League of California Cities, 2017 City Attorneys’ Spring Conference
This presentation will review defenses and strategies that city attorneys should consider
when evaluating a Brown Act lawsuit. Prevention is always the best solution when it comes to
the Brown Act, but there are times when, despite our best efforts, litigation ensues. While the
Brown Act’s application is broad and its exceptions are narrow, there are a number of effective
defenses and strategies upon which cities can rely when faced with a Brown Act claim. The
recent cases that will be discussed provide valuable guidance on these defenses and strategies.