California Governor Rejects $13.5 Billion PG&E Settlement

New York Times and Los Angeles Times California Gov. Gavin Newsom has rejected a $13.5 billion settlement that Pacific Gas & Electric struck just last week with thousands of people who lost homes, businesses and family members in a series of devastating fires that drove the nation’s largest utility into bankruptcy. The decision announced Friday … Continued

Bridgford Speaks to Media about $13.5B Settlement from PG&E for Wildfire Victims

Richard Bridgford spoke to the media about the $13.5 billion settlement from Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) to compensate victims of wildfires caused by the utility company’s equipment between 2015-2018.  Bridgford Gleason & Artinian is one of three firms that represents 5,500 victims of the Wine Country/North Bay Fires in November 2017, the Camp/Paradise Fire in … Continued

Law Firms Secure $13.5B Settlement from PG&E for Wildfire Victims

SANTA ROSA, CA (December 7, 2019) – Trial law firms Bridgford, Gleason & Artinian, McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP and Frantz Law Group, APLC were among a group of attorneys who have secured a $13.5 billion settlement from Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) to compensate victims of wildfires caused by the utility company’s equipment between 2015-2018. The trio of law firms … Continued

BGA Update Newsletter: Fall 2019

Bridgford Gleason & Artinian’s latest newsletter covers the firm’s role on the Plaintiffs Steering Committee in the 2017 Las Vegas shooting case where Richard Bridgford and Michael Artinian represented more than 200 clients eligible to participate in a settlement. View the PDF

Bridgford Speaks on the Importance of Litigation to Shape Gun Violence Policy

Richard Bridgford, Chair of UCI Law’s Board of Visitors, spoke to a packed room about how litigation can be an effective tool for the adoption of federal laws mandating background checks and a ban on assault weapons. The talk, hosted by the UCI Law Guest Speaker Series and the Civil Justice Research Initiative, was held … Continued

KABC7 Segment Features Bridgford and Clients Reaction to MGM Settlement

KABC7-TV Richard Bridgford and his clients were interviewed by KABC7-TV on October 3, 2019 reacting to the MGM settlement with victims of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting which took place at the Mandalay Bay. Hundreds of victims and family members filed lawsuits claiming the hotel had failed to take steps to protect people attending the festival … Continued

Can Litigation be a Tool for Reducing Gun Violence?

Richard Bridgford spoke at UC Berkley on Monday, June 24 at a gun violence symposium hosted by several schools including the Civil Justice Research Initiative.  ‘Can Litigation be a Tool for Reducing Gun Violence?’ brought together civil justice practitioners and scholars from different disciples to better understand gun violence litigation, share results of recent research and … Continued

On-Call Pay Issue Undecided, as Calif. Ruling for Retailer Reversed

Richard Bridgford, founding partner of Bridgford, Gleason & Artinian spoke with Bloomberg Law about prevailing in a lawsuit against retailer Tilly’s Inc. Bridgford said this decision could bring some equality to the relationship between workers and employers. “In holding that the definition of ‘reporting’ does not require actual physical presence at the workplace, the decision … Continued

Court Says Retail Workers Are Owed Pay for Being ‘On Call’

A California appellate court has held that “on call” workers should be compensated in instances when they aren’t ultimately forced to come in to work a shift. The decision issued Monday, February 4, 2019 by the Second District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles marks the first time a court has weighed in how the … Continued

Employees’ Telephonic Check-In Is Compensable ‘On-Call’ Time

A clothing retailer who requires its employees to call in two hours prior to a potential shift to find out whether they must report to work that day must pay those employees, under the applicable wage order, for being “on-call” according to a ruling from the California Court of Appeal. Presiding Justice Lee S. Edmon … Continued