A California court has ordered noted Antifa activist Yvette Felarca to pay over $11,000 in damages to former Berkeley College Republicans President Troy Worden, reports Campus Reform.
This ruling came after a restraining order filed against Worden by Felarca was dropped in October, prompting Worden and his lawyer, Mark Meuser, to sue Felarca for damages and attorney fees.
Worden has made a name for himself in the conservative campus realm, being a vocal activist for the right for conservatives being able to express their views on increasingly liberal campuses around the U.S., especially in Berkeley, California.
Harmeet Dhillon of the Dhillon Law Group, through which Meuser is representing Worden, said that Felarca has a history of “filing and dismissing utterly frivolous cases against innocent targets” and pledged to hold her and her lawyers “accountable.”
“’Felarca and her fellow travelers in BAMN [By Any Means Necessary]/Antifa need to learn that the California courts are not their personal plaything to use and abuse at will by filing baseless and vexatious lawsuits,’ she added, with Worden noting that the restraining order prevented him from exercising his free-speech rights on campus.”
Now, the commissioner Thomas Rasch of the Superior Court of Alameda County has ordered Felarca to pay Worden $11,100 in attorney fees, according to a press release, which says Rasch determined that the order “had not been filed in good faith.”
Additionally, the press release notes that Felarca, whom it identifies as a Berkeley Middle School teacher was arrested twice in 2017 for incitement of a riot, resisting arrest, and assaulting a police officer. All classic examples of what to expect from Antifa members.
Worden argues that Felarca’s restraining order is an attempt to further stifle his first amendment rights after the College Republicans invited several controversial speakers to campus.
“By ruling that she did not demonstrate good faith in filing the restraining order, the court recognized the frivolous nature of Felarca’s actions,” Meuser remarked. “The award of attorney fees should send a strong signal that she cannot abuse the court system to silence speech.”
The University itself is also wrapped up in an ongoing federal lawsuit for allowing the efforts to block the invited conservative speakers by the school’s College Republicans chapter.
“This marks the second time in two months that Felarca and her lawyers have been ordered by an area court to pay the attorney fees of their opponents for filing legally and factually unsupported claims in court,” Dhillon commented. “True victims of harassment/stalking/assault need the courts to be available to them as a priority, not clogged with fabricated claims pursued in bad faith.”