Highlights

DEFENSE VICTORY: C&J CONVINCES FEDERAL COURT TO DISMISS PUTATIVE CONSUMER CLASS ACTION

Call & Jensen attorneys Matthew R. Orr and Joshua G. Simon secured a class dismissal with prejudice, in a putative consumer class action proceeding in a Massachusetts federal district court against Gencor, an Orange County-based herbal supplement manufacturer. The proposed class action accused Gencor and other defendants, including General Nutrition Corporation (GNC), of misleading consumers by manipulating scientific data regarding the health effects of the herbal extract fenugreek. Call & Jensen moved to dismiss the lawsuit by attacking all nine legal claims, including those brought under the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act and various California and Massachusetts consumer protection statutes. The U.S. District Judge agreed with Call & Jensen’s arguments in their entirety, and granted the motion to dismiss the firm’s client from the case.

HONOR: 17 ATTORNEYS NAMED “SUPER LAWYERS” AND “RISING STARS” BY SUPER LAWYERS MAGAZINE

Call & Jensen is pleased to congratulate its attorneys who were recognized by Southern California Super Lawyers in its 2016 lists of “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars,” published in Super Lawyers, Orange Coast, and Los Angeles Magazine. Four of the spots on the Top 50 OC Super Lawyers were held by Call & Jensen attorneys Wayne Call, Mark Eisenhut, David Sugden, and Julie Trotter, and three of the spots on the OC Up-and-Coming 25 List were held by Call & Jensen attorneys Sam Brooks, Kent Christensen, and Scott Hatch – high honors for a firm of Call & Jensen’s size. Attorneys Kent Christensen and Scott Hatch were also honored as Up-and-Coming 100 Southern California Rising Stars. Overall, 17 Call & Jensen attorneys were named “Super Lawyers” or “Rising Stars” 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 2016 Super Lawyers selection: Todd Bouton, Wayne Call, Mark Eisenhut, Ryan McNamara, Matt Orr, David Sugden, and Julie Trotter; and congratulates the following attorneys on their selection as “Rising Stars”: Jacqueline Beaumont, Samuel Brooks, Kent Christensen, Jeffrey David, John Egley, Shirin Forootan, Deborah Gubernick, Scott Hatch, Aaron Renfro, and Joshua Simon.

CALL & JENSEN: FIRM ADDS NEW LITIGATORS TO ITS TRIAL PRACTICE

Call & Jensen is pleased to announce that it has added two litigators to its roster of trial and complex litigation attorneys. Lisa Sandoval joins the firm from Steptoe & Johnson, where her practice encompassed high-stakes litigation and white collar defense. She holds a J.D. from Columbia University and practiced law in New York and Washington D.C. before joining Call & Jensen. Chris Dalton joins the firm after practicing at Morrison & Foerster, where he represented aviation, pharmaceutical, and medical device manufacturers in product liability and commercial litigation matters in state and federal court. He holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps prior to practicing law. Call & Jensen welcomes its new attorneys.

DEFENSE VICTORY: SUCCESSFUL DEFENSE OF $100M SHOPPING CENTER LAWSUIT

Call & Jensen recently defended, successfully, a prominent real estate developer accused of building and selling, for $100M, a 300,000 square foot shopping center which was alleged by the buyer to have been filled with “defective tenants.” The matter was resolved by a confidential settlement favorable to Call & Jensen’s client. The case was handled by Call & Jensen attorneys Wayne Call and Scott Hatch.

HONOR: MULTIPLE C&J WOMEN IN BUSINESS NOMINEES

Call & Jensen is proud to announce that attorneys Jacqueline Beaumont and Shirin Forootan were recently selected by the Orange County Business Journal as 2016 “Women in Business” nominees. The awards honor business and professional OC women whose accomplishments positively impact the OC business community. Ms. Beaumont is an experienced litigator who has been repeatedly recognized for her work representing employers in all aspects of employment law and legal advising. She is a leader outside the office as well, co-chairing the Orange County Bar Association’s Mommy Esquire Committee, and serving the community through involvement with Girls Inc. and student moot court competitions. Ms. Forootan’s legal practice also focuses on representing and advising employers, which she has been doing exclusively for the past five years. In addition, Ms. Forootan is dedicated to her community—currently serving as Co-Chair of Orange County United Way’s Women United and recently serving as Co-Chair of the Orange County Bar Association’s Community Outreach Committee and Mommy Esquire Committee. She also regularly presents on “teenage legal survival skills” to high-school students in Orange County.

DEFENSE VICTORY: $1.6M ATTORNEY’S FEES AWARD

Call & Jensen attorneys recently secured an attorney’s fees award of more than $1.6 million for their client. The award followed the complete dismissal of a $10 million lender liability action against one of the firm’s bank clients and a $4 million judgment for the bank against the plaintiff in the action. The case was litigated by Call & Jensen attorneys Wayne W. Call and Todd C. Bouton.

HONOR: CALL & JENSEN AMONG TOP OC LAW FIRMS

Call & Jensen was again named to Orange County Business Journal’s list of the Top Law Firms operating in Orange County. The firm is pleased to be recognized and ranked #34 on the list of 86 firms reported by the OCBJ. Overall, more than 1,000 law firms, composed of over 16,000 attorneys, operate in Orange County.

CALL & JENSEN: FIRM WELL-REPRESENTED AMONGST OCBA LEADERSHIP

Call & Jensen is proud to be represented this year with firm attorneys in multiple leadership positions with the Orange County Bar Association. Joshua Simon is chair of the OCBA’s Banking & Lending section, and Mark Eisenhut is a member of the OCBA’s Judicial Selection committee. Jacqueline Beaumont co-chairs the OCBA’s Mommy Esq. committee, and Todd Bouton is an executive committee member and past chair of the OCBA’s Banking & Lending section. In addition, several of the firm’s attorneys hold leadership positions with affiliate bar associations: Wayne Call is a member of the Board of Governors for the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL); and Deborah Gubernick, past chair of the Orange County Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, is currently an Assistant Area Director for the International J. Reuben Clark Law Society. The OCBA is one of the largest voluntary bar associations in California, with over 9,000 members, and provides a variety of programs, services, and opportunities for its attorney members, the judiciary, and the community.

ARBITRATION VICTORY: ARBITRATION VICTORY IN EMPLOYMENT CASE

Call & Jensen attorneys David Sugden and Jacqueline Beaumont obtained a complete arbitration victory for their client, a professional services organization, in an employment discrimination lawsuit made under California’s Fair Employment & Housing Act. The claimant had initially filed the lawsuit in civil court, but the Firm successfully compelled arbitration. Following the arbitration hearing on the merits, the arbitrator entered an award for the Firm’s client on all causes of action, including discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, and failure to provide reasonable accommodation. Call & Jensen obtained judgment on each issue presented, including a ruling that Call & Jensen’s client, who was alleged to be a joint employer, did not hold the requisite responsibility over the claimant’s employment to be charged with a duty to engage in the interactive process.