In this declaratory relief action concerning the payment of judicial salaries and benefits, defendants and appellants John Chiang, Controller of the State of California (the Controller); the Judges’ Retirement System (JRS); and the Judges’ Retirement System II (JRS II) appeal from the judgment entered in favor of plaintiff and respondent Robert M. Mallano (plaintiff), individually and on behalf of a class of similarly situated persons (collectively, plaintiffs), ordering that plaintiffs are entitled to payments and benefits based on the formula set forth in Government Code section 682033 for the fiscal years 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, and 2015-2016. Defendants also appeal the award of attorney fees pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure section 1021.5. We affirm the judgment and the attorney fees award.
[3/6 Update: Law360 presents Appeals Court Back Pay Hike for 3,000+ Calif. Judges: "A California appeals panel Wednesday backed a lower court decision favoring a class of thousands of active and retired state judges claiming mandated raises and benefits were unlawfully withheld during the economic downturn, possibly putting the state on the hook for a $36 million payout."
And The Recorder offers: Skadden Wins Appeal That Could Mean Extra Pay for Calif. Judges]