ACLU/Preven v. County of Los Angeles is a lawsuit demanding that Los Angeles County and the Office of the County Counsel release invoices detailing the amounts of money billed by private law firms in lawsuits filed against the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and its personnel.
The California Supreme Court reversed the appeals court ruling, affirming the public's right to access county billing records with private law firms in closed cases. Read the opinion.
The ACLU SoCal and a community advocate for government transparency, Eric Preven, filed a lawsuit against L.A. County after the county counsel denied several California Public Records Act (CPRA) requests for the documents that list not only money paid to private attorneys. Read the petition.