September 29, 2015 – PILP, along with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, as pro bono counsel and Western Center on Law & Poverty have filed a federal class action lawsuit against Alameda County, asking the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, and ordering the defendants to approve or deny CalFresh applications within 30 days, and approve or deny expedited benefits within 3 days, as required by federal and state law.
Plaintiff Jarvis Johnson implored, “I wouldn’t ask for help unless I really needed it, and I need it now.”
Alameda County and the County Social Services Agency must be held accountable, Thomas Loran of Pillsbury stated.
The class action complaint, notes that federal and state laws require that applications for federally funded food stamps (known in California as CalFresh) be processed, and a decision rendered to an applicant, within 30 days. In California, the state has three calendar days In expedited cases.