Brown Rejects Efforts To Preserve Unlimited Fee Applications for Low-Dollar FEHA Cases

By: Alexis Gutierrez

This week, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed Assembly Bill 559, legislation offered in response to Chavez v. City of Los Angeles, the 2010 California Supreme Court decision that upheld trial judges discretion to deny costs to plaintiffs whose small-scale damages in FEHA lawsuits could have been recovered in a limited jurisdiction civil case.

In Chavez v. City of Los Angeles, a unanimous high court held that trial judges should have the discretion to deny costs to plaintiffs whose small-scale damages in FEHA lawsuits could have been recovered in a limited jurisdiction civil case.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had vetoed bills similar to AB 559 during his tenure.

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