UPDATE January 4, 2020 - The NPPA is disappointed that on Friday a judge denied its motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO) that would have blocked AB5’s 35-assignment and no-video limitation on freelance journalists. A judge has wide discretion to grant or deny such a request. The trucking industry was granted a TRO on December 31, 2019 by a different judge in a different federal court. A hearing on NPPA and ASJA’s motion for preliminary challenging the limits in AB5 that restrict freelance journalism is currently set for March 9.
The PDF of the order can be found here.
January 2, 2020 - Because it was unlikely that the court would hear our case before the A.B. 5's effective date of January 1, 2020, we proposed to the State of California a stipulated stay of enforcement or an expedited hearing date, neither of which they agreed to.
For that reason we filed an application for a temporary restraining order (TRO) that, if granted, will immediately stop the State from enforcing the 35-submission and the video recording limits. Even if the TRO is not granted, it will hopefully expedite the hearing for a preliminary injunction.
The PDF's of the TRO can be found here and here.
A related story in The New York Times quoted NPPA's general counsel Mickey Osterreicher:
“Photographers and writers are stuck between the rock of dwindling to nonexistent employment opportunities and the hard place of A.B. 5,” said Mickey H. Osterreicher, general counsel for the association.