A California court has ordered prominent Antifa activist Yvette Felarca to pay over $11,000 in damages to the former president of the Berkeley College Republicans, Troy Worden.
The court ruled on Wednesday ruled in favor of Worden and his attorney, Mark Meuser, who sued Felarca for damages and attorney fees after she filed false restraining orders against him.
Felarca is one of the leading figureheads of the Berkeley-based Antifa group, By Any Means Necessary. She is allegedly one of the main figures responsible for leading the riot at UC Berkeley in February 2017 to disrupt a MILO speaking event.
Worden, who works for Campus Reform, told the publication: “Felarca’s frivolous legal actions were meant to intimidate me and hinder my political activism.”
Harmeet Dhillon of the Dhillon Law Group, which through which Meuser represents Worden, condemned Felarca for her history of “filing and dismissing utterly frivolous cases against innocent targets.” He pledged to hold her and her lawyers “accountable” for their actions.
“Felarca and her fellow travelers in BAMN/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,” he said in October. “She is on notice—stunts like this one will no longer go unchallenged in the courts by ordinary citizens. We will hold her, and her lawyers, accountable.”
Commissioner Thomas Rasch of the Superior Court of Alameda County has ordered Felarca to pay Worden $11,000 in attorney fees. He announced his decision in a Thursday press release, which stated that he was determined that her restraining order “had not been filed in good faith.”
The press release also notes that Felarca was arrested twice in 2017 for incitement to riot, resisting arrest, and assaulting a police officer, as previously reported on DANGEROUS. It argues that the restraining order was used to suppress Worden’s First Amendment rights after Berkeley College Republicans invited figures like MILO to speak on 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 told Campus Reform. “The award of attorney fees should send a strong signal that she cannot abuse the court system to silence speech.”