2011, 2017

Andrew H. Friedman Invited To Speak in 2018 Before Labor and Employment Law Organizations

November 20th, 2017|Comments Off on Andrew H. Friedman Invited To Speak in 2018 Before Labor and Employment Law Organizations

Andrew H. Friedman Invited To Speak in 2018 Before The Labor and Employment Law Sections of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, The Santa Clara County Bar Association, and that Los Angeles County Bar Association

Los Angeles, CA – Recognizing the value of their decade-long collaboration to educate the bar regarding on-going developments in employment law, three bar associations have already invited Andrew H. Friedman (of Helmer Friedman LLP) and Tony Oncidi (of Proskauer Rose LLP) to reprise their annual employment law update.

On January 11, 2018, Mr. Friedman and Mr. Oncidi will present their annual employment law update to the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Santa Clara County Bar Association in San Jose, California.

On January 30, 2018, Mr. Friedman and Mr. Oncidi will present their annual employment law update to the Labor and Employment Law Section […]

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1111, 2017

11th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference – American Bar Association – Andrew H. Friedman

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Andrew H. Friedman Speaks at the American Bar Association’s 11th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference

Washington, D.C. – On Saturday, November 11, 2017, Andrew H. Friedman spoke at the American Bar Association’s 11th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference in Washington, D.C. Mr. Friedman, joined by Daniel Engelstein (of Levy Ratner, P.C., New York, NY), Stephanie Padilla (of Johns Manville, Denver, CO), and
Dayna E. Underhill (of Holland & Knight LLP, Portland, OR) spoke on “Ethics Issues in Handling the Dissolution of Firms.” Their panel discussion explored the many questions that arise upon the breakup of a firm. They examined the Model Rules and discussed best practices against the turbulent backdrop that can occur with firm dissolution answering questions such as:

  • Who keeps the clients?
  • What are the rights of the clients to information?
  • How will work best be transferred from one firm to another?
  • What information should […]
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911, 2017

Andrew Friedman – Employment Round Table Southern California Annual Conference & Awards

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Andrew H. Friedman Speaks At Employment Round Table Of Southern California Annual Conference & Awards Luncheon

2017 Employment Round Table of Southern California.Los Angeles, CA – The Employment Round Table Of Southern California (“ERTSC”) held its Annual Conference & Awards Luncheon on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los
Angeles. Along with invited speakers Deputy Los Angeles Mayoy Brenda Shockley, Director Kevin Kish of the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Anna Park (Regional Attorney with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission), Phuong Do (Field Attorney with the National Labor Relations Board), and Jennifer Deines (Special Policy Counsel with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division), Andrew H. Friedman of Helmer Friedman LLP also spoke. Along with Tony Oncidi of Proskauer Rose LLP, Mr. Friedman reprised an annual update on the most important employment laws, regulations […]

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2410, 2017

Professionals In Human Resources Assoc. Andrew H. Friedman Speaks to Burbank/Glendale Chapter

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Andrew H. Friedman Speaks To The Burbank/Glendale Chapter of the Professionals In Human Resources Association

Burbank/Glendale, CA – October 24, 2017, Andrew H. Friedman speaks on a panel entitled “How Did We Get Here: A Panel of Plaintiff’s Lawyers Provide Insights Into What Motivates an Employee to Call a Lawyer and How HR Can Manage That Risk” to the Burbank/Glendale Chapter of the Professionals In Human Resources. Mr. Friedman spoke along with Marilyn Monahan, Terea McQueen, Lisa Make, and Gary S. Nellis.

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2110, 2017

California Employment Lawyers Association’s 30th Annual Employment Law Conference

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Andrew H. Friedman Speaks at the California Employment Lawyers Association’s 30th Annual Employment Law Conference

Oakland, CA – Andrew H. Friedman reprised his annual employment law update for the California Employment Lawyers Association at its 30th Annual Employment Law Conference in Oakland, California on Saturday, October 21st along with Ramit Mizrahi of Mizrahi Law.

