California Supreme Court Rules for Brinker Restaurant Corp. in Landmark Case
Brinker was widely seen by the California as well as national business and legal communities as the most important decision the Court would make in 2012, given its enormous impact on virtually all California employers and employees.
This decision significantly reduced the number of wage and hour lawsuits that can be successfully pursued by employees, the dollar value of which is many billions of dollars. There were 26 amicus briefs in the case, indicating the widespread interest in it. The California Supreme Court granted review in nine related cases and held them pending the outcome of Brinker. There are hundreds of these cases pending in California.