Stop Small Business Shakedowns Files Amicus Brief at CA Supreme Court as First Act

As the first act of its Stop Small Business Shakedowns committee, Californians for Fair Pay and Employer Accountability, filed an amicus brief at the California Supreme Court in the case Adolph v. Uber Technologies, LLC.

This coalition of associations, which includes the California Chamber of Commerce, is committed to reforming the state’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), either in the Legislature or at the ballot; until such reform is passed, it encourages sound judicial interpretation of PAGA.

“We are deeply concerned that an overly broad interpretation of PAGA in the California Supreme Court’s ruling of Adolph v. Uber Technologies would deal yet another blow to California companies already struggling to survive under the threat of PAGA cases. This ruling could go beyond the Legislature’s intent,” said Jennifer Barrera, president & CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce.

“A broad ruling in this case would not have any meaningful benefit for California employees, but it would simply increase extortion opportunities for trial lawyers who look to leverage technical errors where there has been no harm to employees,” said Brian Maas, president of the California New Car Dealers.

“Our members have made combating the widespread abuse of PAGA as a tool to shakedown businesses their top legislative priority and it shouldn’t be up to the courts to go beyond the Legislature’s intent; it should be up to the Legislature or voters to take on PAGA reform,” said Jot Condie, president + CEO of the California Restaurant Association.