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Cheng on Sweeping Changes to FEHA Enforcement to Come in 2013

SUMMARY : On June 27, 2012, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., signed into law Senate Bill 1038, a trailer bill to the 2012-13 State Budget, which will make sweeping changes to enforcing the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. This Emerging Issues Analysis discusses these changes and offers practical...

Ninth Circuit Approves $700,000 Attorney Fee Award In FEHA Case Even Though Jury Awarded Plaintiff Damages of Only $27,000

Last week, the Ninth Circuit issued its decision in Muniz v. UPS , holding that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in awarding the plaintiff close to $700,000 in attorneys' fees, even though the plaintiff's damages recovery was only $27,000 and the defendant defeated the majority of...

California Supreme Court Makes It Harder For Prevailing FEHA Defendants To Recover Their Costs

by Evan Mix Under section 1032(b) of the California Code of Civil Procedure, “a prevailing party is entitled as a matter of right to recover costs in any action or proceeding” unless some statute expressly says otherwise. It has been California’s rule for over a decade that this...