Highlights

HONOR: C&J TOP 50 AND SUPER LAWYERS

Call & Jensen is pleased to congratulate its attorneys who were recognized by Southern California Super Lawyers in its 2017 lists of “Super Lawyers” published in Super Lawyers, Orange Coast, and Los Angeles Magazine. Two of the spots on the Top 50 OC Super Lawyers were held by Call & Jensen attorneys Mark Eisenhut and David Sugden. Overall, 8 Call & Jensen attorneys were named “Super Lawyers” in their respective areas of practice – designations awarded to no more than 2.5% of California attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Call & Jensen congratulates the following attorneys for their 2017 Super Lawyers selection: Todd Bouton, Wayne Call, Mark Eisenhut, Ryan McNamara, Matt Orr, Scott Shaw, David Sugden, and Julie Trotter.

Kerri Summers a Human Options Board Member

Call & Jensen is proud to announce that Kerri Summers, legal assistant, has been named as a member of the Board of Directors for Human Options, an Orange County-based nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence. Ms. Summers has volunteered with the organization since 2009.

Women in Law and Leadership Summit

On March 7, 2018, Call & Jensen shareholder Jacqueline Beaumont will be presenting at the Women in Law and Leadership Summit. The event is targeted towards creating a leadership community amongst women attorneys, by providing networking and learning opportunities on topics including career management, mentorship, gender equity, etc. Other speakers include senior in-house counsel and GCs from companies including Microsoft, T-Mobile, Intel, and Nike. Event details are available here.

C&J Attorneys Elected to Bar Leadership

Call & Jensen is proud to announce that several of its attorneys have been elected to local bar association leadership roles for 2018. Shirin Forootan was elected to the position of Secretary/Treasurer for the Orange County Bar Association Labor and Employment Section, an organization in which Call & Jensen’s employment law attorneys have regularly participated and been invited to speak. She will serve a three-year term, serving as Chair-Elect of the Section in 2019 and Chair in 2020. Jacqueline Beaumont was elected to the Board of Directors for the Orange County Women Lawyers Association, furthering Call & Jensen’s support and sponsorship of this important local bar association. The firm congratulates Mr. Forootan and Ms. Beaumont on their elections.

CLASS CERTIFICATION DEFEATED

Attorneys at Call & Jensen, in association with Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell, defeated class certification in an action which would have included tens of thousands of class members.  Call & Jensen’s client is a leading, world-wide name-brand manufacturer of mattresses and pillows.  After the denial of class certification, the trial team persuaded the district judge to divide the individual plaintiffs’ claims and transfer each plaintiff back to their home districts, leading to a favorable dismissal of all claims. The action was pending before the United States District Court in the Northern District of California.  Call & Jensen attorneys handling the case included Mark Eisenhut, Matthew Orr, and Samuel Brooks.

THREE-WEEK JURY TRIAL VICTORY: PRESTIGIOUS PRIVATE UNIVERSITY PREVAILS IN MULTI-MILLION-DOLLAR EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT LAWSUIT

Call & Jensen recently obtained a complete 12-0 defense trial verdict for its clients, a prestigious Southern California private university and one of its employees, following a three-week jury trial in the Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County. The lawsuit involved detailed claims of sexual harassment and discrimination, pregnancy harassment and discrimination, constructive discharge in violation of public policy, failure to prevent harassment and physical disability discrimination and unpaid overtime and missed meal and rest breaks. Although the plaintiff asked the jury to award more than $3 million in damages, the firm’s attorneys proved at trial that her claims were simply not credible.  Attorneys David R. Sugden, Marlynn P. Howe, and Melinda Evans obtained the vindicating victory for their clients.

CALL & JENSEN SECURES PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION AGAINST FORMER OFFICER

Call & Jensen secured a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in superior court against a former officer of Call & Jensen’s client, precluding the officer from unlawfully competing against the client by soliciting its customers and employees. The victory was obtained at the beginning stages of the litigation and protected Call & Jensen’s client from being raided by the former officer. The team consisted of attorneys Mark L. Eisenhut, Scott R. Hatch, and Joshua G. Simon.