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1810, 2017

Air Hollywood and The Pan Am Experience and Their Owner, Talaat Captan, File Motion To Force “Jane Doe” To Reveal Her Identity

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Los Angeles, CA – October 18, 2017 – Air Hollywood and The Pan Am Experience and Their Owner, Talaat Captan, filed a Motion To Strike with the Los Angeles County Superior Court in an effort to force the woman suing them for sexual harassment to reveal her identify. The plaintiff, identified in court papers as “Jane Doe,” had filed her lawsuit under a pseudonym to preserve her identity and protect herself from retaliation. Commenting on the filing, Ms. Doe’s attorney, Andrew H. Friedman of Helmer Friedman LLP said: “I am at a complete loss as to why Air Hollywood, The Pan Am Experience, and Talaat Captan have filed this motion. Victims of sexual harassment are routinely allowed to file lawsuits under the “Jane Doe” pseudonym and this case is not different. The defendants know “Jane Doe’s” true identity, they have deposed several witnesses in the case using her […]

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610, 2017

Courtney Abrams Quoted In Forbes and Variety Regarding Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Harvey Weinstein

October 6th, 2017|Comments Off on Courtney Abrams Quoted In Forbes and Variety Regarding Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Harvey Weinstein

As The Weinstein Company faces potential legal jeopardy in the wake of a New York Times expose detailing sexual harassment claims against co-chairman Harvey Weinstein, Forbes and Variety have reached out to Helmer Friedman LLP attorney Courtney Abrams for commentary and analysis.

 

You can read Courtney’s quotes in Forbes at https://www.forbes.com/sites/natalierobehmed/2017/10/06/will-hollywood-forgive-harvey-weinstein/#11fb7c4a65b6 and in Variety at http://variety.com/2017/biz/news/harvey-weinstein-scandal-weinstein-company-legal-fallout-harassment-1202582238/

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1409, 2017

Air Hollywood, The Pam Am Experience, Talaat Captan Sued Sexual Harassment, Retaliation

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Air Hollywood and The Pan Am Experience – World’s Largest Aviation themed Entertainment Studio – and Their Owner, Talaant Captan, Sued For Sexual Harassment and Retaliation

Lawsuit Alleges That Defendant Talaat Captan Views His Female Employees And Customers As Sex Objects Who Are, Or Should Be, Available On Demand To Satisfy His Sexual Needs And That He Coerces His Young Female Employees To Participate In “After Hours” Pornography Shoots On Work Premises Where Disney, WB, ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC-Universal, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, DreamWorks, Lionsgate, Netflix, Hulu, FX, and Amazon Studios Shoot Shows Like Bridesmaids, Super Girl, Modern Family, Pretty Little Liars, and Blackish

Nationally-known plaintiffs’ employment rights law firm Helmer Friedman LLP, announced today that Jane Doe has sued Air Hollywood, The Pan Am Experience, and Talaat Captan for sexual harassment and retaliation.

The lawsuit, Doe v. Air Hollywood, The Pan Am Experience, and Talaat Captan (Los Angeles […]

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609, 2017

OneLegacy Sued For Employment Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation, Wage & Hour Violations

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OneLegacy – Largest Organ Procurement Organization In The U.S. – Sued For Race Discrimination & Harassment, Retaliation, And Wage And Hour Violations

Courtney Abrams of the nationally-known plaintiffs’ employment rights law firm Helmer Friedman LLP, announced today that Melissa LeGree has filed an employment discrimination lawsuit against OneLegacy – the largest organ procurement organization in the United States, earning in excess of $100 million per year.

The lawsuit, LeGree v. OneLegacy, OneLegacy Foundation, and Cynthia Perley (Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC674748), alleges that OneLegacy not only routinely discriminates against and harasses its minority employees and retaliates against them when they dare to complain but also that the Company deprives employees of overtime pay and engages in other unlawful wage and hour practices. In her lawsuit, Ms. LeGree – […]

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408, 2017

American Bar Association Selects Andrew H. Friedman To Speak At Its 11th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference In Washington, D.C.

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The Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association has selected Helmer Friedman LLP partner Andrew H. Friedman to speak at the Association’s 11th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference. The Conference will take place November 8–11, 2017 in Washington, D.C. at the Washington Hilton.

