Ruling clarifies anti-SLAPP in discrimination suits

Posted on May 11, 2017

The Daily Journal

Since its enactment, California’s anti-SLAPP statute – Code of Civil Procedure Section 425.16 – has been a hotbed of appellate litigation. On May 4, the California Supreme Court added to the anti- SLAPP annals with its decision in Park v.

SFUSD reaches $325K settlement over handling of student sexual assault

Posted on March 27, 2017

San Francisco Examiner

A former high school student who administrators neglected to separate from her alleged sexual abuser and classmate has reached a settlement with the San Francisco Unified School District, according to court records. The Galileo High School graduate filed a federal civil rights lawsuit
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Jury Awards Whistleblower $613,302 in Lawsuit Against City of Oakland

Posted on September 24, 2015

The East Bay Express

The City of Oakland lost a big whistleblower lawsuit yesterday in federal district court. The case, brought by Daryelle Lawana Preston, Oakland’s former director of employee relations, included allegations that a top Oakland official pressured her to falsify reports to

Family of teen killed by Oakland police receives $110K settlement

Posted on June 4, 2014

ABC 7 News

OAKLAND, Calif. — A $110,000 settlement for the family of a teen shot and killed by an Oakland police officer more than two years ago was approved by the Oakland City Council Tuesday night, the family’s attorney confirmed today. Alan

Discrimination – Retaliation – Settlement: $850,000

Posted on March 7, 2014

Daily Journal

CASE/NUMBER: Jerald Clinton Eaglesmith, Ramona Eaglesmith, Justus Eaglesmith, Eileen Cox, Bruce Barnes v. Jeff Ray, Sue Segura, Board of Trustees of Plumas County Office of Education/Plumas County Unified School District / 2:11-cv- 00098-JAM-AC. COURT/DATE: USDC Eastern / Aug. 12, 2013.

Federal trial set in Plumas school racial bias suit

Posted on November 15, 2011

Sacramento Bee

QUINCY – A racial discrimination lawsuit filed in federal court against the Plumas Unified School District remains scheduled for jury trial following an order by Judge John A. Mendez with the U.S. District Court’s Eastern District of California. In his

$3m settlement in Fresno discrimination suit

Posted on June 12, 2010

Sacramento Bee

A $3.35 million settlement has been reached in a gender-discrimination lawsuit by a woman who was forced out of the Fresno’s Fire Department’s training academy, the woman’s attorney said. Attorney Dan Siegel, representing Michelle Maher, said he and a representative
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Both Sides Claim Victory In Breakaway Union Tiff

Posted on April 12, 2010

The Daily Journal

SAN FRNCISCO — A federal jury on Friday sided with the Service Employees Union and its California local United Healthcare Workers-West when it returned a verdict assessing $1.6 million in damages against several former local leaders and the rival union

Bad blood boils in union battle

Posted on March 26, 2010

The Recorder

In the coming days, one of President Obama’s closest labor allies could take the stand in a fierce trial pitting the Service Employees International Union against a rebel breakaway. But there’s a bit of a backstory between SEIU and the

Judge affirms $2.5m verdict against Fresno State

Posted on March 16, 2010

Fresno Bee

A $3.35 million settlement has been reached in a gender-discrimination lawsuit by a woman who was forced out of the Fresno's Fire Department's training academy, the woman's attorney said. Attorney Dan Siegel, representing Michelle Maher, said he and a representative of the city of Fresno's insurance carrier reached the out-of-court settlement over a recent dinner in San Francisco. "I'm pleased with it. I think we reached a fair settlement," Siegel said. Maher sued the Fire Department in 2008, saying fire training academy supervisors asked her personal questions, set her up to fail certain tasks and unfairly graded an exam. In November 2009, a U.S. District Court jury ruled in Maher's favor. As part of the settlement, the city will dismiss its appeal, Siegel said. The Fresno city attorney's office could not be reached for comment.

Fresno State settles with softball coach for $605k

Posted on July 11, 2008

The Fresno Bee

Tackling a contentious and expensive gender-discrimination complaint for the fourth time in a year, Fresno State announced Friday that it has reached a settlement with softball coach Margie Wright. The settlement’s cost is $605,000, raising the pending bill to Fresno

EMPLOYMENT LAW Wrongful Termination

Posted on February 1, 2008

Verdicts & Settlements Supplement to the Los Angeles Daily Journal and San Francisco Daily Journal

Sexual Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Retaliation Verdicts & Settlements Supplement to the Los Angeles Daily Journal and San Francisco Daily Journal February 1, 2008 VERDICT: $19,074,673 RESULT DATE: Dec. 6, 2007 CASE/NUMBER: Stacy Johnson-Klein v. The Board of Trustees of the

