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Consumer Finance

California Supreme Court Denies Review of Spikener FTC Holder Rule Case

The California Supreme Court denied review and declined to depublish the Court of Appeal’s decision in Spikener.  https://appellatecases.courtinfo.ca.gov/search/case/dockets.cfm?dist=0&doc_id=2322739&doc_no=S263361&request_token=NiIwLSEmXkg%2FWyBdSCJNSElIIDg0UDxTJSIuSzxTICAgCg%3D%3D Spikener held that the FTC Holder Rule pre-empted Civil Code section 1459.5, which legislatively sought to overrule the Lafferty decision’s finding that the FTC…


California Appellate Tracker

Provost v. YourMechanic, Inc. (2020)

The trial court properly denied the defendant employer’s motion to compel arbitration of plaintiff’s “standing” to bring the PAGA action he filed against the employer.   Requiring plaintiff to arbitrate whether he was an “aggrieved employee” with standing to bring a representative PAGA action would require splitting that single action into two components: an arbitrable “individual” claim (i.e., whether he was…


News, Publications & Events

Stephen Britt Co-Authors Article on “Quarterly Report Impact Analysis”

At the behest of the editors of the Conference on Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report, Stephen Britt of the Firm’s Orange County Office co-authored an article with Rebecca Fuller of St. Mary’s School of Law on the impact of the…