On June 26, Governor Newsom approved Assembly
Bill 692, which amended the Mandatory Fee Arbitration Act to toll the statute
of limitations governing a client’s action for malpractice or professional
misconduct while an arbitration over a fee dispute is pending. Specifically, the legislation amended
sections 6206 of the Business and Professions Code (governing the MFAA) and
340.6 of the Code of Civil Procedure (governing the statute of limitations for
professional misconduct). The bill was
supported by the Conference of California Bar Associations, and passed
unanimously by both houses of the Legislature.
More information about the MFAA is available at http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/Attorney-Regulation/Mandatory-Fee-Arbitration.