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Daily Journal publishes “9th circuit says OK go, despite Spokeo” authored by Hunter Pyle

February 1, 2017

The Daily Journal published an opinion piece by Mr. Pyle regarding a recent 9th Circuit decision regarding the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).  FCRA prohibits employers from obtaining background checks, also known as consumer reports, unless two things have occurred:  (1) the employer has made a clear disclosure, in a writing of that consists solely of that disclosure, that it intends to obtain such a report, and (2) the person who is the subject of the report has authorized it in writing.  California law contains similar requirements.

Employers sometimes flout these requirements and include other types of information in their disclosures.  However, the recent Ninth Circuit case of Syed v. M-I, LLC, case no. 14-17186, indicates that when employers ignore FCRA’s plain language, they do so at their peril.  That is so even in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Spokeo v. Robins, which raised several questions about Article III standing for FCRA claims.

Hunter Pyle to speak at law school in Lausanne, Switzerland for second year.

January 3, 2017

For the second year, Mr. Pyle has been invited to speak at the law school at the University of Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland in June 2017.  Mr. Pyle will discuss how courts have addressed the gig economy in California, including the Uber and Lyft cases.

Hunter Pyle invited to join The National Advocates – Top 100 Lawyers in the field of Employment Law

December 15, 2016

Mr. Pyle has been invited to join The National Advocates – Top 100 Lawyers in the field of Employment Law, a professional honorary organization comprised of America’s top attorneys who represent individuals in the American legal system.

Hunter Pyle to teach Employment Law at Berkeley Law School.

September 1, 2016

For the third consecutive year, Mr. Pyle (along with Todd Jackson of Feinberg, Jackson, Worthman & Wasow) will teach the Employment Law course to second and third year law students at Berkeley Law School.  The curriculum for this class will include individual, class, and PAGA claims.

Hunter Pyle invited to teach at the Stanford Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop for the Fall 2016 Quarter.

August 12, 2016

For the fourth consecutive year, Mr. Pyle has been invited to teach at the Stanford Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop for the Fall 2016 Quarter.  This year he will again present the Civil Trials portion of the workshop.

Daily Journal publishes Hunter Pyle article regarding Class Actions.

June 28, 2016

The Daily Journal recently published a piece by Mr. Pyle regarding class actions.  The article focuses on the recent case of Vaquero v. Ashley Furniture Industries Inc., 2016 DJDAR 5477 (June 8, 2016), in whichthe 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals does three things that will significantly impact wage and hour class actions. First, it limits the impact of Wal-Mart v. Dukes, 564 U.S. 338 (2011), with respect to the issue of commonality. Second, it limits the impact of Comcast v. Behrend, 133 S. Ct. 1426 (2013), with respect to predominance. Last, it underscores the 9th Circuit rule that the need for individualized findings with respect to damages does not defeat class certification. Vaquero therefore will undoubtedly lead to more wage and hour classes being certified in California.