Also speaking at the conference will be Hon. Victoria A. Lipnic, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Hon. Charlotte A. Burrows, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Hon. Chai R. Feldblum, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Cathy Ventrell-Monsees, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Consuela Pinto, U.S. Department of Labor; Ana Galindo-Marrone, Office of Special Counsel; Juanita C. Hernandez, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission; Jeff Rosenblum, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission; Derek Baxter, U.S. Department of Labor; Stephanie Jones, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Dan Collopy, National Labor Relations Board; Maria-Kate Dowling, National Mediation Board; Hon. Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, U.S. District Court for the Northern […]

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107, 2017

Helmer Friedman LLP Selected One Of The Top 20 Employment Lawyers

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Expertise.com Selects Helmer Friedman LLP As One Of The Top 20 Employment 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 employment law firms in Los Angeles. After looking at 888 employment law firms 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 of honor:
Best Employment Lawyers Los Angeles Badge.
To view the rankings, you can visit Expertise.com at https://www.expertise.com/ca/los-angeles/employment-lawyers.

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2306, 2017

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

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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 […]

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1306, 2017

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

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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. […]

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106, 2017

Top Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Los Angeles

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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

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1605, 2017

Helmer Friedman LLP defeats Landlord’s Anti-SLAPP Motion

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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. […]

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404, 2017

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

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2003, 2017

Ninth Circuit Rules In Favor of Helmer Friedman LLP

March 20th, 2017|Comments Off on 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 […]

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1801, 2017

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

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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.

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512, 2016

How a Trump Presidency Will Affect the Employment Law Landscape?

December 5th, 2016|Comments Off on How a Trump Presidency Will Affect the Employment Law Landscape?

December 6, 2016 – Join Andrew H. Friedman, founding partner of Helmer Friedman LLP, Anthony J. Oncidi, head of the Los Angeles labor and employment law group at Proskauer Rose LLP, and David B. Weisenfeld, the legal editor for the preemployment background check, job advertising, and interviewing and selection content in the recruiting and hiring section of XpertHR USA, for this fast-paced webinar, where we explore all of the key issues on your mind, including:

 

Will the ACA really be repealed, or is a rebooting more likely?

What can employers expect from the EEOC and DOL?

Is overtime pay reform going to be off the table at the federal level?

Paid parental leave was a campaign talking point, but how realistic is it?

And how will the election affect the Supreme Court?

 

http://www.xperthr.com/pages/hr-webinars/

You can view this webinar by clicking on the following link:  

http://www.xperthr.com/hr-podcasts-and-webinars/webinar-how-a-trump-presidency-will-affect-the-employment-law-landscape/25062/?cmpid=EMC|USAG|HUWBN-2016-0712-HUW56_Election_Response_attended_prospects|&sfid=701w000000192jZ&elqTrackId=36ba6c8100e847eeade838c538a7f2a0&elq=5b94191e85be43aa94fcf726ebba2a79&elqaid=1513&elqat=1&elqCampaignId

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811, 2016

Helmer Friedman LLP Takes Case To Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

November 8th, 2016|Comments Off on Helmer Friedman LLP Takes Case To Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

Greg Helmer, Andrew Friedman, Beverly Hollis-Arrington take on Fannie Mae.

Washington, D.C. – Helmer Friedman LLP Takes Case To Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

Gregory D. Helmer and Andrew H. Friedman outside the U.S. Supreme Court with their client, Beverly Hollis-Arrington — one of the most courageous people we know. Fannie Mae foreclosed on her home in 2002 but she stood up and took them all the way to the Supreme Court (with a little help from Helmer Friedman LLP).

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1910, 2016

Andrew H. Friedman Speaks at Employment Round Table of Southern California’s Annual Conference

October 19th, 2016|Comments Off on Andrew H. Friedman Speaks at Employment Round Table of Southern California’s Annual Conference

Andrew H. Friedman will be speaking at the November 3, 2016 Annual Conference of the Employment Round Table of Southern California.  Mr. Friedman – along with his co-panelist, Anthony J. Oncidi (of Proskauer Rose) – will be giving a legal update about the latest employment laws, regulations and cases.  Other speakers will include Kevin Kish, Director of the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and Anna Parks, Regional Attorney, EEOC, Los Angeles, District Office. If you are interested in the latest developments in California employment law, you should attend. More information can be located here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ertsc-2016-annual-conference-and-awards-luncheon-tickets-28198033076

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2109, 2016

Courtney Abrams – Lawsuit Against Trader Joe’s for Sexual Orientation Discrimination

September 21st, 2016|Comments Off on Courtney Abrams – Lawsuit Against Trader Joe’s for Sexual Orientation Discrimination

KFI Radio interview about Helmer Friedman’s lawsuit against Trader Joe’s for sexual orientation discrimination.

