Shampoo, Style and Formaldehyde? “Brazilian Blowout” Hair Straightening
CaliforniaFor over a century, formaldehyde, a colorless, odorless gas, has been used in industry and manufacturing. In past decades, it was the subject of litigation involving products ranging from recreational vehicles to nail polish. In those claims, the plaintiffs typically argued that respiratory or dermal exposure to formaldehyde caused injuries as serious as cancer.  Indeed, in 2011, the federal government classified formaldehyde as a human carcinogen, and it is identified as such by California’s Proposition 65. 

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Recent Opinions on the Employment Arbitration Front
CaliforniaTwo recent cases serve to illustrate that employment arbitration continues to be an active area of the law.

In Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC, the California Court of Appeal upheld an employment agreement provision compelling arbitration of the employee's wage and hour claims and dismissing the employee's class action claims.  The plaintiff in this case, Arshavir Iskanian, was a former employee of CLS.  As a condition of his employment with CLS, Iskanian signed an arbitration agreement providing that any and all claims arising out of his employment were to be submitted to binding arbitration.  The arbitration provision also contained a class action and representative action waiver.  On August 4, 2006, Iskanian filed a class action complaint against CLS, alleging various wage and hour violations, even though he had entered into the arbitration agreement with class and representative waivers.

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Union Knowledge Supports Sophisticated User Defense
CaliforniaProducts liability cases, including but not limited to asbestos claims, typically include an allegation that there was a failure to warn and that this failure was a cause of injury.  Where the plaintiff is someone with training and experience, the "sophisticate user" defense may be a way of defeating a failure to warn claim.

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Meet the Attorneys
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• John A. Kaniewski







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Recent Results
Recent Results


       • Summary Judgment Granted For General Contractor

       • Summary Judgment Granted For Painting Contractor

       • Summary Judgment Granted in Personal Injury Case






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San Francisco Attorneys Tackle Charity Scavenger Hunt
Comfortable shoes were the order of the day on July 28, 2012 as attorneys from Walsworth, Franklin, Bevins & McCall participated in the CitySolve 2012 San Francisco Scavenger Hunt.  In this unique race, fifty-five teams had to rely on their knowledge of pop culture, local history, area neighborhoods, public transportation, map reading, and other skills, in order to decipher clues, compete in team challenges and navigate their teams to checkpoints scattered throughout the city (this was verified by taking pictures of themselves at each location) within a 5 ½ hour time limit. 

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