Schimmel & Parks has just won an important appellate victory against the State of California Department of Corrections on behalf of a whistleblower who was retaliated against after being reinstated back into his job. The State of California had sought to have the whistleblower's case thrown out based on the argument that the First Amendment protected the State's adverse actions against the whistleblower. The California Second District Court of Appeal, Division 7, disagreed with the State, and agreed with Schimmel & Parks, APLC's arguments that the State was not protected under the First Amendment for the adverse decisions and actions it took against the whistleblower after he was reinstated. The whistleblower's case for retaliation can now proceed forward, and Schimmel & Parks, APLC can seek justice before the trial court on behalf of its client. The case is entitled Goleco v. State of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (Cal. Court Appeal, Second Dist., Div. Seven, Case No. B280591, Sept. 18, 2018).
Seven women so far have filed civil lawsuits for student molestation and sexual abuse against the University of Southern California (USC) and its former longtime campus gynecologist, Dr. George Tyndall. According to the complaints of the former students of the university, Dr. Tyndall routinely molested, groped, and assaulted them under the guise of gynecological exams. The complaints also state USC knew of his repeated misbehaviors and harassment, yet did nothing to correct the situation.
A class action lawsuit has been filed against Southern California Edison, alleging the utility company sparked one of the largest wildfires in the state's modern history. Nine plaintiffs, who jointly filed the suit in December, claimed SoCal Edison's negligence resulted in the Thomas Fire, which ignited in the evening hours of December 6, 2017.
In 2015, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city leaders devised a plan to eliminate fatal car accidents. The "Vision Zero" policy aims to achieve a 20% drop in traffic deaths by the end 2017.
In today's society, our cellphones have become a major presence in our daily lives. Whether we use them to communicate with others, stay updated on current events, or purchase something online, these devices provide a variety of useful functions that may enhance our quality of life.
What is an Exempt Employee?
Employees who are governed by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) are either "exempt" or "nonexempt." Exempt employees are excluded from minimum wage, overtime regulations, and other rights and protections afforded to nonexempt employees. Generally, employees who are paid less than $23,600 per year ($455 per week) are nonexempt.
Our team of Southern California lawyers is pleased to announce that Attorney Alan Schimmel, founder and managing partner at Schimmel & Parks, has been selected for inclusion in the 2017 Southern California Super Lawyers® list. It is without a doubt that he has earned inclusion to such a sophisticated list due to his ceaseless efforts to provide top-tier legal representation on behalf of clients facing legal issues related to civil litigation.
"Rehab Mogul" Christopher Bathum has been formally charged with insurance fraud and multiple sexual assault offenses, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Bathum plead not guilty Monday after being arrested Thursday during a raid that included searches of 15 properties linked to the founder of Community Recovery of Los Angeles (CRLA), a network of 19 sober-living facilities in Southern California and Colorado.
Last week, Schimmel & Parks, APLC attorney Alan Schimmel was featured on an episode of 20/20 entitled "Rehab Mogul," which explored the case against a Los Angeles rehab center owner who is being accused of providing drugs to vulnerable patients and trying to take sexual advantage of them. The full episode can now be streamed online on the ABC website.
This Friday, June 17, 2016 at 10/9c, Attorney Alan Schimmel will be featured on ABC's 20/20 to talk about rehabilitation center abuse.