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Wilshire Law Firm Wins Class Certification for Bank of America Workers

LOS ANGELES, CA. December 4, 2019 – In an important victory that will benefit thousands of workers and protect countless others, Wilshire Law Firm secured class certification on Tuesday against behemoth Bank of America in a lawsuit for California Labor Code violations. The class consists of treasury services advisers and financial center assistant managers who worked for Bank of America in California. The ruling comes after numerous judges denied previous efforts to obtain certification. Justin F. Marquez, Senior Attorney at Wilshire Law Firm, observed: “We prevailed where so many others have failed.” Nicol E. Hajjar, counsel for plaintiffs, added: “Wilshire Law Firm is pleased with this favorable outcome, and we remain vigorous in walking side-by-side with our clients in pursuing justice.” Plaintiffs alleged that Bank of America, America’s second-largest bank, failed to pay class members for all hours worked and routinely denied class members of their required-by-law meal and rest breaks. U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler agreed with the plaintiffs. In her 24-page order Tuesday granting class certification, the court noted: “the facts that underlie the plaintiffs’ claims are that the Bank’s de facto policies (1) make off-the-clock work unavoidable because employees must work before they log in for their shifts and after they log out and (2) set performance goals that make it impossible to take meal-and-rest breaks.” As a result, the court found that “Bank of America’s system-wide implementation of its policies … would generate common answers apt to drive the resolution of the litigation.” The workers are represented by Justin F. Marquez, Bobby Saadian, Nicol E. Hajjar, Thiago M. Coelho and Robert Dart of Wilshire Law Firm PLC; and Stephen Noel Ilg and George L. Lin of Ilg Legal Office PC. About Wilshire Law Firm Founded in 2007 by Bobby Saadian, Esq., Wilshire Law Firm is an award-winning personal injury, employment law, and class action law firm. Recognized by U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers as one of 2020’s “Best Law Firms”, the firm’s attorneys are consistently recognized throughout the legal industry for their excellence. To find out more, call (844) 790-8018, or visit: https://www.WilshireLawFirm.com Instagram: @WilshireLawFirmPLC Twitter: @WilshireLawFirm Facebook: @WilshireLawFirm Contact: info@wilshirelawfirm.com { "@context": "https://schema.org", "@type": "NewsArticle", "mainEntityOfPage": { "@type": "WebPage", "@id": "/press/wilshire-law-firm-wins-class-certification-for-bank-of-america-workers/" }, "headline": "Wilshire Law Firm Wins Class Certification for Bank of America Workers", "image": [ "/uploads/2019/06/wlf_shield_fullcolor-1.png" ], "datePublished": "2019-12-04T18:37:00-00:00", "publisher":{ "@type":"Organization", "name":"Wilshire Law Firm", "logo": { "@type": "ImageObject", "url": "/uploads/2018/10/Wilshire-Law-Firm-1000px-Logo-PNG.png" } }, "author": { "@type": "Person", "name": "Trevor Nees", "@id": "https://www.linkedin.com/in/trevor-nees" }, "dateModified": "2019-12-05T17:01:00-00:00", "description": "In an important victory that will benefit thousands of workers and protect countless others, Wilshire Law Firm secured class certification on Tuesday against behemoth Bank of America in a lawsuit for California Labor Code violations. The class consists of treasury services advisers and financial center assistant managers who worked for Bank of America in California." }

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Wilshire Law Firm Secures Landmark $28.5 Million Result Against School District

