Judge calls lawsuit “frivolous” and “unreasonable”
You may remember Yvette Felarca as a leader of the Antifa-style group BAMN (By Any Means Necessary). She now owes a lot of cash to Judicial Watch.
The Berkeleyside reports:
Berkeley teacher Yvette Felarca ordered to pay conservative group $20,000
Berkeley teacher and activist Yvette Felarca must pay a national conservative group more than $20,000 in legal fees, a federal judge said Wednesday.
In his order, Judge Vince Chhabria called Felarca and her colleagues’ lawsuit against Berkeley Unified, in which conservative organization Judicial Watch was named a party, “frivolous” and “unreasonable.”
“This is an exceptional circumstance,” wrote Chhabria. He declined to award Judicial Watch the full $326,159 that the Washington, D.C. organization had sought.
The case stems from a 2017 records request filed by Judicial Watch. The group asked Berkeley Unified for all emails sent among district and King Middle School staff related to Felarca and her radical activism with By Any Means Necessary. Felarca has been a prominent figure at many local political rallies and is currently facing a felony charge in Sacramento for allegedly assaulting a neo-Nazi demonstrator…
Judicial Watch initially argued that the organization was entitled to more than $317,850 in attorney’s fees and $8,309 in litigation costs from Felarca, Nixon and Stefl. Chhabria reduced the amount to $22,000 in attorney’s fees (Felarca is responsible for $20,000; the other two must pay $1,000 each) and $4,000 in litigation costs.
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