proskauer Rose LLP on a panel entitled “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly—A Review Of Recent Employment Law Cases.” In this fast-paced discussion, Messrs. Oncidi and Friedman will reprise their annual review of recent reemployment law cases with an emphasis on those cases of most utility to the employment practitioner whether plaintiff, defense, or neutral. Moderating the panel will be Lisl Sotto of Weinberg Roger & Rosenfeld PC. To register for and/or learn more information about the Meeting/Conference, please go to http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/Sections/Labor-Employment-Law/Education/Labor-Annual-Meeting-Advanced-Wage-and-Hour/Friday-Labor-and-Employment-Annual-Meeting

June 23rd, 2017|Andrew Friedman, employment law, speaking engagements|Comments Off on Andrew H. Friedman Speaks California State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Annual Meeting

Andrew H. Friedman To Speak At OC LERA’s 35th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference

July 19, 2017 – The National Labor Relations Board (Regions 21 and 31) and the Orange County Labor and Employment Relations Association (“OC LERA”) have selected Andrew H. Friedman to speak at their 35th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference. Mr. Friedman will be speaking on a panel entitled “Mandatory Arbitration Agreements and the Erosion of Public Access to the Judicial System” along with Gary S. Ganchrow of Parker Milliken and Mike Bucsko, Commissioner with the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service.

Other notable OC LERA Conference speakers include Laurel Webb (General Counsel, SEIU Local 2015), Doug McKeever (Chief Deputy Executive Director, Covered California), Josh Stehlik (Supervising Attorney, National Immigration Law Center), Jennifer Muir Beuthin (General Manager, Orange County Employees Association), Robert Roginson (Attorney, Ogletree Deakins, (former Chief Counsel to State Labor Commissioner)), Danielle Pierce (Supervisory Field Examiner, NLRB Region 31), Mori Rubin (Regional Director NLRB Region 31), William B. Cowen (Regional Director, NLRB Region 21), and Jacob F. Rukeyser (Legal Director
California Teachers Association (“CTA”)).

The full day OC LERA Conference takes place on July 19, 2017 at Sheraton Park Hotel, 1855 South Harbor Boulevard Anaheim, California. For a copy of the Conference Brochure, please click here.

June 13th, 2017|Andrew Friedman|Comments Off on Andrew H. Friedman To Speak At OC LERA’s 35th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference

Anti-SLAPP Act Article by Andrew H. Friedman – California Employment Lawyers Association

California Employment Lawyers Association Publishes Article By Andrew H. Friedman On California’s Anti-SLAPP Act

The California Employment Lawyers Association (“CELA”) published an article written by Andrew H. Friedman regarding California’s anti-SLAPP act and how corporations and employers are abusing that act to chill the rights of consumers and employees. A copy of Mr. Friedman’s article can be viewed here (the article begins on page 8).

June 12th, 2017|employment law publications, law review articles|Comments Off on Anti-SLAPP Act Article by Andrew H. Friedman – California Employment Lawyers Association

Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Article By Andrew H. Friedman

An article by Andrew H. Friedman is prominently featured in the June 2017 edition of the Advocate Magazine. The article – entitled The Best and Worst Employment Cases of 2016 – pulls back the curtain to turn the spotlight on the cases that shaped the year in employment law (with a bit of color commentary). Published by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (“CAALA”), the Advocate Magazine is the Nation’s premier magazine for trial attorneys representing people in employment law, civil rights, and personal injury cases. To read Mr. Friedman’s article, click here.

June 8th, 2017|law review articles|Comments Off on Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Article By Andrew H. Friedman

Top Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Los Angeles

Expertise.com Selects Helmer Friedman LLP As One Of The Top 18 Medical Malpractice Lawyers In Los Angeles

Expertise.com, a self-described hub where qualified experts can connect with people to share their knowledge, experience, and skills, has selected Helmer Friedman LLP as one of the top medical malpractice law firms in Los Angeles. After looking at 855 medical malpractice lawyers in Los Angeles and grading them on five factors (reputation, credibility, experience, availability, and professionalism), Expertise.com selected Helmer Friedman LLP as one of the top 18 such law firms and awarded the firm the following badge:
Helmer Friedman LLP named Top Medical Malpractice Lawyers of Los Angeles.

