Labor and Employment Law

Ca. Labor & Emp't Rev. September 2017, Volume 31, No. 5

Williams v. Superior Court: Employees’ Perspective

By Glenn A. Danas and Ryan H. Wu

Glenn Danas is a partner at Capstone Law APC and leads the firm’s Appeals and Complex Motions Practice Group. Mr. Danas regularly argues in both the state and federal appellate courts, including two cases in the California Supreme Court in 2017—McGill v. Citibank, and Williams v. Superior Court—both unanimous victories for his clients. Ryan Wu is senior counsel at Capstone in the firm’s Appeals and Complex Motions Practice Group, and has extensively briefed issues related to the PAGA, including Baumann v. Chase in the Ninth Circuit, and Williams, as well as class action attorneys’ fees issues.

Introduction

Thirteen years after the enactment of the California Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA),1 which created a unique representative civil action for enforcing the Code, trial courts and litigants had little guidance from the appellate courts regarding the litigation of PAGA actions. Left largely on their own, many trial courts took to devising their own rules in structuring PAGA actions.

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