California restaurants launch lawsuit to recover $ 100 million in license fees


A California restaurant group filed claims against state and county agencies to recover millions in alcohol, health and tourism charges this week. These restaurants allege that government entities continued to charge fees as restaurants were forced to close or limit their operations due to the coronavirus.

The Los Angeles Times reports that restaurant owners believe they were billed for permits that largely made no sense during the coronavirus pandemic, claiming they were assessed for fees while their businesses were closed or partially in activity.

According to lawyer Brian Kabateck – who represents restaurants in Los Angeles, Orange, Sacramento, San Diego and Monterey counties – the costs could be in the neighborhood of $ 100 million.

San Francisco and Fresno and Placer counties will file additional claims this week. This lawsuit is the start of a class action lawsuit against state and county agencies, and California officials have 45 days to respond.

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