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Public Records Act Litigation Blog

March 13, 2012 - Seven amici curiae (friends of the court) filed briefs in support of the Sierra Club. See the documents page.

December 13, 2011 - Orange County Board of Supervisors adopted Resolution 11-196 drastically reducing - from $375,000 to between $1,000 and $5,000, depending on use - the licensing fee for the OC Landbase. The timing of the change, i.e. shortly before Orange County's Reply Brief was due in the California Supreme Court, suggests that this lawsuit was a major factor in motivating the fee reduction.

The case is currently being briefed in the California Supreme Court by the Sierra Club's attorneys Sabrina Venskus and Dean Wallraff. Most of the documents filed are available on our documents page.

September 14, 2011 - Supreme Court grants review.

July 12, 2011 - Sierra Club petitions the California Supreme Court to review the case.

May 31, 2011 - Court of Appeals rules against the Sierra Club.

March 18, 2011 - oral arguments in the Court of Appeal, Santa Ana.

Briefing in the case took place between November, 2010 and February, 2011. Briefs are available on the court documents page.

August 27, 2010 - The Sierra Club filed an appeal.

May 24, 2010 – Ron Campbell, an OC Register reporter, posted a short story about the SCvOC lawsuit on an OC Register blog. You can comment if you wish.

May 24, 2010 – The Sierra Club issued a press release about Judge Di Cesare’s May 21 decision. The Sierra Club is likely to appeal.

May 21, 2010 – Judge James J. Di Cesare ruled on the Sierra Club’s lawsuit against Orange County, to obtain the OC Landbase under the Public Records Act (PRA). He issued an order denying the Sierra Club’s request. The basis for the ruling was a legal finding that the OC Landbase is included within the definition of “software” contained in the PRA. This definition is included in a section of the PRA that provides that software is not a public record.