C&J Obtains Jury Verdict for Over $1M for Trade Secrets Misappropriation and Related Torts

In July of 2017, David Sugden and Scott Hatch helped Applied General Agency, Inc. (“AGA”) obtain a jury verdict of over a million dollars.  The jury found in AGA’s favor as against Greenleaf Financial and Insurance Services, Inc., Christopher Mulder, and Lucas Johnson for Misappropriation of Trade Secrets and Negligent Interference with Prospective Economic Relations, as well as against Lucas Johnson for Breach of his Duty of Loyalty to AGA.  The jury also found that Defendants’ misappropriation of trade secrets was willful and malicious which allows AGA to seek recovery of its attorneys’ fees.  The three-week trial capped a litigation that included Call & Jensen obtaining an order for forensic inspection of the Defendants’ computers due to their discovery abuses, as well as monetary, issue, and evidentiary sanctions.

CALL & JENSEN SECURES PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION AT PLEADING STAGE OF TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT CASE

At the outset of a trademark infringement lawsuit in federal court, Call & Jensen secured a preliminary injunction on behalf of a prominent medical device manufacturer against its competitors. Arguing against a tentative denying the preliminary injunction, Call & Jensen’s attorneys convinced the federal judge to change course, affirm the validity of the manufacturer’s key mark, and find that all elements of the preliminary injunction standard had been met. The team consisted of attorneys Mark L. Eisenhut, Samuel G. Brooks, and Joshua G. Simon.

Firm Dismisses Trademark Infringement Action

Call & Jensen successfully secured dismissal at the pleading stage of trademark infringement claims brought against a prominent national client.  In the order granting dismissal of the claims, the court held that the plaintiff had failed to support a plausible claim that the defendants’ use of a name for a new cosmetics line was likely to cause consumer confusion.  This victory follows on the heels of Call & Jensen’s defeat of the plaintiff’s surprise ex parte application for a temporary restraining order involving these claims.  The team consisted of attorneys Scott Shaw, Julie Trotter, and Lisa Wegner.

C&J prevails over Plaintiff’s wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims

Call & Jensen attorneys Julie Trotter, Delavan Dickson, and Shirin Forootan obtained summary adjudication on fifteen of seventeen causes of action alleged against a skilled nursing facility and one of its former Executive Directors, including on the Plaintiff’s wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims.  The motion was largely premised on damaging admissions made by Plaintiff while she was being deposed by Ms. Trotter.

C&J EARNS “RISING STARS” AND “UP-AND-COMING” ATTORNEYS HONORS

Call & Jensen is proud to announce that ten of its attorneys were named as “Southern California Rising Stars” by Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine in 2017. These outstanding lawyers were honored in their respective areas of practice for attaining a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement – designations awarded to no more than 2.5 percent of California attorneys. In additional to being named Rising Stars, two of the firm’s attorneys were ranked amongst the highest in the Southern California region: Jacqueline Beaumont was selected as one of the Up-And-Coming 50 Women in Southern California, and Kent R. Christensen was selected as one of the Up-And-Coming Southern California 100. Call & Jensen congratulates the following attorneys on their selections as Rising Stars. Jacqueline Beaumont, Samuel G. Brooks, Kent R. Christensen, Jeffrey M. David, Delavan Dickson, John T. Egley, Shirin Forootan, Scott R. Hatch, Aaron L. Renfro, and Joshua G. Simon.

Call & Jensen Defeats Motion for Preliminary Injunction in Trademark Infringement Case

After a hard-fought evidentiary hearing before a federal judge, Call & Jensen attorneys recently defeated a motion for a preliminary injunction in a trademark infringement lawsuit, in which the plaintiff was seeking to preclude the firm’s client from marketing millions of dollars in products with a name that the plaintiff claimed to own a valid trademark for. The successful defeat of the motion allowed Call & Jensen’s client to continue marketing its existing product, achieving business goals, and to reach a favorable settlement agreement regarding the dispute. The team consisted of attorneys Scott Shaw, Debbie Gubernick, and Todd Bouton, and paralegal Halai Hashimi.

