Aug 22

Payne & Fears LLP Obtains Summary Judgment in Whistleblower Case

Payne & Fears LLP prevailed in New Jersey state court by winning defense summary judgment for the Firm’s client.  In John Kahn v. Corinthian Colleges, Inc., Everest Institute, and Patricia Tripp the plaintiff alleged that he had “blown the whistle” on improper conduct, and that he was terminated in violation of New Jersey’s Conscientious Employee Protection Act for doing so.  In their summary judgment motion, Payne & Fears demonstrated that the plaintiff’s complaints were immaterial and did not amount to “whistleblowing,” and that the plaintiff was discharged...

Practice areas: Labor and Employment Litigation

Attorneys: Andrew K. Haeffele, Jeffrey K. Brown

Jun 17

Payne & Fears LLP Obtains Summary Judgment in Discrimination Case

Payne & Fears LLP prevailed in obtaining a summary judgment for its client in Jefferson v. Boeing. The plaintiff was a long term engineer who was involuntarily reclassified and then terminated because he ranked lowest in his new classification.

Practice areas: Labor and Employment Litigation

Attorneys: Daniel F. Fears , Laura Fleming, Philip K. Lem

Jun 12

Payne & Fears LLP Wins Jury Trial for Employer

Payne & Fears LLP won a complete defense verdict for its client, a nationwide employer, following a jury trial in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. In Wagner v. Corinthian Colleges, Inc., the plaintiff alleged that her former employer had discriminated against her based on her alleged disability (a foot injury) and her gender, and claimed to have been wrongfully discharged. Payne & Fears obtained partial summary judgment on the disability claim, then went on to obtain a unanimous jury verdict in the employer’s favor on the sex...

Practice areas: Labor and Employment Litigation

Attorneys: Jeffrey K. Brown , Rachel Warren

May 23

Payne & Fears LLP Wins Appeal From Defense Jury Verdict

Payne & Fears LLP successfully defended a judgment in its client’s favor before the Second District of the California Court of Appeal. In Massoud v. Corinthian Colleges, Inc., Payne & Fears had obtained a complete defense verdict after a jury trial on claims of age discrimination and retaliation. The unsuccessful plaintiff appealed, asserting that the trial court had improperly denied several jury instructions that the plaintiff had requested. Payne & Fears argued in response that a litigant is not entitled to a slew of instructions that isolate or emphasize selective...

Practice areas: Labor and Employment Litigation

Attorneys: Erik M. Andersen, Jeffrey K. Brown , Rachel Warren

Apr 29

Payne & Fears LLP Obtains Summary Judgment in Equal Pay Act Case

Payne & Fears LLP won an employment discrimination case for its client by obtaining summary judgment from the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. In Brown v. Everest Colleges Phoenix, Inc. et al., the plaintiff sued her former employer for sex discrimination, age discrimination, and violation of the Equal Pay Act, alleging that a younger, male employee was paid higher compensation than she was for the same work. Payne & Fears presented a detailed factual showing that the comparator employee was transitioning between positions and fell within the...

Practice areas: Labor and Employment Litigation

Attorneys: Amy R. Patton, Jeffrey K. Brown

Apr 25

Payne & Fears LLP Obtains Ninth Circuit Order Affirming Summary Judgment

Payne & Fears LLP prevailed before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, obtaining an order affirming a complete defense summary judgment for the Firm’s client. In Silver v. Corinthian Colleges, Inc., the plaintiff had brought claims against her former employer for violation of the Family Medical Leave Act, wrongful termination, and failure to pay wages due. The United States District Court for the Central District of California granted summary judgment in favor of the defendant on all claims, including a counterclaim for overpaid wages. The plaintiff appealed, arguing that...

Practice areas: Labor and Employment Litigation

Attorneys: Alejandro G. Ruiz, Erik M. Andersen, Jeffrey K. Brown

Mar 07

Payne & Fears LLP Successfully Defends Jury Verdict on Appeal

Payne & Fears LLP defeated a plaintiff’s effort to overturn a defense jury verdict in White v. Corinthian Colleges, Inc. et al. The plaintiff, an employee of Payne & Fears’ client, had alleged claims for discrimination, harassment, assault, battery, and unpaid wages. After a jury entered a complete defense verdict (and after the trial court awarded more than $34,000 in costs against plaintiff and her counsel), the plaintiff appealed on a number of grounds, including allegedly erroneous rulings on motions in limine, a nonsuit motion, and the special verdict form....

Practice areas: Labor and Employment Litigation

Attorneys: Alejandro G. Ruiz, Erik M. Andersen, Jeffrey K. Brown

Jan 08

Payne & Fears LLP Obtains Affirmed Summary Judgment Ruling

The Second Appellate District, Division Two affirmed the summary judgment ruling obtained by Payne & Fears LLP attorneys in an Unruh Act case for Trump National Golf Course in Palos Verdes, California. 

Practice areas: Business Litigation

Attorneys: Daniel L. Rasmussen, Matthew K. Brown

2013

Payne & Fears LLP Wins Summary Judgment in Harassment Case

Payne & Fears LLP obtained a complete defense summary judgment for its client before the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Jackson v. Corinthian Colleges, Inc.  The plaintiff brought claims against the Firm’s client based on alleged acts of sexual harassment.  Payne & Fears moved for summary judgment on a number of legal grounds, ultimately prevailing and securing a judgment (including costs) against the plaintiff.  Jeff Brown, Bobby Matsuishi and Rachel Warren defended the case.

Practice areas: Labor and Employment Litigation

Attorneys: Jeffrey K. Brown , Rachel Warren, Robert T. Matsuishi

2013

Payne & Fears LLP Obtains Summary Judgment Win for Employer in Wrongful Termination/Disability Discrimination Case

Payne & Fears LLP won a wrongful termination case by obtaining summary judgment for its client, a nationwide retail department store, in Los Angeles County Superior Court.  The plaintiff, a former manager, alleged that his employer violated the Fair Employment and Housing Act and the California Family Rights Act by terminating his employment days after he returned to work from a medical leave.  In its motion for summary judgment, Payne & Fears argued that there was no causal nexus between plaintiff’s termination and his disability and medical leave, and that the employer...

Practice areas: Labor and Employment Litigation

Attorneys: Leila S. Narvid