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Farmers Branch sued over denial of public information

A former Farmers Branch City Council member is suing her city for not complying with the state’s freedom of information law.

Carol Dingman filed suit in a state civil court in Dallas on Wednesday, demanding the city produce legal bills that the state Attorney General ordered must be turned over. Instead of producing the documents, as the attorney general ordered, the city sued the attorney general, according to Dingman’s lawsuit.

Dingman wants to find out how much the city has spent defending attempts to ban illegal immigrants from renting apartments in the city.

Opponents of Farmers Branch’s anti-illegal immigration stance have long cited the cost of defending the rental ban as an unnecessary expense.

Dingman is represented by Bickel and Brewer, a Dallas law firm that has been battling Farmers Branch over the illegal immigration issue since 2007.

Michael Jung, an attorney for the city, could not be reached for comment.