Motion Victory: Call & Jensen Obtains Early Dismissal of Class Action Claims

Call & Jensen attorneys recently obtained a dismissal of class action allegations for their client in an employment wage-and-hour class action pending in Kern County Superior Court.  After the plaintiff former employee filed a class action lawsuit against several different entities involved in oil drilling sites in California, Call & Jensen’s attorneys developed a strategy for limiting the scope of the case to solely the individual plaintiff.  After a successful work-up of factual and legal issues, Call & Jensen filed a Motion to Strike Class Action Allegations. The Court granted the motion, effectively reducing the vast majority of potential liability against their client, and removing the “class” from this class action entirely.  The team consisted of John Egley, Josh Simon, Chris Dalton, Kevin Jackson, and paralegal Mariam Yusuf.

JACQUELINE BEAUMONT AND SHIRIN FOROOTAN NOMINATED TO OCBJ “WOMEN IN BUSINESS”

Call & Jensen is proud to announce that Jacqueline Beaumont and Shirin Forootan were recently selected by the Orange County Business Journal as a 2016 “Women in Business” nominee. Nominees are selected based on significant contributions to their profession and the community. Ms. Beaumont focuses her practice on the representation of clients in complex employment matters. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the OCBA Mommy Esquire Committee, is a member of Girls Inc.’s Women for Girls leadership group, and is a member of the Orange County Bar Association Labor & Employment Section and the Orange County Women Lawyers Association.  Ms. Forootan practices exclusively in labor and employment litigation defense and advising.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Bar Association and is a member of the Community Impact Cabinet for Orange County United Way.

Call & Jensen Attorney Meets with Lawmakers at State Capitol

On April 24, 2017, Call & Jensen attorney, Shirin Forootan, met with several lawmakers in Sacramento on Capitol Hill on behalf of United Way of Orange County.  Ms. Forootan advocated the causes of health, financial security, housing, and education for all Orange County families with respect to pending legislation.  Ms. Forootan is currently a member of the Community Impact Cabinet of United Way of Orange County.

SHIRIN FOROOTAN APPOINTED OCBA DIRECTOR AT LARGE

On November 16, 2016, Call & Jensen attorney, Shirin Forootan, was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Orange County Bar Association for a three-year term.  In her capacity as Board Member, she remains committed to carrying out the mission of the OCBA, which is the enhance the system of justice, to support the lawyers who serve it, and to assist the community served by it.  Within the OCBA, Ms. Forootan is very active with the homeless task force, amicus alo task force, community outreach committee, and mommy esquire committee.

DEFENSE VICTORY: CLASS ACTION AGAINST COMPUTER MAKER DISMISSED

Call & Jensen secured the complete pretrial dismissal of a high stakes class action complaint against one of the world’s largest personal computer makers. Before dismissal, the Plaintiff sought classwide damages in excess of $100 million.

For more information contact Matt Orr at morr@calljensen.com

CALL & JENSEN: C&J PROTECTS MSJ VICTORY ON APPEAL

Call & Jensen attorneys Julie Trotter, Jackie Beaumont and Melinda Evans successfully defended their summary judgment win on appeal in a wrongful termination lawsuit brought against Chevron and two individual supervisors. The lawsuit alleged complex and novel issues regarding the scope of protection afforded non-citizen employees under California’s FEHA. Plaintiff was a high-earning expat seeking over $1.5 million in damages. The Call & Jensen team prevailed on summary judgment at the trial level after securing damaging deposition admissions during a grueling, two-day deposition of plaintiff. Following oral argument, the Court of Appeal affirmed the judgment in its entirety.

CLASS CERTIFICATION DENIED: FIRM DEFEATS MOTION TO CERTIFY A PROPOSED CLASS OF OVER 1,500 THERAPISTS

Call & Jensen recently persuaded the Honorable Ann I. Jones of the Los Angeles County Superior Court to deny class certification to a proposed class of more than 1,500 therapists in a wage-and-hour lawsuit. Call & Jensen obtained this victory for its client following more than four years of protracted litigation against class counsel. The attorneys who handled the case were Julie Trotter and Delavan Dickson.