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Supreme Court of California Grants Review of 'Brinker Case'

DALLAS, Oct 22, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Today the Supreme Court of California granted review of the state Court of Appeal decision in Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court of San Diego County. This past July, the Court of Appeal issued an opinion which included the ruling that Brinker had the obligation to "make available" meal and rest breaks to its employees, but did not have the obligation to "ensure" they were taken.

"The issues underlying this case are important to both the employees and businesses of California and review by the state Supreme Court presents a good opportunity to provide clarity and direction to these matters. We believe the Court of Appeal was correct in their ruling and look forward to advocating to the Supreme Court that their decision be upheld," stated Susan Sandidge, vice president and assistant general counsel of Brinker International.

About Brinker International

Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) is one of the world's leading casual dining restaurant companies, serving more than 1 million guests daily. Founded in 1975 and based in Dallas, Texas, Brinker owns or franchises more than 1,900 restaurants in 25 countries and employs more than 120,000. Brinker restaurant brands include Chili's(R) Grill & Bar, Romano's Macaroni Grill(R), On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina(R) and Maggiano's Little Italy(R). The company was named one of FORTUNE Magazine's Most Admired Companies in 2006 and was honored by the magazine as one of the Top 50 Employers for Minorities and the Top 50 Employers for Women. For more information visit

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