Our mission is to provide grants, advocacy and education to
support impact litigation on behalf of marginalized communities
seeking economic, environmental and social justice.
FIGHT FOR LEGAL CHANGE TO BENEFIT EVERYONE
Let's make Justice available to everyone, not just the wealthy. Together we can end injustices like gender discrimination, LGBT discrimination, ableism, unfair worker compensation, racial discrimination, wage theft and environmental racism. Join this important movement today.
Who we are:
The Impact Fund is a passionate group of legal experts supporting cases that positively impact the day-to-day lives of marginalized communities.
What we do:
Provide $5.7 million in grants to advance public interest litigation that benefits large numbers of people, leads to significant law reform and raises public consciousness.
Train the next generation of social justice warriors.
Take corporate America to court, fighting for worker's rights, civil rights, and social justice. By winning these landmark cases we are able to establish a legal precedent for the future.
Ellis v. Costco Wholesale Corp. - Fighting for women's rights. After years of legal battles, the court certified the case as a nationwide class action, finding that Costco had shown significant company-wide discrimination of women.
Estrada v. Bashas’ Inc. - Fighting for equal pay for hispanic workers. After over a decade of litigation, the district court granted our motion for class certification, permitting over 12,000 Bashas' workers to challenge pay inequity.
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Latest Social Justice News & Stories
The Supreme Court docket this past term had class action practitioners holding their breath. Over the last five years, the Court has limited access to class actions in cases including Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, and American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant. This term, the Court took on an unprecedented four class action cases. The outcome is fascinating and has many ramifications for the ability of class actions to serve as a vehicle for groups of people—including workers, minorities, and consumers—to hold corporations and the government accountable.
In a unanimous decision this morning, the California Supreme Court affirmed that attorneys’ fees in a class action may be calculated as a percentage of the common fund created by a settlement or judgment. Laffitte v. Robert Half Int’l, S222996 (August 11, 2016).
In determining the appropriate percentage, the trial court may -- but is not required to – conduct a lodestar cross-check. The trial court also has the discretion, in the first instance, to determine which fee calculation methodology to use (i.e. common fund or lodestar-multiplier) in any particular case. The decision has a useful discussion of the history and criticisms of each method.