Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Censured for Order Directing Payment of Class Counsel’s Fees by Way of “Gift Cards”
On February 2, 2010, the California Commission on Judicial Performance issued a decision imposing censure on Judge Brett C. Klein, retired, arising out of Judge Klein’s sua sponte modification of a proposed final order to provide for the payment of $125,000 in attorney's fees in $10 gift cards, and by his action in transmitting the order to the press. A copy of the Commission’s Order is posted here. The Order imposes the strictest of penalties – barring Judge Klein from holding judicial office in the state of California and from receiving an assignment, appointment, or reference of work from any California state court.