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California Court of Appeal

Sturgeon v. County of Los Angeles, D050832

In an action brought taxpayer-plaintiff challenging the validity of the benefits defendant-county provides to its superior court judges, grant of summary judgment in favor of defendant-county is reversed where: 1) the benefits provided by the county were compensation within the meaning of section 19, article VI of the Constitution; and 2) the record did not establish those benefits had been prescribed by the Legislature.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 10/10/2008
  • Published 10/10/2008


  • BENKE, Acting P.J.


  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  • Judicial Watch, Inc., Sterling E. Norris, Los Angeles, and Paul J. Orfanedes for Plaintiff and Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Jones Day, Elwood Lui, Jason C. Murray and Erica L. Reilley, Los Angeles, for Defendant and Respondent.
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