California Supreme Court Watch

Aug 19, 2015
#15-150 Williams v. Superior Court, S227228

#15-150 Williams v. Superior Court, S227228.  (B259967; 236 Cal.App.4th 1151; Los Angeles County Superior Court; BC503806.) Petition for review after the Court of Appeal denied a petition for peremptory writ of mandate. This case presents the following issues: (1) Is the plaintiff in a representative action under the Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (Lab. Code, § 2698 et seq.) entitled to discovery of the names and contact information of other “aggrieved employees” at the beginning of the proceeding or is the plaintiff first required to show good cause in order to have access to such information? (2) In ruling on such a request for employee contact information, should the trial court first determine whether the employees have a protectable privacy interest and, if so, balance that privacy interest against competing or countervailing interests, or is a protectable privacy interest assumed? (See Hill v. National Collegiate Athletic Association (1994) 7 Cal.4th 1; Pioneer Electronics (USA), Inc. v. Superior Court (2007) 40 Cal.4th 360.)

Review granted 08/19/2015 |  Oral Argument: 05/04/2017

See the Petition for Review