class_actionsA class of workers may be impacted by the same unlawful employment practice such as failing to provide meal periods or rest breaks, failing to pay all wages or overtime, making unlawful deductions from wages, or failing to reimburse employees for business-related expenses that they incur. An employee, or a small group of employees, can prosecute a class action in these situations to recover damages and monetary penalties on behalf of all workers that have been impacted. Successful litigants who bring the action may be given a court-awarded monetary enhancement for their efforts on behalf of other class members.

Donald Potter has been approved as Class Counsel by mutliple courts in California and his law office has experience successfully prosecuting a variety of wage-and-hour class actions including the following matters:

Colby v. Spirit Garden, LLC (dba SGN Nutrition) (San Diego County Superior Court)

$1,325,000.00 class action settlement in wage–and-hour class action filed on behalf of California-based promoters working for SGN Nutrition. The Court granted final approval of the settlement in March 2014.

Morrow v. Avon Products, Inc. (Los Angeles Superior Court)

$800,000.00 class action settlement involving claims for meal and rest period violations (Cal. Labor Code § 226.7, 512), related civil and PAGA penalties (Cal. Labor Code §§ 201-203, 226, 2698) and forfeiture of vacation pay (Cal. Labor Code § 227.3) against Avon Products, Inc. and Spherion Staffing, LLC. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of temporary and permanent employees at Avon’s distribution facility in Pasadena, California. The Court granted final approval of the settlement in July 2013.

Spanish Language Directories Cases (Orange County Superior Court)

$800,000.00 class action settlement involving claims for unpaid business expenses (Cal. Labor Code § 2802) against Seccion Amarilla USA, LLC, Cobalt Directories, LLC, Cobalt Publishing LLC and Telemex USA, LLC. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of California-based salespersons that didn’t receive proper payment for mileage and other business expenses incurred in performing their job duties. The Court granted final approval of settlement in 2010.

Dirickson v. Volt Management Corp. (American Arbitration Association) and Dirickson v. NBTY, Inc. (Los Angeles Superior Court)

$595,000.00 class action settlement involving claims for failing to provide employees with a second meal period (Cal. Labor Code § 226.7, 512) and related civil penalties (Cal. Labor Code §§ 201-203, 226) when working shifts greater than ten hours per day. The lawsuit was filed against NBTY, Inc., NBTY Manufacturing, LLC, NBTY Acquisition, LLC and Volt Management Corp. The class was a group of temporary and permanent employees who worked at a vitamin manufacturing facility in Valencia, California between July 2008 and October 2009. The settlements were Court-approved approved in 2012.

Mendoza v. United Furniture Industries CA, Inc. (San Bernardino County Superior Court)

$500,000.00 class action settlement in a wage-and-hour class action filed on behalf of California-based factory workers. The Court granted final approval of the settlement in October 2016.

Gauff v. Fast Auto Loans, Inc. (Los Angeles County Superior Court)

$275,000.00 class action settlement in a wage-and-hour class action pertaining to non-payment of PTO/vacation filed on behalf of 79 California-based former employees. The Court granted final approval of the settlement in November 2016.

Mora v. Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc.
United States District Court, Central District – California
Meal and rest break class action filed on behalf of store employees.
Final court-approved settlement in 2012.

Cabrera v. Impress USA, Inc.
Los Angeles County Superior Court
Meal period class action filed on behalf of manufacturing employees
Final court-approved settlement in 2012.

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