California Legislative Year in Review: False liens on judges & court staff

Law

AB 1267 Prohibits a person from filing or recording a lawsuit, lien, or other encumbrance against any person or entity, knowing that it is false, with the intent to harass the person or entity or, in the case of a public officer or employee, to influence or hinder the person in discharging his or her official duties. Authorizes a court to issue a civil penalty not to exceed $5,000 for violating the prohibition, and allows any person or entity subject to a lien or other encumbrance filed or recorded in violation of the prohibition to petition the superior court for an order directing the claimant to show cause why the lien or other encumbrance should not be stricken and other relief should not be granted.