Gallant was pushed out in late December, 2010, when then-Councilmember Lena Tam, then-Mayor Marie Gilmore, and then-Councilmember Robert Bonta, now a state assembly representative, voted to remove her, just weeks after securing a majority in the November election.
Subsequently, Gallant filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the City of Alameda.
In February of 2014, the city persuaded an Alameda County Superior Court trial judge to dismiss the suit before it went to trial, creatively using anti-Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation law to strike down Gallant’s claims.
In April of that year, Gallant filed an appeal.
Last Friday, the California Court of Appeal unanimously ruled against Gallant.
The City of Alameda was awarded $250,000 in attorney’s fees and costs and will be able to recoup additional attorney’s fees from the previous defense.