The Business Department of Payne & Fears handles litigation and transactions for a broad spectrum of clients, including large and small corporations, large and small companies and partnerships, directors and officers of corporations and companies, and individuals. Our clients come from many different industries and by understanding the nuances of an industry, we can provide knowledgeable counsel and the best possible service to our clients in both trial and appellate proceedings in state and federal courts, in arbitration, and before administrative agencies. Our major areas of expertise include:

Successes

2016

Payne & Fears LLP Obtained Major Win in Widely Publicized Class Action

In late July, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ended a 23-year bid by a retired employee of the world's largest aerospace company to force the company's pension plan to retroactively recalculate decades of pension benefits she and other retirees commenced while working. The plaintiff, one of the original "Rosie the Riveters" who riveted planes during WWII, and who recently retired from making C-17s at the age of 95, claimed that her and other participants' pension benefits had been underpaid since at least 1989. In 2015, Payne & Fears LLP prevailed on a summary judgment motion and a motion for new trial involving technical plan interpretations and ERISA regulations in the federal district court. The plaintiff appealed. After expedited briefing because of the plaintiff's age, and oral argument, the Ninth Circuit affirmed, ending a case with national publicity because of the plaintiff's role as the last "Rosie the Riveter."

Practice areas: Labor and Employment Litigation, Class Action Defense, Appellate Law (Labor), ERISA Litigation

Attorneys: Eric C. Sohlgren

2015

Payne & Fears Obtains Summary Judgment in Multiple-Claim Wrongful Termination Case in Idaho

Payne & Fears obtained complete summary judgment on claims brought by a former employee in federal court in Idaho. The employee, a former truck driver, alleged that she was discriminated against due to her gender and due to a disability resulting from a work-related injury, and in retaliation for filing a workers’ compensation claim arising from the injury. She brought seven claims under Idaho and federal law. The employer, a mining company, argued that the employee was accommodated by placing her in an office position, and that she was laid off due to economic difficulties because her tasks could be performed by others. Payne & Fears obtained summary judgment on all seven causes of action. Jim Moss handled the matter for the defendant employer.

Practice areas: Labor and Employment Litigation

Attorneys: James R. Moss, Jr.