Brinker Update – On September 29, 2008, Plaintiffs’ filed their Reply to Answer to Petition for Review with the California Supreme Court in the well-publicized meal period case Brinker v. Hohnbaum. The California Supreme Court has 60 days from August 29th, the date the Petition for Review was filed, to decide whether to grant review. In certain instances, the Court may decide to extend the time period for determining whether to grant review by 30 days. in which case we should expect a decision by November at the latest. For past coverage of the Brinker matter, click here.
SB 1777, Mediation Funding Bill, Vetoed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger – SB 1777 written by State Senator Mark Ridley-Thomas would have raised an estimated $5 million for mediation programs through a $5 increase in filing fees on all civil cases. In his veto message, Schwarzenegger wrote, “Although I support the effort to secure a non-General Fund source of funding for these programs, I am not comfortable increasing court fees at this time,” stating that “this would create an additional burden on the public, many of whom use our court system and would face the increased fines.”