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LAX Quarantined Cannery Workers Reach Resolution with Red Salmon / North Pacific Seafoods

The North Pacific/Red Salmon Cannery workers held last month in quarantine at an LAX hotel announced a settlement of their lawsuit filed against North Pacific Seafoods for unpaid wages, the failure to follow Covid testing and quarantine protocols and false imprisonment. The settlement is valued at more than $440,000 and will be paid out on a pro-rata basis to the 165 workers. ​The suit alleged that on June 2, 2020, prospective cannery workers from Mexico and other parts of the United States were directed to travel to the Crowne Plaza LAX Hotel. The workers were informed they would be tested ...

By |29/12/2021|

The Arns Davis Law Settles North Pacific / Red Salmon Cannery Lawsuit

announced today that the North Pacific/Red Salmon Cannery workers held last month in quarantine at an LAX hotel have settled their lawsuit filed against North Pacific Seafoods for unpaid wages, the failure to follow Covid testing and quarantine protocols and false imprisonment. The settlement is valued at more than $440,000 and will be paid out on a pro-rata basis to the 165 workers. Any workers seeking more information on the settlement should call at (415) 495-7800. ​To view the press release covering the settlement, click here. For the original press release regarding the lawsuit, click here. ​News Coverage ...

By |29/12/2021|

Settlement Reached in North Pacific / Red Salmon Cannery Lawsuit

announced today that the North Pacific/Red Salmon Cannery workers held last month in quarantine at an LAX hotel have settled their lawsuit filed against North Pacific Seafoods for unpaid wages, the failure to follow Covid testing and quarantine protocols and false imprisonment. The settlement is valued at more than $440,000 and will be paid out on a pro-rata basis to the 165 workers. For more information on the settlement, click here.

By |23/07/2020|

Opt Out of Arbitration Agreements to Protect Your Right to a Jury Trial

If you live and work in America, you've probably signed away your right to bring a legal action in court against your employer, your cell phone or cable company, your parents’ nursing home, or any other big institution in your life.[i] Instead, you've probably agreed to private, binding arbitration.[ii] But even though you've signed this arbitration clause, there may still be a way to avoid arbitration and reclaim your right to sue in court. What is Arbitration? Examine the last “terms of service” you accepted, and you will likely find a clause agreeing to waive your right to bring a ...

By |01/06/2020|

The Pitfalls and Risks of Modified Duty

What Is “Modified Work” Under California's Workers’ Compensation Law? The definition of “Modified Work” is set out in CA Code of Regulations, Title 8 Ch. 4.5 Division of Workers Compensation Section 10116.9 as follows: (h) "Modified work" means regular work modified so that the employee has the ability to perform all the functions of the job and that offers wages and compensation that are at least 85 percent of those paid to the employee at the time of injury, and located within a reasonable commuting distance of the employee's residence at the time of injury. The Pros of Modified Duty ...

By |11/05/2019|

Northern California Wildfire Debris Removal Suits Filed

The Bohemian Two contracting companies that cleared fire debris in the North Bay last year have been defrauding the federal government on contracts across the country since at least 2015, a lawsuit filed last week alleges. AshBritt Environmental, one of the two companies named in the suit, recently hired local media magnate Darius Anderson to lobby for its interests in Sacramento. Sonoma County recently hired a former employee of the other company, Tetra Tech, to oversee the county's emergency-management response. Disaster-recovery players such as Anderson have highlighted, in public statements, the necessity of public-private partnerships to fully recover from the ...

By |05/03/2019|

Arns Davis Law Files Lawsuit Against BART on Behalf of Family of Nia Wilson

From the San Francisco Chronicle Just days after BART kicked off a security blitz aimed at curbing fare evaders, the family of a woman killed last year on an Oakland station platform has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the transit agency, saying its latest efforts are too little, too late. The suit alleges that heightened security could have spared the life of Nia Wilson, an 18-year-old woman who was fatally stabbed in the neck at the MacArthur BART Station. Her alleged killer, John Lee Cowell, 28, was a serial fare evader and should have never gained entry, the family’s ...

By |17/08/2018|

Arns Davis Law Will File Complaint against BART for Stabbing Death

is preparing to file a lawsuit on behalf of the family of Nia Wilson, the woman tragically killed the night of Sunday, July 22, 2018, against Bay Area Rapid Transit (“BART”). The suit will allege BART failed to meet the duty of common carriers to provide riders with the highest standard of care. According to reports, Nia Wilson, 18, and her two sisters Letifah and Tashiya, were boarding a BART train car at the MacArthur BART Station when John Cowell, an apparent fare jumping transient slashed Nia across the neck, and stabbed her sister, Letifah, before fleeing. Nia’s ...

By |02/08/2018|

Ask the Expert: Severe Penalties for Employers Who Deny Rest Breaks

The SF Building Trades "Organized Labor" Newsletter will run an "Ask the Expert" column featuring attorney Kevin Osborne responding to worker questions regarding right to rest breaks and retaliation. Q: I just started a new project with an employer from down south. The first day on the job, the foreman said, “we don’t take breaks.” They have to give me breaks, don’t they? Also, I’m worried they’ll fire me if I complain. What should I do? A: California law guarantees workers 10-minute paid rest breaks for every 4 hours of work. If an employer refuses to allow breaks, ...

By |28/07/2018|

Majority Rules: The Consensus on the Retained Control Doctrine

Premises liability law regarding workers on construction sites developed its own path over the last fifty years. This subset of cases involves injuries occurring on property within the possession or control of a general contractor during construction. Starting in the early 50’s California courts found that the duty of the general contractor, who has control over the premises, is essentially the duty to "keep the premises in a reasonably safe condition" for the employees of the independent contractors. (See Revels v. Southern Cal. Edison Co. (1952) 113 Cal.App.2d 673, 677; Gonzales v. Robert Hiller Construction (1960) 179 Cal.App.2d 522; Gettemy ...

By |17/01/2018|
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