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Paradise Cove Beach Access Fees

If you paid a fee to access the beach at Paradise Cove in Malibu, California, you may have a claim for reimbursement of this fee. You may have a claim even if the fee was not specifically called a "walk-in fee" or similar. For example, some visitors report being charged a "Daily Beach Club Fee" in order to access the beach.

As the Malibu Times explains, "'Today, there is a slightly different name for the fee being charged by Paradise Cove, which they state is for using their facilities,' said Andrew Willis, a coastal commission enforcement supervisor. 'We have seen evidence that their employees have directed people who refused to pay to go left of the pier, citing that Paradise Cove was private property — but this is just not accurate.'"

The Paradise Cove Land Company's lease specifically says the company "shall take no action to discourage reasonable use by the general public of this access."

If you paid a fee that you believed was necessary to access the Paradise Cove beach, Contact Himmelstein Law Network to participate in the class action.

Unpaid Internships

If you are an in an unpaid internship that is benefiting your employer (i.e., by doing work they would have to pay someone else to do if no one was willing to do it for free), you may have a claim for unpaid minimum wages under federal, state and/or local law. These practices seem especially prevalant in the entertainment and publishing industries.

As the U.S. Department of Labor explains, "if the interns are engaged in the operations of the employer or are performing productive work (for example, filing, performing other clerical work, or assisting customers), then the fact that they may be receiving some benefits in the form of a new skill or improved work habits will not exclude them from the FLSA’s [Fair Labor Standards Act's] minimum wage and overtime requirements because the employer benefits from the interns’ work. If the employer would have hired additional employees or required existing staff to work additional hours had the interns not performed the work, then the interns will be viewed as employees and entitled compensation under the FLSA."

California law is even more restrictive, requiring that interns be paid minimum wage unless their training is part of an academic program.

"Paying dues" won't pay the rent. If you are or were an unpaid intern, Contact Himmelstein Law Network for a confidential evaluation.


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