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Hunter Pyle Law to sponsor CELA 30th Anniversary Party

May 1, 2017

California Employment Lawyers Association, or CELA, is celebrating its 30th year in 2017.  CELA is an amazing organization that is dedicated to protecting the rights of workers throughout the state.  HP Law is proud to be a sponsor of CELAbrate@30, which will take place on Friday, October 20, 2017, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Oakland Marriott.  For more information, email contact@fair-foundation.org.

Hunter Pyle to present at Advanced Wage & Hour Seminar

April 15, 2017

On May 12, 2017, at 12:45 pm, Hunter Pyle will be moderating and speaking on a panel entitled, “Fool’s Errand or Fish in a Barrel?  Piece Rate, Commission, and Trucking Cases in 2017.”  This panel is part of the 2017 Advanced Wage & Hour Seminar presented by the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA).  The other panelists joining him are Jannah Manansala, of Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld, and Michael Boyamian of the Law Offices of Thomas Falvey.  The panel will explore recent developments in the wage and hour laws that apply to piece rate and commission employees, as well as the threats that such workers face under the Trump Administration.  It will take place in Glendale, California, at the Hilton Glendale.

Hunter Pyle Law sponsors National Lawyers Guild’s 2017 Testimonial Dinner

April 14, 2017

Each year the San Francisco Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild honors lawyers, legal workers, and law students who have dedicated themselves to the struggle for justice.  This year, the Guild is honoring Carpenter & Mayfield and Peter Franck.  We cannot think of anyone who deserves the title of “Champions of Justice” more than these folks.  Congratulations and we look forward to seeing you on April 29, 2017, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Court approves $1.25 million settlement

April 8, 2017

On April 8, 2017, the Alameda County Superior Court granted final approval of a $1.25 million settlement in the case of Kostyuk v. Golden State Overnight, Inc.

This litigation involved two related putative class actions on behalf of approximately 1,435 putative class members.  Kostyuk was filed in Alameda County Superior Court on May 29, 2014.  Melgar was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on July 14, 2015 and was subsequently deemed related to Kostyuk and transferred to Alameda County.

Golden State Overnight Delivery Service, Inc. (“GSO”) is an overnight courier delivery service, serving all of California and select metropolitan areas in Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico.  Plaintiffs and the putative class members are current and former non-exempt delivery drivers who were paid on a piece-rate system, i.e. per delivery/stop completed.

The Plaintiffs alleged that each driver starts the workday at an office or “base,” where the driver receives his or her route for the day, scans the packages and loads them into his or her vehicle, maps out the route, and then proceeds on the delivery route.  Drivers often work two routes in the same day.  In such instances, a driver will return to the “base” after completing the first route, load up his or her vehicle with the packages for the second route, and then proceed on the second route.  At the end of the final route of the day, if any packages are undeliverable, or if the driver has picked up a package along the route, the driver will return to the base with the undeliverable packages or the packages that were picked up.  If all packages were delivered successfully and no packages were picked up, then the driver will drive home from his or her last delivery.  Drivers also used their personal vehicles to make deliveries.

 

Each of the Lawyers at Hunter Pyle Law recognized by Super Lawyers in 2017

March 1, 2017

Each of the lawyers at Hunter Pyle has been recognized by Super Lawyers in 2017.  Tanya Tambling and Chad Saunders have been designated as Rising Stars.  That award is limited to the top 2.5 percent of lawyers under 40 in California. Hunter Pyle has been designated as a “Super Lawyer” every year since 2011.  That designation is limited to the top 5 percent of attorneys in California.

Hunter Pyle named Super Lawyer for 7th Consecutive Year

February 14, 2017

For the seventh consecutive year, Mr. Pyle been selected to the 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers list, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 5% of attorneys in Northern California receive this distinction.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Sanchez, legal assistant at Hunter Pyle Law, for getting in to Berkeley Law!

February 14, 2017

Hunter Pyle Law is proud to announce that Liz Sanchez has gotten in to Berkeley Law School for the fall of 2017!  While we are sad to see her go, we look forward to the great things that she is going to do as a lawyer.  Congratulations Liz!

Chad Saunders recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star.

February 14, 2017

We are proud to announce that Chad Saunders had been selected to the 2017 Northern California Rising Stars list, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 2.5% of attorneys in Northern California receive this distinction.  Congratulations Chad!

Tanya Tambling recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star

February 14, 2017

We are proud to announce that senior associate Tanya Tambling had been selected to the 2017 Northern California Rising Stars list, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 2.5% of attorneys in Northern California receive this distinction.  Great work Tanya!