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State Bar's McLawsuit proposals a 
threat to contingency fee law



Photo of Consumer Attorney of the Year 2018 winners Craig Peters on the left and David Winnett on the right

SACRAMENTO -- A series of proposals now before the State Bar of California threaten to undercut contingency fee law and the basic rights of Californians. The proposals include a call to allow private corporations and non-lawyers to own and operate law firms. Potential fallout ranges from the escalation of on-line "app law" to potential poor representation of clients because of legal decisions based on profit motives. Read a point-by-point synopsis of CAOC concerns here. Read CAOC's written comments submitted on Sept. 20 to the State Bar here. Listen to former CAOC President Brian Kabateck discuss the proposals on our "Just Us For Justice" podcast here.  


October 13, 2019
Newsom signs CAOC-backed
bill to end abuse of arbitration
The measure by Sen. Bob Wieckowski, SB 707, will prevent businesses from gaming the arbitration system to delay and deny justice for consumers seeking to resolve a grievance. Some companies have used the tactic to stall employee arbitration. Read more

October 10, 2019
#MeToo law gives molestation
victims better shot at justice

The bill signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, AB 9, will give survivors of sexual molestation more time to file legal claims and will help to ensure that repeat predators are held accountable. It is virtually identical to a bill vetoed last year by Gov. Jerry Brown. Read more

October 10, 2019
Workplace forced arbitration
bill gets Newsom's signature 

The measure by Asm. Lorena Gonzalez, AB 51, will ensure that workers aren't forced to give up their rights and choose to arbitrate labor disputes as a condition of getting or keeping a job. A similar bill was vetoed last year by former Gov. Jerry Brown. Read more

(11/7/2019) Lori Andrus is representing a group of women employees at Disney pushing for equal pay, which appears headed toward court as a class-action lawsuit. READ HERE
Ebby Bakhtiar, attorney for plaintiffs in Jack in the Box case(10/16/2019) Rachel Abrams (pictured), Mahzad Hite and Sara Craig represent the family of an 18-year-old man in a wrongful death lawsuit iagainst Juul, the maker of electronic cigarettes. READ HERE  


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