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2009, 2016

Beloved Former Store Captain Sues Trader Joe’s Alleging Sexual Orientation Discrimination

September 20th, 2016|Comments Off on Beloved Former Store Captain Sues Trader Joe’s Alleging Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Lawsuit Alleges Trader Joe’s Fired Beloved Store Manager Because She Is Gay

A former Store Manager (or, Store “Captain” in Trader Joe’s parlance) has filed a sexual orientation discrimination lawsuit against the Company.  In her lawsuit, Sandy Holm, a long term 15-year employee, alleges that her former supervisor, Regional Vice-President Caroline Judd, fired her because she is gay.  The lawsuit was filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court and assigned case number BC 634605.

“I’m absolutely heart-broken,” responded Ms. Holm when asked to describe how she felt. “Trader Joe’s was my life. I loved that company and I did anything and everything that was ever asked of me.”

Among other things, the lawsuit alleges that Regional Vice-President Judd asked Ms. Holm inappropriate personal questions about Ms. Holm’s sexual orientation including whether Ms. Holm had a “partner,” asking the age of Ms. Holm’s partner, how long Ms. Holm and her partner had […]

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209, 2016

Supreme Court Sets Oral Argument In Helmer Friedman LLP Case

September 2nd, 2016|Comments Off on Supreme Court Sets Oral Argument In Helmer Friedman LLP Case

(Washington, DC) – Today the United States Supreme Court scheduled oral argument in a Helmer Friedman LLP case — Lightfoot v. Fannie Mae, Cendant Mortgage Corporation, et. al. (14-1055) — for November 8, 2016.  At issue in the Lightfoot v. Fannie Mae  case is whether individual homeowners who have been wrongly or fraudulently foreclosed upon by Fannie Mae have the right to sue the mortgage giant in the state courts. Commenting about the Supreme Court’s decision to schedule oral argument so quickly after the Supreme Court had granted Helmer Friedman’s petition for certiorari, Andrew H. Friedman, of Helmer Friedman LLP, exclaimed, “We are absolutely thrilled that the Supreme Court is moving so quickly on this important issue which affects thousands of homeowners as well as Fannie Mae employees who would prefer to vindicate their rights in their own state courts where the laws may be more favorable to them than in the […]

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2806, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Petition Certiorari

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U.S. Supreme Court Grants Petition For Certiorari Filed By Helmer Friedman LLP

Helmer Friedman LLP is very pleased to announce that this morning the Supreme Court granted our petition for certiorari in Crystal Monique Lightfoot, et al. v.  Fannie Mae, Cendant Mortgage Corporation, dba PHH Mortgage, et al.  Case No. 10-56068.  According to the Supreme Court, approximately 7,000-8,000 petitions for a writ of certiorari are filed each Term and the Court grants and hears oral argument in merely 80 of those cases – about 1%.  Given the slim chance that any petition for certiorari will be granted, founding Helmer Friedman LLP partners, Gregory D. Helmer and Andrew H. Friedman, exclaimed: “We were thrilled a month ago when the U.S. Solicitor General filed a brief with the Court recommending that our petition be granted. This morning, we are beyond ecstatic.”

At issue in the Lightfoot v. Fannie Mae  case is whether […]

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706, 2016

Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Publishes Article by Andrew H. Friedman

June 7th, 2016|Comments Off on Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Publishes Article by Andrew H. Friedman

The June 2016 edition of the Advocate Magazine (published by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles) features an article by Helmer Friedman LLP partner Andrew H. Friedman. The article – “The Best and Worst Employment Cases of 2015” – examines, praises and lambasts those decisions from the U.S. and California Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit and the California Courts of Appeal and federal district courts.  A copy of the article can be viewed here.

2015 continued a remarkable recent trend in which the California state and federal courts issued, on an almost daily basis, a deluge of employment decisions.  Buried within this torrent of opinions are some cases – the “best” and the “worst” (from the perspective of the plaintiff employee) – about which the employment practitioner must be aware.  This article attempts to “cherry-pick” and summarize not just the […]

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2403, 2016

Former General Manager Files Suit to Demand Justice From Government Contractor

March 24th, 2016|Comments Off on Former General Manager Files Suit to Demand Justice From Government Contractor

The former General Manager of MV Transportation’s San Leandro, California office filed a lawsuit today in Los Angeles County Superior Court against his prior employer, MV Transportation, and its Regional Vice President, Clarence Michael Stewman (Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC614873).  Plaintiff Aaron Gonzales’ lawsuit alleges, among other things, that MV Transportation and Mr. Stewman lured him away from his job in Texas to begin a new position in California based on false promises and representations, and that after he arrived in California, the defendants reneged on their obligation to pay Mr. Gonzales his quarterly bonus for meeting performance goals.

