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GPS accusation adds to a lawsuit filed against Upland law firm Lackie, Dammeier, McGill & Ethir over an alleged incident involving Costa Mesa’s mayor.

By Adolfo Flores and Paloma Esquivel
November 13, 2013, 9:35 p.m.

An Upland law firm accused of bullying civic leaders faced new accusations Wednesday of planting a GPS device on the car of a Costa Mesa official as a way to intimidate him.

In an amended lawsuit, Costa Mesa Councilman Steve Mensinger said the device was affixed to his car during the entire 2012 election season and came to his attention only when he was alerted by the Orange County district attorney’s office.

“Watergate, that’s when I last heard about something like this happening,” said Vince Finaldi, the Irvine attorney who filed the suit and amended complaint, which was first reported by the O.C. Weekly.

The firm has represented dozens of police unions in Southern California and has a reputation for its bare-knuckled tactics and attacks on city hall. At the time of the accusations, the firm was employed by the Costa Mesa Police Officers’ Assn.

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