Recent Case Results
Wage and Hour Class Action- $ 12 Million
In 2010 Donahoo & Associates recovered $12 million in the settlement of a wage and hour class action on behalf of truck drivers and other California employees. The Los Angeles Superior Court granted final approval of the class action settlement, which was reached after submission of hundred of declarations and depositions taken throughout California.
Non-Payment of Prevailing Wages- $ 400,000
In 2010 Donahoo & Associates completed litigation on behalf of two former employees of a contractor employed on a public works project at Los Angeles International Airport. The employees alleged they were misclassified and that the employer failed to pay the required wages on the project.
Non-Payment of Prevailing Wages- $550,000
In 2009 Donahoo & Associates recovered $550,000 for a group of carpenters employed on a City of Los Angeles Housing project in Wilmington, California. The contractor allegedly failed to pay wages and overtime to the workers and allegedly falsified payroll records to conceal the wrongful conduct. Donahoo & Associate obtained evidence to prove the non-payment and falsification.
Wrongful Termination - $587,000
Donahoo & Associates recently recovered $587,000 for an individual who was wrongfully terminated from a health care facility as a result of his cooperation in a Los Angeles County investigation at the facility. Donahoo & Associates assisted in recovery of back wages, projected future earnings, and general damages.
Class Action Labor Dispute - $6 Million Settlement During Trial
Donahoo & Associates recovered $6 million on behalf of over 600 construction workers who worked on a California public works project in Adelanto, California. Richard E. Donahoo represented plaintiffs in a class action trial in Victorville, California and before the California Court of Appeal. The suit involved the construction of a prison built on behalf of the California Department of Corrections. On appeal Donahoo and Associates successfully defended the trial court’s ruling granting class certification.
Construction Defect Litigation - $7.1 Million
In 2008 Donahoo & Associates completed litigation involving a homeowners association and individual homeowners whose homes suffered damage from soil movement and defective construction. Donahoo & Associates represented the homeowners to obtain recovery for the damages. In settlements with the builders and insurers the association and individual homeowners recovered over $7.1 million.
Wrongful Death - Settlement Amount Confidential
Donahoo and Associates represented a family of a construction laborer killed in a scaffolding collapse in Los Angeles, California. Donahoo and Associates brought suit against the property owners for negligence and successfully resolved the case on behalf of the family.
Employment Dispute - $350,000
In 2008 Donahoo and Associates completed an employment case on behalf of four individuals against their employer and insurance companies for violations of the California Labor Code. At the Court of Appeal, Donahoo and Associates successfully reversed a trial court ruling that had dismissed the case. The appellate victory by Donahoo and Associates was upheld by the California Supreme Court and later by the United States Supreme Court. Plaintiffs recovered $350,000 in a settlement with the employer and insurers.
Catastrophic Personal Injury - Settlement Amount Confidential
In 2006 Donahoo and Associates represented a woman who suffered catastrophic personal injuries resulting from an accident at a hotel resort involving an employee of the resort. Donahoo and Associates represented the woman and successfully resolved the case before trial.
Individual Employment Disputes - $4.1 Million Settlement
Donahoo & Associates recovered $4.1 million for 46 employees who worked for a public works contractor and were not paid their required compensation. The case was the result of litigation against two bonding companies who guaranteed payment on public works projects. The employees were employed by a company specializing in the construction and installation of modular buildings in California.
Unfair Business Practices - $2 Million Settlement After Trial Verdict
Donahoo & Associates represented employees of an electrical company in a case involving fraud and unfair business practices. After a five month jury trial with a verdict in favor of the plaintiffs, the employees recovered $2 million in a post-verdict settlement.
Non-Payment of Prevailing Wages - $900,000 Settlement
In 2008 the Los Angeles Superior Court preliminarily approved a settlement of $900,000 to pay workers who performed work on a City of Pasadena project who were not paid the required prevailing wages. The plaintiffs’ employer claimed a legal exemption from the pay requirements. Donahoo & Associates challenged the employer’s arguments and won a ruling in the workers' favor.
Non-Payment of Prevailing Wages - $500,000 Settlement
In 2008 the Orange County Superior Court preliminarily approved a settlement of $500,000 to pay workers who performed work on an Orange County public works project who were misclassified and paid in a lower classification.
Construction Defects - $3 Million
Donahoo & Associates represented homeowners suffering from construction defects, including moisture intrusion into the plaintiffs’ residences. The case sought damages against the builder and subcontractors for defective concrete foundations that caused property damage. Donahoo and Associates recovered $3 million on behalf of the homeowners.
Class Action - Condominium Purchasers Settlement
In 2007 Donahoo & Associates was designated by the United States District Court to act as class counsel to represent 265 purchasers who entered into agreements to purchase condominiums in a luxury condominium project. The developer was sued after cancelling the project.
Employment Discrimination - Settlement Amount Confidential
In 2007 Donahoo and Associates represented a woman who was the victim of employment discrimination. Donahoo and Associates successfully resolved the case before trial in a confidential settlement.
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