LOS ANGELES (CN) – A California appeals court has ruled that a section of the state government code does not apply to Michael Klistoff Jr. and All City Services, who were accused of paying a South Gate city official to steer a 10-year, $48 million city contract for garbage removal and recycling services to Klistoff & Sons.
The city filed suit for conspiracy under Government Code section 1090, a provision that the court said only public officials or employees can violate. Klistoff, who was vice president of Klistoff & Sons, never received payments, and his company was not a party to the contract.
The court granted his petition seeking dismissal for failure to state a claim. See ruling.