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Catalyst Theory: The Impact on Employment and Labor Law

A plaintiff’s lawsuit is a catalyst under California Code of Civil Procedure §1021.5 if it induces the defendant to voluntarily provide the relief sought; a lawsuit induces such relief if it is a material factor in motivating the defendant, or if it contributes in a significant way to the result achieved. (See, Skinner v. Ken’s Foods - filed Aug. 21, 2020, Second District, Div. Six -- 2020 S.O.S. 4083.)

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