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Amicus Briefs

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Amicus Briefs

FAC seeks to strengthen and defend governmental transparency and the First Amendment. One way we do that is by filing briefs or letters in selected cases as amicus curiae, or “friend of the court.” In doing so, FAC is able to offer the important perspective and expertise of an advocacy organization dedicated to advancing and protecting free speech, a free press and public participation in civic affairs. FAC prioritizes cases involving California sunshine laws, including the California Public Records Act and the Ralph M. Brown Act, along with cases affecting freedom of expression and newsgathering rights. To submit a request for amicus support in a case, please contact legal [at] firstamendmentcoalition.org.

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Amici Digests

From the archives: Read past year digests of amicus curiae briefs FAC supported.

Amici Briefs Digest, March 2, 2017

FAC has joined, or agreed to join, a number of amicus briefs since December 2016. FAC Joined Amicus Briefs Rand v. City of Carson—Amicus brief to the California Supreme Court urging a broader interpretation of the “public interest” component of California’s anti-SLAPP statute.  At least two competing standards have arisen under California law regarding what constitutes  “public interest” — one far too narrow, and the other more broad.  The amicus brief joined by FAC urges the high court to disapprove the former and adopt the latter. Dual Diagnostic Treatment Center v. Buschel—Amicus letter to the California Supreme Court urging that

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