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Vazquez v. Jan-Pro Franchising International, Inc.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

September 24, 2019

Gerardo Vazquez, Gloria Roman, and Juan Aguilar, on behalf of themselves and all other similarly situated, Plaintiffs-Appellants,
v.
Jan-Pro Franchising International, Inc., Defendant-Appellee.

          Argued and Submitted December 18, 2018 San Francisco, California

          Appeal from the United States District Court for No. 3:16-cv-05961-WHA the Northern District of California William Alsup, District Judge, Presiding

          Shannon Liss-Riordan (argued), Lichten & Liss-Riordan P.C., Boston, Massachusetts, for Plaintiffs-Appellants.

          Jeffrey M. Rosin (argued), O'Hagan Meyer PLLC, Boston, Massachusetts; Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., Theane D. Evangelis, and Samuel Eckman, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Los Angeles, California; for Defendant-Appellee.

          Catherine K. Ruckelshaus and Najah A. Farley, National Employment Law Project, New York, New York, for Amici Curiae National Employment Law Project, Equal Rights Advocates, Dolores Street Community Services, Legal Aid at Work, and Worksafe, Inc.

          Norman M. Leon, DLA Piper LLP, Chicago, Illinois; Jonathan Solish, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, Santa Monica, California; James F. Speyer, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, Los Angeles, California; for Amicus Curiae The International Franchise Association.

          Bradley A. Benbrook and Stephen M. Duvernay, Benbrook Law Group PC, Sacramento, California; Luke A. Wake, NFIB Small Business Legal Center, Sacramento, California; for Amicus Curiae National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center.

          Adam G. Unikowsky, Jenner & Block LLP, Washington, D.C.; Steven P. Lehotsky, U.S. Chamber Litigation Center, Washington, D.C.; for Amicus Curiae Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America.

          James F. Speyer, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, Los Angeles, California, for Amicus Curiae California Chamber of Commerce.

          Paul Grossman and Paul W. Cane Jr., Paul Hastings LLP, Los Angeles, California, for Amicus Curiae California Employment Law Council.

          Before: Ronald M. Gould and Marsha S. Berzon, Circuit Judges, and Frederic Block, District Judge. [*]

         SUMMARY[**]

         Res Judicata

         In a separate published order, the panel certified to the California Supreme Court the issue of the retroactive application of Dynamex Operations West Inc. v. Superior Court, 416 P.3d 1 (Cal. 2018), and in this opinion, reestablished the remaining holdings from the now-withdrawn opinion Vazquez v. Jan-Pro Int'l, Inc., 2019 WL 3271969 (9th Cir. Jul. 22, 2019).

         For the reasons laid out in the earlier opinion, the panel held that the doctrines of res judicata and law of the case did not bar plaintiffs from contending that they are employees under Dynamex's ABC test, and rejected the contention that a ...


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