Labor and Employment
- Action for discriminatory layoff by an African-American employee with 30-plus years of seniority against a major defense contractor: trial was successfully concluded in favor of the defendant, notwithstanding a supervisor’s condonation of a racially derogatory Sambo doll on work premises
- Represented a renowned medical facility in action by a physician against the facility for fraud and violation of public policy alleging the hospital provided unclean instruments and other improprieties;
- Action by Teamsters representing the majority of an airline’s employees to prevent merger with another airline: obtained dismissal of the action despite language in the labor agreement expressly requiring the merged airline to assume all provisions of the Teamsters labor contract, thereby enabling the merger to go forward.
- Action alleging repeated racial slurs and retaliation over many years by woman, an employee with 30-plus years of seniority, against an insurance company: obtained summary judgment in a hotly contested matter wherein the demand had exceeded $3 million and interlocutory issues required appellate court determination.
- Action by more than 30 plaintiffs against approximately 20 chemical companies and their employer, a major defense contractor, alleging injuries from use of top-secret chemicals to construct the Stealth Fighter: obtained summary judgment on behalf of the employer despite highly publicized Congressional hearings highlighting the alleged serious injuries.
- Action for wrongful termination by a driver of a gasoline tanker against an oil company: obtained summary judgment despite the fact that the conduct for which he was terminated was off-duty conduct and the supervisor who terminated him had been criminally indicted. The firm also obtained summary judgment against the same employee who sued a subsequent employer for wrongful termination.
- Action by two employees for age discrimination and retaliatory layoff against a major defense contractor: court sua sponte granted a motion for mistrial, resulting in a successful settlement for costs only while appeal was pending in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.
- Whistleblower action by a pharmacist against a major medical facility alleging conspiracy to cover up pharmacist drug abuses by hospital employees: obtained summary judgment despite significant discrepancies in the hospital’s ensuing investigation.
- Action for discriminatory and wrongful termination by an African-American employee with 20-plus years of seniority against a major defense contractor: summary judgment of the entire action was ultimately obtained in this matter after defendant demonstrated the employee engaged in drug deals on work premises, notwithstanding that a jury had previously exonerated the employee at a criminal trial for the same misconduct.