LENSCRAFTERS CLASS ACTION
Meal & Rest Breaks/Overtime
$10,000,000 recovered for employees of Lenscrafters. California Employees of Lenscrafters retained The Spencer Law Firm to represent them in a class action against Lenscrafters alleging a statewide practice of failing to provide meal and rest breaks and pay overtime compensation to its California employees. The case was aggressively litigated and involved a successful motion to remand the case from Federal Court to State Court and a published opinion by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Babasa v. Lenscrafters (9th Cir. 2007) 498 F.3d 972. The case was settled for $10 Million dollars.
MAJOR RETAILER EMPLOYEE MISCLASSIFICATION
$1,700,000 recovered for employees of a major national retailer. The Spencer Law Firm was hired to represent 60 Area Sales Managers of a major national retailer who were mis-classified as overtime exempt and were denied overtime compensation. The case settled for $1.7 Million.
SBC DSL CLASS ACTION
$65,000,000 recovered for Pacific Bell/SBC DSL customers When Pacific Bell/SBC started offering DSL internet service in California it engaged is an aggressive advertising campaign regarding the speed of its internet connection. The Spencer Law Firm was retained by a consumer who did not receive the advertised internet speeds to prosecute a class action against Pacific Bell/SBC. The case was consolidated into the In Re SBC litigation. Attorney Jeffrey Spencer of the Spencer Law Firm was on the Steering Committee, and Settlement Committee and along with other members of the settlement committee successfully negotiated the $65,000,000 settlement on behalf of the AT&T customers.
GNC CLASS ACTION
Meal Rest Breaks/Overtime
$4,600,000 recovered for employees of GNC The Spencer Law Firm was retained by GNC employees to prosecute a class action against GNC to recover unpaid overtime compensation and meal and rest period compensation. The case was settled for $4.6 Million dollars with some class members receiving in excess of $15,000. As the result of the lawsuit GNC reclassified Store Managers and Senior Store Managers as non-exempt and entitled to overtime compensation.
REALNETWORKS CLASS ACTION
Internet Spying / Internet Privacy Violations
$20,000,000 recovered for customers of RealNetworks. A RealNetworks customer hired The Spencer Law Firm to file the first class action lawsuit in the nation against RealNetworks for secretly attaching spyware to its RealJukebox software and assigning a GUID (Globally Unique Identifier) to its customers which could be matched to the customers personal information. The plaintiffs contended the secret spyware recorded all of the customers usage history and secretly transmitted it back to RealNetworks. If the consumer were to use RealJukebox offline, as soon as the consumer went back on line the information would be transmitted to RealNetworks. The plaintiffs contended the GUID, permitted RealNetworks to match the usage history to the consumer and create a profile of the user. After extensive litigation The Spencer Law Firm negotiated a settlement worth $20 Million for the RealNetworks customers.
EZ LUBE CLASS ACTION
Meal & Rest Breaks/Overtime
$3,000,000 recovered for employees of EZ Lube Employees of EZ Lube employed in non-salary positions hired The Spencer Law Firm to represent them in a class action against EZ Lube to force it to allow them to take meal and rest breaks, pay meal and rest period compensation and to pay for off the clock work. The case was settled for $3 Million dollars.
NATIONAL RETAILER EMPLOYEE MISCLASSIFCATION
$324,976 recovered for employees of a major national retailer. The Spencer Law Firm was hired to represent 9 Area Sales Managers of a major national retailer who were mis-classified as overtime exempt and were denied overtime compensation. The case settled for $324,976.
STAMPS.COM CLASS ACTION
Unfair Business Practices
$14,000,000 recovered for customers of Stamps.com The Spencer Law Firm was hired by customers of Stamps.com to prosecute claims that they were not provided an effective means of closing their accounts and whose final bills were not pro-rated when they terminated the service. The case settled for $14 Million and caused Stamps.com to significantly modify its business practices to better protect its customers.
CLASS ACTION involving a major national bank
Meal and Rest Breaks and unpaid wages
$2,000,000. Hourly employees of a major national bank hired the Spencer Law Firm to represent them in a class action to recover unpaid meal and rest period compensation and unpaid wages. The case was extensively litigated over several years. After the Court granted a contested Motion for Class Certification the Spencer Law Firm negotiated a $2,000,000 settlement on behalf of the employees.
EVERGREEN ROYALE CLASS ACTION
$2,300,000. The Spencer Law Firm was hired by tenants of a residence motel to prosecute claims that it violated California Civil Code 1940.1 by requiring the tenants to leave by the 28th day of occupancy and return the next day in order to deprive the tenants of their rights as long term tenants. The Spencer Law Firm obtained a $2,300,000 settlement on behalf of the tenants.
HEALTH STORE RETAILER EMPLOYEE MISCLASSIFICATION
Unpaid Overtime/Meal & Rest Period Violations
$220,500 recovered for employees of a major national retailer. The Spencer Law Firm was hired to represent 9 Store Managers and Assistant Managers of a major national retailer of vitamins and health care products who were mis-classified as overtime exempt and were denied overtime compensation and meal and rest period compensation. The case settled for $220,500.
