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George Howard Jr. Quoted in The Recorder Article About California Supreme Court Ruling in Adolph v. Uber Technologies

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George Howard Jr., a Quarles & Brady Labor, Employment & Benefits partner in the firm’s San Diego office, offered insight for an article in ALM’s The Recorder about the recent California Supreme Court ruling in Adolph v. Uber Technologies.

The ruling held that employees still who have settled their own Labor Code violation claims through arbitration still can sue on behalf of co-workers, strengthening California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). Howard commented on the likelihood of the issue being taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court. An excerpt:

Several employment lawyers said before and after Monday’s ruling in Adolph v. Uber that they’re skeptical the U.S. Supreme Court will delve into PAGA arbitration issues again. George Howard Jr., an employer-side partner at Quarles & Brady who was not involved in the case, noted that, despite numerous requests to do so, the nation’s high court took eight years from the time California’s Supreme Court issued Iskanian to reject the precedent.

“So the SCOTUS seems reluctant to get involved in the PAGA morass in California,” Howard said. “And Adolph is a ruling on state law. The SCOTUS rarely opines or considers issues of state law.”


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