To view the rankings, you can visit Expertise.com at https://www.expertise.com/ca/los-angeles/medical-malpractice-attorney

June 1st, 2017|Front Page News, Medical Malpractice|Comments Off on Top Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Los Angeles

Helmer Friedman LLP defeats Landlord’s Anti-SLAPP Motion

This morning, Helmer Friedman LLP defeated a landlord’s motion to dismiss a familial status discrimination lawsuit (Pitts v. Financial Management Co. – Los Angeles Superior Court Case No.: BC644978).  In the underlying lawsuit, a Los Angeles area couple, Karen Pitts and Michael Pitts, sued their landlord (defendants Actress Frieda Rentie and Financial Management Company) alleging after Ms. Rentie learned that Karen Pitts was pregnant and she and her husband Michael were expecting their second child, Ms. Rentie gave them a “60 day notice to quit”, which terminated their lease. In response, the defendants filed a motion – called an anti-SLAPP motion – pursuant to California Code of Civil Procedure Section 425.16 to dismiss the Pitts’ lawsuit contending that it was frivolous litigation and that it arose from defendant’s “60 day notice to quit” which was an exercise of their right to petition the government. The Pitts, represented by Andrew H. Friedman of Helmer Friedman LLP, argued that the Pitts’ FEHA discrimination lawsuit arose from the landlord’s allegedly discriminatory eviction and not any protected activity. At the hearing on defendants’ anti-SLAPP motion, the Honorable Judge Ernest M. Hiroshige (Department 54 of the Los Angeles Superior Court) denied the motion filed in response to the plaintiffs’ FEHA discrimination lawsuit. In his decision, Judge Hiroshige agreed with the arguments made by Mr. Friedman: “Defendant Frieda Rentie, individually and dba Financial Management Company, moves to strike the complaint under the anti-SLAPP statute (CCP § 425. 16). Defendant contends that Plaintiffs’ action arises out of service of the 60-day notice to quit- a necessary prerequisite to filing an unlawful detainer actions- and thus falls under the protection of the anti-SLAPP statute. The Court disagrees . . .  Plaintiffs’ are not challenging the eviction procedure but the eviction decision itself. Thus, while service of the 60-day notice is arguably a protected activity, Plaintiffs’ complaint does not arise from this activity and thus is not subject to the anti-SLAPP statute. Accordingly, the motion is DENIED.”    You can read Defendants’ motion here, the Pitts’ opposition here, and the Court’s decision here.

May 16th, 2017|Case Update, discrimination|Comments Off on Helmer Friedman LLP defeats Landlord’s Anti-SLAPP Motion

California Litigation Review Publishes Article By Andrew H. Friedman

The California Litigation Review, published by the Litigation Section of the State Bar of California, has published an article on employment law written by Andrew H. Friedman. To read Mr. Friedman’s article, click here.

May 15th, 2017|employment law publications, law review articles|Comments Off on California Litigation Review Publishes Article By Andrew H. Friedman

Daily Journal – High court: Federal removal not required for Fannie Mae

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April 4th, 2017|Front Page News, Supreme Court|Comments Off on Daily Journal – High court: Federal removal not required for Fannie Mae

Ninth Circuit Rules In Favor of Helmer Friedman LLP

This afternoon, a unanimous three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Helmer Friedman LLP’s clients Crystal Monique Lightfoot and Beverly Hollis-Arrington (Case No. 10-56068).

Following the victory of Helmer Friedman LLP in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in January 2017 on behalf of Ms. Lightfoot and Ms. Hollis-Arrington, Fannie Mae filed a motion with the Ninth Circuit to, in effect, disregard the Supreme Court’s decision, and, instead, to affirm the District Court’s dismissal of their case.  After extensive briefing, the Ninth Circuit denied Fannie Mae’s Motion. Instead, the Ninth Circuit granted the relief that Helmer Friedman LLP had requested and remanded the case to the District Court with instructions to vacate its prior judgment in favor of Fannie Mae and then remand the case back to California State Court.

“As with the Supreme Court’s decision, this decision from the Ninth Circuit is also complete vindication for our clients who have argued for years that their lawsuit against Fannie Mae should be heard in the California state courts and not in federal court,” commented Andrew H. Friedman of Beverly Hills-based Helmer Friedman LLP.

A copy of Fannie Mae’s Motion can be found here.

Helmer Friedman LLP’s Opposition to Fannie Mae’s Motion can be found here.

Fannie’s Mae’s Reply can be found here.

The Ninth Circuit’s decision can be found here.

March 20th, 2017|Case Update, Front Page News|Comments Off on Ninth Circuit Rules In Favor of Helmer Friedman LLP

Unanimous U. S. Supreme Court Sides With Helmer Friedman LLP

This morning, in a unanimous opinion authored by Justice Sotomayor, the U. S. Supreme Court sided with Helmer Friedman LLP’s clients Crystal Monique Lightfoot and Beverly Hollis-Arrington and held that Fannie Mae’s sue-and-be-sued clause does not grant district courts jurisdiction over cases involving Fannie Mae.  The Supreme Court reversed the Ninth Circuit which had ruled against Ms. Lightfoot and Ms. Hollis-Arrington.

“This decision is complete vindication for our clients who have argued for years that their lawsuit against Fannie Mae should be heard in the California state courts and not in federal court,” commented Gregory D. Helmer and Andrew H. Friedman of Beverly Hills-based Helmer Friedman LLP.

Here is the opinion:  https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/16pdf/14-1055_6j36.pdf

Los Angeles, San Francisco Daily Journal Article: High Court Decision.
January 18th, 2017|Front Page News, Supreme Court|Comments Off on Unanimous U. S. Supreme Court Sides With Helmer Friedman LLP