FAIRFIELD — A federal court case in Sacramento, where the judge ordered the city to pay $316,750 in fees and costs to attorneys who represent three customers arrested at the In-N-Out on Holiday Lane, will be the subject of a special, closed session Thursday of the Fairfield City Council.
The March 31 order by U.S. District Judge Dale Drozd follows the 2013 civil trial over the July 4, 2009, incident when four college students arrived at the In-N-Out just before 1 a.m.
Three of the four people filed a suit contending false arrest and interference with constitutional rights. A jury in 2013 found the arrests for trespassing were without probable cause but did not involve malice or reckless disregard for the trio’s rights. The federal jury awarded the plaintiffs $12,150.
Councilwoman Catherine Moy has called for the City Council to challenge the amount the judge awarded attorneys and Councilman John Mraz has said the $316,750 figure is “incredible.”
The City Council will meet at 5 p.m. in the conference room of the city manager. The room is on the fourth floor of City Hall, 1000 Webster St.
Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.