Favorable ruling in reverse public records case

The Los Angeles Times prevailed last week in obtaining a favorable decision in a reverse-Public Records Act case.

The court awarded the Times its attorney fees against both the City of Pasadena and the Pasadena Police Officers Association for prevailing in years of litigation over the disclosability of an independent report produced over a 2012 police shooting of an unarmed black man.

The decision is the first positive opinion from an appellate court to address how fees should be assessed in the judicially-created reverse-CPRA cases first recognized in 2012. In awarding the Times fees against the police union under the private attorney general statute, the court acknowledged that the Times was fighting for the public interest in seeking disclosure of the unredacted report.