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[UPDATED] Assembly candidate's wife sues over opponent's ad showing confidential information

Tax liens naming Matthew Lin

Ed Chau for Assembly campaign ad on YouTube

Images of old tax liens against Assembly candidate Matthew LIn appear in this video ad, "Lifestyles of the Rich and Republican," posted by the campaign of his opponent, Ed Chau. Lin's wife sued, alleging that her identifying information appears in Chau's videos and mailers.

The wife of Republican Assembly candidate Matthew Lin has sued his opponent, alleging he invaded her privacy and put her at risk of identity theft by publishing her Social Security number in mailers and videos seen by thousands of San Gabriel Valley residents.

Joy Lin filed the lawsuit against Democratic candidate Ed Chau. (UPDATE: Superior Court Judge Edward Simpson on Wednesday issued an order temporarily barring the Chau campaign from further displaying Joy Lin's Social Security number and he set a Nov. 27 hearing in the case.)

The candidates are running in the 49th Assembly District — the first in the state with a majority Asian-American population. Though the district has more registered Democrats than Republicans, about 30 percent of its voters do not identify with a political party. Lin won the June primary by more than 15 points.