2018-01-09 21:52:46 UTC
Jan 7, 2018 6:57 pm
Yvette Felarca, an Antifa activist, was ordered to pay a conservative
student thousands in legal fees by a judge on Thursday. (Image source:
A California judge has ordered a middle school teacher associated with a
violent-wing of Antifa to pay thousands to a former conservative student
at the University of California, Berkeley.
On Thursday, an Alameda County Superior Court Commissioner ordered
Yvette Felarca to pay former Berkeley College Republicans leader Troy
Worden $10,000 in attorneys’ fees and $1,100 in court fees over her
botched attempt to get a permanent restraining order against him,
according to The Berkeleyside.
Commissioner Thomas Rasch said Felarca’s actions were not done in good
Felarca — a national leader in the group By Any Means Necessary, which
proudly uses violence — filed for a temporary retraining order against
Worden last September, alleging he was stalking and harassing her.
She later filed for a permanent restraining order in October, but
withdrew the application on the day of the hearing. The action made
Worden the “prevailing party entitled to receive lawyer and court fees,”
according to The Berkeleyside.
How did Worden’s attorneys respond?
Harmeet Dhillon, a lawyer at the firm representing Worden, told Campus
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
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.
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.
Another attorney representing Worden, Mark Meuser, added: “By ruling
that Yvette Felarca did not demonstrate good faith in filing the
restraining order, the court recognized the frivolous nature of
Felarca’s actions. The award of attorney fees should send a strong
signal that she cannot abuse the court system to silence speech.”
Meruser also told the Berkeleyside that the award was just a fraction of
the actual work he put into the case. He says he’s really owed $178,600
for the case, but Rasch said the amount was unreasonable.
How did Felarca’s attorney respond?
Shanta Driver, the attorney for Felarca and BAMN, said the award for
attorneys’ fees was too high and set a bad precedent for a woman seeking
restraining orders in the future. She also accused the judge of being
“This verdict was based on the judge’s decision to support the political
views of Troy Worden and the alt-right and that is not acceptable,”
Driver said, according to The Berkeleyside.
Driver also vowed to appeal the ruling.
What about Felarca’s past?
According to The Berkeleyside, she is due in court twice more in
January. First, she has to attend a pretrial hearing for felony inciting
a riot charges stemming from a June 2016 riot in Sacramento. Then, she’s
slated to answer for various misdemeanor charges stemming from her
actions at a protest in Berkeley last September.