In a case in which he described Antifa activist Yvette Felarca’s legal claims “entirely frivilous,” California District Judge Vince Chhabria recently ordered her to pay the $22,000 in legal fees incurred by Judicial Watch, and the $4,000 in litigation costs.
Felarca, a middle school teacher in the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD), and two co-plaintiffs, had sued the BUSD to try to prevent it from turning over to Judicial Watch their communications mentioning Felarca, Antifa, and BAMN, By Any Means Necessary.
As Judicial Watch stated in a May 21 press release, Felarca is a prominent member of BAMN, a radical leftist group that was “founded by the Marxist Revolutionary Workers League that protests conservative speaking engagements.”
“This is a huge victory for Judicial Watch against Antifa and the violent left,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Ms. Felarca attacked Judicial Watch without basis and the court was right to reject her ploy to deny our ‘right to know’ because we don’t share her violent left views.”
“In 2017, Judicial Watch filed a California Public Records Act (CPRA) request seeking public records information about Felarca’s Antifa activism and its effect within the Berkeley Unified School District,” stated the legal group. “In her lawsuit aimed at keeping the Berkeley school district from furnishing the records, Felarca alleged that Judicial Watch was misusing the law for political means and the district should refuse to provide the information.”
Despite Felarca’s claims, the judge said, “Judicial Watch is entitled to attorney’s fees because the plaintiffs’ lawsuit was frivolous, and their litigation conduct was unreasonable.”
The plaintiffs “had no reasonable argument to protect those documents from disclosure,” stated Judge Chhabria.
Felarca has a history of radical left activism. In January she was ordered to stand trial in Sacramento, Calif., because of an alleged assault that occurred at a demonstration in 2016.
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