Schoshinksi v. City of Los Angeles


(California Court of Appeal) – In a class action alleging the City unlawfully charged plaintiffs and others an unauthorized trash disposal fee, the trial court’s grant of summary judgment to defendant, on grounds that the City had already reimbursed the plaintiffs for all improper charges, is affirmed where: 1) plaintiffs’ individual claims are moot because a court could grant them no further relief beyond what they have already received; and 2) unlike other cases in which the ‘pick off’ exception has been applied, here, the injunctive relief provisions in the Chakhalyan v. City of Los Angeles stipulated settlement and judgment required the City to reimburse plaintiffs and other putative class members, and the City complied with this obligation before plaintiffs filed the second amended complaint naming them as parties; and thus 2) under these particular circumstances, the ‘pick off’ exception does not apply.