Press Coverage Highlights Motion Filed by HSRD to Dismiss the City of Los Angeles’ Meritless and Retaliatory Lawsuit Against Journalist Ben Camacho

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Media outlets including the Los Angeles Times, ABC 7, Fox 11, NBC 4, the Los Angeles Daily News, and Pasadena Now highlighted the anti-SLAPP motion filed by civil rights firm Hadsell Stormer Renick & Dai LLP with co-counsel from the UC Irvine School of Law’s Press Freedom Project and the Law Office of Colleen Flynn on behalf of journalist Ben Camacho to dismiss the City of Los Angeles’ lawsuit against him. The articles explain that the City of Los Angeles is suing Mr. Camacho for the return of over 9,000 photographs, names, and serial numbers of Los Angeles Police Department officers the City provided to Mr. Camacho. The Los Angeles Times reports that “Legal experts uniformly rejected the lawsuit as baseless and ripe for dismissal on 1st Amendment grounds and other well-established legal protections for journalists.” Fox 11 quoted HSRD attorney Dan Stormer, “The real motives behind this lawsuit are to shield the Los Angeles Police Department from any measure of accountability and transparency.”

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