The 1st District Court of Appeal has ruled against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's appeal of Judge Charlotte Woolard's judgment in SEIU Local 1000 v. Schwarzenegger. The union's lawsuit successfully argued that furloughing State Compensation Insurance Fund employees violated state insurance code.
Click here for the details of the appeal, which sought to overturn the ruling -- or to at least to return Woolard's blanket back pay decision to the lower court for more argument.
Aside from the back pay argument, the governor's appeal mirrored his recent bid to overturn CASE v. Schwarzenegger. The administration lost that appeal as well. The state Supreme Court, on its own authority, has taken up that case and three others.
We expect this one will go to the California high court as well.
Click here to read the appellate court's decision.