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Will Yamada Now on MAJ Team Of Counsel

Messing Adam & Jasmine LLP is very pleased to announce the association of Will M. Yamada, in his new role as Of Counsel to MAJ. Will is a principal with Tribuiano & Yamada, LLP and will continue his association with the firm he helped form in 2013. MAJ has a long history with Will, having... continue reading

Lina Balciunas Cockrell Invited to Speak at Public Sector Conference

Last Friday, May 6, 2022, our own Lina Balciunas Cockrell spoke at the 2022 Public Sector Conference in San Francisco sponsored by the Labor and Employment Law Section of the California Lawyers Association. Her panel's topic was Demystifying PERS: An Overview of the Litigation Process and Pitfalls. Lina, who has appeared before CalPERS (California Public... continue reading

Supreme Court Clarifies Rule on Malicious Prosecution Claims

The recent decision by the United States Supreme Court in Thompson v. Clark, 596 U.S. ____ (2022) has caused considerable concern among police officers and prosecutors. These law enforcement professionals who daily arrest and charge criminal defendants on the basis of probable cause may worry that they are now more vulnerable to malicious prosecution claims... continue reading

No POBR Remedy for Officers Caught Playing Pokémon Go

One of the key protections for a peace officer in the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act (“POBR”) is the right to have a representative whenever an interrogation could lead to punitive action against the officer. This protection is not limited to interrogations performed by Internal Affairs, but covers questioning by any supervisor... continue reading

COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Signed Into Law

On February 9, 2022, Governor Newsom signed into law S.B. 114, which resurrects California’s COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave law. This law was first enacted in 2020 to fill a gap left by the COVID-19 related paid sick leave provided under federal law. When the federal law expired at the end of 2020, California extended... continue reading

Alison Berry Wilkinson Joins Forces with MAJ

Messing Adam & Jasmine LLP is very pleased to announce the association of Alison Berry Wilkinson, in her new role as Of Counsel to MAJ. Alison will continue as principal with Berry Wilkinson Law Group, the firm she founded in 2008, while taking on new cases and challenges with MAJ. Alison is a long-time friend... continue reading

Court of Appeal Limits Retroactive Application of PEPRA and Grants Retiree Rare Victory

In a pension rights case with major implications, on August 10th, the First District Court of Appeal issued a decision for the retiree in Nowicki v. Contra Costa County Employees’ Retirement Association (Case No. A160337). In a surprising but welcome result, the Court overruled the retirement system’s attempt to reduce the retiree’s pension benefit retroactively... continue reading

Lassen County Judge Halts Closure of Prison in Susanville

A plan by the Newsom administration and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to close the California Correctional Center (CCC) in Susanville was dealt a setback this week when a Lassen County judge issued a Temporary Restraining Order halting the closure. The order was based on the State’s failure to comply with the... continue reading

Lawdragon Magazine Names MAJ Partners in 2021

They did it again! Gary Messing, Gregg Adam, and Jason Jasmine were listed again this year in the Lawdragon listing of 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers in the Country. This “indispensable guide to the heroic lawyers throughout the U.S. working to ensure that workers’ rights are respected and fairly compensated” was recently published for the... continue reading

MAJ Wins Preliminary Injunction Against Meat Processing Plant Violating COVID-19 Worker Safety Protocols

We are proud to update you that on January 29, 2021, MAJ Attorneys Gary Messing, Monique Alonso, and Laurie Burgess secured a preliminary injunction against Foster Poultry Farms to protect workers at its Livingston plant represented by the United Farm Workers (“UFW”). This ruling comes hot on the heels of the Merced County Superior Court’s... continue reading

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