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State Senate Bill Seeks To End Garment-Industry Standard of Piece-Rate Pay

By Andrew Asch | June 26, 2020

On June 25, SB 1399: Garment Worker Protection Act passed the California Senate in a 25 -11 vote.

H&M Must Rehire Worker Who Pressed for Store Improvements

H&M Must Rehire Worker Who Pressed for Store Improvements

A judge for the National Labor Relations Board ruled June 22 that retailer Hennes & Mauritz had violated labor laws when it fired a worker, Nick Gallant, from an H&M store in the San Francisco Bay Area town of Emeryville, Calif.

Mossimo Giannulli Pleads Guilty in College Bribery Scam

Mossimo Giannulli Pleads Guilty in College Bribery Scam

Designer Mossimo Giannulli and his actor wife, Lori Loughlin, best known for playing Aunt Becky on the sitcom “Full House,” which ran from 1987 to 1992, agreed to plead guilty for their involvement in the Operation Varsity Blues college-admissions bribery scandal that dominated national news in 2019.

State Senate Committee Approves New Garment-Worker Wage-Theft Bill

State Senate Committee Approves New Garment-Worker Wage-Theft Bill

Labor leaders received a boost on May 14 when SB 1399, the Garment Worker Protection Act, was approved by four out of five members of the California State Senate’s Committee on Labor, Public Employment and Retirement. Now, SB 1399 moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee, no hearing on the bill has been scheduled.

S.F. Retailer Sues Insurer For Denying COVID-19 Claim

S.F. Retailer Sues Insurer For Denying COVID-19 Claim

San Francisco children's boutique Mudpie recently filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of California’s retail stores, alleging that small businesses have been wrongfully denied insurance coverage for losses resulting from following rules and closing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

IFF Sues S.F. Over Fur Ban

Following the Jan. 1 implementation of San Francisco’s fur ban, the International Fur Federation announced its filing of a lawsuit against the city in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Citing what it calls the “unconstitutional restriction on interstate and foreign commerce,” the IFF maintains that banning the sale of fur could lead to legislation regulating other animal products.

New California Laws in 2020: From Employment-Status Changes to Family Leave

New California Laws in 2020: From Employment-Status Changes to Family Leave

A new year means new California workplace laws in which employers must become well versed. For 2020, Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed into law a number of bills that protect workers’ rights and, also, redefine the role of employees.

Fashion Nova Explains DOL Investigation

Fashion Nova Explains DOL Investigation

Fashion Nova Inc., a prominent Los Angeles–headquartered digital retailer of stylish yet affordable clothing, has been the subject of a wage-theft investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor, according to a widely read New York Times article published this week.

Copyright and Labor Fashion Cases Reach Supreme Court

Issues in copyright and labor kept lawyers busy in 2019; however, the Los Angeles case that made the most headlines was a streetwear brand that brought its case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Designer Mossimo Giannulli Charged in ‘Operation Varsity Blues’ Scandal

One of the most notorious criminal cases of 2019 was the “Operation Varsity Blues” college-admissions scandal in which a number of wealthy parents were accused of crimes ranging from bribery to money laundering in a scheme to guarantee their children’s admission into renowned universities.

PacSun Pays $85,000 Settlement in Discrimination Suit

Anaheim, Calif.–headquartered Pacific Sunwear of California, LLC, will pay $85,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it was announced on Sept. 20.

Copyright Case Decision May Change Legal Game

Copyright-infringement lawsuits have been big business in Los Angeles, which is the center of many creative industries including fashion, film and music. But a recent case tackling this topic in Southern California is making waves and might force prospective plaintiffs to be more diligent when filing for copyright protection.

Los Angeles Apparel Contractor Fined for Underpaying Employees

After a six-month investigation, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a nearly $54,000 fine against a Los Angeles garment sewing contractor for underpaying 21 employees.

Fashion Design Giannulli and Wife Plead Not Guilty in College-Bribery Scandal

Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli and wife, Lori Loughlin, pleaded not guilty on charges stemming from a college-admissions scandal case involving their two daughters.

Fashion Designer Mossimo Giannulli and Wife Charged With Money Laundering

Nearly one month after 33 parents were indicted for paying bribes to get their children into prestigious universities, 16 of them were indicted by a federal grand jury on a secondary charge of fraud and money laundering.

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