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AN IMPORTANT VICTORY IN THE FIGHT AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY

On June 11, 2020, our firm secured an important victory in the fight against police brutality.  Judge Bernal of the Central District of California denied a motion to dismiss filed by attorneys for the City of Murrieta, Murrieta Police Department, and Detectives Christopher Cummings and Blake Williams.   Our lawsuit alleges that, in February of…
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SEXUAL HARASSMENT CLAIMS IN THE EMPLOYMENT SETTING: NEW CASE FILED AGAINST RANCHO REPROGRAPHICS, INC. AND GARY CHANCE

On June 8, 2020, our firm filed a new lawsuit against Defendants Rancho Reprographics, Inc. and its owner, Gary Chance. The lawsuit alleges multiple violations by the Defendants, including claims of sexual harassment and hostile work environment based on sexual harassment, retaliation for reporting and resisting sexual harassment, and whistleblower retaliation, among others. You can…
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NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT DENIED

On January 15, 2020, Judge Marquez of the Riverisde County Superior Court denied a Motion for Summary Judgment filed by Defendant Nationstar Mortgage, LLC against our client’s credit reporting claims filed pursuant to California Civil Code § 1785.25(a). Our case alleges that Nationstar violated the law by failing to update its credit reporting of a…
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Suffering issues arising from background check errors?

Unfortunately, it is more common than one would realize that people suffer hardship as a result of background check errors, such as being denied a job, denied a promotion, or even denied housing. The National Consumer Law Center has recently issued an updated report that discusses how a significant number of adults living in the…
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Another Mortgage Company Abusing Our Deployed Military

Unfortunately, our office has had to file yet another lawsuit over a mortgage company abusing deployed military members in violation of the California Military and Veterans’ Code 800-811. In this case (review the complaint HERE), Freedom Mortgage Corporation actually informed the clients in writing that their principal and interest were deferred pursuant to California law.…
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Raceway Nissan Alleged to Commit Fraudulent Transmission and Air Conditioning Unit Repairs

A lawsuit filed on August 2, 2019 by two former auto repair technicians of Raceway Nissan in Riverside alleges that they were subject to retaliation and termination for refusing to engage in fraudulent transmission and A/C unit repairs, among other reasons. The lawsuit alleges that certain supervisors and managers of Raceway Nissan force their technicians…
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Welk Resort Knowingly Damaging Its Customers’ Credit Reports

A lawsuit filed on August 5, 2019 alleges that Welk Resort Group has still been damaging its customers’ credit reports with knowingly false information.  A copy of the Complaint can be read by clicking here. In essence, the lawsuit alleges that, after the customer fell behind on his payments, Welk delivered to him a letter…
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Finding the Right Attorney

Finding a Consumer Attorney With the increased use of consumer review sites, an individual can find a good lawyer in 10 minutes.  They can look at reviews that the attorney has on sites such as Yelp, AVVO, Google-reviews, and even the attorney’s own website.  Review sites are easy to access and almost always free of…
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Mortgage Servicers Continue to Ignore Deferment Protections for California Military under State Law

It should go without saying that the stress and worry of being deployed is high enough on its own. Add to that stress the concerns over mortgage loans, vehicle loans, credit cards, student loans, and leaving property in storage for several months. Fortunately, California law provides such protections to military reservists that goes much farther…
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SUFFERED A JOB DENIAL OR PROMOTION DENIAL BASED ON INACCURATE BACKGROUND CHECK INFORMATION?

The Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires that anytime an employer makes a decision to not hire an applicant due to results of a background check, the employer must provide the applicant an opportunity to dispute the findings. The employer has the legal responsibility to provide the applicant with what is called an “adverse…
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DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORKPLACE CANNOT BE TOLERATED

California anti-discrimination laws are very strong, and they make it illegal for an employer to take adverse employment action against you if you are a member of a protected class, or category of persons.  In general, it is unlawful to discrimination against an employ based on gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, and other…
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TAKING ON HEALTH NET FOR ALLEGATIONS OF INSURANCE BAD FAITH

On September 17, 2018, our firm took over representing two out of many drug and alcohol treatment centers who allege they were taken advantage of by Health Net in being falsely denied claims for treatment being provided to recovering addicts. After passage of the Affordable Care Act, substance abuse treatment became an essential health benefit…
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SUFFERING MOLD DISEASE? YOU HAVE RIGHTS!

On September 10, 2018, our firm filed a lawsuit against three defendants (the home owner/landlord, the property management company, and the property management company’s agent) related to our client contracting mold disease at a townhome in Santa Monica. A landlord is required by law to ensure that the residence is safe and habitable, and various…
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DITECH MOTION TO DISMISS DENIED AFTER REMOVING CLIENT’S NAME FROM MODIFICATION AGREEMENT

On July 3, 2018, Judge Birotte Jr. of the Central District of California denied a motion to dismiss filed by Ditech that argued our client was not removed from the home mortgage loan even though the lawsuit alleges that Ditech undertook the specific actions of removing her name as a customer and signatory to a…
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REPORT FINDS THAT CALIFORNIA TOPS THE LIST OF WAGE THEFT VIOLATIONS

On June 5, 2018, the entities Corporate Research Project of Good Jobs First and the Jobs With Justice Education Fund published a report called “Grand Theft Paycheck: The Large Corporations Shortchanging Their Workers’ Wages”.  This report discusses findings from a nearly 8-year study of companies across the country who have suffered penalties for wage-theft claims…
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CITIZENS BANK MOTION TO DISMISS DENIED FOR INACCURATELY REPORTING DEBT AFTER FORECLOSURE

On January 30, 2018, Judge Hayes of the Southern District federal court denied Citizens Bank’s motion to dismiss our inaccurate credit reporting claims.  Based on California Civil Code 580b, when a lender decides to foreclose on a home instead of pursuing the borrower for financial damages, and if the mortgage was undertaken for the purpose…
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Inaccurate Credit Reporting By Welk Resort After Releasing Property Back To Welk?

Jared Hartman, Esq. Posted on October 5, 2017   We have recently initiated litigation against Welk Resort Groups concerning inaccurate credit reporting, and we are looking for anyone else who may have suffered the same problem so that we can obtain further information for our investigations. If you have suffered the same problem as below,…
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Judgment of $19,040.00 is the result of unlawful debt collection efforts by La Jolla Neurosurgical Associates

Jared Hartman, Esq. Posted on September 27, 2017   On September 18, 2017, Judge Frazier entered judgment against La Jolla Neurosurgical Associates in the amount of $19,040.00 as a result of their unlawful debt collection efforts. A copy of the judgment can be found by clicking HERE. The case arose out of unlawful attempts by…
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SEMNAR & HARTMAN PROSECUTING EQUIFAX FOR MASSIVE DATA BREACH

Jared Hartman, Esq. Posted on September 21, 2017   Semnar & Hartman Prosecuting Equifax For Massive Data Breach By now, virtually all Americans must have learned about the massive data breach of Equifax that occurred earlier this year. On September 7, 2017, Equifax announced publicly (for the first time) that it had been the subject…
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OCWEN AND IMPAC MORTGAGE MOTION TO DISMISS DENIED

Jared Hartman, Esq. Posted on August 24, 2017   On August 23, 2017, Judge Miller of the Southern District of California denied a motion to dismiss filed by Ocwen and Impac Mortgage Corp., so that all causes of action remain in litigation. A copy of the court’s ruling can be found by clicking HERE . In this…
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