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Union-Backed Challenge to Proposition 22 Rejected by California Supreme Court

The California Supreme Court has rejected an emergency constitutional challenge filed by drivers for Uber, Lyft and other app-based companies and various unions requesting that the Court declare the voter-approved Proposition 22 unconstitutional.  Proposition 22 (“Prop 22”) permits some app-based gig ride-hailing and delivery companies to continue to classify workers as independent contractors despite California’s adoption of the stringent ABC test for worker classification (discussed here).  The union-backed challenge to Prop 22 was not decided on the merits and continued legal activity challenging Prop 22 is expected.  The lawsuit is entitled Hector Castellanos, et al. v. State of California, et al., Case Number S266551.

COVID Class Action Report: Nike Settles Class Action By Providing Retail Employees with Transparent Face Coverings

In order to resolve a COVID-era class action lawsuit concerning its retail stores, Nike has agreed to provide all retail store employees with transparent, see-through face coverings to accommodate its customers who are deaf or hard of hearing and rely on lip reading. Nike’s new policy is part of a proposed settlement following a class action suit against the shoe company’s retail operations.

Categories: Class Action
Tags: COVID-19

In a landmark decision issued on January 14, 2021, entitled Vazquez v. Jan-Pro Franchising Int’l Inc. (2021) (“Vazquez”), the California Supreme Court held that the State’s ABC test applies retroactively to cases that were pending at the time of its decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court (2018) 4 Cal.5th 903 (“Dynamex”).  Vazquez v. Jan-Pro Franchising Int’l Inc. (2021) 2021 Westlaw 127201.   The Vazquez Court was asked by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to answer the question of whether Dynamex applies retroactively.  In concluding that it does, the Court noted that Dynamex does not impact any settled law, the general rule that judicial decisions are given retroactive effect, and that public policy and fairness concerns favor applying Dynamex retroactively.  Vazquez, however, comes as a significant blow to businesses by making them potentially liable for lawsuits pending long before the ABC test existed.

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