LOS ANGELES, CA. November 7, 2019 – A landmark decision with the potential to affect students throughout California and nationwide was reached Monday, thanks to the determination of two law firms working on behalf of an 11-year-old student who was catastrophically injured while walking home from Puesta Del Sol Elementary School in the Victor Elementary School District, San Bernardino. Wilshire Law Firm’s senior trial attorney Jon C. Teller, Esq., in conjunction with Rahul Ravipudi, Esq. of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, obtained a judgment at trial of 100% negligence against the School District. The case then settled just before picking a jury for the damages phase of trial. The result not only recovers millions in damages for the student but also sets forth groundbreaking policy changes that the School District has agreed to implement to protect IEP/Section 504 students. “No parent should suffer something like this ever, ever again,” argued Jon Teller, Wilshire Law Firm’s senior trial attorney. “We hope that this result leads to substantial changes that protect all students throughout the Country who follow an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).” Pictured: Wilshire Law Firm Senior Trial Attorney Jon C. Teller, Esq. Although a substantial amount of money was offered, the attorneys for the child would not agree to resolve the case until the School District agreed to implement new policies and procedures to ensure something like this never happens again. IEPs for children who require curb-to-curb bus transportation in the School District now require not only regular evaluation, but rigid enforcement. The settlement requires training for School District faculty members, along with creating more transparent rights and letters to parents for parents of students who require special education assistance, administrative assistance, or other support. “The ultimate mission of our work is substantial societal change that makes the world a better place, and that’s what we accomplished in this case,” noted Bobby Saadian, Esq., Wilshire Law Firm’s Founding President and Managing Attorney. “We emphasized the need for changes to the School District’s evaluation and enforcement policies throughout the case, and because of that insistence, the parents and families of future students are going to benefit.” In addition to the monetary conditions (totaling $28,500,000), the School District has additionally agreed to have a third party “conduct an evaluation of the District’s IEP/Section 504 policies and procedure and prepare a report to the District concerning its evaluation and recommendations for training of the District’s employees.” The victim, an eleven-year-old minor, was struck by a vehicle near the intersection of Village Drive and Puesta Del Sol Drive while walking home alone after school in February of 2017. Previously, the School District had determined that our client required “curb-to-curb bus transportation” to ensure his physical safety. “Schools often overlook the needs of children in special education and Fabian’s story is the tragic result of that pattern and practice,” commented Panish Shea & Boyle LLP partner Rahul Ravipudi. As a result, our client suffered catastrophic injuries, including a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) that will require 24/7 lifetime care. Despite the serious nature of the injuries, the School District refused to make any settlement offers before heading to trial. “Despite the School District offering our client $0 and rigorously fighting liability throughout the last 2 years,” remarked Teller, “the entire team at Wilshire Law Firm welcomed the opportunity to protect our client and protect students nationwide, and that is why we took on this fight and succeeded.” About Wilshire Law Firm Founded in 2007 by Bobby Saadian, Esq., Wilshire Law Firm is an award-winning personal injury, employment law, and class action law firm. Recognized by U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers as one of 2020’s “Best Law Firms”, the firm’s attorneys are consistently recognized throughout the legal industry for their excellence. To date, our team of over 130 legal professionals has recovered more than $900,000,000 for the Wilshire Law Firm client family, providing exceptional service every step of the way. To find out more, call (800) 522-7274, or visit: https://www.WilshireLawFirm.com Instagram: @WilshireLawFirmPLC Twitter: @WilshireLawFirm Facebook: @WilshireLawFirm Contact: info@wilshirelawfirm.com About Panish Shea & Boyle LLP Panish Shea & Boyle LLP is a nationally recognized personal injury law firm representing plaintiffs in catastrophic injury, wrongful death, product liability, mass torts/class action, and business litigation cases. Firm attorneys have obtained some of the most significant awards for plaintiffs in U.S. history, including a $4.9 billion verdict in Anderson v. GM, and are repeatedly recognized for excellence by other trial attorneys, legal organizations and publications nationwide. The firm is ranked by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® as a “Tier 1” Firm – the highest ranking a firm can receive – in the areas of Plaintiffs Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions, Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation and Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation, and is recognized as being among the top Plaintiff’s law firms in the country by the National Law Journal.

