Hunter Pyle to teach Advanced Wage and Hour Seminar at Berkeley Law

December 27, 2017

Hunter Pyle will be teaching a new class at Berkeley Law in Spring 2018:  an advanced seminar on California Wage and Hour Law.

Hunter, along with co-teacher Todd Jackson of Feinberg Jackson Worthman & Wasow, LLP, was asked to teach this class after three years of teaching the Employment Law course to second and third year law students.  The class will cover both substantive and procedural aspects of California wage and hour law, with a particular focus on the most recent developments in the field.  Hunter and Todd are looking forward to developing a syllabus that is practical enough that law students who take the course will be able to hit the ground running after graduation.

Hunter Pyle quoted in Daily Journal and publishes piece on Article III standing

August 21, 2017

Hunter Pyle was quoted in a recent article in the Daily Journal, California’s leading legal newspaper. The article, published on August 17, 2017, is titled “9th Circuit says inaccurate personal data satisfy standing for fair credit act suit.”  It involves the recent decision in Robins v. Spokeo, 2017 DJDAR 7859.  That case addresses the types of injuries that a person must sustain in order to have standing to sue in federal court.

The following day, August 18, 2017, Mr. Pyle published an article in the Daily Journal regarding the same topic.  That article is titled “Questions left open in new Spokeo decision.”  It analyzes the Spokeo decision in some detail, and discusses the issues to be resolved in its wake.

Hunter Pyle to speak on Using Expert Witnesses to Win Employment Cases

July 31, 2017

On August 10, 2017, Hunter Pyle will speak in San Francisco at a day long program for attorneys titled “Using Expert Witnesses to Win Employment Cases.”  This program is presented by the State Bar of California Labor & Employment Law Section.  Mr. Pyle will participate in the panel regarding “Live Deposition and Trial Demonstration:  Human Resources and Investigations.”  His co-panelists are Amy Oppenheimer of HR Practices and Investigations and Theodora Lee of Littler Mendelson, PC.

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

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.