“California bill would protect discounts for state workers”

by Walter Olson on July 10, 2009

What happened to Sacramento businesses when they offered “Furlough Friday” discounts to state workers whose pay had been cut? They found themselves the target of demand letters from an unnamed entrepreneurial San Diego lawyer who alleged that the discounts violated the state’s famously broad Unruh Act ban on discrimination, and demanded cash settlements. Lawmakers took the step of seeking and obtaining the support of the powerful state trial-lawyers’ group, Consumer Attorneys of California, for remedial legislation, which is “something you don’t see every day: trial lawyers backing a bill that would eliminate some lawsuits.” [Sacramento Bee]

Update: According to Patrick McGreevy of the L.A. Times (h/t “Patw” in comments), the attorney is Alfred Rava of “Mother’s Day stadium suit” fame (Jun. 12, Jun. 17, etc.)

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1 Patw 07.10.09 at 10:57 am

It’s actually an overlawyered favorite back at it:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/07/lawyer-targets-discounts-for-furloughed-state-workers.html

What a surprise.

2 Demosthenes 07.10.09 at 11:55 am

Hypocrisy personified.

One law for corrupt government parasites, another law for everyone else.

The ethical solution would have been to eliminate the Unruh atrocity. Ethics however is not to be found anywhere in the triad of trial lawyers, California legislators, and crooked government unions.

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