An Orange County Superior Court judge denied a request Thursday to temporarily shut down an alcohol and drug rehabilitation company that operates recovery homes in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa.
A hearing to permanently bar Morningside Recovery from providing treatment at its seven unlicensed homes is expected to take place in October.
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This story has been edited to correct what the October hearing is for.
Judge William Monroe rejected the filing by the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, or ADP, for a temporary restraining order against two Costa Mesa and five Newport Beach Morningside group home facilities. The judge also denied a request to prevent the company from taking on new clients.
"I'm really happy with [the decision]," said Morningside Chief Executive Mary Helen Beatificato. "Really, the decision is giving Morningside a fair shake and looking at the law."
The ADP went to court to temporarily stop Morningside until the hearing on permanently stopping the company from providing services at its seven unlicensed homes could go forward, said ADP spokeswoman Suzi Rupp.