Trial Shocker: $19M

Posted on December 7, 2007

The Fresno Bee

Jury says CSUF discriminated against Stacy Johnson-Klein. A jury Thursday awarded $19.1 million to former Fresno State women’s basketball coach Stacy Johnson-Klein in a verdict that was stunning as much for its speed as its size. After eight weeks of

Fresno State suit is settled for $3.5M

Posted on October 12, 2007

The Fresno Bee

Fresno State has agreed to pay Diane Milutinovich $3.5 million to settle the former associate athletic director’s sexual discrimination lawsuit against the university, lawyers for both sides announced Thursday afternoon. The deal also calls for the university to honor Milutinovich,

Ex-Fresno State Coach Wins Suit

Posted on July 10, 2007

The New York Times

A former Fresno State volleyball coach was awarded $5.85 million yesterday by a jury that ruled the university discriminated against her for speaking up on behalf of female athletes. The coach, Lindy Vivas, 50, was fired in 2004, two years

Jury awards $5.85 million to fired coach at Fresno State

Posted on July 10, 2007

San Francisco Chronicle

FRESNO – A former Fresno State volleyball coach was awarded $5.85 million Monday by a jury that ruled the school discriminated against her for speaking up on behalf of female athletes. Lindy Vivas was fired in 2004, two years after

Jury awards former ‘Dogs coach $5.85 million

Posted on July 10, 2007

The Fresno Bee

Panel finds unanimously on majority of questions in discrimination suit. The jury’s monetary award to Vivas was broken down as follows: Past non-economic losses: $2,625,000 Future non-economic losses: $875,000 Past economic losses: $550,000 Future economic losses: $1,802,069 Total: $5,852,069 Spectators

EMPLOYMENT LAW Wrongful Termination

Posted on February 23, 2007

Verdicts & Settlements Supplement to the Los Angeles Daily Journal and San Francisco Daily Journal

SETTLEMENT: $725,000 CASE/NUMBER: Michael Burch v. The Regents of the University of California, et al. / S040038WBS COURT/DATE: USDC Eastern / November 30, 2006 JUDGE: William B. Shubb ATTORNEYS: Plaintiff — Dan M. Siegel (Siegel & Yee, Oakland); Kristen Galles

UC Davis Settles Former Wrestling Coach’s Lawsuit For $725,000

Posted on January 20, 2007

San Francisco Chronicle

The University of California announced Friday it has agreed to pay $725,000 to a settle a lawsuit by a former UC Davis head wrestling coach who said the university had retaliated against him for his support of a sex-discrimination complaint

Title IX Firing Dispute Settled

Posted on January 20, 2007

Davis Enterprise

The case of a former UC Davis wrestling coach who sued the university for retaliation under Title IX has been settled out of court, just days before a trial was set to begin. Michael Burch — who coached the Aggie

UC Settles Suit by Davis Wrestling Coach

Posted on January 20, 2007

Sacramento Bee

The University of California has agreed to pay $725,000 to its former wrestling coach at the Davis campus to settle a lawsuit alleging retaliation against the coach for championing the rights of female wrestlers. Michael Burch, who was head wrestling

Fire Department Settles Sexual Harassment Suit

Posted on July 25, 2005

San Francisco Chronicle

The city of San Francisco has tentatively agreed to a $400,000 settlement of a lawsuit brought by a firefighter who said on-the-job drinking at the Fire Department fueled a sexual harassment campaign against her. Kristen Odlaug, 41, a six-year employee

Embattled UC Teacher Is Granted Tenure

Posted on May 21, 2005

San Francisco Chronicle

Critic of campus’ ties with biotech lost initial bid A widely watched tenure battle at UC Berkeley has ended in victory for assistant professor Ignacio Chapela, an outspoken critic of campus ties to the biotech industry. The university has reversed

Oakland Attorney to Receive State Bar’s Pro Bono Service Award

Posted on October 5, 2004

The California State Bar

Described as a humble, caring, “inspirational role model,” attorney Alan Yee has long championed the rights of the elderly and those living on very little income in Oakland’s Chinatown. “To say in the least, Alan’s commitment to protecting the rights,

Brown University Must Pay Ex-Professor $550,000

Posted on October 4, 2004

The Daily Journal Extra

Judge orders payout for man denied tenure after criticizing his department head Academic politics are so bitter because the stakes are so small, Henry Kissinger once said. So the level of acrimony is especially high when the coveted status of

Women Get 766K in Harassment Suit

Posted on July 17, 2004

The San Luis Obispo Tribune

Two former Cambria Pines Lodge employees said manager made unwelcome sexual advances and suggestions Cambria — Two former employees of the Cambria Pines Lodge were awarded more than $766,000 Wednesday after a jury agreed with allegations that they were sexually

