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May 3, 1991 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The three Kern County farmers who took out a newspaper advertisement favoring a controversial water project were stunned when they were suddenly hit with a libel suit by a powerful grower opposing the plan. The farmers later found they were targets of a SLAPP--short for Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation--a device critics say is used to stifle free speech through intimidation.
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May 3, 1991 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The three Kern County farmers who took out a newspaper advertisement favoring a controversial water project were stunned when they were suddenly hit with a libel suit by a powerful grower opposing the plan. The farmers later found they were targets of a SLAPP--short for Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation--a device critics say is used to stifle free speech through intimidation.
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March 31, 1994
A judge on Wednesday threw out a lawsuit filed by the Hollywood-based Church of Scientology in hopes of getting a reversal of a $2.5-million emotional distress award that a former member won eight years ago. The complaint, filed on Feb. 16, 1993, had been on hold pending the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court challenge to Larry D. Wollersheim's verdict.
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June 1, 1995 | DEBRA CANO
A lawsuit filed by two police officers against the director and members of a community activist group has been dismissed by a Superior Court judge. Police Sgt. Lloyd Edwards and jail detention officer Howard Subnick filed a lawsuit last year against Citizens' Bureau of Investigation after members of the group, which has been critical of police salaries and city employee retirement perks, filed an administrative complaint in August.
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November 12, 1993
A Malibou Lake property owner who unsuccessfully tried to slap a legal muzzle on an outspoken homeowners organization has been ordered to pay the group's legal bills. The decision was hailed Thursday as protecting citizen input in disputes. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge John Zebrowski on Wednesday ordered Madeleine Drolet to reimburse the Malibou Lakeside Homeowners Assn. for the $10,500 it spent to fight a lawsuit she filed to silence it.
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November 15, 1990
A developer who took the unusual step of filing a $1-million lawsuit against Long Beach residents who tried to block his condominium project saw his building plans unanimously approved by the City Council this week. About two dozen residents of the newly formed Zaferia homeowners group stormed out of Tuesday's council meeting just before the 63-unit complex was approved 7 to 0.
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November 3, 2000
A lengthy and bitter dispute between low-income tenants and the property owners redeveloping their complex accelerated Thursday when the American Civil Liberties Union agreed to help defend hundreds of families at Lincoln Place Apartments. ACLU staff attorney Dan Tokaji on Thursday accused the Los Angeles Lincoln Place Investors of trying to chill tenants' rights to free speech with a Sept. 20 lawsuit.
NEWS
April 21, 1991
I am an attorney in private practice and chairman of the First Amendment Committee of the ACLU of Southern California. I am writing in my personal capacity and not on behalf of the ACLU. The April 11 article "Mall Liquor Sales Raise Concerns" indicated that a new restaurant on the Third Street Promenade, Legends, had threatened to sue anti-liquor activist Trisha Roth unless she withdrew her protest of the establishment's liquor license. The article said that Roth withdrew her protest rather than face this threat.
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January 23, 2001 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer will make a unique appearance in an Orange County courtroom today, battling county supervisors over a health-care initiative that voters approved overwhelmingly in November. The court fight over Measure H marks the first time Lockyer has personally handled a case since becoming attorney general, and it shows the significance he attaches to the Orange County case, his aides said.
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October 4, 1991 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The state Supreme Court on Thursday let stand a milestone $11.1-million malicious-prosecution award against a San Joaquin Valley agribusiness giant for bringing an unwarranted libel suit against three local farmers. The award was the largest of its kind in a counteraction against a type of suit allegedly designed to stifle political opposition. Such a suit is known by critics as a SLAPP, or Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation.
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