9th-circuitBy Christopher M. Cascino and Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

In Baker v. Microsoft Corp., No. 12-35946, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 4317 (9th Cir. Mar. 18, 2015), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit considered whether to adopt a rule creating a principle of comity between different federal district courts under which denial of

By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. and Laura J. Maechtlen

On April 24, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Stockwell v. City & Cnty. of San Francisco, Case No. 12-15070 (9th Cir.  April 24, 2014), overturned an order denying class certification of age discrimination claims filed by a group of

By Laura J. Maechtlen and Brian Wong

Here’s a question fit for October 31: Can an employer be liable for over $100,000 in punitive damages in a Title VII action, despite a jury award to the plaintiff of zero compensatory damages and merely one dollar in nominal damages? In an opinion that should scare the

wdwas.jpgBy Gerald L. Maatman, Jr. and Jennifer A. Riley

On June 6, 2013, Judge Benjamin H. Settle of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington issued an opinion in Canada v. Meracord, LLC, No. 12-5657 (W.D. Wash. June 6, 2012), and denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claims. 

In a cursory opinion