Trial Date Set For CMCEA's Litigation Against Costa Mesa
This afternoon I was informed, on good authority, that Judge Barbara Tam Nomoto Schumann's court has set a trial date of April 9, 2012 in the litigation by the Costa Mesa City Employees Association (CMCEA) against The City of Costa Mesa.
INJUNCTION REMAINS IN PLACE
According to my source, there has been no other change in the status of the litigation. The preliminary injunction remains in place.
LEGAL FEES MOUNTING UP?
This has me wondering just how fast that old slot machine we have going with several law firms handling this case will be spinning. Five more months for lawyers at Jones Day at $495 per hour for even first year associates doing work on this case - Yikes!. I guess we'll just have to be watching the Warrants closely each month to see who is racking up big bills.
WHAT ABOUT THE RFPS?
It also has me wondering about the RFPs, some of which are now being returned. The injunction prohibits The City from outsourcing City jobs to private firms, so this date may become an anchor that will slow the process to a crawl. In the meantime, the RFPs will begin to stack up somewhere in City Hall, gathering dust, and the layoff notices issued to employees and extended recently will expire again.
WORD FROM THE CITY?
I also wonder when, or if, we will hear about this date from City sources. Maybe in the next edition of the CEO's E-Briefing, scheduled for release Friday.