Ontario International Airport

A Superior Court judge on Tuesday denied Ontario’s request that Los Angeles be compelled to release 399 documents in a lawsuit over control of L.A./Ontario International Airport. (Staff File)

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/14/15, 11:17 AM PDT | Updated: 11 mins ago

RIVERSIDE >> A Superior Court judge on Tuesday denied a request requiring Los Angeles to release documents sought by Ontario, which the city’s attorneys say will help show why it should prevail in its lawsuit to gain control of L.A./Ontario International Airport.

Judge Gloria Connor Trask told Ontario that she cannot rule on the issue involving the 399 documents until she receives the proper documentation from the Court of Appeal.

Ontario’s attorneys say those documents will help in their legal battle to wrest local control of the airport from Los Angeles World Airports.

In December, Trask ordered Los Angeles to hand over 2,000 documents related to the case. Attorneys for Los Angeles have withheld the documents, claiming they should fall under attorney-client privilege, and petitioned the 4th District Court of Appeal to reverse the ruling by Trask.

The tussle for the documents may not be resolved until May 11, which is when the appellate court could issue an order or hand it back to the Superior Court, said Ontario attorney Andre Cronthall.

Joshua Stambaugh, attorney for Los Angeles, said it has submitted the proper documentation and it is in the hands of the court of appeals.

“Ontario has no ability to ask for some broad relief,” he said.

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