San Diego restaurant owners join class action over State and Local fees
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Restaurants have been a flashpoint for controversy amid the pandemic stay-at-home orders.
Class action lawsuits have been filed in San Diego, Orange, San Francisco and Sacramento counties against the state and local agencies that involve operation fees.
“We’ve sustained a huge blow to our bottom line and are just struggling to keep the doors open,” said Jon Weber, a lead plaintiff and owner of the Cowboy Star Restaurant and Butcher Shop in San Diego. “We usually pay these fees in full at the beginning of the year so we can sell liquor and serve food.”
The legal action is a result of restaurants across the state facing unprecedented challenges to stay open and maintain cash reserves amid new operating restrictions in the COVID-19 era.
“The defendants are collecting these fees while at the same time ordering the business to shut down or drastically limit operations”, said lead plaintiff attorney Brian S. Kabateck. “We are encouraged, however, that some governmental entities have reached out to say they are willing to do the right thing and return these fees and we’re hopeful others will soon follow suit,” added Kabateck.
Weber and Kabateck joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss the lawsuit.