Mar 13, 2018News
GEFFNER, Leo March 10, 1928 – February 28, 2018 Beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Leo Geffner passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Wednesday, February 28th, leaving behind an immeasurable legacy of good deeds. Leo was a lifelong Angeleno, who grew up in Echo Park and graduated from Hamilton High School. He earned a B.A. from UCLA in Political Science in 1949, and, three years later, an L.L.B. from Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1953, later making partner with the firm of Levy, DeRoy, Geffner and Van Bourg. In … Continue reading
Mar 2, 2018News
We are saddened to report to friends of Bush Gottlieb, FKA Geffner & Bush, that our former partner, venerable labor lawyer Leo Geffner passed away on the morning of February 28, 2018, just shy of his 90th birthday. Leo worked tirelessly for organized labor and benefit plans representing sanitation workers, teachers, stage performers and musicians, motion picture and television crews and the actors performing in those productions. An old school labor advocate, Leo promoted workers’ interests at the bargaining table, in the courtroom, before administrative agencies, and in the legislative arena for over 50 years. In 1985, Leo successfully argued … Continue reading
Feb 26, 2018News
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Jan 29, 2018Uncategorized
In a sweeping victory for a class conservatively estimated to be in excess of 14,000 farmworkers, on January 24, 2018 the District Court for the Eastern District of California in Fresno granted class certification for nine subclasses of workers who allege they were victims of wage theft committed by one of the country’s largest tree fruit growers, Fowler Packing Company, and related employer entities, located in the Central Valley. The workers, represented by lawyer teams from Bush Gottlieb and Martinez, Aguilasocho & Lynch (with offices in Bakersfield, California) alleged that they were not appropriately paid for rest and meal breaks, … Continue reading
Jan 13, 2018News
Bush Gottlieb has persuaded the United States District Court in San Diego to safeguard a public high school student athlete’s constitutional protest rights against a school’s attempt to prohibit him from kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem. The student, a Native American football and basketball player attending San Pasqual Valley High School in Winterhaven, California, wanted to kneel in protest of racial injustice. After the second football game in which the student kneeled, on the road in Mayer, Arizona, Mayer fans hurled racial insults at San Pasqual players. In reaction to that incident, the San Pasqual School District … Continue reading
May 30, 2017News
Partner Josh Adams spoke at the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee Conference in May. His panel focused on how labor unions should approach investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor into internal union affairs, including officer elections.
Jan 24, 2017News
Joe Kohanski has been designated a 2017 Southern California “Superlawyer, ” in the area of business bankruptcy. “It’s ironic to land on this list for business bankruptcy insofar as all of my bankruptcy work is on behalf of unions and wage and hour claimants, ” notes Kohanski,” but over the last few years we’ve collected tens of millions in residuals for our clients in some difficult film bankruptcy cases here and in New York, including Yari Film Group (Persik Productions), RHI, and Relativity.” “And some of our best work is in workout situations or intercreditor negotiations that are confidential.” Kohanski has managed the … Continue reading
Apr 28, 2016News
The National Labor Relations Board last month issued a precedent-setting complaint alleging that misclassification is a violation of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Based on arguments set forth by Counsel for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the NLRB complaint finds that Intermodal Bridge Transport has interfered with port truck drivers’ right to organize under the NLRA by misclassifying those drivers as independent contractors. The NLRB complaint is groundbreaking because, for the first time, it claims that the very act of misclassification constitutes an unfair labor practice by effectively sending the message to workers that they do not have the … Continue reading
Jan 20, 2016News
Historians may remember 2015 as the year of the minimum wage—and for good reason. Twenty-one states and multiple cities raised the minimum wage in the past 12 months, scarcely two years after the “Fight for $15” was dismissed as a pipe dream by some observers. The past year also saw other major advances for working Americans. Here are ten of the most important: Open article to continue reading….
Jan 20, 2016News
In representing the Motion Pictures Editors Guild, Local 700 and the Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of Todd-Soundelux, LLC, partners David Ahdoot and Josh Adams helped recover approximately $1.5 million in administrative and priority payments in the form of severance, holiday, pension and health payments for Local 700 members and the Plans, through bankruptcy proceedings and litigation before the NLRB. The case remains pending.