Posts from April 2014.

QUESTION: I have been appointed receiver in a case where the defendant appealed my appointment. If the appeal is successful, and the receivership is terminated, how do I get paid?


ANSWER: As a general rule, fees and costs of a receiver and his or her professionals are administrative expenses, chargeable against the assets in the receivership estate. The assets in the estate are liable for those fees and costs even if the underlying litigation is dismissed or judgment is rendered for the defendants. Venza v. Venza, 101 Cal. App. 2d 678, 680 (1951). The receivership court has discretion ...

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One of the laws that was passed in California in 2013 that did not receive much media attention was Assembly Bill 1386. AB 1386 amended Labor Code section 98.2 to give the Labor Commissioner additional means to collect wages and penalties on behalf of workers. Existing law had authorized the Labor Commissioner to issue orders, decisions, or awards in connection with employee complaints governed by the Labor Code. As amended by AB 1386, Labor Code section 98.2 now provides that any amount due under a final Labor Commissioner order, decision, or award permits the Labor Commissioner to ...

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I have noted some confusion among employers about what information must be given to employees regarding California State Disability Insurance (SDI) and when it must be provided. Employers are currently responsible for providing information on SDI to their employees through the following publications and on the following occasions: (1) “Notice to Employees: Unemployment Insurance/Disability Insurance Benefits” (form no. DE 1857A), a poster which advises employees of their right to claim Unemployment Insurance, SDI, and Paid Family Leave benefits and must be posted in ...

QUESTION: The court has approved my final account and report, discharged me as receiver and exonerated my bond in a difficult, litigious case I am glad to have over. An elder receiver I know told me I could still be liable for acts or omissions that occurred in the case even though I have been discharged and my bond exonerated. Is this true?

ANSWER: As the saying goes: “Listen to your elders”. There are situations where you may still have liability for actions taken or not taken during your term as receiver; even personal liability. Although there is a dearth of case law on this subject, the ...

QUESTION: I have been appointed receiver in a case involving contentious litigation over a business. The defendant has appealed my order of appointment. The defendant has also repeatedly violated the injunction issued along with my appointing order and has refused to turn over or account for receivership property. Because of the defendant’s conduct, at my request, the court issued an order to show cause why the defendant should not be held in contempt. Given the defendant’s conduct, is there an argument that his appeal should be dismissed because he has refused to comply with the ...

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Money, that is. It is a motivation shared by employers and employees alike. It is the reason why employers are in business and why employees work for employers. And it is often the primary reason for a lawsuit.None of this will surprise savvy employers. But what often comes as a surprise to employers is that the plaintiff is not usually the person driving employment litigation. Whether it is a class action or a single plaintiff dispute, as the saying goes, if you “follow the money” more often than not it is the plaintiffs’ counsel that is in command of the lawsuit, from start to finish.

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