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Wilshire Law Firm Receives U.S. News 2020 “Best Law Firms” Award

LOS ANGELES, CA. November 5, 2019 – Wilshire Law Firm is proud to announce that U.S. News & World Report, in conjunction with Best Lawyers, has recognized the firm in the 2020 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings in the area of Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs. The award, which recognizes professional excellence and consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers, comes after a rigorous and thorough review process that incorporates feedback from almost 16,000 lawyers and more than 12,000 clients. To be eligible for a 2020 ranking, firms were additionally required to have at least one lawyer recognized in the 25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Achieving the “Best Law Firms” ranking reflects the high level of respect Wilshire Law Firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients. “We appreciate being included among the highest-ranking law firms in the country by U.S. News and World Report,” remarked Founding President and Managing Attorney Bobby Saadian, Esq., a 2019 Best Lawyers honoree. “However, our biggest thanks goes to our incredible clients—without their continued trust and dedication in our outstanding service, this award would not have been possible.” Pictured: Wilshire Law Firm Founding President and Managing Attorney Bobby Saadian, Esq. A digital news and information company focused on empowering people to make better decisions about important issues in their lives, U.S. News & World Report offers advice, analysis, and rankings in areas such as Education, Money, Health, and Civics to more than 40 million people each month. Best Lawyers, one of the most respected lawyer ranking services in the world, assists those in need of legal services to identify the lawyers who are best qualified to represent them. For nearly 40 years, Best Lawyers rankings have been published in leading publications around the world. Wilshire Law Firm was selected as a Tier 2 practice in the Los Angeles region in the area of Personal Injury Litigation—Plaintiffs. About Wilshire Law Firm Founded in 2007 by Bobby Saadian, Esq., Wilshire Law Firm is an award-winning personal injury, employment law, and class action law firm. To date, our team of over 130 legal professionals has recovered more than $900,000,000 for the Wilshire Law Firm client family, providing exceptional service every step of the way. Contact: Press@wilshirelawfirm.com

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Tae-Yoon Kim Obtains $1,500,000 Settlement Agreement for Motorcycle Accident Victim

LOS ANGELES, CA. September 11, 2019 – Wilshire Law Firm proudly announces that motorcycle accident lawyer Tae-Yoon Kim, Esq. has successfully obtained a $1,500,000 settlement on behalf of a motorcyclist injured in an April 2019 car accident. “Our client’s condition remains serious and recovery continues slowly,” noted Kim, who reached his second settlement agreement of $1,000,000 or more in as many months. “This outstanding settlement will allow our client to get the additional treatment, surgery, and therapy they will need to deal with these lifelong injuries.” The accident occurred at approximately 4:15 PM on April 26th, 2019 when the client had his motorcycle struck by another vehicle while traveling eastbound on Interstate 210 (Foothill Freeway) in Los Angeles County, California. Following the collision, the motorcyclist was rushed by ambulance to Pomona Valley Medical Center. Numerous diagnostic procedures revealed significant facial fractures, a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and serious damage to the client’s right knee and right optic nerve. Screws, plates, and other hardware were required to surgically repair the injuries, with multiple facial surgeries in the future likely. In addition, the injured motorcyclist will require future TBI assessments, ophthalmological assessments, scar revisions, and ongoing psychiatric and sociopsychological care. With the new settlement agreement—a full recovery of the insurance policy limit—this deserving client can confidently move forward with their continuing medical treatment. Determined to stand up for those without a voice, Tae-Yoon Kim, Esq. serves as an integral member of Wilshire Law Firm’s pre-litigation team. With nearly two decades of legal experience, Mr. Kim’s record of proven success includes multiple recoveries in excess of $1,000,000 each. ![Pictured: Wilshire Law Firm Supervising Attorney Tae-Yoon Kim, Esq.](../../uploads/2019/09/Tae_1.5M_IG_FB-9-10-19.jpg)Pictured: Wilshire Law Firm Supervising Attorney Tae-Yoon Kim, Esq. About Wilshire Law Firm Founded in 2007 by Bobby Saadian, Esq., Wilshire Law Firm is an award-winning personal injury, employment law, and class action law firm. To date, our team of over 100 legal professionals has recovered more than $900,000,000 for the Wilshire Law Firm client family, providing exceptional service every step of the way. Contact: Press@wilshirelawfirm.com

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Bobby Saadian Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 Edition

