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Congratulations to Susan Kumagai and Rebecca Kimura! Susan and Rebecca successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of a Fortune 100 insurance company in an anticipatory breach of contract case concerning an annuity.  Lafayette & Kumagai argued that Plaintiff was not an intended beneficiary of the annuity and Defendant was nevertheless released from all claims through a
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We are pleased to announce that Gary Lafayette, Susan Kumagai and Diane Kong have been named to the 2017 Super Lawyers list for Northern California. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than five percent of attorneys in the state. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of
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Alan P. Jacobus will be speaking in an upcoming Strafford live webinar, “Insurer’s Duty to Defend: Navigating Flexibility in the “Eight Corners” Rule, Withdrawal from an Ongoing Defense and More” scheduled for Thursday, August 17, 1:00pm-2:30pm EDT. The panel will discuss three important aspects of a liability insurer’s duty to defend: (1) determining an insurer’s
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Lafayette & Kumagai LLP is pleased to announce that Jasmine L. Anderson has joined the firm. Ms. Anderson’s practice includes all aspects of civil defense litigation, with an emphasis on employment matters, including defense of claims involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination. Before joining Lafayette & Kumagai, she served as Corporate Counsel-Global Employment &
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Lafayette & Kumagai LLP is pleased to announce that Alan P. Jacobus has joined the firm. While Mr. Jacobus’s practice over the past decade has largely centered on high risk, high value insurance coverage litigation, he comes from a very broad civil and commercial litigation and trial background. Mr. Jacobus’s practice includes employment litigation and
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Kudos to Gary Lafayette and Rebecca Kimura of Lafayette & Kumagai LLP on their appellate victory. The decision from the Ninth Circuit upheld a United States District Court for the Northern District of California decision to grant summary judgment on behalf of a Fortune 500 gas and electric company in an employment matter in which
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Congratulations to Susan Kumagai! Susan and Brian Chun successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of a Fortune 10 company where a former employee sued alleging disability discrimination, failure to accommodate, failure to engage in the interactive process, retaliation and wrongful termination. Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment was granted in full.
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Congrats to Rebecca Kimura and Gary Lafayette! Lafayette & Kumagai won summary judgment in what started as a putative class action alleging joint employment of station managers. Lafayette & Kumagai initially got the court to stay the action, under the theory of exclusive concurrent jurisdiction which led to Plaintiff dismissing his class claims. In an
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Kudos to Brian Chun! Brian and Susan Kumagai successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of a Fortune 50 cable company where a former employee sued claiming sexual harassment, age, sex and disability discrimination, retaliation, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, wrongful termination and violation of Bus. & Prof. Code Section 17200. Brian and Susan’s
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The San Francisco Examiner quotes Gary Lafayette in a May 24, 2016 article regarding allegations of racial bias and discrimination at San Francisco State University: An attorney for the California State University system is conducting a review of hiring practices at San Francisco State University following allegations of racial bias and discrimination, CSU Chancellor Timothy
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