News and Events

We periodically update this page with recent events regarding our firm and some of our cases.  Additional information regarding our attorneys can be found on their individual profile pages.  For more information, please contact us.

  • Connolly, et al. v. Weight Watchers North America, Inc.,
    U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

    • On December 16, 2014, the Court signed an order granting final approval to the settlement negotiated by the parties, under which Weight Watchers will pay $1,687,500 million to settle all claims in the case on behalf of a class of Leaders, Receptionists, and employees who performed hourly paid location coordinator work for Weight Watchers in the State of California at any time during the period from January 9, 2011, through December 9, 2012. You can read about the proposed settlement by viewing the Class Notice and the Joint Stipulation of Settlement Release. If you did not receive a notice in the mail about the settlement, and you believe you should have, please contact us or the Settlement Administrator, Rust Consulting at (866) 591-7230. Also, if you believe you are part of the class, and you have changed addresses since you worked for Weight Watchers, please contact us or the Settlement Administrator, Rust Consulting at (866) 591-7230, with your new address. Settlement Checks are presently expected to be mailed out to Class Members by January 30, 2015.
  • September 10, 2014 Press Release and Complaint
    Vierra v. Timec Company, Inc., et al.
    U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • June 30, 2014 Press Release and Complaint
    Whitney Wolfe v. Tinder, Co. et al.,
    Los Angeles Superior Court, State of California
  • Founding partner, Steven Zieff pens op-ed on the California Supreme Court's opportunity to affirm the continued vitality of representative testimony and statistical evidence in proving wage and hour violations in class actions.
    Viewpoint: Keep Employee Class Actions Viable
    The Recorder, March 13, 2014
  • In January 2014, Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, LLP announced its first new partners in seven years, with the promotion of John T. Mullan and the addition of Chaya M. Mandelbaum.  Mr. Mullan has ten years-experience with the firm, while Mr. Mandelbaum joins from class action boutique Sanford Heisler and the U.S. Department of Labor.  Mr. Mandelbaum also serves as Chair of the California Fair Employment and Housing Council; a position he was appointed to by California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
    Changing of the Guard
    Daily Journal, February 28, 2014
    Amid Generational Shift, Rudy Exelrod Adds Two Partners
    The Recorder, February 4, 2014
  • In June 2013, David Lowe was named by the Daily Journal as one of the "Leading Labor & Employment Attorneys in California."  Mr. Lowe has been included in the Daily Journal list of top labor and employment lawyers in the state for four consecutive years.
  • On June 21, 2013, Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, along with co-counsel Robert Nelson, finalized 108 individual settlements for employees who alleged that their former employer had failed to pay them for all hours worked.
  • In June 2013, all of Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe's attorneys were selected as Northern California Super Lawyers for 2013, an honor reserved for the top five percent of attorneys in a practice area.
  • On May 31, 2013, Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, along with co-counsel Joseph Ainley, filed a motion for preliminary approval of a class action settlement in Vaca v. Tin, Inc., et al. Putative class members should check this site for the class notice, when approved, and contact information for the settlement administrator.
  • On February 21, 2013, Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe and co-counsel Tyler Clark filed a lawsuit in Sacramento Superior Court alleging that a teacher and head football coach at a Catholic high school was fired for reporting sexual abuse and hazing on the football team. The school is owned and operated by the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento. The lawsuit seeks lost wages, emotional distress damages, and punitive damages.
  • In November 2012, David A. Lowe and John T. Mullan of Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe published "Library of California Employment Law Forms" (The Recorder, 2012).  The publication offers 650 pages of sample documents for practitioners of employment law.  It includes everything a lawyer needs throughout the litigation process, including demand letters, complaints, discovery requests, as well as the documents necessary for trial and appeal.
  • On June 11, 2012, Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, along with co-counsel, filed a class action complaint in the San Francisco Northern District Court against Ecolab, Inc. ("Ecolab"), alleging failure to pay basic overtime wages to commercial pest elimination workers nationwide. We are working intensively with the affected "Service Specialists" to bring the case to a successful resolution. Please call today to find out how you can help, or for more information about the case: (415) 434-9800.
  • On May 10, 2012, Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe filed a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against Silicon Valley venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, LLC ("KPCB") on behalf of former KPCB partner, Ellen Pao. The case has attracted significant media attention, including articles in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, the San Jose Mercury News and Vanity Fair. In July 2012, the superior court denied defendant's motion to compel arbitration. That decision was appealed by defendant.  On June 26, 2013, the Court of Appeal upheld the superior court's denial of defendant's motion to compel arbitration.
  • On February 17, 2012, Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe and co-counsel Bryan Schwartz Law filed a class action complaint in the Marin County Superior Court against Adventures Rolling Cross-Country, Inc., alleging failure to pay basic minimum wages to workers who work chaperoning kids on expensive trips abroad and domestically. We are looking forward to working with the affected "Trip Leaders" to bring the case to a successful resolution. Please call today to find out how you can help, or for more information about the case: (415) 434-9800.