LOS ANGELES, CA. August 29, 2019 — Wilshire Law Firm warmly congratulates Founding President and Managing Attorney Bobby Saadian, Esq. on being named among The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 for his excellence in the area of Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs. One of the legal industry’s most prestigious honors, this year marks Mr. Saadian’s second consecutive appearance in Best Lawyers®, the only purely peer-review™ guide to the legal profession. First published nearly 40 years ago, Best Lawyers is “the oldest and most respected lawyer ranking service in the world,” helping consumers in need of legal services identify the most-qualified attorneys based on legal expertise, ethical standards, and professionalism. Best Lawyers publications are compiled through tens of thousands of confidential peer-review surveys completed by leading attorneys. Bobby Saadian, Esq., the Founding Partner and Managing Attorney of Wilshire Law Firm, is a nationally-recognized, award-winning consumer attorney who represents Catastrophic Injury victims and their families in Motor Vehicle Accident, Product Liability, and Wrongful Death cases, as well as assisting Employment Law and Consumer Class Action victims in complex litigation members. An innovative leader within the legal community, Mr. Saadian’s legal work has been recognized with several notable distinctions. In 2019, Mr. Saadian took over duties as President of The National Trial Lawyers Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association—Top 25, and he is listed in two of the legal industries most-trusted directories, The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers. Mr. Saadian has also earned an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. About Wilshire Law Firm Founded in 2007 by Bobby Saadian, Esq., Wilshire Law Firm is an award-winning personal injury, employment law, and class action law firm. To date, our team of over 100 legal professionals has recovered more than $900,000,000 for our client family, providing exceptional service every step of the way. Contact: Press@wilshirelawfirm.com

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Wilshire Law Firm Reaches Settlement in Firefighter FLSA Suit

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 22, 2019 — Wilshire Law Firm is happy to announce that senior attorney Justin F. Marquez, Esq. and lead employment attorney Nicol Hajjar, Esq. have secured a successful settlement for Retired Division Chief Ronald Pelham in his Fair Labor and Standards Act (FLSA) suit against the City of Monrovia, California. Pelham, a former firefighter who risked his life serving for the Monrovia Fire Department, was allegedly misclassified by the department as an overtime-exempt, white-collar employee during a three-year period stretching from 2015 to 2018. Following an exhaustive investigation and thorough review of the City’s timekeeping and payroll records, Wilshire Law Firm determined that Pelham’s misclassification resulted in over 3,000 hours and more than $80,000 worth of unpaid FLSA overtime. The City of Monrovia argued (and continues to argue) that Pelham’s designation as a Division Chief rendered him ineligible for overtime pay, a finding contrasted by Wilshire Law Firm’s contention that FLSA regulations regarding white-collar exemptions do not apply to firefighters who, regardless of their rank or pay level, perform work such as preventing, controlling, or extinguishing fires. Following a month-long negotiation process, Wilshire Law Firm (led by Founding President and Managing Attorney Bobby Saadian, Esq.) and the City of Monrovia reached a settlement agreement for the total amount of $115,000, with Pelham receiving $72,969.40 directly. In spite of the challenges presented by the case, the damages paid out per person in Pelham’s case ($115,000) vastly outpace other California FLSA settlements in cases involving firefighters—similar cases have lost at trial, while other cases involving firefighter overtime claims have settled for anywhere between $1,126 and $20,759 per person in damages. Justin F. Marquez, Esq. specializes in high-stakes class action litigation, whistleblower actions, and employment claims and is a recognized leader in data privacy and consumer protection class actions. Nicol Hajjar, Esq. represents employee rights victims in workplace harassment, workplace discrimination, workplace retaliation, wrongful termination, wage & hour claims, and other employment law matters for Wilshire Law Firm. About Wilshire Law Firm Founded in 2007 by Bobby Saadian, Esq., Wilshire Law Firm is an award-winning personal injury, employment law, and class action law firm. To date, our team of over 100 legal professionals has recovered more than $380,000,000 for our client family, providing exceptional service every step of the way. Contact: Press@wilshirelawfirm.com

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