On April 3, 2013, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Sonic-Calabasas A, Inc. v. Moreno, S174475. Ordinarily, the opinion would be due within 90 days thereafter, which would be next week.
However, last week, on June 21, 2013, the Supreme Court issued this order:
The parties are requested to serve and file supplemental briefs addressing the significance, if any, of the United States Supreme Court's recent decision in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant (June 20, 2013) ___ U.S. ___ [2013 WL 3064410]. Those briefs are to be served and filed on or before July 12, 2013. Upon the filing of those briefs, each party will then have until July 19, 2013, to serve and file a response to the brief submitted by the opposing party. Submission of the cause is vacated. (See Cal. Rules of Court, rule 8.524(h)(1) [submission runs from expiration of the time in which to file briefs, including supplemental briefs].) The cause will be resubmitted on July 19, 2013.
(Hyperlink added.) With this order, we can expect an opinion by mid-October.
Although this case is not a class action, it is expected to be the first in which the Supreme Court substantively construes Concepcion -- and now AmEx.