Monday, April 16, 2012
Court Rules Stockton POA Likely to Succeed in Contract Impairment Case
The Stockton Police Officers Association returned to court Friday for a hearing on its application for a preliminary injunction requiring the City to cash out paid leave for officers retiring or leaving the City for new jobs. At the hearing, San Joaquin Superior Court Judge Lesley Holland found that the POA was likely to succeed on the merits of its claim that the City of Stockton unlawfully impaired its contract. Judge Holland ultimately denied the POA’s application on the grounds that the case was stayed while the Third District Court of Appeals considered an appeal of the court’s ruling on the POA’s special motion to strike two of the causes of action alleged in the City’s cross-complaint. Mastagni Law attorneys David E. Mastagni, Alan Davis, Isaac S. Stevens and BJ Pierce represent the Stockton POA in the matter.