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Use of a Model Release in the Workplace

Chipotle has had some tough times.  Most recently, Leah Caldwell, a customer sued the company for using a photograph of her eating at a restaurant in 2006 in its promotional materials.  Moreover, an alcoholic beverage was photoshopped next to Ms. Caldwell's food.  She was not aware of the photograph until 2014.  Since then, she has seen the image in multiple markets.  Ms. Caldwell is seeking $2,237,633,000, which is the amount of money she claims Chipotle made since the use of the photograph. 

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Will You Be Ready for the DOL December 1st Salary Increase on November 27th?

Don't forget that the salary minimum for exempt white collar positions -- managers, administrators and professionals -- increases on Thursday, December 1, 2016.  The salary threshold will be $47,476 per year or $913 per week.  If a manager, administrator or professional does not earn this minimum amount, in the form of a salary, then the employee is not exempt. 

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Hey Hoteliers, Don't Settle Your ADA Lawsuit Just Yet!

On October 10th we notified hoteliers of the multiple ADA lawsuits filed in the Federal District Court, Eastern District of California.  The lawsuits are identical but for the name of the defendant hotel and whether a lift was missing from the pool or jacuzzi. 

Prior to filing a motion to dismiss for one of our clients, we discovered an order issued by a judge in the Eastern District and applicable to all of the ADA lawsuits filed by plaintiff, Theresa Brooke by her lawyer, Peter Strojnik.  

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