Supreme Court Sends S.F. Restaurateurs' Order Back -- No Emergency Order For You!

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy today informed San Francisco restaurant owners that he found their legal petition to be cold, undercooked, and full of gristle -- before sending it back.

Kennedy spurned the Golden Gate Restaurant Association's application for an emergency order that would have immediately curtailed the employer spending requirement of the city's Health Care Security Ordinance -- and, in effect, gutted Healthy San Francisco.

The GGRA initially sued the city regarding Healthy San Francisco requirements that employers fund workers' health care. On March 9, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals declined to rehear the Restaurant Association's case; the group has 90 days from that date to file an appeal to the Supreme Court. Whether or not they do so, thanks to today's move from Kennedy, Healthy San Francisco will be around for at least the short-term.

You can read the city's response to the GGRA's lawsuit here. You can view a city timeline of the case here.

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