Blaine Eastcott’s story is the definition of the American Dream. But as a consequence of California’s Private Attorneys General Act, his dream may has become a nightmare.

Blaine is the owner of the Rockreation Sports Climbing Centers in Los Angeles and Orange County. He was introduced to the company in the 1990s; he had a passion for rock-climbing, and the company offered him a free membership if he worked there part-time. Blaine worked at Rockreation as he put himself through business school; instead of taking an offer with a big corporation after graduating, he stayed put. In 2015, he reached an agreement with the current owner of the company to buy the California locations. Blaine didn’t have much money, so the owner allowed him to make payments through a profit-sharing arrangement.

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