  • On June 16, 2011, Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe filed a class action complaint in the Los Angeles Superior Court against Equinox Fitness (an upscale, full-service health club), alleging failure to pay overtime to its Membership Sales Advisors. On March 4, 2013, the Court granted plaintiffs' motion for class certification, and on June 20, 2013 the Court denied Equinox's motion to decertify the class. We are looking forward to working with the affected Membership Sales Advisors to bring the case to a successful resolution. Please call today to find out how you can help, or for more information about the case: (415) 434-9800.
  • On May 23, 2011, the Court signed an order granting final approval to the settlement negotiated by the parties, under which Weight Watchers paid $6.2 million to settle all claims in the case on behalf of a class of Leaders, Receptionists, and employees who performed hourly-paid Location Coordinator work for Weight Watchers in the State of California at any time during the period from September 17, 2005 through January 8, 2011.
  • On December 17, 2010, the Northern District of California granted final approval to a $1.477 million class action settlement to settle the overtime pay claims and related claims of 52 Salon Managers who worked for Ulta Salons.
  • On October 29, 2010, the Santa Clara Superior Court granted final approval to a $5 million class action settlement on behalf of technical writers employed by Sun Microsystems.
  • On October 7, 2010, the Alameda Superior Court granted final approval to a $1.33 million class action settlement to settle the overtime pay claims and related claims of 41 Area Team Leaders (or Territory Managers) employed by Flextronics America LLC (formerly Solectron).
  • On August 23, 2010, the United States District Court for the District of Oregon granted final approval to an $8 million class action settlement on behalf of Personal Lines Claims Representatives who worked for Farmers Insurance Exchange in various class positions nationwide. The $8 million settlement compensates the plaintiffs for their unpaid overtime.
  • On June 4, 2010, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware granted final approval to a class action settlement of federal and California WARN Act claims on behalf of approximately 775 former employees of Spansion, one of the world's leading semiconductor companies. The settlement provided for the establishment of approximately $8.6 million in allowed claims in Spansion's bankruptcy case.
  • On December 2, 2009, Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe filed an amicus curiae ("friend of the court") brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on behalf of seven nonprofit workers' organizations. The brief seeks to preserve the very important right that workers have to bring class action lawsuits in federal court for violations of state minimum wage and overtime laws and other state laws regulating workers& wages and hours. The case is called Ervin v. OS Restaurant Services, Inc., No. 09-3029.
  • On May 15, 2009, the Northern District of California granted final approval to a $2.15 million settlement in a class action lawsuit against Fund for Public Interest Research, Inc.  Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe filed Rich Prentice, et al. v. The Fund for Public Interest Research, Inc., on December 19, 2006, on behalf of Canvassers and Field Managers who were forced to work unpaid training days and more than 40 hours per week without overtime compensation. The $2.15 million settlement compensates the plaintiffs for their unpaid training days, overtime and related claims.
  • 2009 CLAY Awards
    California Lawyer, March 2009
  • Tipping Point: In a hand-slap to Starbucks, a judge says the coffee house supervisors can't dip into baristas' gratuity jars.
    Daily Journal Supplement, January 28, 2009
  • Employment Cases Split California High Court
    Daily Journal, August 27, 2008
  • Big Suits: Chau v. Starbucks
    The American Lawyer, June 2008
  • On May 8, 2008, the Alameda Superior Court granted final approval to an $800,000 settlement in a class action lawsuit against Homegain.Com and Classified Ventures. Rudy, Exelrod & Zieff filed Rodriguez v. Homegain, Inc. on behalf of approximately 120 current and former Homegain.Com and Classified Ventures sales employees alleging that they were denied overtime wages and meal and rest breaks in violation of California labor laws. The $800,000 settlement compensates the plaintiffs for their unpaid overtime and related claims.
  • On May 7, 2008, the Northern District Court granted final approval to a $1.7 million settlement in a federal and state class action lawsuit against EMD Serono, Inc.  Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, along with co-counsel, filed Engel v. EMD Serono, Inc., in U.S. District Court for the Northern District in January 2007.  The $1.7 million settlement compensates approximately 50 EMD Serono Pharmaceutical Representatives for their unpaid overtime and related claims.
  • Starbucks Ordered To Pay Baristas $105M In Back Tips
    Portfolio Media, March 21, 2008
  • Starbucks told to pay $100M for tip-pooling
    The Recorder, March 21, 2008
  • Overtime, Take Two
    The Recorder, October 12, 2007
  • Lawyers and Officials Address USERRA Issues
    Reserve Officers Association of the United States, The Officer, September 2007
  • On July 12, 2007, the Northern District Court granted final approval to a $65 million settlement in a federal class action lawsuit against International Business Machines Corp.  Rudy, Exelrod & Zieff, along with co-counsel, filed Rosenburg v. IBM, in U.S. District Court for the Northern District in January 2006 on behalf of approximately 32,000 IBM Technical Services Professionals and Information Technology Specialists who were forced to work more than 40 hours per week and on weekends without overtime compensation. The $65 million settlement compensates the plaintiffs for their unpaid overtime and related claims.
