It is the year 2020, and that’s when property lawyers are suing for damages.
Property lawyers are a small, but growing, subgroup of lawyers in the US who are increasingly taking on companies in the financial services and health care sectors to secure a claim for unpaid wages and benefits.
The new lawyers, led by the California-based law firm Rosewood, is challenging a slew of large property companies, from giant national companies like Oracle to smaller ones like New York City-based Rosewood.
It is challenging all sorts of companies that operate across all industries, from banks to food service chains to food-service delivery companies, to name a few.
For Rosewood lawyers, this is the first time they have filed a class-action lawsuit against a large corporation.
They say that when a large company files a class action lawsuit, it typically creates an unfair advantage for the smaller class.
In its lawsuit, Rosewood says that in January 2017, Oracle and New York-based firm RoseWood, Inc. filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against all of its subsidiaries.
Oracle is a publicly traded company with revenues of $25 billion and a market capitalization of $1.9 trillion.
The company has offices in California, Texas, Illinois, Washington, Maryland and New Jersey.
Rosewood is a private company.
Rosewood claims that when it filed the lawsuit in January, it was aware that Oracle was preparing to file a class in California against its parent company, the United Services, Inc., which is a subsidiary of Oracle.
The class in question, RoseWood said, was an attempt by Oracle to gain an unfair competitive advantage by limiting the size of its own workforce to the same number of people that Rosewood’s parent company had.
“This is a direct violation of the law, the common law and the federal labor law,” Rosewood attorney David R. Shaver wrote in a lawsuit.
“Oracle’s filing is designed to avoid paying wages and benefit to its employees, and therefore its employees’ compensation claims will be denied.
Oracle’s action would be an attempt to evade the law and its obligation to pay wages and provide benefits to its own employees.”
The class-law case that RoseWood is challenging is based on the so-called “right-to-work” legislation, which prohibits employers from mandating collective bargaining, according to the lawsuit.
Under the legislation, if an employer can’t bargain with a union, then it must pay the union a wage that is at least 25 percent of the company’s average wage.
If a lawsuit against Oracle is successful, it could affect tens of thousands of US workers, including thousands of Rosewood employees.
Oracle’s attorneys have also filed a motion in California federal court, asking that the court reject the lawsuit and hold that the class action was dismissed.
Oracle filed the case in January in response to Rosewood and NewYork-based company Rosewood Health, which was also sued by Rosewood in February.
In that lawsuit, NewYork state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said the state is seeking $150 million from Rosewood for alleged mismanagement, including pay cuts, as well as punitive damages.
Rosewoods lawsuit seeks to recover compensation from Rosewoods employees for unpaid time off, lost wages, lost benefits and other damages.