California Labor Code Section 970 prohibits an employer or individual from persuading a person to move residences for a job, “by means of knowingly false representations” regarding compensation or other matter.  Mr. Gonzales’ lawsuit alleges that when he complained about the underpayment of his bonus, the company fired […]

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2805, 2015

State Bar of California’s Labor and Employment Law Section’s 5th Advanced Wage & Hour Conference and 32nd Labor & Employment Law Section Annual Meeting

May 28th, 2015|Comments Off on State Bar of California’s Labor and Employment Law Section’s 5th Advanced Wage & Hour Conference and 32nd Labor & Employment Law Section Annual Meeting

July 9, 2015 – Helmer Friedman LLP attorneys Andrew H. Friedman and Priyan Chandraratna will be speaking at the State Bar of California’s Labor and Employment Law Section’s 5th Advanced Wage & Hour Conference and 32nd Labor And Employment Law Section Annual Meeting on July 9 & 10, 2015 at:

JW Marriott LA Live,
900 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Mr. Friedman will be speaking along with Anthony 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, Mr. Friedman and Mr. Oncidi will reprise their annual review of recent employment law cases with an emphasis on those cases of most utility to the employment practitioner whether plaintiff, defense or neutral.

Mr. Chandraratna will be speaking on a panel entitled Employment Discrimination 101. Th­is panel will provide a summary of the key challenges of litigating […]

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105, 2015

$5.7 Million Jury Verdict for Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress

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May 1, 2015 –

Court of Appeal Affirm’s Ted Mathew’s $5.7 Million Jury Verdict For Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress

Today, the California Court of Appeal reversed a trial court ruling and reinstated a $5.7 Million jury verdict that Charles “Ted” Mathews obtained on behalf  Dr. Michael W. Fitzgibbons.  Commenting about this victory, Andrew H. Friedman of Helmer Friedman LLP, said “Ted’s victory today exemplifies why we wanted him to join our law firm. We think that Ted is one of the premier trial attorneys on the West Coast and we could not be happier that he is working with us.”

Mr. Mathews’ client, Dr.  Fitzgibbons, sued his former employer, Integrated Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (“IHHI”), for intentional infliction of emotional distress based on the conduct of IHHI’s chief executive officer (“CEO”).  At […]

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303, 2015

Courtney Abrams “Rising Star” Second Year

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March 3, 2015 – Courtney Abrams has been selected as a “Rising Star” for the second year in a row.

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303, 2015

Super Lawyers Nine Consecutive Years

March 3rd, 2015|Comments Off on Super Lawyers Nine Consecutive Years

March 3, 2015- Law & Politics Magazine and the publishers of Los Angeles Magazine have selected Gregory D. Helmer and Andrew H. Friedman as 2015 Southern California “Super Lawyers” in the category of Labor and Employment Law. This is the ninth consecutive year that both Mr. Friedman and Mr. Helmer have been selected as “Super Lawyers.”

Courtney Abrams has been selected as a “Rising Star” for the second year in a row.

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2601, 2015

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Employment Law Cases of 2014

January 26th, 2015|Comments Off on The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Employment Law Cases of 2014

January 26, 2015 – If you want to learn about the good, the bad, and the ugly employment law cases of 2014, you really need to attend the Employment Law Update sponsored by the Labor & Employment Law Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association on January 26, 2015 featuring Helmer Friedman LLP partner Andrew H. Friedman. Mr. Friedman will be speaking with The Honorable Judge Virginia Keeny of the Los Angeles Superior Court and Anthony J. Oncidi of Proskauer Rose LLP. Space is limited and individuals interested in attending are strongly urged to register now! For more information and to register, go to https://bhba.org/index.php/component/jevents/icalrepeat.detail/2015/01/26/679/-/126-employment-law-update-the-best-and-the-worst-of-2014.

