Case Study: Coral Construction V. San Francisco

Law360, New York (August 19, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT) -- On Aug. 2, the California Supreme Court issued a decision in the long-running Proposition 209 challenge to the San Francisco ordinance that provides preferential treatment based on race or sex in the award of city contracts. Coral Construction v. City and County of San Francisco 2010 S.O.S. 4449.

The decision rejected the city’s challenge to Proposition 209 under the so-called political structure doctrine, a judicial interpretation of the federal Equal Protection Clause. The decision also rejected the city’s argument that its ordinance was valid because the...
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