Watch KPBS Roundtable discussion about Briggs’ nonprofits with Brad Racino

San Diego attorney Cory Briggs is well-known for suing the city over land, government accountability and the environment.

His law firm often files these lawsuits on behalf of a string (nearly 40, so far) of charitable nonprofit organizations which he helped form, which share the same address as Briggs’ law firm, and from which he collects attorney fees and settlements. A law firm can’t seek damages on its own, but can on behalf of a client who has standing, who has allegedly been damaged by the defendant.

The best-known of Briggs’ nonprofits is San Diegans for Open Government, which has filed more than two dozen lawsuits against the city.

More than half of Briggs’ nonprofits have been suspended by state or federal government agencies for failure to file legally required documents showing finances, mission statements and board structures.

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Brad Racino
Brad Racino is a senior investigative reporter and assistant director at inewsource. To contact him with tips, suggestions or corrections, please email bradracino [at] inewsource [dot] org. You can contact him securely on Signal (845-553-4170).