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309, 2014

Court of Appeal Rules That Fannie Mae’s Arbitration Agreement Is Unlawful

September 3rd, 2014|Comments Off on Court of Appeal Rules That Fannie Mae’s Arbitration Agreement Is Unlawful

September 3, 2014 – Andrea K. Loveless, an attorney with the plaintiff employment law firm Helmer Friedman LLP, announced today that the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, has held that Fannie Mae’s arbitration agreement is substantively unconscionable and unenforceable. In this lawsuit, Los Angeles-based Helmer  Friedman LLP and Washington, D.C-based co-counsel Bernabei & Wachtel, PLLC, represent Cecelia Carter with respect to her claims of wrongful termination, race discrimination and retaliation. See Carter v. Fannie Mae, No. 30-2013-00647896-CU-WT-CJC (Orange County Sup. Ct., filed May 3, 2013). According to the Complaint, Ms. Carter reported her concern that several Fannie Mae REO Foreclosure Specialists in the Irvine, California office had allegedly solicited illegal kickbacks from brokers in exchange for assigning Fannie Mae REO listings to those brokers. Shortly after, Fannie […]

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1206, 2014

Courtney M. Abrams Is Named A “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers

June 12th, 2014|Comments Off on Courtney M. Abrams Is Named A “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers

June 12, 2014 – Helmer Friedman LLP is proud to announce that the Super Lawyers attorney rating service has selected Courtney Abrams as a 2014 Southern California “Rising Star” in the category of Employment Litigation — Plaintiff.

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1106, 2014

Andrew H. Friedman To Speak At The Sate Bar of California’s- California Solo & Small Firm Summit

June 11th, 2014|Comments Off on Andrew H. Friedman To Speak At The Sate Bar of California’s- California Solo & Small Firm Summit

June 11, 2014 – Andrew H. Friedman will be speaking at the State Bar of California’s California Solo & Small Firm Summit on Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. Mr. Friedman will be presenting “The Year In Review: An Overview of Recent Employment Law Cases” along with Anthony J. Oncidi of Proskauer Rose. The State Bar of California has described the presentation as follows: “A distinguished defense employment attorney, Anthony J. Oncidi, and a prominent plaintiff employment lawyer, Andrew H. Friedman, will reprise their annual update on the latest and greatest employment law cases highlighting those cases that are of most importance to the employment practitioner whether plaintiff, defense or neutral.” For more information about this presentation and/or to register for the The State Bar of California’s California Solo & Small Firm Summit, please go to http://sections.calbar.ca.gov/SoloSummit.aspx.

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2105, 2014

Advanced Strategies for Resolving Even The Toughest Employment Cases in Mediation

May 21st, 2014|Comments Off on Advanced Strategies for Resolving Even The Toughest Employment Cases in Mediation

May 21, 2014 – Andrew H. Friedman, prominent plaintiff-side employment attorney, and well known defense-side employment attorney, Anthony J. Oncidi, as well as distinguished retired judge/mediator, Hon. Michael D. Marcus, will reveal their best strategies and tactics (along with a few tricks) for successfully resolving employment lawsuits. The panelists also will address common ethical pitfalls in mediation that can befall the unwary. Dinner program will be held on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 6pm to 7:30pm at Beverly Hills Bar Association Center. Register Now!

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3101, 2014

Andrew H. Friedman and Tony Oncidi to Speak at the Santa Clara County Bar Association

January 31st, 2014|Comments Off on Andrew H. Friedman and Tony Oncidi to Speak at the Santa Clara County Bar Association

January 31, 2014 – Andrew H. Friedman and Tony Oncidi (of Proskauer Rose LLP) will take their annual employment law update on the road for the Santa Clara County Bar Association on Tuesday, January 31, 2014.

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2301, 2014

Super Lawyers Eight Consecutive Years

January 23rd, 2014|Comments Off on Super Lawyers Eight Consecutive Years

January 23, 2014 – Law & Politics Magazine and the publishers of Los Angeles Magazine have selected Gregory D. Helmer and Andrew H. Friedman as 2014 Southern California “Super Lawyers” in the category of Labor and Employment Law. This is the eight consecutive year that both Mr. Friedman and Mr. Helmer have been selected as “Super Lawyers.”

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210, 2013

Andrew H. Friedman To Appear On Your Legal Rights With Chuck Finney

October 2nd, 2013|Comments Off on Andrew H. Friedman To Appear On Your Legal Rights With Chuck Finney

October 2, 2013 – Andrew H. Friedman to appear from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. this evening on Your Legal Rights hosted by Chuck Finney on KALW San Francisco Public Radio at 91.7 on the FM dial. Listen to a recording of the program here.

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