The coronavirus might have shut down the economy, but California’s frivolous lawsuit profit mill remains alive and well. Fortunately, Gov. Gavin Newsom can protect our state’s already vulnerable businesses from falling prey to unscrupulous trial attorneys, at least while the COVID-19 crisis continues.

To protect customers and employees from further spreading this sometimes deadly virus, businesses across the state have been forced to alter their hours, lay off employees, and even shutter altogether. Meanwhile, trial attorneys have wasted no time targeting struggling employers.

During just one week in March, 167 claims were filed under the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). Ramin Younessi, whose firm has filed the most PAGA lawsuits of any outfit in the last decade, has his name on more than 20 of these PAGA notices.

Of the 167 PAGA notices that went out, some were sent to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Altria Senior Living, and CareChoices Hospice and Palliative Services, Inc. That’s just a small sampling of the hospitals and hospice care centers targeted by PAGA, not to mention the restaurants and hospitality industries that are barely staying afloat.

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