AUREATE CLASS ACTION
$2,000,000 judgment obtained for customers of Aureate Media Inc. Customers of Aureate Media Inc. hired the Spencer Law Firm to file a class action to stop Aureate Media's practice of secretly embedding spyware in its shareware programs that allowed it to track consumers’ internet usage without their authorization and to recover damages. The Spencer Law Firm successfully obtained a $2,000,000 judgment against Aureate Media Inc.
CLASS ACTION involving major retailer of health products
Meal and Rest Breaks
$1,500,000 recovered for employees of a major retailer of health products. Employees hired the Spencer Law Firm to represent them in a class action to recover unpaid meal and rest period compensation. The case was extensively litigated over several years. The case settled for $1,500,000.
3M Class Action
$980,000 recovered for employees of 3M Hourly workers at 3M Company's Ontario Warehouse hired The Spencer Law Firm to recover unpaid meal and rest period compensation. The case alleged that 3M systematically required the employees to work more than 5 hours before they were provided meal periods. The case settled for $980,000 and 3M changed its meal period practices so that the employees received timely meal periods.
UNITED HEALTH GROUP CLASS ACTION
$750,000 recovered for University of California Irvine (UCI) Students The Spencer Law Firm represented UCI graduate students in a class action against United Health Group Inc. the provider of their graduate student health insurance policies for damages arising out of the theft of their confidential information by an employee of United Health Group Inc. The case was settled for $750,000.
VERANO AT TALEGA CLASS ACTION
Construction Defect – Breach of Fiduciary Duty
The Spencer Law Firm has been retained by residents of the Verano at Talega development in San Clemente California to prosecute claims against developer Lennar Homes of California for construction defects including leaking copper pipes and soils issues and against the Verano at Talega Homeowners Association for breach of fiduciary duty arising out of its attempts to settle the homeowners claims without authority. This case is ongoing in the Orange County Superior Court Ramirez v. Lennar Homes of California et. al.,Orange County Superior Court Case No. 30-2013-00644699.
VITAMIN SHOPPE CLASS ACTION
Meal & Rest Breaks
$840,000 recovered for employees of Vitamin Shoppe Hourly employees of the Vitamin Shoppe in California hired the Spencer Law Firm to represent them in a class action to recover unpaid meal and rest period compensation. The case was extensively litigated over several years. The case settled for $840,000.
TALENT TREE CLASS ACTION
Unpaid Overtime/Meal & Rest Breaks
$500,000 recovered for employees of Talent Tree staffing company.
HATFIELD v. TUESDAY MORNING
Misclassification – unpaid overtime
$140,000 trial verdict. A single manager of retailer Tuesday Morning hired the Spencer Law Firm to represent her in a claim for unpaid overtime wages. The case was tried before Orange County Superior Court Judge Ronald L. Bauer. After a three week trial The Spencer Law Firm obtained a $140,975.86 trial verdict on behalf of the employee.
TARGET OPTICAL AND SEARS OPTICAL CLASS ACTION
Meal & Rest Breaks
$500,000 recovered for employees of Target Optical and Sears Optical.
Oil Field Injury
$2,700,000 recovered for an employee of an oil well servicing company. An oil field employee suffered severe injuries while pressure testing oil well tubes in Signal Hill, California. The case settled for a $2.7 Million recovery for the employee.
$500,000 recovered against an automobile manufacturer for damages caused by a defective seat back.
Illegal Employment Screening Reports
$395,000 recovered for individual employees who were the subjects of employment screening reports that did not comply with California law. The case settled in for $395,000.
$100,000 recovered for a single employee against an employment screening company who inaccurately reporting the plaintiff had a felony conviction.
$100,000 policy limits recovered for the plaintiff who suffered a broken leg after being struck by a car while riding her bicycle.
Credit Report Violations
$600,000 on behalf of individual renters against a national tenant screening company. The Spencer Law Firm was retained by individuals who who were the subjects of inaccurate tenant screening reports that improperly reported that they had previously been evicted, causing them to be denied rental opportunities. The case settled for $600,000.
Confidential policy limits settlement recovered for the plaintiff who suffered lacerations to his leg after being bitten a dog while working in his yard.
Insurance Bad Faith / Broker Negligence
$750,000 recovered on behalf of plaintiffs against an insurance company and broker for insurance bad faith and broker negligence.
$400,000 confidential settlement against a cemetery in Los Angeles for mishandling of human remains and desecrating grave sites. The Spencer Law Firm has extensive experience litigating improper maintenance and improper handling of human remains cases against cemeteries and mortuaries over the past decade. Attorney Jeffrey Spencer had extensive involvement in the Paradise Memorial Park Cemetery Consolidated litigation. Most recently the Spencer Law Firm obtained a confidential $400,000 settlement for the family members and relatives of persons whose grave sites were desecrated by the owners and operators of a cemetery in Los Angeles, California.