Posted 11 months ago on Dec. 27, 2012, 3:11 p.m. EST by GirlFriday
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A lawsuit filed by several homeless Fresno residents claiming the city violated terms of a 2008 federal-court settlement over cleanup sweeps has withstood a significant legal challenge.
In a 53-page ruling issued Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill struck down some of the lawsuit. He also dismissed other parts but gave the plaintiffs the right to refile those claims.
The heart of the lawsuit, however, survives.
The city had asked O'Neill to throw out the entire lawsuit.
Instead, the judge allowed some arguments to continue -- including whether the city put homeless in danger when it destroyed some shelters just as the winter of 2011-12 was beginning.