Coalition News

First Amendment Coalition & SacBee file suit for names of Sacramento County retirees with highest pensions

The Sacramento Bee and the First Amendment Coalition have filed a lawsuit to force the Sacramento County Employees’ Retirement System to release the names of all its retirees with pensions of over $100,000. -db The Sacramento Bee April 16, 2010 By Robert Lewis —The Sacramento Bee and the First Amendment Coalition on Thursday filed a lawsuit in Sacramento Superior Court to compel the Sacramento County Employees’ Retirement System to release the names of retirees getting

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Court says NO to request by FAC and others for State Bar records needed for research on affirmative action

A California Superior Court judge has ruled that the State Bar Association, which regulates the legal profession, is not required to release data requested by the First Amendment Coalition and researchers’ studying the effect of law school affirmative action policies. The Court’s ruling in the controversial litigation will be appealed. Judge Curtis E.A. Karnow of the California Superior Court for San Francisco ruled March 29, 2010 that the State Bar is not legally obligated to

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FAC, joining info requests for Palin speech at UCS-Stanislaus, also requests speaking contract for Bill Clinton talk at UC Berkeley

FAC—The First Amendment Coalition has filed a request under the Public Records Act for the speaking contract covering Sarah Palin’s planned appearance at a fundraising event for CSU Stanislaus in June. FAC has also requested the speaking contract for Bill Clinton’s appearance and speech at UC Berkeley in February. Arrangements for Palin’s speech have come under scrutiny from students, public employee unions and State Senator Leland Yee. Unconfirmed reports put Palin’s fee for the June

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FAC’s challenge to China’s Internet censorship weighed by US Trade Rep

Top US trade representative Ron Kirk says U.S. trade officials are in talks with Google and other Internet providers on FAC’s proposal to challenge China’s Internet censorship via the World Trade Organization (WTO). dh U.S. weighing China Internet censorship case (Related News: Q+A: Is there a WTO case against Chinese Internet censorship?) (Reuters) – The United States is studying whether it can legally challenge Chinese Internet restrictions that hurt Google and other U.S. companies operating

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Attorney Judy Alexander Joins FAC as Special Access Litigation Counsel

Starting this month, FAC has retained veteran first amendment and access lawyer Judy Alexander as FAC’s Special Access Litigation Counsel. Judy will be representing FAC in access cases across the state as part of FAC’s  expanded litigation initiative. Alexander, a former FAC Board member, has 25 years experience in first amendment and access matters, including litigation for news media and other clients to obtain access to public records, meetings, courtrooms and judicial records under the

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