Political Passion

Posted on June 10, 2003

The Recorder

Siegel & Yee culture encourages political involvement, activism Business and politics mix freely at Oakland’s Siegel & Yee. Name partner Daniel Siegel sits on Oakland’s school board and is pondering a run for mayor. Associate Jane Brunner is an Oakland

Stretching The Constitution

Posted on September 4, 2002

The Daily Journal

Two Plaintiffs, Pointing to Amendments Approved by Voters in 1974, Ask the State Supreme Court to Award Them Monetary Damages The headlines were scandalous: “UC: Employee Suspected of Misusing Funds.” And: “UC Davis Medical School Disciplines Employees — Vendor Cash

German Professor Sues UC Regents for Discrimination

Posted on September 9, 2000

Oakland Tribune

Faculty member says colleague called his work ‘Nazi’ BERKELEY — A UC Berkeley architecture professor has sued the University of California Regents on the grounds that his national origin is one of the reasons he was denied tenure in 1997,

Stanford Loses Sex Bias Suit

Posted on March 31, 2000

The San Francisco Chronicle

$545,000 award to researcher STANFORD — A former Stanford University medical school researcher was awarded $545,000 yesterday by a jury that concluded she was fired in retaliation for her complaints of sex discrimination. The unanimous verdict was the maximum award

From People’s Park to ‘People’s Radio’

Posted on July 23, 1999

The Daily Journal

Dan Siegel becomes point man for KPFA backers in Free Speech dispute Thirty years after sparking a notorious march to take over a vacant filed in Berkeley known as People’s Park, attorney Dan Siegel is leading the fight to save

30 Years Later, People’s Park Gets New Life

Posted on April 19, 1999

The Orange County Register

Anniversary: In the 60s, disagreement over who controlled a muddy plot of land erupted into a riot. BERKELEY — Standing on the bright green grass of People’s Park, sun dappling his balding head, soft breezes tugging at this designer tie,

PERSONAL INJURY Premise Liability — Wrongful death

Posted on December 5, 1997

Verdicts & Settlements Supplement to the Los Angeles Daily Journal and San Francisco Daily Journal

Verdicts & Settlements Supplement to the Los Angeles Daily Journal and San Francisco Daily Journal December 5, 1997 VERDICT: $354,120 (net — after reduction for comparative liability). CASE/NUMBER: Kelly Torres, et al. v. Elmer and Curtistine Baker / 7553107 COURT/DATE:

Ex-ASU Whistleblower Awarded $1 million

Posted on May 2, 1997

The Arizona Republic

Health director’s firing called retaliation A jury has awarded $1 million in damages to a former student health director at Arizona State University after concluding she was wrongfully fired in retaliation for blowing the whistle on preferential medical treatment given

Jury: ASU Wrongfully Fired Doctor – School to pay nearly $1 million

Posted on May 2, 1997

Scottsdale Progress Tribune

A jury awarded a doctor nearly $1 million Thursday for being wrongfully fired as the director of student health services at Arizona State University after she questioned the way treatment was being ordered for athletes. Dr. Laurie Vollen claimed the

Oakland Wins Key Court Test Over Liquor Store Policing Fee

Posted on May 21, 1996

The Oakland Tribune

SAN FRANCISCO — In a victory for supporters of a crackdown on petty crime around liquor stores, a state appellate court Monday rejected key legal challenges to an Oakland law requiring alcohol retailers to pay the price of policing their

BREACH OF CONTRACT

Posted on April 21, 1995

Verdicts & Settlements Supplement to the Los Angeles Daily Journal and San Francisco Daily Journal

VERDICT: Defense Verdict CASE/NUMBER: Robert Surber v. Burnet Sumner and Christine McGill / 954991 COURT/DATE: San Francisco Superior / February 27, 1995 JUDGE: Hon. Lee Baxter, Dept. 16. ATTORNEYS: Plaintiff — Alan Berkowitz, Sharon Zezima (Schachter, Kristoff, et al., San

Professor Named in Harassment Case Quits UCD Faculty

Posted on October 1, 1994

The Sacramento Bee

Resignation letter was submitted just one day before possible Regents’ action UC Davis Professor Philip W. Signor, faced with the possibility of becoming only the second tenured faculty member in the University of California’s 125-year history to be fired, resigned

UC Regents Settle Sexual Harassment Suit

Posted on June 10, 1994

The Fresno Bee

Graduate student at Davis will collect $175,000 and has been guaranteed a $16,000-a-year position as a research assistant DAVIS — The UC Board of Regents has agreed on behalf of the University of California to pay a student at the