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Holmgren v. County of L.A., B194130

In class action against defendant-county by plaintiffs, employees of contractors, alleging entitlement to civil service and retirement benefits, judgment against plaintiffs on threshold issues is affirmed over claims that: 1) neither Government Code section 31552 nor any other section of the County Employees Retirement Law limits county employment to civil service employment, and the class was entitled to the same benefits as the county's classified employees; and 2) defendant's illegal misclassification scheme cannot be used to avoid its obligation to enroll the class members in CERL.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 01/30/2008
  • Published 01/30/2008


  • VOGEL, J.


  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  • Kalisch, Cotugno & Rust, Lee W. Cotugno and Richard N. Rust, Beverly Hills;  Bahan & Associates and Della Bahan, Berkeley, for Plaintiffs and Appellants., Cochran-Bond Law Offices and Walter Cochran-Bond, Los Angeles, for California Employment Lawyers Association as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Plaintiffs and Appellants.

  • For Appellees:
  • Jones Day, Elwood Lui, Philip E. Cook and Brian M. Hoffstadt, Los Angeles;  Akermann Senterfitt, Nowland C. Hong and Michael M. Mullins, Los Angeles, for Defendant and Respondent.
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