  • On June 1, 2007, the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California granted final approval to a $3 million settlement in a class action lawsuit brought against NorthPoint Communications, Inc. In Gan v. Schoenmann (In Re: NorthPoint Communications, Inc.), the plaintiffs alleged that NorthPoint Communications Inc. violated the Workers Adjustment Retraining and Notification Act ("WARN Act") by failing to give 60-day notice before a mass layoff in March 2001. The $3 million payment from the bankruptcy estate compensates the plaintiffs for the missed 60-day notice.
  • Critics Question Contracts That Shift Job Disputes Out of State
    San Francisco Daily Journal, May 30, 2007
  • On January 19, 2007, the Northern California District Court gave final approval to a $12.8 million settlement in a class action lawsuit brought against Wells Fargo & Co. Rudy, Exelrod & Zieff, along with co-counsel, brought Gerlach v. Wells Fargo & Co. alleging that Wells Fargo unlawfully characterized its Business Systems Consultants and Business Systems Analysts as exempt in order to deprive them of overtime pay. The $12.8 million will compensate the plaintiffs for unpaid overtime and related claims. In addition, defendants will also pay the employer portion of payroll taxes due on wage payments to the plaintiffs.
  • Lawyer Has 65 Million Reasons to Be Grateful
    The Recorder, November 22, 2006
  • On January 13, 2006, the Los Angeles Superior Court granted final approval to a class action settlement in Dudley v. SBC Communications. The settlement provided for more than $6.2 million in monetary damages for current and former SBC Communications employees who plaintiffs allege were subject to illegal leave policies. The settlement also provided for paid days off for certain current employees and required SBC Communications to take corrective action with regards to its California Family Rights Act and Family Medical Leave Act policies.
  • On August 4 and 5, 2005, in Astor v. Rent-a-Center, a Sacramento jury awarded Rudy, Exelrod & Zieff's client, Marc Astor, $1,619,204 in damages on his retaliation and harassment claims. The award included $1 million in punitive damages.
  • On July 15, 2005, the Central District of California granted final approval to a class action settlement in Giannetto v. Computer Sciences Corporation. The settlement provided for $24 million in monetary damages for current and former Computer Sciences Corporation technical employees who plaintiffs allege were unlawfully classified as exempt in order to deprive them of overtime pay.
  • On March 28, 2005, after more than eight years of hard-fought litigation, approximately $114.2 million in back pay and interest checks were mailed to those members of the Bell v. Farmers Insurance Exchange class of Personal Lines Claims Representatives who worked for Farmers in class positions in California at some time between October 1, 1993 and the date of trial in this case (June 26, 2001) and submitted approved claims.  A second distribution to these class members in the amount of $10 million was mailed on June 30, 2005.  On June 6, 2005, approximately $27.5 million was mailed to those members of the Bell v. Farmers Insurance Exchange settlement class of Personal Lines Claims Representatives to settle all claims for post-June 26, 2001 (i.e., post-trial) overtime - as well as potential claims for additional wage and hour law violations from September, 2000 to August 31, 2004.  With attorneys' fees, costs and interest, Farmers were required to pay over $200 million to resolve the case, which remains among the largest overtime judgments or settlement, if not the largest, in U.S. jurisprudential history.
  • $210M Deal Settles OT Class Action For Adjusters
    Daily Journal, September 7, 2004
  • Top Attorneys in Employment Law
    The Recorder, March 15, 2004
  • Court OKs Landmark Overtime Award
    Daily Journal, February 10, 2004
  • California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year Awards for 2001
    California Lawyer Magazine, March 2002
  • Auto Club Claims Adjusters File Lawsuit Over Overtime
    Los Angeles Times, July 17, 2001
  • Massive Award in Overtime Lawsuit
    Los Angeles Times, July 11, 2001
  • White-Collar Employees Winning Overtime Redress
    Los Angeles Times, June 8, 2001
  • Key to Victory - Jigsaw Damages
    Daily Journal, February 28, 2001
  • Ex-Oracle VP Wins $2.7 Million Suit
    San Francisco Chronicle, August 18, 2000
  • AETNA Hit For Noncompete Agreements
    The Recorder, December 30, 1999
  • Workers Must Know the Laws That Protect Them on the Job
    San Francisco Chronicle, September 26, 1999, Sunday Edition
  • Drug CEO Settles Harassment Suits
    Associated Press, October 27, 1998