Successfully defend a dissertation

The main issue before the court was whether, under an exception recognized by the California Supreme Court, Save Our Heritage was the “type of party upon whom private attorney general fees were intended to be imposed.” Under this exception, “a section fee award may not be imposed on a litigant who did nothing to adversely affect the public interest.” A party adversely affects the public interest when it seeks to curtail or compromise important public rights or seeks to exonerate itself from the violation of such rights. The court held that the suit brought by Save Our Heritage did not adversely affect the public interest, but rather sought to correct what it believed to be significant violations of environmental, historic preservation, and land use laws by the city. Although the suit was unsuccessful, it involved the type of public interest claims section was enacted to encourage and was not detrimental to the public interest. A fee award against Save Our Heritage would, therefore, not be appropriate.

Successfully defend a dissertation

successfully defend a dissertation

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