June 2017 Newsletter

 June 2017 NewsletterJune 1, 2017 by Jaurigue Law Group

My wife and I recently watched "I am Jane Doe", a documentary exposing how Backpage.com promoted the sex trafficking of children - right here in our own backyard, the United States of America. It was a gut-wrenching reminder of how vigilant we need to be of the internet to protect our children. After doing more research, I was relieved to learn that Backpage.com shut down its adult services section in the US earlier this year amid increasing political pressure.

It's equally important to note that prior to shutting down the adult section, Backpage.com had successfully defended multiple lawsuits based on the Communications Decency Act, which protects the host of a site from liability for content posted by third-parties. Senate investigations revealed that Backpage.com did more than merely place ads by third-parties; it actively assisted third-parties with revising the content and knew the site facilitates child sex trafficking.

The Backpage.com atrocity would not have been shut down without the collaboration of grassroots efforts, legal representation and political action. This stands as a wonderful example of what we as a society can accomplish if we care enough, take action, and work together.

Michael J. Jaurigue
Founder/Managing Shareholder

JLG Fights For Employees' Rights

Over the past five years, JLG has represented tens of thousands of putative class members in various consumer and wage-and-hour class-action litigation. In the past half year, JLG has been preliminarily approved for three pending class actions by the Superior Court of the State of California involving alleged violations of the California Labor Code. If you have an issue with your current or former employer, feel free to contact one of the attorneys at JLG to find out your rights.

Alex and Michelle Kim at The Ponte

Alex and Michelle Kim at The Ponte

Debt Collectors Submitting Expired Claims

On May 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its opinion in Midland Funding, LLC v. Johnson. In a 5-3 ruling, the court held that creditors do not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by filing claims in bankruptcy cases for debts that are uncollectible because the statute of limitations has expired. The opinion places the onus on bankruptcy trustees to file objections to such claims on the grounds that they are time-barred.

Common Law Marriages and Marvin Actions

It is generally known that California does not acknowledge "common law" marriages, meaning
that simply living together cannot give rise to a legal marriage, nor to the marital rights to
property or support.

However under a Marvin action (Marvin v. Marvin, 18 Cal.3d 660 (1976), unmarried cohabitating couples may have certain rights to property and/or support (1) when it is agreed upon by written contract, (2) when there is an implied contract based on the parties' conduct, such as continuous shared earnings, or (3) under quantum meruit theory, wherein a partner can recover the reasonable value of services rendered less the reasonable value of monetary support received from the other partner when it can be proven that these services were rendered with the expectation of monetary reward.

JLG Is Moving!

We are excited to announce we will be at our more convenient and newly remodeled office location on June 26, 2017.

Our new office is located at: 300 W. Glenoaks Blvd., Suite 300 Glendale, CA 91202

All other contact information will remain the same.
We look forward to seeing you at our open house later this Fall or call us to make an appointment
should you need a legal consultation.

California Paid Sick Leave Law Extended to In-Home Care Workers

On July 1, 2018, the California Paid Sick Leave Law--California Labor Code section 246, which first took effect on July 1, 2015--will be extended to employees who work at in-home supportive services.

According to Senate Bill No. 3, the previous version of the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Family Act of 2014 did not include in-home workers. Starting July 1, 2018, in-home support service employees who work in California for 30 days or more within a year from the commencement of employment will be entitled to paid sick leave under section 246.

Way To Go Marija!

Way To Go Marija!

Congratulations to Marija Malinovska Cvetanoski on graduating law school! Marija, one of JLG's
former legal assistants, graduated from Southwestern after completing a rigorous, accelerated
two-year law program.

Pictured above at the ceremony with her baby, Lena at Southwestern's graduation on May 21, 2017

Tieu-Jaurigues and Canners At Family Wedding (Alex Officiated)

Tieu-Jaurigues and Canners At Family Wedding (Alex Officiated)

Tieu-Jaurigues and Canners At Family Wedding (Alex Officiated)

Quynh, Kaily, Phibee and cousin Minh

Tieu-Jaurigues and Canners At Family Wedding (Alex Officiated)